Congress Should Not Rush To Expand Identity Protection Act
Participated with other media organizations in a letter from the Reporters Committee to members of Congress expressing concern about the proposed dramatic expansion of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 (“IIPA”), one of the few laws that criminalizes the publication of truthful information about government activities. The letter notes that the bill expanding the IIPA was recently rushed through Congress with no meaningful debate. The letter discusses the constitutional protections for the publication of true information about government activities. While press organizations understand that clandestine officers should not be put at risk, the letter notes there are cases where anonymity can shield intelligence agencies from public accountability. The letter urges Congress to return to the narrow tailoring of the original law.