The Memorial Day weekend begins on a dire note for constitutional protections. On Thursday, the US government indicted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for violating the Espionage Act. This is the first time in modern history that the US has charged the publisher of sensitive materials rather than the person who leaked it. The charges stunned even Assange’s harshest critics, who argued that whether you think he’s a journalist or not, the precedent set by his conviction could threaten the First Amendment itself.
In other dire news, facial recognition technology is scaring people so much that both Democrats and Republicans say something needs to be done. At a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, lawmakers on both sides agreed that the US needs to regulate the technology, fast.
Meanwhile in Washington, despite the 2020 presidential election ramping up and the looming threat of election tampering, both major political parties still have bad [...]