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Is this infuriating to anyone else? Now, I'd bet that Obama probably didn't actually make this decision, it was finalized by the admiral in this I think, but for xxxx's sake, why was this allowed in the first place? USA my dick, the corporations have more say than any elected official. If Obama was worth anything, he'd override this. How the hell is this now law that we can't film or take pictures of it, after being promised by Admiral Prick that there would be transparency.

 

This really pisses me off.

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Obamao is directly cha politically by clamping down, CHAVEZ style:

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http://www.naturalnews.com/029130_Gulf_of_...censorship.html

 

First Amendment suspended in the Gulf of Mexico as spill cover-up goes Orwellian

Saturday, July 03, 2010

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

Editor of NaturalNews.com

 

(NaturalNews) As CNN is now reporting, the U.S. government has issued a new rule that would make it a felony crime for any journalist, reporter, blogger or photographer to approach any oil cleanup operation, equipment or vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. Anyone caught is subject to arrest, a $40,000 fine and prosecution for a federal felony crime.

 

CNN reporter Anderson Cooper says, "A new law passed today, and back by the force of law and the threat of fines and felony charges, ... will prevent reporters and photographers from getting anywhere close to booms and oil-soaked wildlife just about any place we need to be. By now you're probably familiar with cleanup crews stiff-arming the media, private security blocking cameras, ordinary workers clamming up, some not even saying who they're working for because they're afraid of losing their jobs."

 

Watch the video clip yourself at NaturalNews.TV: http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=203

 

The rule, of course, is designed to restrict the media's access to cleanup operations in order to keep images of oil-covered seabirds off the nation's televisions. With this, the Gulf Coast cleanup operation has now entered a weird Orwellian reality where the news is shaped, censored and controlled by the government in order to prevent the public from learning the truth about what's really happening in the Gulf.

 

 

The war is on to control your mind

If all this sounds familiar, it's because the U.S. government uses this same tactic during every war. The first casualty of war, as they say, is the truth. There are lots of war images the government doesn't want you to see (like military helicopter pilots shooting up Reuters photographers while screaming "Yee-Haw!" over the comm radios), and there are other images they do want you to see ("surgical strike" explosions from "smart" bombs, which makes it seem like the military is doing something useful). So war reporting is carefully monopolized by the government to deliver precisely the images they want you to see while censoring everything else.

 

Now the same Big Brother approach is being used in the Gulf of Mexico: Criminalize journalists, censor the story and try to keep the American people ignorant of what's really happening. It's just the latest tactic from a government that no longer even recognizes the U.S. Constitution or its Bill of Rights. Because the very first right is Freedom of Speech, which absolutely includes the right to walk onto a public beach and take photographs of something happening out in the open, on public waters. It is one of the most basic rights of our citizens and our press.

 

But now the Obama administration has stripped away those rights, transforming journalists into criminals. Now, we might expect something like this from Chavez, or Castro or even the communist leaders of China, but here in the United States, we've all been promised we lived in "the land of the free." Obama apparently does not subscribe to that philosophy anymore (if he ever did).

 

So how does criminalizing journalists equate to "land of the free?" It doesn't, obviously. Forget freedom. (Your government already has.) This is about controlling your mind to make sure you don't visually see the truth of what the oil industry has done to your oceans, your shorelines and your beaches. This is all about keeping you ignorant with a total media blackout of the real story of what's happening in the Gulf.

 

The real story, you see, is just too ugly. And the government has fracked up the cleanup effort to such a ridiculous extent that instead of the "transparency" they once promised, they're now resorting to the threat of arrest for all journalists who try to get close enough to cover the story.

 

Yes, this is happening right now in America. This isn't a hoax. I know, it sounds more like something you might hear about in Saudi Arabia, or Venezuela or some other nation run by dictators. But now it's happening right here in the USA.

 

As Anderson Cooper reported on CNN:

 

"Now the government is getting in on the act. Despite what Admiral Thad Allen promised about transparency just nearly a month ago.

 

Thad Allen: "The media will have uninhibited access anywhere we're doing operations..."

 

Anderson Cooper: The Coast Guard today announced new rules keeping photographers, reporters and anyone else from coming with 65 feet of any response vessel or booms out on the water or on beaches. What this means is that oil-soaked birds on an island surrounded by a boom, you can't get close enough to take that picture. Shot of oil on beaches with booms? Stay 65 feet away. Pictures of oil-soaked booms uselessly laying in the water because they haven't been collected like they should? You can't get close enough to see that. Believe me, that is out there. But you only know that if you get close to it, and now you can't without permission. Violators could face a fine of $40,000 and Class D felony charges."

 

See the video yourself at: http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=203

 

 

Welcome to the (censored) club

All I can say to CNN is: Welcome to the club! This kind of censorship, intimidation and tyranny has been going on for decades in the field of health, where the Orwellian FDA has treated the entire U.S. public to a nationwide blackout on truthful health information about healing foods and nutritional supplements. CNN has never covered that story, by the way. Most of the mainstream media has, in fact, gone right along with censorship of truthful health information by the FDA and FTC.

 

Now they're suddenly crying wolf. But where was the media when the FDA was raiding nutritional supplement companies and arresting people who dared to sell healing foods with honest descriptions about how they might help protect your health? The media went right along with the cover-up and never bothered to even tell its viewers a cover-up was taking place.

 

You see, even CNN is willing to tolerate some Orwellian censorship, as long as its advertisers are okay with it. The only reason they're talking about censorship in the Gulf of Mexico right now is because oil companies don't influence enough of their advertising budget to yank the story.

