The People Speak: Responses to Edward Snowden

New York Times v. United States has re-entered the national conversation in the wake of the controversial actions taken by individuals like Edward Snowden and Bradley (Chelsea) Manning. The breach of duty by sharing information causes concern, but the information revealed and its impact on the American people is equally troublesome. As we asked with…

Modern application: Manning and Snowden

This movie slideshow project aims to examine the NY Times v. United States “Pentagon Papers” through a critical lens with the goal of finding principles in which the ruling may have modern application, especially in regard to the precedents it set for future cases. In addition to the Pentagon Papers case, we examine the site…

Redux: Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden

This video begins by looking at the U.S. Supreme Court decision of New York Times v. United States (403 U.S. 713, 1971). The case revolves around Daniel Ellsberg and classified information that he leaked about the Vietnam War to the New York Times. An injunction was sought against the New York Times and Ellsberg was…

Theory: The “why” behind the “what”

In New York Times v. United States, also known as the Pentagon Papers case, the New York Times and Washington Post published the then-classified document they legally obtained called “The Pentagon Papers.” The material that was publicized detailed the brutalities of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War, information that the Nixon administration endeavored…

Impact: Free press cases following NYT v. U.S.

In 1971, the case of New York Times Co. v. United States set a precedent immediately after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the New York Times 6-3. Over many years the Supreme Court has disagreed on the limits that can be placed on the first Amendment guarantees of freedom…