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Mainstream News Media Do Not Seem to Support a Free Press

I am hoping that the more the new attorney general and the DOJ, and Senate Republicans, investigate the corrupt government parasites who attempted to falsely accuse Donald Trump of “collusions with Russians” and “meddling in the 2016 election,” the more the American people might then actually discover the truth about it. (But I am not holding my breath.)

Alas, many Americans believe myths and falsehoods about America and our elections, as well as other important matters, mainly based on false narratives that have been handed down through generations and promoted by what we know as the “mainstream media.”

For example, Americans believe they are living in a free country, but in reality they are not. Or, at least it isn’t as free as it once was in many ways. Jacob Hornberger has a recent post on America’s life of the lie.

For instance, the way I see it, many people believe that we have freedom of movement in America. But no, we don’t. Do you have the freedom to come and go as you please without having to report to a government bureaucrat or an armed goon at the border? Nope. You see, that would be freedom. But we live in a police state, and a police state is NOT freedom.

And real freedom would include the freedom to keep whatever you earn or honestly acquire, and do with it whatever you want, as Hornberger pointed out. And not have to report anything to the gubmint, your earnings, your charitable donations, your purchases, your property ownership, your business contracts or dealings, etc., because it’s none of the government’s damn business. If it’s none of the neighbor’s business then it’s none of the government’s business, I like to say.

Unfortunately, it seems that most Americans who believe they live in a free country suffer from “Stockholm Syndrome,” and they 100% support and defend their Rulers’ violations of their own rights, their freedom, their property, and their dignity.

But I also wanted to mention that we do not really have a “Free Press” in America. As Glenn Greenwald pointed out, most of the news media and punditry have still been hysterically going with the same “Trump-Russia collusions” since the Mueller Report has been released, even though Robert Mueller concluded that there is no evidence to support such a conspiracy theory, which is exactly what all that has been.

The hysteria is wide-spread, coming from news media people, some of whom actually know the truth but are mere propagandists for the Obama CIA, FBI and DOJ who criminally attempted to prevent a Trump presidency and to sabotage it now that Trump is President — but the hysteria is mostly coming from gullible, ignorant members of mainstream media who just don’t know any better.

But most Americans believe the false narrative and propaganda coming from the national security state and its news media flunkies, so, this case is another example of living the life of the lie, as Jacob Hornberger puts it.

I think that if we really lived in a genuinely free society that the government wouldn’t have the control that it has over the news media, the “Press.” The control that the national security state in Washington has over the mainstream (sic) media is perhaps more implicit and informal than if it were actually enshrined into law. Everything from the Washington Post and New York Times, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, have their “unnamed sources,” “anonymous government sources,” “people familiar with the matter,” and so on, many sources of which are government bureaucrats who have an agenda, that of maintaining the status quo (their power grabs) or increasing and strengthening the powers of the State.

However, besides these mainstream media government flunkies, we now have alternative media, such as what we can get on the Internet, and many independent investigative journalists.

In the old days, we had only ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times and Washington Post, and our local TV/radio stations and newspapers, most of whom got their “news” from the gubmint. But there was not really much of an alternative.

The official narrative was what people believed. But now, while most people believe the official narrative, at least now more and more people are getting the truth that they weren’t getting from mainstream government news.

So without the Internet, in the old days people didn’t really have any alternative, so all they heard was official narrative. For example, I always thought that Richard Nixon did himself in by attempting to cover up the Watergate burglary. And that he was helped to be taken down by the “liberal media.” But the more I learned, I see that it was probably the national security state that was behind the whole thing. The actual Watergate burglars and co-conspirators included CIA guy E. Howard Hunt, after all. (Why would a professional CIA spook get involved with some low-level election campaign operation?) And Bob Woodward was allegedly a CIA asset, who was allegedly participating in taking down Nixon allegedly on behalf of the national security state.

And why would the national security state want to take down Nixon? Well, it certainly wasn’t because he was a warmonger and “We’re all Keynesians now,” because the statists love that stuff.

Nixon began his détente meetings with China in February 1972 and with the Soviets in May that year. At the end of the day, the national security state does not want to thaw the Cold War, as we have seen in its apparatchiks going after Donald Trump, who has clearly not been loyal to their Cold War 2.0 agenda.

You see, the national security state thrives on wars, cold and hot, and on terrorism and fears of terrorism, to justify its existence. John F. Kennedy was attempting to thaw the Cold War already in the early 1960s, and look what happened.

So the national security parasites had to take down Nixon to do with their loyalty to their cult and the power trips their beloved State gives them.

