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The FEC Embraces Fascism – Implements Conservative Book Banning

NoisyRoom.net

Who says fascism is out of style? Evidently the FEC is making it chic again. The Chairman of the Federal Election Commission berated Democratic colleagues who imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan’s new book, The Way Forward. In essence, they opened the door to future book regulations or even the banning of books. The meeting got heated to say the least and in the end, the FEC declined to definitively spare book publishers from the reach of campaign finance rules. Stoke the fires boys! We’ve got some book burnin’ to do!!!

“That is a shame. … We have wounded the free-press clause of the First Amendment,” Goodman told FoxNews.com after the tense meeting. Goodman previously has warned that the commission wants to start regulating media.

 

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Obama Likely To Make Anti-Muslim Speech Illegal & Punishable

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Free Republic

Bill Killian, a US attorney, claims that anti-Muslim speech violates Muslim’s Constitutional rights. Therefore, he argues, it should be illegal and punishable by law.

Killian said, “We need to educate people about Muslims and their civil rights, and as long as we’re here, they’re going to be protected.”

At this time, Obama’s DOJ is working to determine what, exactly, is considered illegal speech against Muslims. Guidelines and specific laws are expected to come soon. Currently, the government is not allowed to prevent speech that is hateful towards a religion, unless a specific threat is made. To prevent speech that is hostile towards a religion is a violation of the First Amendment. The government is allowed to urge people to not engage in such speech — it just cannot punish people for doing so.

If the DOJ does decide to make anti-Muslim speech punishable by law, it could mark the beginning of significantly increased government power.

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Barack Obama, Freedom of Speech and Operation Choke Point… you’d better watch out, you might be next!

Flopping Aces

The Constitution guarantees every American the Freedom of Speech. The very first Amendment to the document says “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech…” Of course, what is speech that it needs such protection? Speech is more than just saying what’s on your mind, regardless of how profound or silly it is. Speech is communication. That’s the speech that needed protection and was incorporated into the First Amendment. It was the communication of thoughts and ideas that needed protection. Speech needed protection because of the impact it could have on others. Kings don’t like their authority questioned and a freedom of speech could potentially rile up his subjects.

It is that very reason that our Founding Fathers sought to protect speech: For the people to keep the government in check.

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What’s this? Legal victories for constitutional rights?

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Gulag Bound

With “same-sex marriage” proponents winning victory after victory, free-speech rights under attack, the Constitution daily ignored by the Obama administration and fearsome agencies like the IRS, NSA and Justice Department turned against the American people, there’s precious little news these days of victories for the common man, for liberty, for fundamental rights.

And yet, there are important legal victories taking place, many under the national news radar but highly significant nevertheless.

Just ask the residents of Carroll County, Maryland.

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The Last Line of Defense: New Organization Aims to Protect Citizen Journalists: “We Will Stand With You”

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The Daily Sheeple

In recent years governments and politicians threatened by truth have stepped up their efforts to crush the free flow of information. In the U.S. Congress Senators like Diane Feinstein (CA) hypocritically say they support a free press, yet work behind the scenes to restrict the right to free speech for the vast majority of Americans. Last year, for example, as a new media shield law was being debated on Capitol Hill, Feinstein argued she wouldn’t support a bill that would define an American disseminating information to the public as a “covered journalist” protected by the Constitution because that would mean everyone in the United States would have a “special privilege” as “an entity or service that disseminates news and information.”

In essence, if it were up to Senator Feinstein and her cohorts, only bonafide mainstream journalists or those being paid a salary as reporters would be given the privilege of being protected by the U.S. Constitution.

If you are a blogger or someone who disseminates information via videos, forums or other web media you, apparently, would not protected by the First Amendment and U.S. Constitution if it were up to people like Diane Feinstein. In fact, under the broad proposals currently being debated, everyone’s right to share information online is threatened:

 

The Ugly Face of Tyranny: Feinstein Comes For Your Right To Speak Freely Online

Should you choose to share an opinion in the comments section on this web site or post on your Facebook or Twitter page, you would, just as this author, fall outside of the Constitutional protections of the First Amendment.

Your comments, if critical of government or big business interests, would not be protected by shield laws. You see, you’re not capable of forming an opinion or citing appropriate references for your argument. To do that, you must be licensed by the State or approved by a court.

But The Constitution First Amendment Press Association points out the utter idiocy of such a notion and explains in succinct terms why you, as an American, are a Citizen Journalist not only by law, but by the very fact that your right to disseminate truth and information is inherent at birth.

