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Big chill: Obama’s Justice Department targets the press, AGAIN

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posted on Jul, 29 2013 @ 01:09 AM
Straight to the facts... And this one is a biggie... Now we know why Obama removed that whistelblower protection stuff from his web site. The Obama admin. Justice Department has gotten their way and we have now lost confidentiality protections for journalist sources.

Mr Risen wrote a book that exposed warrantless wiretapping in 2006 called, “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration” detailed intelligence failures under President George W. Bush". And the federal government ruled in 2011, that his source was protected. But this has all changed as of last Friday. Every time I think things can't get any worse, they do. Obama certainly is a president for change all right...

A federal judge in 2011 declined to compel Mr. Risen to reveal his source, saying he was protected by a limited “reporter’s privilege” under the First Amendment. But on Friday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Justice Department in a 2-1 decision that “there is no First Amendment testimonial privilege, absolute or qualified, that protects a reporter from being compelled to testify in criminal proceedings.”

Judge Roger Gregory dissented, warning that “The majority exalts the interests of the government while unduly trampling those of the press, and in doing so, severely impinges on the press and the free flow of information in our society.” The Obama administration should take his words to heart.

Big chill: Obama’s Justice Department targets the press

posted on Jul, 29 2013 @ 01:21 AM
There is going to be a government crackdown, all right, I'm sure. Not cool. Especially when the "criminals" are really similar to political prisoners / political fugitives.
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posted on Jul, 29 2013 @ 01:24 AM
You all may wonder why I am constantly pointing out things wrong with the Obama Administration. I just feel like this man is pretending to be something he is not, all while pulling the wool over the American publics eyes. My mouth is gaping open that I have found yet another reason to dislike this administration. I am a very patriotic person and have defended the worst of presidents. But there is just no way I can do it right now.

This here is a perfect example of what I am talking about. He promised to help whistleblowers recently, but now his Justice department has removed a protection that was vital for freedom of the press.

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posted on Jul, 29 2013 @ 02:16 AM
Blaming the government is like blaming the private for the platoon leaders decisions.

If you all pulled your heads and thumbs out your #(*!()$% and maybe focus your attention on the bankers and military heads then you would get results.

But your all to busy bashing the black man who is in front of the camera. which is pointless as he is as important to the US state of affairs as the pimple on my but is to my education level.

posted on Jul, 29 2013 @ 05:52 AM
So now we have the U.S. Government, of all people, apparently setting up their own constitutional 'amendments' by using the courts.

It's a commie plan.

By demanding that Mr. Risen break his pledge of confidentiality, the Obama Justice Department pushed the court into setting a chilling and destructive precedent that will go beyond this single case. The Sterling prosecution is one of seven leak-related cases brought under the 1917 Espionage Act by the Obama administration, compared to only three under all other previous presidents.

Mr. Risen plans to appeal to the Supreme Court and vows to go to prison if he ultimately loses. That wouldn’t be necessary if the administration made good on its promise to respect press freedom and reporter confidentiality.

And I question the official motives of the Justice Dept.

What would stop journalists from just saying something was just a hunch or just a story ?

No genuine proof of a national security breach.

This shows how maniacally paranoid the Administration really is.

The real threat to national security is obviously the high government officials themselves.

They are clever psychopaths, and they always seem to blame a scapegoat for what they themselves are guilty of.

Many laws are severely flawed because they delegate extreme powers to unelected people.

It's commie.

But at least we know many citizens are happy.

posted on Jul, 29 2013 @ 06:11 AM
After reading this, the light bulb is burning bright, there actually is a clearly evident, step-by-step, systematic attack aimed at the Bill of Rights, FOR REAL!

If the courts support this one too, then obviously there is cooperation across all three branches of government.

That snowball is coming down the mountain fast, getting bigger and bigger.

posted on Jul, 29 2013 @ 06:16 AM
reply to post by elouina

We also know why Obama urged us all to "ignore" voices warning us of tyranny in the government in a speech this summer at Ohio State University.

His administration is tyrannical.

posted on Jul, 29 2013 @ 07:19 AM
reply to post by elouina

This was inevitable. The internet is the only place remaining where the free press can really work in this day and age.

There has been "freedom of the press" for a long time, but this was usurped in the MSM a long time ago, with threats to remove privileges and the targeting of individuals. Basically, if you upset the president by printing something or being too critical, your company (paper or station) will be frozen out of the next big event. This has been used numerous times to keep the MSM under the control of the government, and it's led to a toothless media too scared to dig for the truth.

Now that we have the internet, people can discuss freely and citizen journalists are taking over and doing the job the MSM should have been doing, but was blackmailed into halting - real journalism and reporting.

So, because of that, the government has been trying to take control of the internet and restrict information through various acts disguised as other things (copyright and piracy was one, now it's about porn and protecting children).

That was far more difficult than they could have imagined, with protest and vocal criticism preventing it from really charging ahead the way the government wanted.

