|CNN -- June 18, 2012
Google reports 'alarming' rise in government censorship requests
Western governments, including the United States, appear to be stepping up efforts to censor Internet search results and YouTube videos, according to a "transparency report" released by Google. -- "It's alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect -- Western democracies not typically associated with censorship..."
|Kurt Nimmo -- Infowars -- May 28, 2012
House to consider handing over Internet regulation to United Nations
China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members are backing a proposal to hand over regulation of the internet to the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The House of Representatives will vote on the measure this week. It is reported that the legislation faces an uphill battle. -- The proposal would give the United Nations control over cybersecurity, data privacy, technical standards and the web address system...
|Ars Technica -- May 25, 2012
New York legislation would ban anonymous online speech
Did you hear the one about New York state lawmakers who forgot about the First Amendment in the name of combating cyberbullying and "baseless political attacks?" -- Proposed legislation in both chambers would require New York-based websites, such as blogs and newspapers, to "remove any comments posted on his or her website by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post."
|Daily Caller -- May 4, 2012
Media Matters, NOW unite to force Limbaugh off the air
"Start listening to Rush Limbaugh." That was the message representatives from Media Matters for America and the National Organization for Women delivered to NOW chapter leaders in a secret, narrowly focused strategy session Wednesday night. -- In audio of the NOW / MMFA strategy webinar obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller, the liberal organizations plotted the best ways to get the radio giant...
|Before It's News -- May 2, 2012
Abridged: The First Amendment is now a felonious criminal act
...As Congressional representatives overwhelming approved the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act in February of this year, few Americans were paying attention. When President Obama signed the Act into law, he did so in secret, without any of the fanfare that came with his signing of universal health care two years prior and for good reason. This is one of those laws the government doesn't want you to know exists until it's too late to do anything about it...
|Edward Cline -- Family Security Matters -- April 23, 2012
A renewed assault on freedom of speech
House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi of California and her fellow Democrats wish to "amend" the First Amendment in order to prohibit corporations from saying anything or spending anything during national elections. There is some satisfaction to be had in no longer having to identify her as House Speaker. I never liked seeing her wield that gavel. Someone once remarked that a hammer in hand...
|WND.com -- March 25, 2012
Lawmaker warns of 'disagreeing with government'
A Missouri state lawmaker says it's a scary time in America, especially if you're not fully on board with Washington's socialist-leaning agenda. -- "It's kind of a dangerous time for people in America who might wind up disagreeing with the government," Missouri Rep. Paul Curtman said during a conference telephone call regarding organized opposition for the National Defense Authorization Act.
|The Blaze -- March 24, 2012
Los Angeles passes resolution against 'intolerable' radio speech
The Los Angeles City Council has passed a resolution condemning speech on radio that some may find "intolerable." -- According to the local CBS station in L.A., Councilmember Jan Perry "introduced legislation this week that would call upon media companies to ensure 'on-air hosts do not use and promote racist and sexist slurs' on radio and other broadcasts."
|Intel Hub -- March 8, 2012
Privacy Nightmare: McCain bill could have military monitor the Internet
The message still hasn't sunk in. Congress is proposing yet another law to monitor your activities on the Internet Here's the ACLU's take on John McCain's new cybersecurity bill: "This is a privacy nightmare that will eventually result in the military substantially monitoring the domestic, civilian Internet." --- There's a power struggle brewing over cybersecurity, with two Senate factions butting heads...
|Jason Ditz -- AntiWar.com -- March 6, 2012
Holder: Assassinating Americans 'legal and constitutional'
March 5 -- Speaking today at Northwestern University, Attorney General Eric Holder insisted that the president has an absolute right under the context of the "war on terror? to order the assassination of American citizens overseas, saying that the nature of a war against a "stateless enemy" meant that assassinations could happen anywhere...
|Daily Caller -- March 6, 2012
Trump: Obama will start a war with Iran to win re-election
During an appearance on the "Jay Severin Show" on Boston's Talk 1200, real estate mogul and media personality Donald Trump predicted that President Barack Obama would start a war with Iran for the sole purpose of winning re-election in November. -- Trump said starting a war worked for former President George W. Bush, giving him temporary high approval ratings, and he said Obama is almost certainly eyeballing a similar polling bump...
|Patrick J. Buchanan -- VDare.com -- March 6, 2012
Obama's remaking of America
Anyone who believes America's culture wars are behind her should have started out Friday reading The Washington Times. -- The headlines on the three top stories on page one read: •"California judges asked to say if they are gay." -- •"'Tebow Bill' for home-schoolers dies in Virginia Senate panel." -- •"Opt-out on birth control defeated in Senate."
