Some bad ideas are so irresponsible they might as well be intentionally destructive, and some pieces of legislation are prime examples of this sorry fact. Take Senator Dianne Feinstein’s anti-leak provisions in the current intelligence authorization bill, which passed her Senate Intelligence Committee the other day. It exempts the Congress itself and the White House from any penalties for leaking classified information but makes  ordinary interactions between journalists and intelligence officials extraordinarily risky. The bill’s troubling threats to First Amendment freedoms—in both its vague terms and draconian consequences—were spelled out today by two veteran experts on government secrecy: a watchdog policy analyst and a foreign affairs journalist.