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The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun

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By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun

 

This supporter of the Ukraine joining the EU has received her reward: a 50% cut in her pension.

This supporter of the Ukraine joining the EU has received her reward: a 50% cut in her pension.

 

According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. http://www.kommersant.ua/doc/2424454 It is Greece all over again.

Before anything approaching stability and legitimacy has been obtained for the puppet government put in power by the Washington orchestrated coup against the legitimate, elected Ukraine government, the Western looters are already at work. Naive protesters who believed the propaganda that EU membership offered a better life are due to lose half of their pension by April. But this is only the beginning.

The corrupt Western media describes loans as “aid.” However, the 11 billion euros that the EU is offering Kiev is not aid. It is a loan. Moreover, it comes with many strings, including Kiev’s acceptance of an IMF austerity plan.

Remember now, gullible Ukrainians participated in the protests that were used to overthrow their elected government, because they believed the lies told to them by Washington-financed NGOs that once they joined the EU they would have streets paved with gold. Instead they are getting cuts in their pensions and an IMF austerity plan.

The austerity plan will cut social services, funds for education, layoff government workers, devalue the currency, thus raising the prices of imports which include Russian gas, thus electricity, and open Ukrainian assets to takeover by Western corporations.

Ukraine’s agriculture lands will pass into the hands of American agribusiness.

One part of the Washington/EU plan for Ukraine, or that part of Ukraine that doesn’t defect to Russia, has succeeded. What remains of the country will be thoroughly looted by the West.

The other part hasn’t worked as well. Washington’s Ukrainian stooges lost control of the protests to organized and armed ultra-nationalists. These groups, whose roots go back to those who fought for Hitler during World War 2, engaged in words and deeds that sent southern and eastern Ukraine clamoring to be returned to Russia where they resided prior to the 1950s when the Soviet communist party stuck them into Ukraine.

At this time of writing it looks like Crimea has seceded from Ukraine. Washington and its NATO puppets can do nothing but bluster and threaten sanctions. The White House Fool has demonstrated the impotence of the “US sole superpower” by issuing sanctions against unknown persons, whoever they are, responsible for returning Crimea to Russia, where it existed for about 200 years before, according to Solzhenitsyn, a drunk Khrushchev of Ukrainian ethnicity moved southern and eastern Russian provinces into Ukraine. Having observed the events in western Ukraine, those Russian provinces want to go back home where they belong, just as South Ossetia wanted nothing to do with Georgia.

Washington’s stooges in Kiev can do nothing about Crimea except bluster. Under the Russian-Ukraine agreement, Russia is permitted 25,000 troops in Crimea. The US/EU media’s deploring of a “Russian invasion of 16,000 troops” is either total ignorance or complicity in Washington’s lies. Obviously, the US/EU media is corrupt. Only a fool would rely on their reports. Any media that would believe anything Washington says after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney sent Secretary of State Colin Powell to the UN to peddle the regime’s lies about “Iraqi weapons of mass destruction,” which the weapons inspectors had told the White House did not exist, is clearly a collection of bought-and-paid for whores.

In the former Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, Putin’s low-key approach to the strategic threat that Washington has brought to Russia has given Washington a chance to hold on to a major industrial complex that serves the Russian economy and military. The people themselves in eastern Ukraine are in the streets demanding separation from the unelected government that Washington’s coup has imposed in Kiev. Washington, realizing that its incompetence has lost Crimea, had its Kiev stooges appoint Ukrainian oligarchs, against whom the Maiden protests were partly directed, to governing positions in eastern Ukraine cities. These oligarchs have their own private militias in addition to the police and any Ukrainian military units that are still functioning. The leaders of the protesting Russians are being arrested and disappeared. Washington and its EU puppets, who proclaim their support for self-determination, are only for self-determination when it can be orchestrated in their favor. Therefore, Washington is busy at work suppressing self-determination in eastern Ukraine.

This is a dilemma for Putin. His low-key approach has allowed Washington to seize the initiative in eastern Ukraine. The oligarchs Taruta and Kolomoyskiy have been put in power in Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk, and are carrying out arrests of Russians and committing unspeakable crimes, but you will never hear of it from the US presstitutes. Washington’s strategy is to arrest and deep-six the leaders of the secessionists so that there no authorities to request Putin’s intervention.

If Putin has drones, he has the option of taking out Taruta and Kolomoyskiy. If Putin lets Washington retain the Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, he will have demonstrated a weakness that Washington will exploit. Washington will exploit the weakness to the point that Washington forces Putin to war.

