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Criminal Law Enforcement vs. the Free Press

The Federalist Society had its usual excellent national convention last week.  Among the panels was one on "Criminal Law Enforcement vs. the Free Press."  It was moderated by the brilliant Judge Ray Randolph of the DC Circuit, and featured extremely knowledgeable speakers including Eugene Volokh of the "Volokh Conspiracy," Adam Liptak of the New York Times, and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey.  The latter did a superb job of pointing out the hypocrisy, and the danger, of the current Administration's high-minded talk about the need for robust (to say the least) NSA surveillance, combined with its leaking numerous, very sensitive items of national security information to improve its own sagging political standing.

The panel is here.

A second event very much worth watching is the discussion with Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas confirmed what those of us with the privilege to be acquaintances of his have long known, to wit, that his intellect is surpassed only by his character.

The tape of the conversation is not yet available, but I'll post it when it is.

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