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2/11/2006

VA nurse’s letter to newspaper prompts sedition probe

Filed under: 9/11,Big Brother,Civil Liberties,Democrats,Uncle Sam — Lance Brown @ 11:24 am

From the First Amendment Center (via RRND):

VA nurse’s letter to newspaper prompts sedition probe

By The Associated Press
02.08.06

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….

3 Comments

  1. [...] Word comes via Lance Brown for President that sedition was used to justify investigation a nurse who did not support the President. 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.” [...]

    Pingback by Jake Porter » Blog Archive » — 2/12/2006 @ 9:16 am

  2. [...] Word comes via Lance Brown for President that sedition was used to justify investigation a nurse who did not support the President. 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.” [...]

    Pingback by Jake Porter » Blog Archive » Are You Guilty Of Sedition — 2/12/2006 @ 9:17 am

  3. “Very informative stuff – adding this to RSS now :)

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    Comment by eq plat — 3/14/2009 @ 7:30 pm

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