Views Letter from Attorney General Mukasey and Director of National Intelligence McConnell on S. 2035 'Free Flow of Information Act'   [open pdf - 562KB]

This "Views Letter" written by Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey and Director of National Intelligence J. M. McConnell is addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and expresses "serious concern about S. 2035, the 'Free Flow of Information Act.'" Furthermore, the authors along with their "colleagues in the Intelligence Community and in Federal law enforcement -- believe is both unwise and unnecessary: unwise because the statutory privilege created by this legislation would work a significant change in existing Federal law with potentially dramatic consequences for our ability to protect the national security and investigate other crimes; and unnecessary because all evidence indicates that the free flow of information has continued unabated in the absence of a Federal reporter's privilege. We acknowledge the important role that the media plays in our society. The scope of this bill, however, goes far beyond its stated purpose and could severely frustrate the Government's ability to investigate and prosecute those who harm national security."

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