The war will be nuclear.

Reprinted with permission from www.paulcraigroberts.org

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About Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is now available.
 

Obama nominates Pro-SOPA lobbiest to lead Trans Pac Partnership talks

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Obama nominates Pro-SOPA lobbiest to lead Trans Pac Partnership talks

 

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Remember SOPA? The hiddeous beast of a bill sponsored by Hollywood which sought to jam the file content sharing genie back in the bottle? The bill that the whole Internet world rose up against and forced the politicians to back down on? Remember that? Well one of the lobbyists who headed the effort to severely restrict the Internet so that the media companies could cling to their outdated business models has now been nominated by Obama to head the effort in the secret (to us – hundreds of corporations are in on what is going on) Trans Pacific Partnership talks.

The TPP is a comprehensive trade agreement which will define how trade is done around the Pacific Rim in the years to come.  There is a lot riding on the negotiations, especially for Hollywood which now sees the agreement as a way to get the restrictions on content sharing that it couldn’t get through Congress.

And Obama just helped them do it.

(From Republic Report)
 
This morning, President Obama nominated Robert Holleyman as deputy U.S. trade representative. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Holleyman will help lead the effort to pass the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
 
Notably, Holleyman is a former lobbyist who led efforts to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act legislation, better known as SOPA, when he was leader of the Business Software Alliance. The SOPA debate (along with its sister legislation, PROTECT-IP, in the Senate) brought a spotlight on industry efforts to undermine Internet freedom through what many considered to be draconian intellectual property policy.

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Nick Sorrentino
About Nick Sorrentino

Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

Comcast Merger and the FCC controlling the news?

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Comcast Merger and the FCC controlling the news?

 

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WASHINGTON DC | The merger between Comcast and Time-Warner cable is a concern to many independent cable providers and others. Critics of the merger, like our guest today believe the purchase will create a monopoly that will dominate the marketplace. When Comcast recently purchased NBC Universal, the company pressed hard for Federal approval. It is interesting to note that FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell, soon after approving the deal, was hired by Comcast. The terms of her employment deal have never been disclosed.

Other than a former FCC Commissioner in their employ – Comcast has close ties to the Obama Administration that may help rubber stamp the merger. Comcast CEO, Brian Roberts, has enjoyed Golf outings with President Obama on Martha’s Vineyard, while Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen is a frequent White House guest and major fundraiser for the Democratic Party.

This relationship may underscore NBC’s ongoing coverage of President Obama as Comcast owns NBC – It may also explain the recent move by the FCC to install Government minders in newsrooms across the country – quizzing reporters and editors on how they select stories – a move that was highly criticized and has since been canceled by the White House.

Our guest today to break down the Comcast/Time Warner merger and the FCC’s failed Newsroom Monitoring Program is the director for media and democracy – Todd O’Boyle – his organization – “Common Cause” at CommonCause.org

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The Comcast/Time Warner Merger and the War Between Centralization and Decentralization

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By Michael Krieger

The Comcast/Time Warner Merger and the War Between Centralization and Decentralization

 

Or take the right to vote. In principle, it is a great privilege. In practice, as recent history has repeatedly shown, the right to vote, by itself, is no guarantee of liberty. Therefore, if you wish to avoid dictatorship by referendum, break up modern society’s merely functional collectives into self-governing, voluntarily co-operating groups, capable of functioning outside the bureaucratic systems of Big Business and Big Government.

-Aldous Huxley, in Brave New World Revisited (1958) 

Until recent years, the struggle between the forces of “centralization” and “decentralization” was more of a full on slaughter-fest than an actually battle or war. As Americans sat there blissfully asleep for decades, every facet of our lives has been carefully consolidated into the hands of a smaller and smaller group of corporations, and hence individual executives. This trend is undeniable in everything from food, banking, media and everything in between.

Myself and many others saw the financial crisis of 2008 as a gigantic wakeup call. The disasters caused by powerful financial institutions and the greedy people that ran them should have been used as a rallying cry to break these institutions up. To recognize the dangers of too much power in one particular place. This is especially important in something as crucial as banking. However, as we are all painfully aware, this is not what happened. Rather, the institutions were bailed out, the industry consolidated even more than it was before, and the perpetrators of the crisis emerged from it even more wealthy and powerful.

