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The danger of keeping cameras out.

Let me see if I have this right: The government can monitor our e-mail and phone calls, scan our license plates, and track our every move on camera, though we’ve done nothing wrong. But we can’t watch the government prosecute men like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Whitey Bulger who are accused of doing almost everything wrong?

The Supreme Court has ruled that the press and the public have a First Amendment-created right to view trials in federal courtrooms, but only if we can make it to the courthouse. If we have to work or can’t wait in line on the eve of some expected Perry Mason moment, we’re out of luck. The media’s cameras and microphones — our eyes and ears in absentia — are not welcome.

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