Below is an email i received about the death toll lies being told.
On Media's Failure To Report The Florida Death Toll Truthfully...
It appears that local Florida print media and various eyewitness accounts are reporting that there are many unreported deaths in Charlotte County
Florida, (See: www.bradenton.com...
for but one example). I believe the implications of main-stream media's
failure to report on this situation foretells of the grave and serious erosion of our liberties, and indeed, even to the unraveling of the very fabric
of our society in the United States....
The freedom hard won and enjoyed in this country of course are based upon certain 'rights' - Freedom of speech/press, Freedom of religion, Right to
bear arms, etc.... We've watched as the freedom of religion has been assaulted (well... Christianity/Judaism anyway), the Right to bear arms has
been restricted which goes without saying, and we've watched as our mainstream press has been downgraded to the point it is a one-party
socialist/leftist/Democrat mouthpiece. That's bad enough, but at least our press was reporting the news till recently, although it's been
'slanted' to the left. But when a major "natural" disaster occurs, and the facts are just not only skewed - but either ignored or even presented
in deception - then we have crossed a corner totally ominous in scope - a corner with a stop sign that had separated us from the
socialist/dictatorship/totalitarian government medias of the rest of the world.
No, I don't feel it was the "Gov." in the sense of the Bush administration failing to report the situation in Florida accurately , - in point of
fact it was the local Gov. of Emergency Management of that County in Florida. It's probably safe to assume that the authority for that decision was
at least from FEMA directive however. And it's not the knowledge of the amount of carnage to give some kind of a satisfaction to curiosity that is
the concern here - it is media-control and reality control that is the grave issue....
It's always been a given that during military engagements the press is restricted as to reporting: troop movements, deployment, causality figures,
etc.... But these should be the ONLY limits on a free-press. A natural disaster, nor matter how horrific, is something that falls into the realm of
free-speech - and regardless of the situations surrounding such an event - a democracy must never allow themselves to change the public reality of the
event for imagined 'security', economic, or any touchy-feely reasons. It is one thing if they had said something like: Due to the amount of damage,
and ongoing rescue efforts causality figures and ground situation reporting will be delayed for a number of days. - That's fine, prudent even
perhaps; - but to say that there is no problem, and mislead the public with a "19" official death count and then to not even mention that any
situation exists in the Florida County hardest hit, is an attempt at reality-control, and the beginnings of an animal-farm 1984 type mindset and
press. In the 50's and 60's it used to be joked that there were no natural disasters in Russia, they simply weren't reported on, (all for the good
and security of the state mind you.) But in this country, when security is placed above freedom with the premise that terrorists "might" capitalize
on a natural event - so we then will change the facts for public consumption - then the terrorists have already scored an immense victory!
It's a valid function of Gov. to increase surveillance, (within the bounds of the Constitution), during times of crisis; and to wage war on the enemy
as the Bush administration is doing - that's all fine and good. - But it is never a function of Gov. &/or the media to muzzle free-speech/press for
a non-specific perceived threat when it involves a public, natural, and non-military event! Our strength has been to examine tragedy and all things
in the 'light', and confront our peril and grief squarely and openly. There is already overwhelming restriction of the truth being practiced by the
U.S. mainstream media: not Politically Correct, not leftist enough in agenda, too Christian, not pro-Arab enough, too pro-gun, etc... - so they simply
either slant news events or just simply fail to report them altogether, and so we get only a 'filtered' news today. So when for the 'public good'
this ability is further diminished in any way - even for the best of intentions - especially to the point of manipulating the public's perceived
reality of a major natural news event - then it indicates the loss of our circumspection as a society; the erosion of our right to know, examine,
discuss and apply the truth; and the resulting death of our liberty and freedom.
Denver, Colo. 80216