My personal focus on this website has been to expose the unique dangers presented by centralization in the financial industry and the monetary system. However, many others are dedicated to the equally important and disturbing trends in other industries. Consumer goods is one of these areas, and a very telling diagram went around late last year showing how 10 companies basically control everything you buy. Take a look below:

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Dangerous consolidation of the media is a trend that has also been discussed by many people on many occasions, and many of us by now have heard the stat that in the U.S. just six media giants control 90% of all TV, news, radio and film. Now that Comcast is set to buy Time Warner, the situation is about to get that much worse. The International Business Times made some poignant points:

“No one woke up this morning wishing their cable company was bigger or had more control over what they could watch or download,” Aaron said. “But that — along with higher bills — is the reality they’ll face tomorrow unless the Department of Justice and the FCC do their jobs and block this merger. Stopping this kind of deal is exactly why we have antitrust laws.”

In December, the Wall Street Journal speculated about a possible merger between the two companies, quoting an FCC official who told the paper that such a deal would face “a number of hurdles.” Chief among them is the 33 percent market share of pay-TV subscribers the new conglomerate would control. That percentage exceeds the cap of 30 percent formerly imposed by the FCC.

Perhaps an even greater hurdle is the resulting influence Comcast-TWC would have over Internet services. The merger, according to Gigaom’s Om Malik, could potentially make Comcast the largest broadband provider outside of China. Such muscle would give the company greater influence in key negotiations with content creators, particularly since it already owns NBCUniversal. It’s no wonder the deal is sparking fear among media diversity advocates. While pay-TV providers will trumpet their need for negotiating power amid rising retransmission fees — particularly for sports networks — cable bills have only gone up as media consolidation has proliferated over the last two decades. Speculating about a rumored TWC sale last month, Susan Crawford of Bloomberg.com said bluntly that it will “cost us all.”

Many people write about the struggle between “liberty” and “tyranny,” including myself, but these may not be the most effective terms to use in order to explain the troubling situation we face to a wider audience. Unfortunately, when people hear the words “liberty” the knee-jerk reaction for many is to associate it with right-wing “conspiracy theorists.” Of course, it is “conspiracy fact” that a small handful of corporations and the executives that run them control more and more of our daily lives. In other words, the forces of “tyranny” use “centralization” as their primary weapon of choice in order to control us. Those of us who long for “freedom” and “liberty” must use “decentralization” as our primary tool to fight back and win.

I have no doubt that the we in the decentralization camp are on the right side of history, and I have become more and more confident of this fact with each passing day. Every year since the financial crisis I have witnessed more and more powerful tools for decentralization that the status quo simply will not be able to control. From 3D-printing to crypto-currencies, from crowd-funding to social media, it is clear to me the status quo must adapt or die. While the Comcast/Time Warner merger is a serious threat, I think it ultimately represents just another last gasp of a dying paradigm.

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The thought police have arrived: The FCC Plan To Police The Newsrooms (Sadly not a joke.)

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The thought police have arrived: The FCC Plan To Police The Newsrooms (Sadly not a joke.)

 

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This can not be allowed to happen.

Government content commissars in newsrooms? This is anathema to everything this country is about. Everything.

We must fight this. Yet another effort pushed by this administration to limit the free expression of thought in this country.

The Land of the Free is now ranked 46th in press freedom according to Reporters Without Borders. We dropped 13 spots last year.

This is the United States people. We can not allow this to happen on our watch.

(From IBD.com)
 
As if illegal seizures of Associated Press phone records and the shadowy tailing of the mother of a Fox News reporter weren’t menacing enough, the Obama administration is going out of its way to institute a new intrusive surveillance of the press, as if the press wasn’t supine enough.
 
Ajit Pai, a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission, warned this week in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that a plan to dispatch researchers into radio, television and even newspaper newsrooms called the “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs” is still going forward, despite the grave danger it presented to the First Amendment.
 
Pai warned that under the rationale of increasing minority representation in newsrooms, the FCC, which has the power to issue or not issue broadcasting licenses, would dispatch its “researchers” to newsrooms across America to seek their “voluntary” compliance about how news stories are decided, as well as “wade into office politics” looking for angry reporters whose story ideas were rejected as evidence of a shutout of minority views.

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Nick Sorrentino
About Nick Sorrentino

Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

 

More Crony Media: Sebelius reached out to major media to head off bad press before Obamacare launch

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More Crony Media: Sebelius reached out to major media to head off bad press before Obamacare launch

 

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We have noted many times the very close relationship between the current White House and the #oldmedia. The mainstream news outlets (really less and less mainstream with each passing day) have been stalwart allies of this president and have been generally positively disposed toward this president (and candidate) from the get go. Controlling the message has been key to keeping Obama afloat.

