The Law: Priest's Progress

Named for an oriental word that is chanted during meditation, the antiwar newsletter OM induced unusual meditation among the military brass soon after it appeared 13 months ago. It was written for servicemen by a member of the armed forces, 26-year-old Seaman Apprentice Roger Priest. When Priest sent a " copy with a taunting note to L. Mendel Rivers, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rivers boiled off a note of his own to the Pentagon asking whether Priest had committed a "gross abuse of the constitutional right of free speech." Soon the seaman was ordered before a general court-martial.

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