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First Amendment Violation Silences the Press

These 20 Senators Have Committed Treason!

Written by Jeff Siegel
Posted September 30, 2013

At this very moment, there are 20 Senators who have intentionally signed on to dismantle the First Amendment.

I'm completely serious.Freedom Watch

Introduced on May 16 by Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham, the Free Flow of Information Act made its first appearance.

Also known as the innocuous-sounding Senate Bill 987, the Free Flow of Information Act is described by the Senate as a bill to maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media.

Let me translate for you...

This bill ensures that only those in the media that the government deems worthy of being called journalists can be protected by the First Amendment.

So if you happen to be an investigative blogger that uncovers a dirty politician taking bribes to pass or vote against a particular bill, God help you if someone on the Hill gets wind of it... Your ass will be locked up in no time, and you'll be reporting on life as a prison boy — because you don't have the official government seal of journalistic approval.

At what point did any of these guys decide that the government has any business effectively licensing reporters?

Folks, I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

A Privileged Club for Journalists

There's an excellent piece on this by legal scholar Carey Shenkman, in which Shenkman writes:

On September 12, 2013, the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee narrowly defined who the law should consider to be a journalist, by amending the proposed Free Flow of Information Act (“FFIA”). The FFIA is a “shield law” that protects journalists from having to reveal their confidential sources when confronted with court subpoenas. The amendment changed the language of the bill from protecting the activity of journalism to protecting the profession. Journalists are now limited to those employed by, recently employed by, or substantially contributing to media organizations for certain minimum durations.

This maneuver skirts the substantial investigative role served by independent journalists, bloggers, and nontraditional media, who are left unprotected by the statute. It also expressly excludes whistleblower organizations. By not extending protection to a vital segment of investigative newsgatherers, the amended FFIA falls short of providing real benefits. More fundamentally, the distinctions created by the bill reinforce a privileged club for journalists. In essence, the government is licensing the press, and treading down a path that courts have for decades cautioned “present[s] practical and conceptual difficulties of a high order.”

Brilliant!

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Do NOT Stand for This!

Interestingly, the first introduction of this bill back in 2007 was fully supported by one of the key figures behind the dismantling of the Second Amendment, Senator Dianne Feinstein.

That bill died in committee, but Schumer and Graham took up the Soviet-styled bill this year, proving once again that there really is little difference between the elephant and the jackass... Nearly all are on the take, and nearly all prefer authoritarianism over freedom and liberty.

This may be a tough pill to swallow for some, but it's a reality nonetheless.

Recently Senator Feinstein said she'd continue to support the bill, as long as it includes language that excludes those who, as she said, “are not reporters at all.”

Senator Schumer jumped in, saying: “We're very careful in this bill to distinguish journalists from those who shouldn't be protected, WikiLeaks and all those, and we've ensured that.”

In other words, those organizations that are a threat to a government agenda designed to limit your Constitutional and civil rights — while continuing to feed the special interests that essentially dictate all policy now... those organizations are not protected.

They will likely be targeted by lawmakers who think they have the right and even the authority to trivialize our precious liberty.

Don't think for a second that I'm standing for this clear violation of the First Amendment, which, as you know, protects against the infringement on the freedom of the press.

And those lawmakers who support this bill should be held accountable for their very intentional attempt to facilitate this violation by signing on as co-sponsors. As far as I'm concerned, this folks are committing a treasonous act.

They are as follows:

  • Lindsey Graham (R-SC)1stamendment
  • Max Baucus (D -MT)
  • Michael Bennet (D-CO)
  • Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
  • Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Thomas Harkin (D-IA)
  • Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • John Tester (D-MT)
  • Tom Udall (D-NM)
  • Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
  • John Isakson (R-GA)
  • Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
  • Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
  • Chris Coons (D-DE)
  • Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
  • Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Remember these names the next time you head to the polls!

Live honorably, live free...

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