How Free is Free Speech?

The first amendment is supposed to protect citizens from its government. But who is it really protecting?

Jonathan Perez


6 minute read

Man's speech being restricted

The First Amendment is quite clear: the government cannot do anything to restrict our free speech. Or is it clear? Edward Snowden leaked thousands of NSA documents, and was charged with several counts of espionage. He’d face decades in prison. These documents showed our own government acting inappropriately towards us, so shouldn’t the First Amendment protect Snowden by allowing him to speak out against this? “No,” we are told, because included in this leak was…