When people say one thing and do another . . .
On one hand, “what they say” (Source):
Intolerant governments across the globe are “slowly crushing” activist and advocacy groups that play an essential role in the development of democracy, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday. “We must be wary of the steel vise in which governments around the world are slowly crushing civil society and the human spirit,” she said.
President Barack Obama, in a statement released in Washington, said the United States is particularly concerned about “the spread of restrictions on civil society, the growing use of law to curb rather than enhance freedom and widespread corruption that is undermining the faith of citizens in their governments.”
While on the other hand, “what they do” (Source):
CNN reports 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 CNN video clip yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PURGICWHPk)
The Obama administration officially suspended First Amendment Rights this Fourth of July weekend.
So much for transparency!!! News is censored and controlled by the government in order to prevent us, the public, from learning the truth about what’s really happening in the Gulf.
The very first right in the U.S. Constitution or its Bill of Rights 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 this right, transforming journalists into criminals.
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.
U.S. government is in the business of taking away our rights.