|Kurt Nimmo -- Infowars -- Austin, Texas -- March 5, 2012
H.R. 347: Another step in the elimination of the First Amendment
It is fairly obvious Obama and Congress rushed through H.R. 347 in order to curtail demonstrations that will undoubtedly occur during both Democrat and Republican conventions this summer. Also known as the "Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011," the bill makes it a felony to disrupt or protest at any place or event attended by any person with secret service protection...
|Mac Slavo -- SHTFPlan.com -- March 1, 2012
More outrageous tyranny from Washington
It seems like every day brings us one step closer to a totalitarian police state, and today is no exception. -- The Daily Crux and Economic Policy Journal have reported on a little known bill that was overwhelmingly approved by the House of Representatives (H.R. 347 vote tally 388-3) and the Senate (S.1794 passed with unanimous consent, no voting records were kept of which Senators approved)... [Related item]
|Jeff Poor -- Daily Caller -- February 22, 2012
Brock responds to Daily Caller's Media Matters exposé, sort of
On Tuesday's broadcast of MSNBC host Ed Schultz's radio show, Media Matters for America founder David Brock finally broke his silence about The Daily Caller's investigative series on the liberal media watchdog organization's tactics. -- Brock, promoting his book "The Fox Effect," questioned the timing of the series and accused Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson, others at The Daily Caller...
|Cliff Kinkaid -- Family Security Matters -- February 22, 2012
Glenn Beck and the death of free speech
Fox News has aired several interviews with Daily Caller editors and reporters on the influence of Media Matters, the Soros-funded left-wing attack machine. A series of articles in The Daily Caller sheds new light on the operations of the group, which masquerades as a non-profit but has partisan political ties to the Obama White House and the Democratic Party...
|Robert M. McDonnell -- Wall Street Journal -- February 22, 2012
The U.N. threat to Internet freedom
On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year's end. As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of his allies is to establish "international control over the Internet"...
|Cliff Kinkaid -- NewsWithViews.com -- February 17, 2012
Glenn Beck and the death of free speech
Fox News has aired several interviews with Daily Caller editors and reporters on the influence of Media Matters, the Soros-funded left-wing attack machine. A series of articles in The Daily Caller sheds new light on the operations of the group, which masquerades as a non-profit but has partisan political ties to the Obama White House and the Democratic Party. Unfortunate ly, the interviews failed to touch on...
|Paul Craig Roberts -- Op-Ed News -- January 30, 2012
Big Brother Internet
Do you remember the Safe-Cyber instructions they taught you in the mandatory Computer Ed class (operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology)? First you fire up your Secured Computing Device (SCD) and its hardware token authenticator. -- Then you enter the six-digit algorithmically generated password displayed (a new one flashes every 60 seconds) and are asked to supply your biometric identifier...
|Infowars -- Austin, Texas -- January 26, 2012
Obama signs global Internet treaty worse than SOPA
Months before the debate about Internet censorship raged as SOPA and PIPA dominated the concerns of web users, President Obama signed an international treaty that would allow companies in China or any other country in the world to demand ISPs remove web content in the US with no legal oversight whatsoever. -- The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement was signed by Obama on October 1 2011...
|Infowars -- Austin, Texas -- January 20, 2012
Internet Wars: Anonymous attacks DOJ after feds shut down Megaupload
Following a wildly successful protest against SOPA and PIPA internet censorship legislation on Wednesday, the Department of Justice “conducted a major action” on Thursday and shuttered MegaUpload, a popular file-sharing site accused of trading in copyrighted movies and television shows. -- Following action by a grand jury, the feds arrested four people and executed more than 20 search warrants in the United States...
|Right Side News -- Kennesaw, Ga.-- January 20, 2012
Senate moves on bill to "muzzle the Web"
By now, you are no doubt aware that several websites have either gone totally or partially "dark" [on Wednesday] in protest of the pernicious internet legislation that will be coming to a vote next week. -- Wikipedia and Google are just two of the websites which are protesting in this manner. And while you may have not paid much attention to this story, you need to know that the "muzzle the web" legislation...