Add the large number of journalists who now work in the White House, and the close ties to George Soros’s Media Matters outfit  which crafts talking points for the media, it is clear that controlling the “narrative” is of the highest priority for this president. I am pretty sure that the staffers over at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are of the “perception is reality” school.

Of course this is totally false. Any good poker play can tell you that perception certainly is not reality.One can fool people with lies and obfuscation but it doesn’t change reality.

Leading up to the launch of the most important “achievement” of the Obama presidency, Obamacare, the White House knew that it needed to control the message. It would have a hard enough time even if the program worked, never mind if it turned out to be the “train wreck” that so many warned it was likely to become. Reality might be crashing down around them, but if they could keep the broader public from knowing just how bad things were and were likely to become, perhaps the giant social experiment which is the ACA might survive.

In this effort the Kathleen Sebelius started reaching out to the message makers.

(From The Hill)
 
According to Sebelius’s draft schedules, obtained by The Hill under the Freedom of Information Act, Sebelius had coffee with The Washington Post’s former WonkBlog reporter Ezra Klein on August 2, about two months before the disastrous Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov.
 
Klein is a well-known policy reporter who is now leaving the Post to start his own media venture.
 
Sebelius’s outreach to the media also included joining a group of administration officials during a meeting with Thomas Friedman, The New York Times columnist.
 
“You will join the closing session of the day-long program put together to introduce Tom Friedman to various health care costs issues,” said a note to Sebelius on the April 23 meeting.
 
Less than a month later, The New York Times ran a Friedman column about how the number of healthcare information start-ups was evidence ObamaCare “already appears to be surprising on the upside.” Friedman says in the piece that HHS connected him with the companies he profiled.
 
The more than 750 pages of draft schedules obtained by The Hill run from late October 2012 to just past the Oct. 1, 2013 launch date of the healthcare exchanges.

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Nick Sorrentino
About Nick Sorrentino

Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

 

The End of TV?

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The End of TV?

 

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The cable TV business had its worst year ever in 2013, and both cable and broadcast TV have seen negative ratings growth since 2011. Why are people shutting off their cable service, and how can you do the same?


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Matt Drudge Issues Warning: “Have An Exit Plan”

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By Mac Slavo

Matt Drudge Issues Warning: “Have An Exit Plan”

 

matt-drudge-217x300His web site may consist of just a single page, but Matt Drudge is arguably the most influential media personality in the world. Garnering nearly one billion readers monthly, the Drudge Report is able to literally shift public sentiment, making it an essential read for D.C. insiders, Wall Street professionals, and anyone who wants to stay on top of the latest global issues.

If Matt Drudge headlines a story its viral spread to millions of readers in near real-time is guaranteed.

With his established connections to critical spheres of influence that include everything from politics and government to finance and entertainment, when Drudge speaks, people listen.

Over the weekend, as noted by Steve Quayle and Susan Duclos, the self made media behemoth took to his Twitter account with a simple warning consisting of just four words… Have an Exit Plan

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Drudge included no other details with his Tweet.

The warning, while cryptic, may be the result of direct insider information. Considering he once nearly brought down the Clinton administration by revealing the President’s indiscretions with a White House intern, one could make the case that if anyone has legitimate sources pouring in from across the world it’s Matt Drudge.

Could his warning be for stock market investors regarding foreknowledge of an imminent collapse of financial markets in the United States, China and Europe?

Or has Drudge’s access to insiders in key positions given him the ability to connect the dots for an event that may occur in the near future? Few may recall, but just three weeks ahead of the September 11th attacks, Drudge headlined warnings of possible strikes on US-based targets, so there may well be a credible insider source for his most recent warning as well.

In recent years the mogul has expanded his news distribution service to  include alternative news powerhouses like Alex Jones’ Infowars, which researches and analyzes key events and happenings globally. As of late, Drudge has made it a point to link to a variety of topics at Infowars that include the militarization of America’s domestic policing apparatus, Constitutional transgression at the highest levels of our government, and other insider reports often ignored by the mainstream media. While establishment news media shuns the rapidly growing alternative media, a warning to “have an exit plan” is one that the alternative news sphere has consistently suggested, while often being laughed at in mainstream circles.

Given Drudge’s massive following, reach, and credibility, perhaps we shouldn’t be laughing any more.