Now, why do most Americans believe the official narratives imposed by government? Because the official narratives (such as “lone nut shooter” or “Trump-Russia collusions”) are continuously carried forward by the mainstream news media.

And why is this? Because many graduates from America’s journalism schools are products of government schools, and so they don’t know any better. Just like most Americans, they too were raised to recite the Pledge of Obedience to the flag, to sing the National Anthem, to believe in America’s religion of “American Exceptionalism.”

And worse than today’s graduates of America’s journalism schools are the political operatives and campaign strategists who then became news anchors, news program hosts, reporters, and so on. I could name them here, but you probably know who many of them are. How could you not know who many of them are, when many of today’s news anchors, news program hosts, and reporters started out as political operatives and campaign strategists, or worse, government bureaucrats. It’s a sick revolving door.

So, many Americans who depend on the mainstream news outlets for “information” think they live in a free society, but they are getting propaganda and believing it, hook, line and sinker, and thus accepting one intrusion after another into their private lives or restrictions on their liberty, in the name of “national security.”

The Best Analyses of the “Mueller Report.”

Glenn Greenwald analyzes the “Mueller Report” and concludes that Mueller obliterates the Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. Greenwald looks at every important aspect of the report.

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity write a letter to Donald Trump regarding the evidence-free assumption that Russians actually meddled in the 2016 election.

Daniel Lazare pokes holes in the Mueller conspiracy theory that the Russian intelligence GRU hacked the DNC computers under the name of “Gucifer 2.0.”

More Important Articles

John Solomon at The Hill asks 10 important questions that could turn the tables on Russia-collusion investigators.

Andrew McCarthy of National Review has an article at NY Post detailing how and why the Obama FBI and DOJ spied on the Trump 2016 campaign.

Charles Glass says that Julian Assange languishes in prison as his journalistic collaborators brandish their prizes.

Moon of Alabama has an article on the CIA director using fake Skripal incident photos to psy-op Trump.

Jacob Hornberger discusses Republicans’ love of healthcare socialism.

Dr. Gary Kohls asks, What could possibly go wrong with this (continually increasing) neurotoxic and autoimmunity-inducing vaccine schedule?

And William Anderson comments on the college admissions cheating scandal, and how it relates to the emphasis on political capitalism in society as compared to the old Soviet Union.

Some of My Past Writing on WikiLeaks, Assange and Manning

I had written quite a bit about WikiLeaks and the Bradley/Chelsea Manning leaks a while back. And there are many 2010-2014 news and opinion articles online that talk about “Bradley” Manning, not “Chelsea.” (There may very well be some people who have been trying to research this case and might be missing articles from that period because they might be searching “Chelsea Manning.” I just thought I’d mention that.)

These past posts and articles of mine give some good information (if you don’t mind my saying so), for those who might not have been that familiar with this whole affair. They especially address the Press abandoning the important role of exposing the corruption and crimes of TPTB, and the problem some people have in their believing the lies of the government against whistleblowers, and believing the gubmint’s propaganda.

In this October 24, 2010 post, I wrote:

Glenn Greenwald writes on today’s “Nixonian henchmen”: The New York Times and CNN as the “Establishment Media,” smearing WikiLeaker Julian Assange in the same way that President Nixon’s “Plumbers” smeared Daniel Ellsberg as punishment for his leaking the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times. While in 1971, officials of the government broke into a journalist’s psychiatrist’s office to get private information with which to do the smearing, now it is a journalist’s fellow journalists doing the smearing on behalf of protecting the government from public disclosure over its own criminality, deceit and war crimes associated with the Iraq War.

This is further confirmation that the jounalists of today are shills for the illicit State, and not the finders and tellers of news and truth that they’re supposed to be.

And this is CNN and the New York Times, mind you, so-called “liberal” media. Whatever happened to the anti-Iraq War crowd in the media from 2004 and those Dan Rather types? Do these “liberal” news media elites who hated Bush for Iraq now love Iraq for Obama?

Meanwhile, NYT and CNN aside, Fox News seems to be covering Assange with at least some balance and fairness, and at least some lack of smearing. (By the way, CNN ranks far behind in the cable wars, and the New York Times is just about ready to go out of business.)

If U.S. government officials from the president and generals on down to soldiers and contractors committed war crimes, let the truth be told. Don’t shoot the messenger — jail the criminals.

