From the First Amendment Center (via RRND):
By The Associated Press
Sen. Jeff Bingaman asked Veterans Affairs Secretary James Nicholson for a thorough inquiry into his agency’s investigation of whether a VA nurse’s letter criticizing the Bush administration amounted to “sedition.”
The agency’s human resources office ultimately cleared her of any wrongdoing, but Bingaman, D-N.M., said yesterday he was concerned that the VA investigated Laura Berg of Albuquerque in the first place.
Merely opposing government policies and expressing a desire to change course “does not provide reason to believe that a person is involved in illegal subversive activity,” he said.
Such investigations raise “a very real possibility of chilling legitimate political speech,” Bingaman said.
“In a democracy, expressing disagreement with the government’s actions does not amount to sedition or insurrection,” he wrote. “It is, and must remain, protected speech….