Something has spooked Matt Drudge and he’s not alone. Last year one of America’s leading talk show hosts, Mark Levin, warned that the U.S. government has been simulating the collapse of our financial system and society with the potential for widespread violence. There are countless such examples of highly influential media personalities who are issuing similar warnings.

Within the realm of the alternative media, the last several years have yielded incredible insights into the inner workings of the U.S. government, political system and economic machinations. Everything from manipulations of our monetary system to the sometimes unbelievable expansion of the American police state has been extensively studied and reported by thousands of independent journalists, broadcasters and bloggers operating outside of the mainstream establishment’s sphere of influence.

There have been insider reports indicating that a crisis of unprecedented magnitude is coming to the United States. Contrarian economists, who are almost completely ignored by mainstream media, have warned of dire consequences to the continued operation of our systems of commerce, including our domestic food distribution networks. And though it has not been reported on the alphabet news channels, the U.S. military has been actively war gaming collapse scenarios and engaging in highly suspicious exercises across U.S. metropolitan areas.

While Matt Drudge’s latest comments could be referring to anything, given the types of stories he’s covered in recent years we could make the case that he is referring to worst-case scenarios.

His exit plan warning may encompass any number of potential scenarios such as a coming shock to financial markets, evacuating major cities in an emergency, preparing for the destruction of our currency, or having a way to get out of the United States in the event of a Soviet-style purge.

Whatever the case, Matt Drudge understands that his views and comments are followed by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, thus we are confident that he would not publicly issue such a warning unless he has access to credible information that supports his claims.

That being said, we urge readers to remain vigilant. And, in the off chance that some terrible event is in our near future, we strongly suggest having a preparedness plan that includes emergency food storage, barter supplies, medicinesprecious metals, and a strategic relocation plan in case you are forced to evacuate your current residence.

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The Media Is Trying To Bury Gold

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The Media Is Trying To Bury Gold

 

Ezra Klein once wrote:

Good economists are great storytellers. They sculpt narratives with squiggly graphs and crowded charts.

That’s actually the polar opposite of a good economist, as anyone familiar with Austrian Economics understands. But that’s how mainstream economists operate.

Let’s take a look at how Bloomberg writer, Nicholas Larkin, is “sculpting” gold with “squiggly graphs” and “crowded charts”:

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How does one “sculpt” a gold narrative to make it look unattractive?

Well first, you declare that a “Bust” has occurred. And then you make sure that the “squiggly graph” makes it seem like that is the case. You do that by adjusting the time frame of the graph to fit the “narrative”. In other words, the above chart only shows the years 2008-2013.

But what happens when you to expand the chart out:

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Aha!

That changes the narrative…doesn’t it?

Instead of a “Bust”, what we’re actually dealing with is a “Normal Pullback”. Anyone who pays attention to markets has an awareness of the push and pull that occurs at all times. The gold price ran virtually straight up for a good decade!! It would be naive to think that a pullback would never occur.

The media’s constant portrayal of gold’s pullback as a “Bust” is purposefully done. The government (and it’s media) hate anything that challenges their paper money empire. Gold is always the main threat. They know it, they hate it, and will always try to paint gold as some loser metal that you should never consider owning.

There has been no “Bust” in gold.

If you want to see what a real bust looks like, take a look at the old Lehman Brothers chart:

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It’s important never to fall victim to the establishment’s “narratives”.


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Terrorism, Activism & the Rise of Independent Journalism

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By Susanne Posel
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Terrorism, Activism & the Rise of Independent Journalism

 

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Control over the free flow of information is coming to a head with the Senate Bill 987, entitled, “Free Flow of Information Act of 2013” (FFIA) which is awaiting approval by the House and the Senate.

Supporters of this bill include:

• Senator Lindsey Graham
• Senator Barbara Boxer
• Senator Maria Cantwell
• Senator Patrick Leahy

The text of the FFIA explains how a “covered person” would not have to disclose their sources for news unless “a Federal court in the jurisdiction where the subpoena, court order, or other compulsory legal process has been or would be issued determines, after providing notice and an opportunity to be heard.”

Indeed, this legislation provides protection to the mainstream media with regard to anonymous sources never having to be revealed which also maintains that this conglomerate of media outlets would not have to divulge where any information they report on came from.

This is anti-ethical to a transparent press that provides source links or footnotes in articles to provide the audience with further information on the subject, as well as the exact source where the information originated.

This includes information provided by “record, document, or item obtained as the result of the eyewitness observations of, or obtained during the course of, alleged criminal conduct by the covered person, including any physical evidence or visual or audio recording of the conduct.”

