Senator Joe Lieberman Introduces SHIELD Act To Make Classified Information Releases Illegal


Senator Joe Lieberman, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, has introduced new legislation that would make the publication of any classified intelligence source illegal. The proposed legislation is known as the Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Law Dissemination (SHIELD) Act,

“The recent dissemination by Wikileaks of thousands of State Department cables and other documents is just the latest example of how our national security interests, the interests of our allies, and the safety of government employees and countless other individuals are jeopardized by the illegal release of classified and sensitive information,” stated Lieberman. “This legislation will help hold people criminally accountable who endanger these sources of information that are vital to protecting our national security interests.”

The SHIELD Act would have a section in the Espionage Act amended that already forbid the publishing of classified information through wiretapping. This Act is aimed directly at publishers. The SHIELD Act is being co-sponsored by senators John Ensign (R-NV) and Scott Brown (R-MA).

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Senator Joe Lieberman Introduces SHIELD Act To Make Classified Information Releases Illegal Comments

  1. Bob says:

    “The recent dissemination by Wikileaks of thousands of State Department cables and other documents is just the latest example of how our national security interests, the interests of our allies, and the safety of government employees and countless other individuals are jeopardized by the illegal release of classified and sensitive information,”
    No one would be in any danger if they didn't operate illegally in the first place. Maybe they should read this below

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
    Funny how history repeats itself

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