So now, we have a direct and unabashed attack on the freedom of the press, and it's a terrifying place to be.

posted on Jul, 29 2013 @ 07:41 AM

But your all to busy bashing the black man who is in front of the camera. which is pointless as he is as important to the US state of affairs as the pimple on my but is to my education level.
reply to post by Agit8dChop

Sorry my friend I have to disagree with you on that for it is the president who signs bills into law and helps steer the direction and tone of the nation.

1. Chief of State

Roles: This role requires a president to be an inspiring example for the American people. In some nations, the chief of state is a king or a queen who wears a crown on special occasions, celebrates national holidays, and stands for the highest values and ideals of the country. As the American Chief of State, the president is a living symbol of the nation. It is considered a great honor for any citizen to shake the president's hand.

Examples of Behavior in Roles:
•Awarding medals to the winners of college scholarships.
•Congratulating astronauts on their journey into space.
•Greeting visitors to the White House.
•Making a patriotic speech on the Fourth of July.

2. Chief Executive

Roles: The president is "boss" for millions of government workers in the Executive Branch, deciding how the laws of the United States are to be enforced and choosing officials and advisers to help run the Executive Branch.

Examples of Behavior in Roles:
•Appointing someone to serve as head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
•Holding a Cabinet meeting to discuss government business.
•Reading reports about problems of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

3. Chief Diplomat

Roles: The president decides what American diplomats and ambassadors shall say to foreign governments. With the help of advisers, the president makes the foreign policy of the United States.

Examples of Behavior in Roles:
•Traveling to London to meet with British leaders.
•Entertaining Japanese diplomats in the White House.
•Writing a message or a letter to the leaders of the Soviet Union.

4. Commander-In-Chief

Roles: The president is in charge of the U.S. armed forces: the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. The president decides where troops shall be stationed, where ships shall be sent, and how weapons shall be used. All military generals and admirals take their orders from the President.

Examples of Behavior in Roles:
•Inspecting a Navy yard.
•Deciding, in wartime, whether to bomb foreign cities.
•Calling out troops to stop a riot.

5. Chief Legislator

Roles: Only Congress has the actual power to make laws. But the Constitution gives the president power to influence Congress in its lawmaking. Presidents may urge Congress to pass new laws or veto bills that they do not favor.

Examples of Behavior in Roles:
•Inviting members of Congress to lunch in the White House.
•Signing a bill of Congress.
•Making a speech in Congress.

6. Chief of Party

Roles: In this role, the president helps members of his political party get elected or appointed to office. The president campaigns for those members who have supported his policies. At the end of a term the president may campaign for reelection.

Examples of Behavior in Roles:
•Choosing leading party members to serve in the Cabinet.
•Traveling to California to speak at a rally for a party nominee to the U.S. Senate.

7. Chief Guardian of the Economy

Roles: In this role, the president is concerned with such things as unemployment, high prices, taxes, business profits, and the general prosperity of the country. The president does not control the economy, but is expected to help it run smoothly.

Examples of Behavior in Roles:
•Meeting with economic advisers to discuss ways to reduce unemployment.
•Meeting with business and labor leaders to discuss their needs and problems.

Adapted from The Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court, Scholastic Inc., 1989.
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posted on Jul, 29 2013 @ 08:04 AM
reply to post by Rocker2013

The MSM are fools to themselves, and they basically invited the blackmail by their own greed.

When fighting over each other to get what they saw as a comfy, prime position for their reporters (yeah..right), they bowed their heads, doffed their caps, bit their tongues and whispered and wrote sweet nothings in the governments ears, simply to keep their prime spots and invites to 'selected journalists only' events and speeches.

This has resulted in a mute (and moot) press, a press that has become the informational propaganda machine for whomever is in power.

The MSM should have stuck to journalistic integrity principles, and if threatened with losing their 'prime spot' (which was never really prime in terms of real actual journalism, as it had the effect of holding them by the throats) they should have simply refused to cover anything the swine were doing or saying...all of them.

Politicians would suffocate within month without press and MSM coverage.

They would never get elected without MSM exposure.

They would never get re-elected either.

They would never gain public support for policies.

If they don't give air time or press coverage to any one of those sitting in the WH or congress or the senate, they are no longer going to be a politician.

WHEN are the people of this world going to realise once and for all, that the power, the true power in this world resides with them, and not the governments?

It's people like you and me, and our neighbours that matter, the politicians are in existence ONLY to do OUR bidding, and work in OUR best interests and for absolutely no other reason.

posted on Jul, 29 2013 @ 08:49 AM
reply to post by Agit8dChop

But your all to busy bashing the black man who is in front of the camera. which is pointless as he is as important to the US state of affairs as the pimple on my but is to my education level.

He isn't black. We learned after the George Zimmerman verdict that if a person has one white parent that means they are white.

Obama is white, get with the program geesh.

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