Law: When Are Secrets Best Kept?

Two national security cases underline an old dilemma

National security and the Bill of Rights, it seems, are almost naturally at odds. How can the Government plug leaks and stop the press from publishing its secrets without muzzling free speech? How can it take any kind of national security case to court without spilling secrets at a fair and public trial? The answer has often been that it cannot. But last week the Government was back trying in two cases, one involving the Progressive magazine, and the other former FBI Acting Director L. Patrick...

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