Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Congress Moves To Outlaw Alternative Media

Dave Hodges
Activist Post

The alternative media is having a dramatic impact on the worldview of the country, so much so that US Senate is legislating against the only objective press left in the country.

It is a well-known fact that Senator Dianne Feinstein wants your guns and now she wants control over your words. Feinstein believes that a proposed media shield law should be applied only to who she refers to as “real reporters.” Feinstein chastises other reporters as “basement-dwelling, pajama-clad bloggers with no professional credentials”

At issue is that the government could soon decide who is a journalist and who is not. Feinstein introduced an amendment, to Senate bill 558, that defines a “covered journalist” as someone who gathers and reports news for “an entity or service that disseminates news and information.” The definition includes freelancers, part-timers and student journalists, and it permits a judge to go further and extend the protections to any “legitimate news-gathering activities.” In the definition introduced in Feinstein’s amendment, somebody writing for a small town paper with a circulation of 30 would receive First Amendment protections, but quality news people such as Steve Quayle, John Stadtmiller, Jeff Rense, Doug Hagmann, Stan Deyo, Michael Edwards, Alex Jones, George Noory and Matt Drudge would not be considered journalists and therefore, the First Amendment would not apply to this group of aforementioned newsmen. With the passage of this amendment, our sources would not be privileged and many of our sources would dry up. But Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper can take bribes from the CIA to not cover certain stories, yet Feinstein thinks they deserve protection as authentic journalists. Award winning journalist, Amber Lyon, quit CNN because of the CIA and CNN’s complicity in obfuscating the truth from the American people, for a price. Obviously, journalistic integrity means nothing to someone like Feinstein.

This is the same Feinstein who In 2009, introduced legislation which directed $25 billion in “taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband’s real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry standards. Feinstein was a member of the Military Construction Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee (MILCON) from 2001 to 2005. During her tenure, Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions of dollars to her husband’s firms URS Corp. and Perini Corp. Feinstein’s personal wealth accumulation since becoming a senator has grown to nearly $200 million. Feinstein has never held a job outside of public service. I am having trouble understanding how a public servant can accumulate a fortune of this magnitude.


Many of my colleagues in the alternative media have reported on Feinstein’s long list of conflicts of interest, including yours truly. This is why she is trying to attack the alternative media. In a quid pro quo, the gun-grabbing corporate controlled media, such as CNN, would never report on her illegal activities, but I will continue to do so as will my alternative media colleagues.

CNN’s ratings are in the toilet. The network used to get 6-10 million viewers for their primetime shows, now they get less than 500,000. Feinstein is carrying the water for the corporate controlled media and trying to eliminate the competition as much as possible. And of course, CNN would never reveal Feinstein’s dirty little secrets in exchange for her help.

The Communications Industry’s Attempt At Censorship

In 2009, I received an invitation to attend a victory party in Memphis to celebrate a grassroots victory over a senate bill which would have gutted net neutrality and would have subsequently subjected internet businesses and internet “bloggers” to the censorship whims of various communications firms (e.g., Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Bell South, etc.). A strong grassroots movement gathered nearly two million signatures which were subsequently obtained and forwarded to Congress and this prevented the lame-duck congress from privatizing the internet at the expense of the American public’s right to self-expression. At the time, it seemed that the Memphis net-neutrality victory celebration may have been premature thanks to Arizona Senator, John McCain.

Demagogues Should Never Be Criticized

John McCain previously introduced a bill that would fine bloggers up to $300,000 for “offensive statements, photos and videos posted by visitors on comment boards”.

If the bill would have been successful, this legislation would have marked the end for previously unrestrained opinions. Hiding behind the pretense of protecting our children, McCain’s legislation was referred to as the “Stop the Online Exploitation of Our Children Act.” The legislation demands that a Stalinist-type army of informants and spies will browse various websites looking for inappropriate Internet material which might pose a threat to children. McCain’s Internet army would then pass the information on to the relevant police authorities and subsequent bloggers could be fined $300,000 or have faced jail time.

