I think it's obvious to any reasonable observer that the UK authorities detained David Miranda to intimidate journalists and whistleblowers. Does this sort of "deny and disrupt" campaign sound familiar? It should: you've seen it before, deployed against terror networks.
Ironically, a number of elite journalists have emerged as among Snowden's harshest detractors and of the brand of investigative journalism practiced, for example, by Glenn Greenwald. But this week Jeffrey Toobin appeared to be positioning himself as the leader of that particular pack.
Washington has still not accepted Latin America's second independence, and expects its southern neighbors to behave in the same embarrassingly obedient way as Europe. On the positive side, Latin America has done quite well over the past decade.
Maybe events in London have made this American pastor paranoid, or maybe we have awakened to an America that is not the One Nation, Under God and Indivisible, to which we long have pledged allegiance. Perhaps ours has become a land where those who truly are brave no longer are entirely free.
Journalists and government watchdogs are right to express their anger over the detention of Mr. Miranda. But we should also, as a media corps, shine as strong a light on these other journalists' struggles.
In fact, there is nothing to stop the U.S. government from censoring the media with regard to revelations such as those contained in the Snowden files -- nothing, that is, except longstanding tradition.