by Mike Adams
the Health Ranger
July 03, 2010
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
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:
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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
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
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 above video...
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
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
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.