“The Press” in America is no longer an exclusive club of “professional” journalists. Today, in the age of camera-equipped cellphones, the Internet, blogs, and YouTube, “The Press” now consists of every literate adult who owns a PC, tablet, or smartphone.

The 21st Century is in fact the era of Citizen Journalists. The key requisite qualification to be considered part of “The Press” is simply enfranchisement as a Citizen–thereby assuring you the full protection of the First Amendment.

Whenever you see or hear the words “legitimate journalist” or “qualified journalist”, beware! Those are phrases used by both politicians and guilds with vested interests.

The CFAPA organization founded by well known survivalist, author and liberty proponent James Wesley Rawles of SurvivalBlog.com and his son Robert Rawles aims to ensure that the rights of every Citizen Journalist in America are protected, whether they choose to publicly share their name or remain anonymous, as was the case when Benjamin Franklin submitted his thoughts and grievances under a pseudonym to the New England Courant in 1722.

The Constitution First Amendment Press Association. (CFAPA.org) was founded in March, 2014 to provide credentials and to provide a venue for a mostly anonymous association of independent American Citizen Journalists. We provide press credentials free of charge to any adult American Citizen who accepts the Constitutional Journalist’s Pledge who agrees to CFAPA’s Member Terms and Conditions.

The CFAPA is not politically affiliated and has members from a broad range of religious, economic, ethnic, and political backgrounds. Our members all have just two things in common: we love our liberty, and we have a yearning to seek and herald the truth, via Citizen Journalism.

The long term goal of CFAPA is to make citizen journalists so ubiquitous that public officials and police officers will stop asking us to see press credentials. But until they do so, we will stand with you, to help confirm your credibility as a citizen journalist.

As the debate over who is or who is not a journalist in America rages on, it should be clear based on our country’s history that the fourth estate – journalists and reporters – are comprised of every single American.

Politicians, however, have a different idea about speech, often suggesting that only some individuals have the right to engage in it.

Thus, we encourage all Americans who want to lend their support to the First Amendment and spread information to all corners of the world to consider the free credentials and support being offered through The Constitution First Amendment Press Association.

In a world where politics and business interests seemingly supersede our Constitution, CFAPA is an idea whose time has come. Fighting the machine as an individual can be a difficult undertaking. With like-minded individuals working together under a single banner within an organization like CFAPA we stand a chance at turning the tables on those who would prefer that our voices be muted.

Website: The Constitution First Amendment Press Association

What It Means to Be a Citizen Journalist: The Constitution Journalist Pledge

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The Conditioning is Working & the Dectruction of America is at Hand

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Freedom Outpost

It’s amazing to me how this administration has any credibility left with the American people. In the America I once lived in, there was a sleeping giant that stood vigilant, jealously guarding our liberties as if they were the most precious of jewels. An administration that has lied and attempted to subvert the Constitution as often as this one, would be called out and humiliated by a press corps that understood its duty in protecting the First Amendment.

Not in this America; the country we live in today is unrecognizable, and besides, that only happens when Republicans lie, cheat and steal. Instead of guarding liberty, the masses have been conditioned, through the same propaganda used by tyrants all throughout the twentieth century, to hate their own culture and discredit the very system that grants them the liberty to do so. The liberal’s attitude towards America and the Constitution is the perfect example of “biting the hand that feeds you.”

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Mark Levin: Obama Administration Using The Law Against Us Is The Definition Of Tyranny

Real Clear Poltics

MARK LEVIN: The FCC, call it whatever you want, Barack Obama’s henchman, Barack Obama’s comrades, there, that’s right, all over the federal government have hijacked the institutions of government and are now turning them on the people. Whether it’s the EPA, or the Department of Justice, the Interior Department, NOAA, this, that or the other, they’re using the government, they are using a law against us. Which is the definition of tyranny.

They have abused the First Amendment with wiretaps, and other forms of government action against the media in this country and the media in this country apparently is sadistic. As long as their guy is doing it, well then, do it. So the media in this country no longer stands for free anything. Free speech, free press, any of it. It is the Praetorian guard media — as I’ve been saying for years — protecting this president, protecting his ideology because the people in the media, for the most part, are of the same ilk.

No respect for the rule of law. No respect for the constitution. Now they’ll use those things to attack Republican presidents, but they don’t give a damn about it when it comes to a radical leftist like Obama. And so it is necessary to remind ourselves who we are, what our power is, what our heritage is as we fight what is increasingly the battle that the Framers fought against tyranny. (Mark Levin Show, February 20, 2014)