Anyone who has participated in online comment boards is keenly aware that they are very difficult to moderate. Some articles and news events may receive thousands of comments. Yet, one oversight by the moderator, one day off from the Internet, could spell doom for the financial future of a blogger. What citizen can afford to take that chance? Hence, your right to self-expression has been sacrificed. Your first amendment right to self-expression is technically still intact. However, the personal affordability to exercise free speech would have been severely jeopardized.

The Goal Is the Shutdown of the Alternative Media

Whether Feinstein is successful in the latest round of attempting to silence the alternative media, is irrelevant. She is not the first to try and she certainly will not be the last.

Feinstein’s Amendment includes the following verbiage which goes after nearly anyone who does not work in the corporate controlled media in which she states that one is only a real journalist only if they have worked for “an entity or service that disseminates news or information by means of newspaper; nonfiction book; wire service; news agency; news website, mobile application or other new information service…news program; magazine or other periodical…or through television or radio broadcast…” These people would have to have the “primary intent to investigate events and procure material in order to disseminate to the public news or information.” Opinion journalists are not covered.

Conclusion

The communications industry, John McCain and now Sen. Feinstein are all attempting to shut down the alternative media. Why? Because we tell the people the truth, and when one is part of a psychopathic crime syndicate, the last thing they want to be told to the public is the truth!

Feinstein will likely fail this time, even though she has announced plans to try again if her amendment is not successful. Recent history strongly suggests that the globalists will also keep trying until they get what they want, which is to silence every journalist that they do not control.

As this point, we need to make collective decision about how important is a free and independent Internet. If and when the globalists are able to censor the Internet, what are we prepared to do about it? If we lose the war of words, we will surely lose everything and very quickly. If our First Amendment is taken away, are we prepared to withhold paying taxes? Are we prepared to engage in other forms of passive civil disobedience? We should begin to have the post-Internet preparation discussions, sooner rather than later, while we still have an Internet to communicate with.

Dave is an award winning psychology, statistics and research professor, a college basketball coach, a mental health counselor, a political activist and writer who has published dozens of editorials and articles in several publications such as Freedoms Phoenix, News With Views and The Arizona Republic.

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37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Diane Funkstain is finding she can't keep everyone paid off and under her thumb. How will she manipulate the masses if the truth keeps rearing it's head? It really is sad that their is no credibility left in the MSM news channels. How long before the Nazis start arresting people who do not think right according to them? They are all ready using New Speak just like 1984.

AWAKEN

TAKE ACTION

STOP THE TYRANNY

Anonymous said...

Feinstein you stupid ugly MULE, you know damn well that the likes of Alex Jones and Abby Martin can afford to wear real clothes and not live in Momma's basement!

Ray Russell said...

This is classic, just like the Nazi era, to control every aspect of what people see, read, think!! The USA has become a real nightmare threat to the world and has lost it way. It is so far from the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave that no one can see any of those ideals anymore within the US Government. What Evil force has taken control of the people within the US Government. If you are religious, then Satan must surely be taking control. Where has your freedom and Democracy gone??

Hide Behind said...

Feinstein and her hubbyRichard Blym have gpod reason to dislike independent media, of the Over 3 bilions she has illegally funneled into her hudbands many buisness ventures.
Yes 3 billions, her period on the apprpopriations became so blatant and massive yhey asked her to leave.
She stpeered ober 1 billion in 3 year contract yo her hubby Richard Blum during Irag Md tjen more for Afghan.
She det ip appropriatios to aFDIC so hrr hubby cpiild get contracy yo srll Famnt And Freddy fptevlosed and them goy him A 395 million contract to sell surplus postal setvice properties.
Her latest was pushong him a $985,142,530 contract for Calis speed ytain, 36 millipn dollard a mile
.
She got him his firsy nig break woth Barpbara Boxer yo let his Chinese shipping firms pattner save 150 million on pprt fees making him 15 million in one day.
This woas ome year after shr pushed tportoise bill as a park shitying fown strategic minerals tjat her hubby and Inndonesian partnrrs kust happened to already be mining and had on hand 10 mill one day

