224: How the Truth Becomes Illegal (Part 1) – The Spirit of ’76


Picture: The more things change...

Part one in a series of shows inspired by recent current events involving the NSA, Prism, Edward Snowden and the barrage of leading questions from the mainstream media about the government's "legal" power to censor or silence the truth.

This installment deals primarily with WWI, the Wilson administration and the Espionage Act of 1917, a very important (albeit absurd) precedent in the current legal conversation.

Bumper Music:
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5, 4th mvt. - Allegro non troppo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfPEaElG3m4

Look Closer:
Chapter 14: War is the health of the state - http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinnwarhea14.html

Who Was Edward M. House? - http://www.lewrockwell.com/higgs/higgs86.html

Woodrow Wilson's Right Hand: The Life of Colonel Edward M. House, by Godfrey Hodgson - http://www.amazon.com/Woodrow-Wilsons-Right-Hand-Colonel/dp/0300092695/lewrockwell/

The Espionage and Sabotage Act - http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/disp_textbook.cfm?smtID=2&psid=3479

The Witzke Affair: German Intrigue On The Mexican Border, 1917-18 - http://www.fas.org/irp/ops/ci/docs/ci1/ch3e.htm

The Rise of Stalin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XExAieB2Xg

Dmitri Shostakovich and Soviet Censorship - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p4UsWczI1E9

Eugene Debs - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Debs

Espionage Act of 1917 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espionage_Act

Sedition Act of 1918 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedition_Act_of_1918

The Hidden History of the Espionage Act - http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history_lesson/2010/12/the_hidden_history_of_the_espionage_act.html

Clear and Present Danger - http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Clear-and-present+danger+test

Schenck v. United States - http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Schenck+v.+United+States

Freedom of the Press: Rights and Liberties Under the Law, By Nancy C. Cornwell - http://books.google.com/

Language, Symbols, And the Media: Communication in the Aftermath of the WTC Attack, edited by Robert E. Denton - http://books.google.com/

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