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Bush Declares War on Freedom of The Press

dvs

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from capitolhillblue.com

Bush declares war on freedom of the press

March 6, 2006 07:44 AM / The Rant .

By DOUG THOMPSON

Using many of the questionable surveillance and monitoring techniques that brought both questions and criticism to his administration, President George W. Bush has launched a war against reporters who write stories unfavorable to his actions and is planning to prosecute journalists to make examples of them in his "war on terrorism."

Bush recently directed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to use "whatever means at your disposal" to wiretap, follow, harass and investigate journalists who have published stories about the administration's illegal use of warrantless wiretaps, use of faulty intelligence and anything else he deems "detrimental to the war on terror."

Reporters for The New York Times, which along with Capitol Hill Blue revealed use of the National Security Agency to monitor phone calls and emails of Americans, say FBI agents have interviewed them and criminal prosecutors at the Justice Department admit they are laying "the groundwork for a grand jury that could lead to criminal charges,"

CIA Director Porter Goss told Congress recently that "it is my aim and it is my hope that we will witness a grand jury investigation with reporters present being asked to reveal who is leaking this information. I believe the safety of this nation and the people of this country deserve nothing less."

As part of the investigation, the Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency are wiretapping reporters' phones, following journalists on a daily basis, searching their homes and offices under a USA Patriot Act provision that allows "secret and undisclosed searches" and pouring over financial and travel records of hundreds of Washington-based reporters.

Spokesmen for the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security admit there are "ongoing investigations" regarding publication of stories "involving threats to national security" but will not reveal what those investigations include.

In addition to using the USA Patriot Act to pry into the lives of journalists, the Justice Department has also dusted off a pre-World War I law to prosecute people who receive classified information, although the law was aimed at military personnel not civilians.

"This is the first administration that I can remember, including Nixon's, that said we need to think about a law that would put journalists who print national security things up in front of grand juries and put them in jail if they don't reveal their sources," says David Gergen, who served as President Regan's director of communication and also worked in the Nixon and Ford White Houses.

Political scientist George Harleigh, who worked in the Nixon administration, says such use of federal law enforcement authority was illegal when Nixon tried it and still so today.

"We're talking about a basic violation of the Constitutional guarantee of a free press as well as a violation of the rights of privacy of American citizens," Harleigh says. "I had hoped we would have learned our lessons from the Nixon era. Sadly, it appears we have not."

In recent weeks, the FBI has issued hundreds of "National Security Letters," directing employers, banks, credit card companies, libraries and other entities to turn over records on reporters. Under the USA Patriot Act, those who must turn over the records are also prohibited from revealing they have done so to the subject of the federal probes.

"The significance of this cannot be overstated," says prominent New York litigator Glenn Greenwald. "In essence, while the President sits in the White House undisturbed after proudly announcing that he has been breaking the law and will continue to do so, his slavish political appointees at the Justice Department are using the mammoth law enforcement powers of the federal government to find and criminally prosecute those who brought this illegal conduct to light.

"This flamboyant use of the forces of criminal prosecution to threaten whistle-blowers and intimidate journalists are nothing more than the naked tactics of street thugs and authoritarian juntas."

Just how widespread, and uncontrolled, this latest government assault has become hit close to home last week when one of the FBI's National Security Letters arrived at the company that hosts the servers for this web site, Capitol Hill Blue.

The letter demanded traffic data, payment records and other information about the web site along with information on me, the publisher.

Now that's a problem. I own the company that hosts Capitol Hill Blue. So, in effect, the feds want me to turn over information on myself and not tell myself that I'm doing it. You'd think they'd know better.

I turned the letter over to my lawyer and told him to send the following message to the feds:

Fuck you. Strong letter to follow.

© Copyright 2006 by Capitol Hill Blue
 

deevah

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poor old bush II, dictatorship is hard

the media's going to publish a pic of him on the crapper
 

Boss Hog

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dvs said:
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CIA Director Porter Goss told Congress recently that "it is my aim and it is my hope that we will witness a grand jury investigation with reporters present being asked to reveal who is leaking this information. I believe the safety of this nation and the people of this country deserve nothing less."

I love how the CIA's mandate has totally changed from being the body responsible for protecting America's interests abroad and having no jurisdiction within the United States, to whatever the fuck it is now.


Immediately after 9/11 the majority people scoffed at the ideas of:

-This being a war about oil
-Iraq having nothing to do with 9/11
-Whether or not Saddam was a threat to the west. Of course he was!
-The United States moving toward a dictatorship
-conspiracy among high level government officials
-a wide spread media coverup
-the dismantling of the consititution via the Patriot Act
-that the rejection of the World Court suggested premeditated torture
-the elections were fixed, and would likely be fixed in 2004. Which we subsequently watched happen through consistent reports.

