Freedom of Expression and the War

Press and Speech Restrictions in the Gulf and F.B.I. Activity in U.S. Raise First Amendment Issues

War is the most profound action any government can take, and for that reason the decision to wage and conduct it must be subject to the continuing scrutiny of a well-informed public. In recent U.S. military operations up to and including the current campaign in the Persian Gulf, the government has treated the press as an inconvenience and an obstacle to its efforts, rather than respecting its role as an independent means of presenting information to the American public.