Censorship is alive and well in the U.S.A.

I am in a severe state of shock after reading the U.S. plan to institute censorship — within the U.S. — of publications written by foreign dissidents in certain countries.

The U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued regulations prohibiting U.S. publishers from publishing anything written by foreigners in countries under sanction without prior approval.

This means, for instance, that an Iranian or a North Korean dissident cannot expect to be able to publish anything here in the U.S. without the approval of government censors.

Read the full story in the Seattle Times.

Several publishing groups have filed suit to overturn the regulation as a violation of the First Amendment. Does anyone remember what that says? Does anyone remember why it’s so important? Remember Doctor Zhivago?

This is supposed to be a country free of government oppression. Do any of you still think it is so? Why, then, are publishing houses being told they have to get licenses to publish books? I think I’ve gone from shock to outrage.