“I firmly believe that a free press is important, but also that the press and the public has a right to know,” Thompson said. “It appears that some of our public officials have forgotten that. So I want to encourage you to keep pursuing that. That is a fundamental principle that this country was founded upon.”
Thompson said he’s fighting to preserve civil rights and civil liberties as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. He said those rights were only recently won and must be preserved.