Britain, which has no written Constitution, but merely tradition and usage, has jailed two persons for violating their Official Secrets Act by revealing questionable conduct on the part of their government.
Digby ruminates on it. And, ya know, he’s got a point:
We don’t have an official secrets act because of the first amendment. But if the Republicans had had their way these last few years, we certainly would have adopted one, damn freedom of speech. (The constitution is not a suicide pact, don’t you know..) And Lord knows, “the Decider” has governed as if he were a monarch.
I continue to find it ironic that those who wave the American flag with such fervor and speak of “freedom” and “democracy” in reverent tones usually reserved for sports and Jesus, are just a bunch of forelock tugging subjects at heart. If their King George hadn’t turned out to be just slightly less mentally incompetent than the mad british (sic) King of the same name, our institutions might not have been able to keep this undemocratic movement from usurping our government all together. We may have gotten lucky by their extremely poor choice of both advisors and frontmen, but it makes me very nervous that they have come this close.