Her push withFDIC chairwoman let her hubby nuy 10, million shates in Freddy for Approx $3.70 and then afyer anmouncement of vontract yhat afternoon dtock jumped to almost $6 a sgare.
No Diane does not like independent news but yhe Cauli and fed media lovr hrr

Why we in Firms pf Nlumd he lets other members of congress or their family membrrs in on,all tjese grest deals.Newt and he in pne day rolled out ovrr 50 mill in gov vpntracts that had comnections to 11 srnators just in one house and 29 some in lesser house.
independent media could not stop thid fat fucking wjhore, there is no other way to describe that pig

No I take that back thatssan insult to both pigs and whores.

Veri Tas said...

You guys in the US can always blog from a foreign country's ISP

Anonymous said...

power to the people!!!!

Anonymous said...

So I would be forced to watch CNN? Oh, f@#k no!

Anonymous said...

It is sad for those of us who have taken the "red pill" that most seniors are oblivious and most kids are being indoctrinated as we speak. I either get looked at like I have two heads or told I had better watch out or I will get hurt. Seriously?
I'm a 60 yr old & recently took my 5 yr old grandson on the March against Monsanto. He is still talking about it months later. I have been trying to get fluoride out of the water in my county for years but this is the south with govt even more corrupt than usual. So I educate one person or presentations to small groups at a time. Everyone can do something. Get of the couch!

Anonymous said...

VOTE ALL INCUMBENTS OUT

Anonymous said...

Right there with you speaking my truth every day

Penny Pincher Personal Finance said...

I will set up a meshnet or even go spread leaflets if prevented from having an electronic forum. This is too important.

What would be most irritating isn't the loss of an electronic soapbox, it'd be denial of press pass access to things like city council chambers, the WH press room, etc. that the "real" (cough) press would get.

Anonymous said...

How did this bitch get into power in the first place? Wasn't it the mayor getting blown away mysteriously and then she just walked in? Hummm...So when are we to see the 'mass arrests'? This is really our ONLY hope as the entire govt has been taken over, if they are not all removed and arrested it's over rover, we are almost there already and I see no real signs of life. Good luck.

Essie Little said...

The truth is we need to outlaw, and recall them all.For treason in high office. They really should be banded from human society .Just as in the bible the pigs ran off the cliff rather then live with demons inside of them, so we like wise don't want to share our nation and world with the likes of them . I say put them in their under ground cities and seal them so they can't come back to normal society.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the globalist want to be able to lie with impunity. It is painfully evident that they cannot disprove anything the truthful media are printing and saying. If they could, they would just point and laugh. They aren't laughing are they?

Anonymous said...

Maybe this is why Dianne Feinstein introduced this bill:

In other news ignored by the “real journalists”, Dianne Feinstein’s conflict of interest; her husband is a war profiteer and directly benefits from Dianne Feinstein’s position in government:
Real news uncovered by college students in “project censored”, who wouldn’t be considered journalists under Dianne Feinstein’s new bill:

# 23 Feinstein’s Conflict of Interest in Iraq

Dianne Feinstein—the ninth wealthiest member of congress—has been beset by monumental ethical conflicts of interest. As a member of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee (MILCON) from 2001 to the end of 2005, Senator Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions of dollars to her husband’s firms.

From 1997 through the end of 2005, Feinstein’s husband Richard C. Blum was a majority shareholder in both URS Corp. and Perini Corp. She lobbied Pentagon officials in public hearings to support defense projects that she favored, some of which already were, or subsequently became, URS or Perini contracts. From 2001 to 2005, URS earned $792 million from military construction and environmental cleanup projects approved by MILCON; Perini earned $759 million from such projects.


http://www.projectcensored.org/23-feinsteins-conflict-of-interest-in-iraq/


Source:
North Bay Bohemian, January 24, 2007
Title: “Senator Feinstein’s Iraq Conflict”
Author: Peter Byrne
http://www.bohemian.com/metro/01.24.07/dianne-feinstein-0704.html

Anonymous said...