However, in Section 5, the legislation outlines a catch-all allowance by any entity to obtain information about anonymous sources in the event that this indulgence would “prevent terrorist activity or harm to national security.”

The loophole is created with the ambiguous phrase: “Other acts that are reasonably likely to cause significant and articulable harm to national security.”

A covered person is defined as “a person who, with the primary intent to investigate events and procure material in order to disseminate to the public news or information concerning local, national, or international events or other matters of public interest, regularly gathers, prepares, collects, photographs, records, writes, edits, reports or publishes on such matters by”:

  • Conducts interviews
  • Makes direct observations of events
  • “Collecting, reviewing, or analyzing original writings, statements, communications, reports, memoranda, records, transcripts, documents, photographs, recordings, tapes, materials, data, or other information whether in paper, electronic, or other form”
  • Gathers information with the intent of disseminating the news

Forms of dissemination that are acceptable to the US government include:

  • Print “(including newspapers, books, wire services, news agencies, or magazines)”
  • Broadcasting “(including dissemination through networks, cable, satellite carriers, broadcast stations, or a channel or programming service for any such media)”
  • Photography
  • Electronic
  • Other means

Senator Dianne Feinstein spoke at a Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) meeting in September to explain her view of who can be a journalist and who cannot.

Feinstein made note of how certain language in the bill would extend to persons who “really aren’t qualified at all” to call themselves journalists (as meant to be defined by the government).

The US government is attempting to define journalism as we know it today, and may be successful because of the ignorance of current incarnations of the development of news and reporting over time.

Following the tremendous contribution of friend and fellow journalist, James Corbett, this lecture furthers certain details of the study on the transformation of media as it relates to the definition of journalism over the centuries.

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The first identified movement toward mass reporting of events can be attributed to the creation of the printing press . This machine made it possible for information to be copied en masse and distributed in a timely manner.

This modern equivalent of the printing press can be found in the creation of the internet . Just as with the printing press (which facilitated news to be distributed across a massive audience), the internet is the apparatus that allows modern alternative media to reach a substantial portion of the world’s population that have access to the World Wide Web.

In fact, the first newspapers were created in Europe by “merchants would distribute newsletters written by hand containing information regarding the weather, economic conditions, wars and human-interest stories.”

Today we find that with the creation of websites, alternative forms of information about current events have once again altered the landscape of what is accepted as disbursement of news and established online journalism .

In the mid-1800s, Paul Julius Reuter and his friend Carl Friedrich Gauss, “who was experimenting with an electric telegraph . . . opened a telegraphic news office ” and later founded Reuters News Agency (RNA).

In 1847, Reuter and Stargardt “distributed radical pamphlets at the beginning of the Revolutions of 1848.”

RNA used carrier pigeons to connect Berlin to Paris, and then used the telegraph to correlate with reporters all over the word who provided information on events to the central hub which then translated those reports to the public.

In our technological age, Twitter serves as a modern-day telegraph which “enables [microbloggers] to send and read ‘tweets’ which are text messages limited to 140 characters.”

With the creation of radio, talk news became another way news was provided to the public for educational purposes.

In the 1920s, “a Detroit station air[ed] what is believed to be the first radio news broadcast.”

Today there are a plethora of alternative talk radio stations that mirror the intent of that first news broadcast; to bring the audience information about politics, health and corporatism that directly affects our world.

Beginning in 1949, the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) was the first news agency to have a news show on television.

Since creation of YouTube in 2005, what has been called alternative media has been able to report on news independently from what is discussed in the mainstream media.

Just as the development of journalism has changed with the advent of technology, there is no difference between what has historically taken place and what is happening right now.

From the printing press to internet websites, the way in which we disseminate information to the public has changed.

The independent “alternative” media are simply going with the free flow of information, as news agencies of the past have done, to ensure the public is able to make an informed decision.

Only now, with the introduction of SB 987, is this industry being redefined for the express purpose of the government overseeing and granting privilege to certain “covered persons” as pre-approved journalists.

If journalism and news reporting is to survive, its integrity must be maintained. This means that the battle is not in whether or not a “seventeen year old can purchase a $5 website” and offer another perspective on local and international events, but whether or not uncompromised sources of information can remain relevant so the public can be truly informed.

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Susanne Posel Chief Editor, Investigative Journalist OccupyCorporatism.com Radio Host: The Region 10 Report, Live Thursdays 1-3PM PST on American Freedom Radio.

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