Obama's War on Press Freedom
by Stephen Lendman
Free and open expression is our most fundamental right. Without it all others are endangered.
Candidate Obama promised transparency, accountability, and reform. He called sunlight "the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse."
He said whistleblowing reflects "acts of courage and patriotism."
"Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out."
"We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance."
He pledged to "strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government."
He said one thing. He did another. He usurped diktat powers. He wages war on truth. He targets whistleblowers. He threatens free expression.
Press freedom is endangered on his watch. He prioritizes surveillance powers.
They include warrantless wiretapping, accessing personal records, monitoring financial transactions, and tracking emails, Internet and cell phone use. It's done lawlessly to gather secret evidence for prosecutions.
Obama wants truth and full disclosure suppressed. He wants