Mr. Trump, Take Away Brian Podesta’s Security Clearance

“Untitled” by Derek Walcott


This page is a cloud between whose fraying edges

a headland with mountains appears brokenly

then is hidden again until what emerges

from the now cloudless blue is the grooved sea

and the whole self-naming island, its ochre verges,

its shadow-plunged valleys and a coiled road

threading the fishing villages, the white, silent surges

of combers along the coast, where a line of gulls has arrowed

into the widening harbour of a town with no noise,

its streets growing closer like a print you can now read,

two cruise ships, schooners, a tug, ancestral canoes,

as a cloud slowly covers the page and it goes

white again and the book comes to a close.

Derek Walcott

March 18: First Amendment (Law and Lawyers)

March 18
First Amendment  



Now the Supreme Court referred to the right to speak openly of violent action and revolution in broad terms:


[Our] decisions have fashioned the principle that the constitutional guarantees of free speech and free press do not allow a State to forbid or proscribe advocacy of the use of force or law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or cause such action.

~Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444, 447 (1969)



The demands of free speech in a democratic society as well as the interest in national security are better served by candid and informed weighing of the competing interests, within the confines of the judicial process.

~Justice Frankfurter, Dennis v. United States, 341 U.S. 494, 524-25 (1951) (concurring opinion)