Where is a link to a petition pressuring Congress not to go along with this?

Anonymous said...

Great piece, Dave Hodges. The first amendment is the deepest line in the sand and, on this issue more than other, TPTB are most definitely sowing the seeds of their own destruction. Call it Karma, entropy, providence, blowback.. it's coming and soon enough.

"Right there with you speaking my truth every day" Ditto

Ian R Thorpe said...

I object. Although I write op - ed and commentary rather than news reporting on my blogs and website I live in a large house will well laid out gardens and have not worn pajamas sing my early teens. Senator Feinstein needs to get out more and meet real people rather than just Washington hacks and professional butt kissers.

Thgen she would realise what a diverse bunch of people we are, although looking at her pictures I doubt she would get chance to learn what a wide variety of nighwear we choose.

Anonymous said...

Interesting comments by Feinstein, considering they're coming from a Botoxed whore clad in opportunism and immorality, with no professional credentials to serve in Congress.

Anonymous said...

"Objective press"? Let's not overstate the point...

Anonymous said...

Hide Behind, you're becoming illegible in your haste to post your thoughts...slow down, my man. Your thoughts are valid, but if one can't understand due to a redibulous anount uf tipso, thn whn red it alo?

Anonymous said...

Is Feinstein one of the dual-citizen club? if so then no discussion of this is complete without noting the implications of that. Issues like subversion, treason etc. then start to come in.

daznez said...

great piece. agree with you about the writing too. apart from songs, i never had any inclination to write op-ed type pieces before. now i've woken up fully to the LIE and the truth, and the war of consciousness we are currently engaged in, you can't shut me up.
see? i only wanted to say 'nice one.'

peace & love & unity, from manchester, england

Anonymous said...

Embezzlers are getting caught increasingly often around here, why hasn't she been charged & investigated for it along with abuse of power? Come On CA....grow some balls and get her investigated, arrested and recalled. WE must work together, 1 state at a time, to recall & remove those who are taking away our rights every day. If we are to stay a United States, we must remove those who are bent on destroying our sovereignty. If CA gets rid of Feinstein, the entire country will be stronger. If AZ boots out McCain before he can retire (very comfortably) on OUR money, there's another Freedom Destroyer who can't use OUR gov't to advance his own personal projects. There are 635 Members of Congress, the P & VP plus 15 cabinet committees (these are the ones headed by MB members) who need to be scrutinized and booted out and/or arrested for terrorism. Waiting for the next election is only giving them a better foothold on total human control. Each state MUST work together to rid our Nation of those who are bent on destroying our Life, Liberty & Pursuit of Happiness.

Anonymous said...

Senate bill 558, that defines a “covered journalist” as someone who gathers and reports news for “an entity or service that disseminates news and information.”

This would, if applied strictly, disqualify most if not all MSM lame duck reporters.

We should begin to have the post-Internet preparation discussions, sooner rather than later, while we still have an Internet to communicate with.

This is a brilliant idea, a winning strategy for sure. Finklestein must be running scared and hopefully her self-preserving plan fails, but there are others that have the same agenda, making this suggestion a worthwhile proposition.

Possibly there are other topics deserving discussion before the megalomaniacs pull the plug on the internet?

Anonymous said...

Lady! You are treading on sacred ground when you are screwing with the peoples freedom and rights. A King tried to styfull us once and he lost his ass and a colony. He couldn't handle defeat so he tried it again, and lost again. One thing that we must give credit to a devout enemy for (meaning England). They found that it's better for us both, to be friends. Read your history book and learn the results of screwing with the American peoples freedoms. Try being kinder and helpful to your constituents and the American citizens. You will feel better for it.