|Kurt Nimmo -- Infowars -- Austin, Texas -- January 20, 2012
SOPA and PIPA part of effort to domesticate politically incorrect Internet
The Megaupload takedown is dominating headlines, but there is something the incident has overshadowed large internet corporations and government have censored political websites for years as part of a plan to domesticate the internet. -- On Thursday, Paul Joseph Watson pointed out the hypocrisy of Google as the transnational corporation shouldered its way into the limelight by opposing SOPA...
|Daily Caller -- January 20, 2012
Blackburn on SOPA: 'It's time to scrap the bill'
Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, an early co-sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), delivered a statement Thursday evening on Facebook renouncing her support of the bill in its current form. -- SOPA, and its counterpart in the Senate, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), caused an uproar in the Internet community, which inspired a day of protests by prominent websites Wednesday...
|Gaye Levy -- Activist Post -- January 19, 2012
Freedom of speech, Internet censorship and SOPA
The First Amendment to the Constitution states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." -- Whoa boy. I don't want to imply that there has been the wholesale disregard...
|Prison Planet -- Austin, Texas -- January 19, 2012
Rand Paul vows to block Internet censorship bills
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul has promised to do everything within his power to ensure the draconian Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are not brought to a vote. -- Paul says he will filibuster PIPA in the Senate owing to the fact that the bill is a direct threat to the First Amendment. -- "Both PIPA and SOPA give the federal government unprecedented and unconstitutional power..."
|RT -- January 12, 2012
Homeland Security monitors journalists
Freedom of speech might allow journalists to get away with a lot in America, but the Department of Homeland Security is on the ready to make sure that the government is keeping [tabs] on who is saying what. -- Under the National Operations Center (NOC)'s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media... [Related item]
|The Intel Hub -- January 12, 2012
WordPress comes out against SOPA Internet censorship bill
WordPress, the website and blogging platform with over 60 million users, has publicly come out against the Stop Online Piracy Act. -- Tens of thousands of Web sites. as well as major players such as Google and Facebook, have already spoken out against this internet censorship bill and now, with internet powerhouse WordPress doing the same, it is only a matter of time before this bill is 100% defeated...
|The Intel Hub -- December 18, 2011
Congress declares 'offensive' war on the Internet in NDAA
Just when you thought the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) couldn't possibly be more dangerous than has already been exposed with its declaration of global war, Martial Law, legalized bestiality, indefinite detention of Americans, and the $662 billion more spent; it has now been revealed that it also serves as a declaration of offensive cyber war...
|Shaun Waterman -- Washington Times -- December 7, 2011
U.S., Microsoft to meet Chinese Web regulators
Microsoft and the State Department are under fire for their participation in a closed-door Internet conference this week organized with the architects of China's repressive policies of Web self-censorship and surveillance. -- The fifth annual U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday at the Renaissance hotel in downtown D.C., is co-sponsored by Microsoft and the Internet Society of China...
|Huffington Post -- October 26, 2011
Color Of Change urges MSNBC to fire Pat Buchanan
African American political advocacy group Color Of Change has called for MSNBC to fire longtime analyst (and even longer-time lightning rod) Pat Buchanan for what it called his "white supremacist ideology." -- The advocacy group sent petition letters to its members on Tuesday. The letter said that MSNBC gives Buchanan a platform to pass off his often loaded remarks as "legitimate mainstream political commentary."
|KCBS-TV -- Los Angeles -- October 13, 2011
Usual suspects urge advertisers to ditch L.A. radio station
A coalition of Southland community leader called on advertisers Thursday to pull their ads from a popular talk radio show over comments on illegal immigration. -- Around 100 protesters were expected to join the demonstration in Burbank demanding KFI 640 AM remove hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou for what organizers called "hate speech..."
|Infowars -- Austin, Texas -- October 11, 2011
VeriSign demands power to kill "abusive Web sites
The global authority over all .com domain names, VeriSign, is demanding the power to terminate websites deemed "abusive" when ordered to by government without a court order or any kind of oversight whatsoever. -- "The company said today it wants to be able to enforce the "denial, cancellation or transfer of any registration" in any of a laundry list of scenarios... [See Police State Watch]
|Los Angeles Times -- October 1, 2011
Usual suspects want KFI's 'John and Ken' show off the air
Long-time [illegal alien "rights"] activist Jorge-Mario Cabrera is used to being called to task for his views. But when radio hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou recently gave out his cellphone number on the air in a campaign against the California Dream Act, he found himself unprepared for the barrage of hate-filled phone calls that followed...
