Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Nation: I.F. Stone on Wikileaks and National Security

"To suppress the truth in the name of national security is the surest way to undermine what we claim to be preserving," he wrote in 1966. "There is a is a Latin legal maxim—justitia fiat, ruat coelum: Let justice be done though the heavens fall. I would paraphrase it for newspapermen and say: Let the truth be told as we see it though officials claim the disclosure would cause the heavens to collapse upon them.

Justitia fiat, ruat coelum. Also a favorite maxim of Jim Garrison.


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