It has been clear to some of us that the jailing and torture of Julian Assange is a warning sign and a prelude to broader prosecution of journalists. Since this is in blatant violation of Constitutional guarantees of a free press, a pretense must be invented each time. In Julian's case, it was the Espionage Act, resurrected after 100 years of inactivity. In the case of GreyZone columnist Max Blumenthal, it is even more absurd. His participation in a collective effort last spring to supply food and water to protestors who were in residence at the Venezuelan Embassy, by invitation of the elected Venezuelan government, has been recast as 'assault'. Blumenthal's home was surrounded by a SWAT team and he was hauled off in handcuffs.