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S.C Case: New York Times vs United States; The Washington Post vs United States [403 U.S. 713 (1971)]
During the 1960's the Vietnam war was in full swing, and towards the end of the 60's, a plan to end the war was leaked to the media, which angered Nixon and prompted him to issue a gag order on them.
The issue at hand was whether Nixon could legally issue gag orders to the media.
The issue that eventually became apparent was whether Nixon or any president could curtail first amendment rights in an effort to preserve national security interests.
The Justices ruled 6-3 that the first amendment privileges must not be violated, even if that means classified information is published by the media. This is important because it now allows the public to know the inner working of the govt. and their secrets
EXTRA EXTRA! GOVERNMENT DECLARING WAR ON PIZZA! RUSSIA RETALIATING! CLASSIFIED INFORMATION RELEASED FROM LEAKER ON SECRET WAR!
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