In the first part of this December 4, 2010 post, I wrote:

The coincidences between U.S. happenings and goings on in Israel never end. This situation with WikiLeaks and its latest release that exposes nincompoops like Hillary Clinton, and with neocon nudniks like Sarah Palin asserting that Julian Assange has “blood on his hands,” is very similar to the situation in Israel. A young female Israeli military clerk named Anat Kamm burned classified military information to CD as well as made copies of material in print and released that material to a Haaretz newspaper reporter, Uri Blau, who used the material to report on the military’s alleged crimes. In the words of Ms. Kamm,

“There were some aspects of the IDF’s operational procedures in the West Bank that I felt should be public knowledge…

“…When I was burning the CDs I kept thinking that history tends to forgive people who expose war crimes…”

Kamm is not charged with espionage on behalf of another government, but she is charged with compromising Israel’s security. It’s very similar to the current situation with WikiLeaks. The Israeli media by and large is the propaganda organ for the government and military, just as our Fourth Estate here in the U.S. has become with the U.S. government. Thomas Jefferson is throwing up in his grave right now over this.

The Haaretz reporter Uri Blau had been in hiding in London, but had recently come forward for interrogation, but I don’t know whether or not he’s been charged.

But as British journalist Jonathan Cook put it,

“During her conscription, Kamm copied possibly hundreds of army documents that revealed systematic law-breaking by the Israeli high command operating in the occupied Palestinian territories, including orders to ignore court rulings. She was working at the time in the office of Brig. Gen. Yair Naveh, who is in charge of operations in the West Bank.

“Blau’s crime is that he published a series of scoops based on her leaked information that have highly embarrassed senior Israeli officers by showing their contempt for the rule of law.”

In other words, the two are really accused of embarrassing government officials, and exposing their transgressions, just as Julian Assange and Bradley Manning are accused of with U.S. officials. But while this was initially going on several months ago, you just wouldn’t believe the hatred and venom toward those two Israelis in comments sections of various Israeli newspaper articles and opinion columns.

The worse of it, in my opinion, has come from Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick, who also has some things to write this week about WikiLeaks.

“Make no mistake about it, the ongoing WikiLeaks operation against the US is an act of war.”

Only a fool could actually think that Julian Assange’s releasing information that the American people have a right to know about what their government has been doing on their behalf could be an “act of war.” A fool, or someone who is so absorbed in the power of the State, so mindlessly mystical of the State and its military that any act by someone that is in the slightest way challenging of the State’s authority and integrity (which is not difficult — what integrity?) is to the State and its apparatchiks an “act of war.”

Glick also refers in that column to Kamm and Blau that Glick feels should be investigated for “treason,” yet it is our treasonous governments whose decades-long campaigns of aggression provoke people in other countries and have gravely backfired against us Americans, as well as against Israelis

In this December 28, 2010 article on the treasonous U.S. government, I wrote:

Some critics of the WikiLeaks release have referred to Manning’s alleged actions as “treasonous,” and compromising American security. But in actuality, the leaked documents have done nothing but expose the crimes of the State, which is what the Press used to do before that institution apparently merged itself into the State apparatus. The real “treason” that is happening is that of the agents of the State acting against Americans’ liberty and prosperity.

While the recent document leaker has not compromised America’s security in any way whatsoever, we can take a closer look at how the U.S. government’s agents just over the past 20 years have been the real culprits in compromising the security of Americans. That includes President George H.W. Bush’s taking the U.S. into war against Iraq in 1990-91, the U.S. government’s and United Nations’ sanctions against Iraq throughout the 1990s and how those hostilities against Iraqis have backfired against the U.S., and George W. Bush’s “War on Terror” campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq and against Americans’ civil liberties.

And, last but not least, in this September 4, 2013 article, I wrote (among other things):

In more recent years, there have been the NSA and IRS scandals, constant FBI and other federal S.W.A.T. raids on the wrong house, the FBI thwarting terrorist plots that the FBI themselves cook up, FBI entrapments, and so on.

My, how the Fulbright Hearings, the Watergate Hearings, the Church Committee, the Tower Commission and other similar efforts at reform certainly have succeeded!

Let’s have more reform!

And now Army PFC Bradley Manning, a.k.a. Chelsea Manning – who was given a kangaroo trial administered by an extremely biased judge – has been railroaded into a 35-year sentence on top of time already served in a tortured solitary confinement.

But Manning didn’t “betray his country” or commit actual espionage on behalf of any foreign enemy. Military and security experts had testified that none of the information Manning gave to WikiLeaks had posed any danger to any American or U.S. soldier overseas.

Another military whistleblower, retired USAF Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski has pointed out that there have been actual spies, Robert Hanssen, Aldrich Ames, James Hall, and George Trofimoff, who actually did sell secrets to foreign regimes such as Russia but who had been treated much more humanely by the U.S. government than Manning was treated.