 

 

Censorship is not okay in a free society

I like the fact that CNN is finding the courage to speak up now about this censorship in the Gulf, but I wish they wouldn't stay silent on the other media blackouts in which they have long participated. Media censorship is bad for any nation, and it should be challenged regardless of the topic at hand. When the media is not allowed to report the truth on a subject -- any subject! -- the nation suffers some loss as a result.

 

Without the light of media scrutiny, corporations and government will get away with unimaginable crimes against both humanity and nature. That's what's happening right now in the Gulf of Mexico: A crime against nature.

 

Obama doesn't want you to see that crime. He's covering it up to the benefit of BP. He's keeping you in the dark by threatening reporters and photographers with arrest. How's that for "total transparency?"

 

The only thing transparent here is that President Barack Obama has violated his own oath of office by refusing to defend the Constitution. By any honest measure, in fact, these actions, which are endorsed by the White House, stand in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution. And that means this new censorship rule in the Gulf, which suspends the First Amendment, is unconstitutional. It also means those who decided on this rule are enemies of freedom.

 

They are the ones who should be arrested and hauled off to federal prison, not the CNN reporters who are trying to cover this story.

 

 

The seeds of tyranny

The loss of life in the Gulf of Mexico isn't the only catastrophe taking place here, you see: Now we're losing our freedoms while our government tries to intentionally blind us all from the truth of what's happening on our own public beaches.

 

When those who seek truth are branded criminals by the government, it is only a matter of time before that government expands its criminalization labeling to include anyone who disagrees with it. These are the seeds of tyranny, and Obama is planting them at your doorstep right now.

 

What BP did to the Gulf Coast, Obama is now doing to your freedom.

 

 

About the author: Mike Adams is a consumer health advocate with a strong interest in personal health, the environment and the power of nature to help us all heal He has authored and published thousands of articles, interviews, consumers guides, and books on topics like health and the environment, reaching millions of readers with information that is saving lives and improving personal health around the world. Adams is an honest, independent journalist and accepts no money or commissions on the third-party products he writes about or the companies he promotes. He has created over 100 CounterThink cartoons and produced several popular hip-hop songs on socially-conscious topics. He also launched an online retailer of environmentally-friendly products (BetterLifeGoods.com) and uses a portion of its profits to help fund non-profit endeavors. He's also a noted pioneer in the email marketing software industry, having been the first to launch an HTML email newsletter technology that has grown to become a standard in the industry. Adams also serves as the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a non-profit consumer protection group, and practices nature photography, Capoeira, Pilates and organic gardening.

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Is this infuriating to anyone else? Now, I'd bet that Obama probably didn't actually make this decision, it was finalized by the admiral in this I think, but for xxxx's sake, why was this allowed in the first place? USA my dick, the corporations have more say than any elected official. If Obama was worth anything, he'd override this. How the hell is this now law that we can't film or take pictures of it, after being promised by Admiral Prick that there would be transparency.

 

This really pisses me off.

 

Afraid people might get hurt? HELLO, where was this "thinking" to prevent this?

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Obama is like any other Politician... PR Experts......

 

Perception is powerfully shaped by visual information and they want to control the Perception of action... anything images like oil soaked cute wildlife communicates failure and inability fair or not fair visual communications is a powerful tool.

 

I hate this..... at this point the administration knows that Oil runs everything (we are all guilty think of all the plastic we consume not including direct consumption of gas and other oil byproducts)

 

On one hand they could take over (they are not equipped to do anything about it) and it would take them 2-5 times as long to mimic the same ineptness or blow up the well (lots of wells in this region could be affected) which could have massive economic costs for us........ or wait the long game of relief wells and containment....

 

Its literally a lose lose.

 

Think macro.... we are all responsible for this everyday, I expect the government and politicians to do exactly as they are. The only solution is one our country nor world is ready to embrace.

 

sad, sad.... its depressing and makes me feel guilty.

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Obama is the first president to declare war and then go hide in his closet in Hawaii.

 

 

 

He did the ole Chicago shakedown for 20 Bil and wants everyone to go about their way and forget about it. meanwhile we have folks along the coast getting sick.

 

Im sure you wont see this being discussed by Chris Matthews, Toxic Beaches: Blisters on Mouth, Sore Throats, Lung Problems; Danger to City Water Supplies; Gov Approves Decontamination Centers Here!

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I think it's weird that Obamao and co. are banning the MEDIA "to keep them safe"...

 

while the citizens there aren't banned.

 

What next? Martial law and moving all Americans within 5 miles of the coast....away from the coast

 

"to keep them safe" ?

 

Just the media?

 

Yeah, very weird.

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Obama is the first president to declare war and then go hide in his closet in Hawaii.

 

 

 

He did the ole Chicago shakedown for 20 Bil and wants everyone to go about their way and forget about it. meanwhile we have folks along the coast getting sick.

 

Im sure you wont see this being discussed by Chris Matthews, Toxic Beaches: Blisters on Mouth, Sore Throats, Lung Problems; Danger to City Water Supplies; Gov Approves Decontamination Centers Here!

 

 

It's only states that didn't vote for him. He doesn't care.

 

Somewhere in the back of his mind he probably thinks that wrecking the economy of these states will bring more on to welfare rolls, which increases his voter base.

 

If oil starts trashing the east coast Florida beaches, then he will care as that is where his Florida voter base resides. Gulf coasters.....F 'em...they are just white trash rednecks.

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That's a good thing. But that it happened in the first place is cause for great concern.

 

But it became a political dagger pointed at themelves, so once again, they reversed themselves.

 

At every turn, this pitiful excuse for a president and his radical gov is showing themselves to be

 

the complete college revolutionary nutjob incompetents we said they were.

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