Britain’s press protections.

They’re useless. The Guardian’s account of why, back in July, it was compelled under the threat of legal seizure to destroy its London hard-drives related to the NSA leaks is a must-read. It’s a pretty powerful case for why, despite the harm its rigidity causes, America’s First Amendment is overall a good thing: it shields the country’s press from the pernicious and worrying interference evidenced here.

Update: I see that the White House basically agrees.

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