As CNN is now reporting, 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.
…the same Big Brother approach is being used in the Gulf of Mexico: Criminalize journalists, censor the story and try to keep the American people ignorant of what’s really happening. It’s just the latest tactic from a government that no longer even recognizes the U.S. Constitution or its Bill of Rights. Because the very first right 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. …This is all about keeping you ignorant with a total media blackout of the real story of what’s happening in the Gulf.
The fuck is going on!? Is this really our leader? We jump right on ahead for Haiti but we can’t jump on something that is effecting us directly!! Fuck all politicians, People have a right to know what the fuck is going on!
I’m not sure where I stand on this. On one hand I value knowing how progress is going, but on the other hand completely, the job is going to get done faster if everyone there doesn’t have to work around the press while they’re trying to work. I like how people are clearly trying to act as if the government is trying to cover up some dark secret about this, though. The line “…try to keep the American people ignorant of what’s really happening” makes me crack up. They’re working men and women trying to do a job without being stopped by civilians and the media so they can actually accomplish something.
This issue is so complicated and so ripe with hyperbole I don’t even want to spend paragraphs and paragraphs explaining it to people. So in short: Be skeptical. Not of your government and not of conspiracy theorists; of everything. The truth is widely available unless you want it spoon-fed to you. Everyone has the Internet and everyone has the Google. They should use it.
so… all the media earlier was preventing them from taking the first step a month or so ago? Either that or they are now using alien technology that they don’t want the general populous to know of. Wait, was this a discussion or conspiracy theory?