Anonymous said...

Considering the NSA's ability to spy on everyone, and the likelihood that technology will be abused to spy on all authority figures, as well as up-and-coming senators (as it has already been - according to Russ Tice), it is highly likely that ALL people in authority are only able to reach these positions BECAUSE they have something in their past which means they can be blackmailed. This would explain why nearly ALL authority figures are now self-serving sociopathic criminals.

Anonymous said...

So, Congress, why not let READERS decide what to believe and what not to believe -- from whatever source. Congress, you (et al) lie to us everyday!! Why would you attempt to silence alternative media? Because, (perhaps?), alternative media is leveling the 'playing field'.

Anonymous said...

Feinstein...hmm isn't that jewish surname ??.... America wake up! the chosen people, who destroyed Ottoman Empire, Russian Empire, Germany and most of Europe is now destroying your home!

Anonymous said...

I haven't given proper time to consider this article; but consider this: Creating a distinction between "journalists" & professional researchers, for me, would describe a much more realistic position.

It could actually be a publishing boon! :-)

Anonymous said...

Why are such obvious conflicts of interest tolerated? Is it possible that those who would vote for such censorship of dissidents put Feinstein up to it in exchange for voting for more approrpriations to Richard Blum? Quid pro quo. Feinstein grew up wanting to be mayor of San Francisco, and her Daddy made sure she got that. Blum has been essential to her political career in many ways. Everyone has their hand in the pies except the people. Feinstein knows that Free Speech is the same for all journalists, and the rights caselaw assures journalists to protect their sources apply to all journalists whether they work in their pajamas or not. Her willingness to comply with the intimidation of the truth means she sold at so long ago she no longer remembers.

Anonymous said...

Why do I get another subject for this bill of the 113th altogether ? You are mistaken apparently.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:SN00558:@@@D&summ2=m&

Light said...

When people possess power for too long, they become so arrogant that think the power belong to them alone. This is why they are making all effort to silence any opposition that may question their integrity. The forces of truth will always prevails over evil. As the light continue to shine over darkness which had prevails for so long, the agents of darkness are making effort to block it, they failed to realize that no one can stop light from shinning. Where there is light darkness is dead. The agents of darkness are making their last stand off against light which is doomed to fail.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Light on this one, She is an abomination of what America once stood for and her sordid attempts at instilling further darkness will fail.Perhaps a place off planet would suit her. I see her melting like the witch in the Disney movie.

Anonymous said...

I take offense at the pajama remark and I don't have a basement. I mostly just sit around in my boxer shorts all day. I'm thinking about becoming a journalist but have a hard time distinguishing truth from fiction with the likes of Feinstein. Where in the hell do these people get off. In years to come she'll be remembered as the bitch who came out of Satan's Ass.

Laura said...

The US is not alone in trying to implement internet censorship to silence alternative media. It is happening all over the globe: the UK, Australia, China, even accross countries, see the recent 'Trans Pacific Partnership' or plans for unified internet control in the EU.

Let's spread the word and take action to stop this now!

Sign petitions:

http://j.mp/19eNBsU
https://openmedia.org/censorship

Share this beautifully designed and informative infographic on the UK internet censorship:
http://www.reachinglight.com/infographic-uk-filter-block-esoteric-content-worldwide-implications/

Visit a facebook page focused on the UK censorship for more ideas on how to fight it worldwide as well:
https://www.facebook.com/esotericmaterialcensorship?hc_location=timeline

Anonymous said...

yep, Feinstein had to be involved in the assassination of Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone... because SF was a strong hotbed of leftist thought and it was getting stronger with the huge gay population behind Milk.

And then enters a red herring - the Jimmy Jones mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, filled with people from San Francisco...

the media blitzed the Jonestown suicides thus muting the SF assassinations.

Feinstein has only grown more powerful ever since.

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