Funny how far they've come in such a short time, and how many people still scoff at the idea.
 

Lurker

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lmao

This was the same admin who was raving about the whole "embedded reporter" idea back when the war was going well. Awesome ++

Well, if you watch Lou Dobbs on any given night, he's cruising to be strung up and shot by this administration since he doesn't really have the least good thing to say about it.

I really don't think that the media or even congress & the senate will allow this to go through. The media will keep reporting it the way it is, with the mindset of "you can't arrest all of us" and the house and senate are up for re-election this year, and they need to do what's in there best interests to get re-elected.

The people have been spied on too much. Bush et al are just pissed that their smoke screen has drifted away revealing all their schemes.
 

Onthereals

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The mainstream press is already timid enough as it is. How come there has been no talk in the mainstream about impeachment? Its scary how more and more, the US seems like a dictatorship. I wonder how they are going to fix the 2006 elections?
 
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Subsonic Chronic

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Boss Hog said:
I love how the CIA's mandate has totally changed from being the body responsible for protecting America's interests abroad and having no jurisdiction within the United States, to whatever the fuck it is now.
Wasn't some high-up guy fired from the CIA not too long ago because he opposed the torture of terror suspects at black sites?
 
So basically he's bitching about the fact that the 9/11 trump card that he's played more often than an autistic gambler with OCD and how it doesn't work anymore?
 

Subsonic Chronic

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This rings of that South Park episode where all the priests get together because kids are starting to bust them for molesting.

So their solution, rather than the obvious one to stop molesting boys, is to find a way to keep doing it but without getting caught.
 

Ditto Much

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How is it with so many gun carrying asshole maniacs down here none of them has shot this fucker.

This whole problem could be solved for a scant 20 cents.

Thus today I say we all begin collecting donations, I bet if 100,000 people world wide each donated 1 US dollar we could hire a professional hit man and just off this fucker. Hell maybe would could buy a 12 year old palestinian and suicide bomb bush.

Anyone in, donate a buck anyone anyone
 
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SlipperyPete

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Somehow I think shooting Bush would only further the agenda that his administration and like-minded individuals have been perpetuating for years.

I wouldn't be surprised if Bush's handlers aren't just feeding him more and more bullshit to spew to the public in the hopes that someone's going to get irate enough to take a shot.

"Oh no, terrar! I, King George, must remain in power longer to continue the fight for freedom and liberty and American flags for all!"
 

Boss Hog

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I would rank Bush pretty low, he's just a muppet providing a mouth for the real thinkers in control down there.
 

dig this

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SlipperyPete said:
Somehow I think shooting Bush would only further the agenda that his administration and like-minded individuals have been perpetuating for years.

I wouldn't be surprised if Bush's handlers aren't just feeding him more and more bullshit to spew to the public in the hopes that someone's going to get irate enough to take a shot.

"Oh no, terrar! I, King George, must remain in power longer to continue the fight for freedom and liberty and American flags for all!"
I think you're right... It'll only fuel their agenda. Shit, if Bush was killed by any sort of terrorist action we'd be right back to 9/11 with the whole country supporting war againt the 'evil-doers'. It's not Bush that's completely responsible, it's most of the administration. There's at least 4 or 5 people you have to take out to actually have a positive effect.

So we'll say:
$100,000 for Bush
$95,000 For Cheney
$85,000 for Rumsfeld
$80,000 for Wolfowitz
$50,000 for Gonzales

Dream Vacation bonus for Pat Robertson
 
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Ditto Much

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dig this said:
I think you're right... It'll only fuel their agenda. Shit, if Bush was killed by any sort of terrorist action we'd be right back to 9/11 with the whole country supporting war againt the 'evil-doers'. It's not Bush that's completely responsible, it's most of the administration. There's at least 4 or 5 people you have to take out to actually have a positive effect.

So we'll say:
$100,000 for Bush
$95,000 For Cheney
$85,000 for Rumsfeld
$80,000 for Wolfowitz
$50,000 for Gonzales

Dream Vacation bonus for Pat Robertson
I'll put down 25,000 to see Rice get a bullet. Simply because I hate watching her blink as she lies.
 

Lurker

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Bush is just a dumb fist puppet for Rove, Rummy and Cheney. They are setting him up to fail to take attention off themselves. They will drift into obscurity sitting on a board of governors somewhere making 6 figures once Bush is impeached or the next pres. election happens.
 

atbell

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Sounds like another most wanted deck of cards is in the works.

The real question is does Bush end up on the King of Spades or the Joker?
 
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Lurker

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Vincent Vega said:
I trust you meant 7 or 8 figures.....
Yes, my bad. 6 figures would barely put food on their table. I forgot for a second that these guys re-wrote the definition of greed.
 
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