You see, Manning felt it was important to inform the American people of the war crimes and diplomatic buffoonery committed by our own government.

Manning’s “crime” was of having a moral conscience, and of embarrassing and angering our corrupt and criminal Rulers who didn’t like their criminality and incompetence exposed for all the world to see.

That is part of the cult of self-serving State authority that we have now.

It is amazing how the campaign to mislead and propagandize – led by U.S. government officials and repeated by their Press stenographers – has turned actual government whistleblowers into “bad guys” in the eyes of many misinformed and gullible people, from the very beginning of the WikiLeaks documents releases and the Manning witch hunt.

At the very beginning of the Manning witch hunt, in June 2010, Glenn Greenwald wrote about the FBI informant who had turned Manning in to the government, Adrian Lamo, and on Lamo’s relationship with Wired senior editor Kevin Poulsen. At that time, Wired had published only a partial version of the chat logs between Manning and Lamo.

Greenwald wrote a subsequent update to that, in which it turned out there had been quite some relationship between Wired’s Poulsen and informant Lamo, that Lamo had been the government’s one and only source against Manning, and Greenwald noted the “journalistic disgrace” in Wired’s withholding of key information from other news reporters on the Manning case.

And Greenwald wrote a further update after Wired had published the full Manning-Lamo chat logs.

We must ask: Were Poulsen and Wired withholding information from other journalists to help the government project a false narrative of why Bradley Manning released documents to WikiLeaks? You can read those articles and make your own conclusions.

More on the Julian Assange Case

Joe Emersberger says that Julian Assange’s “conspiracy” to expose war crimes has already been punished.

And Trevor Timm says that Assange’s indictment is Trump’s next step in his war on Press freedom.

Government bureaucrats and authoritarians like Donald Trump don’t want the government’s crimes, corruption, incompetence, lies, and buffoonery exposed. They first scamper like little cockroaches when the lights are turned on, and then they use and abuse the armed powers of their regime in control to persecute and silence those who have exposed them. It is repeated throughout history. The fascist authoritarian ignoramus Donald Trump is no different.

Corrupt Bureaucrats Getting Assange and WikiLeaks for Their Exposure of “Vault 7”?

Moon of Alabama notes that perhaps the main reason that U.S. government and other corrupt governments are going after Julian Assange is to do with the CIA’s Vault 7, the program that enables the CIA to put Russian “fingerprints” on a computer hack in order to blame the Russians (or others) on their hack.

As former CIA analyst Ray McGovern wrote in June of 2017,

The capabilities shown in what WikiLeaks calls the “Vault 7” trove of CIA documents required the creation of hundreds of millions of lines of source code. At $25 per line of code, that amounts to about $2.5 billion for each 100 million code lines. But the Deep State has that kind of money and would probably consider the expenditure a good return on investment for “proving” the Russians hacked into Democratic Party emails.

In other words, it is altogether possible that the hacking attributed to Russia was actually one of several “active measures” undertaken by a cabal consisting of the CIA, FBI, NSA and Clapper…

Supposedly it was the Vault 7 program that WikiLeaks leaked that especially infuriated the criminals of the CIA. Zero Hedge has more information on Vault 7. If the CIA can hack computers and leave the “fingerprints” of Russians then they can do it to anyone, including Americans, political candidates, businessmen, social activists, etc.

Moon of Alabama also referred to how Assange was negotiating with the U.S. government regarding WikiLeaks’ acquiring of the Vault 7 information, but then-FBI director James Comey stopped the negotiations. Apparently the FBI has an agenda just as the CIA does.

And, as Matt Agorist asks, if Donald Trump is so worried about “fake news,” then why is he prosecuting WikiLeaks, who have been 100% right?

And I say it’s because Trump is an authoritarian statist and obediently worships and obeys the national security state, and anything that questions, challenges or exposes the national security state for the corrupt, tyrannical criminal racket that it is, has got to be stomped on. That’s why. When it comes to “drain the swamp,” Donald Trump is full of it. He’s just another demagogue and knows how to play the “Deplorables” like a fiddle.

The Anti-Freedom Authoritarians Still Rule

As soon as “special” counsel Robert Mueller and his team of Hillary Clinton donors handed in their term paper to attorney general William Barr, the hacks in CONgress initiated a demand from the IRS for Donald Trump’s tax returns. “Well, if we can’t get Trump on Russia collusions by making it all up then we’ll try to find something — anything — in his tax returns. Massachusetts moonbat Richie Neal is now in pursuit of those tax returns. Hey, Richie Neal, how about if Judicial Watch goes after your tax returns and those of others in CONgress, hmmm?

