Free Speech Revoked For Columbia Students

   Columbia students are being told they shouldn’t even comment on the WikiLeaks documents online, if they are considering careers with the federal government.

Here’s the advisory-

From: “Office of Career Services”

Date: November 30, 2010 15:26:53 EST:

Hi students,

We received a call today from a SIPA alumnus who is working at the State Department. He asked us to pass along the following information to anyone who will be applying for jobs in the federal government, since all would require a background investigation and in some instances a security clearance.

The documents released during the past few months through Wikileaks are still considered classified documents. He recommends that you DO NOT post links to these documents nor make comments on social media sites such as Facebook or through Twitter. Engaging in these activities would call into question your ability to deal with confidential information, which is part of most positions with the federal government.

Office of Career Services

How sad.  How silly.  American college students being told their freedom of speech has been rescinded.   Big Brother is watching, so don’t talk about it.  Not only that, a source at State has implied that information on the Internet today could be copied, stored and used against you at some future date.  There is the implication that Americans are now being profiled by their government, based upon what they write online.  So play it safe and pretend it doesn’t exist, even though it’s in all the papers and on the air.  Turn a blind eye, even though a free and open Internet and the ability to publish information provided by whistle blowers is an issue of critical importance.

Comment about it online and you might be turned down for a job after graduation?  University students being told to fear free speech?  This is starting to feel like Germany in the 1930’s.

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