|Stephen Lendman -- Veterans Today -- June 8, 2011
Internet censorship bill introduced
During his presidential campaign, Obama pledged to "(s)upport the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet." -- In fact, he failed to deliver on every major promise made, including the last frontier of press freedom, protected from censorship and corporate control... [See Big Brother Watch & NWO Treason Watch]
|Rasmussen Reports -- May 7, 2011
57% believe America has changed for the worse since 9/11
The killing of Osama bin Laden brought back memories of September 11, 2001 for many, and, just a few months short of the 10th anniversary of those horrendous events, most Americans believe the attacks changed the country for the worse... [See Obama Watch - Big Sis Watch - Big Bro Watch - AG Watch - Police State Watch - NWO Treason Watch]
|The Editors -- National Review -- April 25, 2011
Obama vs. free speech, again
In its Citizens United ruling, the Supreme Court held that Americans do not forfeit their First Amendment rights when they join together to form businesses. This hardly remarkable conclusion produced howls of indignation among Democrats, who summarily denounced both the justices and the "corporations," about which they are inclined to whisper darkly... [See Obama Watch]
|The Daily Caller -- Washington -- March 3, 2011
Screwball Harry Reid blasts Supreme Court for free speech decision
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted the Supreme Court Wednesday for their decision to uphold the right to demonstrate at the funerals of soldiers who were killed in action. -- "I am very disappointed in today's Supreme Court decision to allow hateful extremists to attempt to sully the memories of heroes who have fought and died to protect this country..."
|Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press -- March 2, 2011
Border searches of journalists raise First Amendment issues
Federal officials recently detained another journalist and photocopied the contents of his laptop computer and other electronic devices as he returned to the United States from assignment overseas. Meanwhile, the U.S. government has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of such border searches... [See Big Brother Watch - Big Sis Watch - Obama Watch]
|Media Bistro -- March 1, 2011
House may pass anti-'Fairness Doctrine' legislation
...Boehner said that for fans of the doctrine, "it's fair to silence ideas and voices they don't agree with, and use the tools of government to do it... Our new majority is committed to seeing that the government does not reinstate the fairness doctrine. Congressman [Greg] Walden has teamed up with another former broadcaster..." [See Obama Watch & Big Brother Watch]
|Ben Terris -- National Journal -- February 28, 2011
Boehner speaks out against FCC Internet regulation
Speaking to a group of religious broadcasters on Sunday, House Speaker John Boehner said that the Federal Communications Commission's December network neutrality decision is proof that the FCC "is creeping further into the free market" and could impede the freedom of speech, the Washington Times reports... [See Big Brother Watch -- Obama Watch -- NWO Treason Watch]
|San Antonio Express News -- February 12, 2011
Big Sis urges tempered criticism on border security
Responding to Republican criticism about border security, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is asking congressional leaders to temper their comments intended for political gain and take a tour of communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. -- "The situation on the border continues to be mischaracterized..."
|All Access Music Group -- February 11, 2011
Pence, Walden try again with bill to block Fairness Doctrine
Reps. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Greg Walden (R-OR) are taking another run at getting the Broadcaster Freedom Act, the bill that would prevent the FCC from reinstituting the Fairness Doctrine, passed by Congress. The bill, which has previously been introduced several times, only to stall in committee, was reintroduced Thursday (2/10) with 115 original co-sponsors... [See Big Brother Watch]
|Ms. Smith -- Network World -- February 8, 2011
Former FBI Agent: Feckless Feds routinely spy on Americans
Too often, we've seen U.S. Intelligence agencies whose actions are cloaked in secrecy until someone uncovers governmental abuse that places innocent people under surveillance or on watchlists. It's truly scary to ponder how much more stays hidden. I'd love to interview an FBI agent... [See Big Brother Watch - NWO Treason Watch - Obama Watch]
|Kurt Nimmo -- Infowars -- Austin, Texas -- February 8, 2011
Obama launches total takeover of media system
Even the Washington Post describes it like something out of Orwell's 1984. The FCC has approved a presidential alert system. Obama may soon appear on your television or call your cell phone to warn you about the next specious al-Qaeda underwear bombing event... [See Big Brother Watch - NWO Treason Watch - Obama Watch]
|Shane Cronin -- The Daily Collegian -- February 1, 2011
Internet "kill switch" in the United States?
...The recently resurfaced "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act" would give President Obama and his [DHS] the authority to declare a "cyberspace emergency." If senate bill co-sponsors Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and Susan Collins of Maine successfully pass this bill... [See Big Brother Watch -- NWO Treason Watch]