The Supreme Court: Free Mail & Free Speech

The use of the mails is almost as much a part of free speech as the right to use our tongues.

—Mr. Justice Holmes

Do Americans have a right to the unimpeded mail delivery of foreign Communist publications? Yes, said the Supreme Court last week in the first decision voiding an Act of Congress on the ground that it violated the First Amendment right of free speech.

In 1961 the Government discontinued its 13-year censorship of such mail. "It serves no useful intelligence function," said President Kennedy. Congress, how ever, was not convinced. In 1962 it passed a law requiring the Post...

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