Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law

Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law

by Gabriel Schoenfeld

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Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law by Gabriel Schoenfeld

"Essential reading for anyone seriously interested in national security and freedom of the press." —Leonard Downie Jr., Washington PostGabriel Schoenfeld "brilliantly illuminates" (Wall Street Journal) a growing rift between a press that sees itself as the heroic force promoting the public’s "right to know" and a government that needs to safeguard information vital to the effective conduct of foreign policy. A masterful contribution to the enduring challenge of interpreting the First Amendment, Necessary Secrets offers a gripping account of how our national security, now and across the American past, has been compromised by disclosure of classified information.

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ISBN-13: 9780393339932
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/23/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 309
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gabriel Schoenfeld is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. and a resident scholar at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. His essays on national security and modern history have appeared in leading publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, the New Republic, the Atlantic, the National Interest, and Commentary, where he was senior editor from 1994 to 2008. Schoenfeld holds a PhD in political science from Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Preface 11

Introduction 17

1 Without Fear or Favor? 27

2 Secrets of the Founders 54

3 "Highly Dangerous to the Publick Safety" 68

4 Clear and Present Danger 83

5 The Black Chamber 102

6 The Price of Impunity 123

7 The "Patriotic Press" 141

8 To the "Ramparts" 154

9 Unnecessary Secrets 168

10 Ellsberg's Epigones 193

11 Black-Letter Law 221

12 A War on the Press? 232

13 The Peculiar Culmination 248

14 No Matter the Cost 260

Acknowledgments 277

Notes 281

Index 297

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