Progressive Hydrogen Bomb Case
Court Order Blocking Magazine Report
On Sept. 13 the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago is scheduled to hear what already is being spoken of as an “historic” and “landmark” case, placing First Amendment rights onto a collision course with federal atomic secrecy law. The case pits the U.S. government against The Progressive magazine, its editors, Erwin Knoll and Samuel Day Jr., and Howard Morland. Morland is the author of an article which Knoll and Day had planned to publish earlier in the year under the title “The H-Bomb Secret: How We Got It, Why We're Telling It.” The government learned of their intention to print the article in late February, and after failing to persuade them to voluntarily delete roughly 20 ...