Not Your Father's Censorship

While my father was in the Army during World War II, he sent my mother letters and photos from Belgium. Each document arrived with the censor's approval stamp, certifying that no harm would come to our nation if those depictions of life at the front fell into enemy hands.

That was the censorship of another time. Everyone understood why it was important and knew that the government needed to control the communication channel from the war zone. But Americans also understood that wartime