And the arrest of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks isn’t just coincidental coming a week or two after the “Mueller Report.” As law professor Jonathan Turley wrote in his column, the U.S. government  is going after Assange for embarrassing the corrupt bureaucrats of DC.

But Ronald McDonald Trump, the Clown-in-Chief, is not to be trusted to continue his “I love WikiLeaks” proclamation, because of his being low-IQ and easily manipulable by the “national security” robots who advise him. So easily psy-opped, that is. Trump is extremely authoritarian and he will side with the military swamp who are the true rulers of Amerika. Assange published national security “secrets,” after all.

Yeah, it’s a “secret” that members of our military targeted and murdered innocent civilians for fun and sport in Iraq and Afghanistan, that Hilary wanted to eavesdrop on foreign diplomats (which our regime has been doing anyway, duh). And we know these things thanks to WikiLeaks! Go, WikiLeaks!

And it’s a national security “secret” that Hillary Rotten Clinton rigged the 2016 primaries against Bernie and that Donna Brazille gave Hillary the answers to questions at a CNN Town Hall event. Or that that Clinton campaign would “tee up stories” for Maggie Haberman of the New York Slimes. And we know these things thanks to WikiLeaks! Go, WikiLeaks!

And with the William Barr assertion that there was “spying” going on against the Trump campaign and for political purposes. Listen to the media hacks like Chris Matthews and Jennifer Rubin scolding Barr for using the word “spy” and denying that that is what the FBI did, some of the hacks calling Barr “Trump’s Roy Cohn.” Listen to former CIA and FBI shady characters John Brennan and James Comey saying there was no “spying.” Comey’s knee-slapper: “the FBI, the Department of Justice conduct court-ordered electronic surveillance. I have never thought of that as spying.” (The FBI knowingly abused FISA spying authority to go after the Trump campaign. Doesn’t he know that? Oh, that’s right. He does.)

Unfortunately, we see what a drooling authoritarian Donald Trump is, and will decide that, at the end of the day, FBI/CIA/ETC spying powers must be protected and so his DOJ and Barr ultimately will not prosecute the real criminals, Comey, McCabe, Brennan, Rosenstein, et al., and instead will “shoot the messenger,” Assange.

And another sign of Trump’s authoritarian anti-freedom drool is his anti-foreigner, anti-immigration fascism, “Build the Wall,” rather than seeing that it’s the U.S. government’s drug war and interventionist foreign policy that are driving people out of Central America, and ending those policies. But no, he’s a vicious drug warrior, not seeing the irrationality and destruction of such government central planning. Drugs bad, alcohol good. These schmucks in government will never learn.

The other side of the same authoritarian government coin are the “democratic socialists,” who want to empower the government to seize private industry from those who know how to run things and give the controls over to those who don’t. People who want to ban everything from plastic shopping bags to cars, trucks and planes. Mass impoverishment and starvation. Not good. Meanwhile, stopping ALL of carbon emissions worldwide still won’t stop climate change, which has been going on for millions of years and will continue, no matter what you do.

Believe Propaganda or Know the Truth about Julian Assange

Glenn Greenwald: the U.S. government’s indictment of Julian Assange poses grave threats to Press freedom.

Jonathan Cook on 7 years of lies about Assange that won’t stop now.

James Bovard says the Assange arrest is a deadly threat to a free press.

Thomas Knapp says that pardoning Julian Assange would be the first step toward the rule of law. (I’m not holding my breath.)

And Kelley Vlahos says we should fear the arrest of Julian Assange.

The “Deep State” Arrests Julian Assange of WikiLeaks

These people in Washington are completely loony-tunes, quite frankly.

The “authorities” have arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. And for what, publishing whistleblowers’ information that gives Americans the truth about the crimes, incompetence and corruption of their government rulers? Ooooh, poor Mike Pompeo doesn’t want the truth about the U.S. government to be told, awww, poor baby.

As noted previously, the “deep state” going after Julian Assange is related to its going after Carter Page, et al. And notice how the Assange arrest today is just a week after the Mueller report has been released. The national security state, a.k.a. “deep state,” knows that a lot of the FBI-DOJ corruption will be exposed and its high-up employees will be indicted as a result of the whole Mueller kangaroo investigation. This is a big reason why these apparatchiks are going after Assange, because his WikiLeaks have provided us commoner Americans with information on everything from Iraq war crimes to DNC corruption and the DNC-government-news-media complex.

Now, given what a national-security-state-loving authoritarian Donald Trump is, I think he is going to side with the Pompeo-Bolton creeps against Julian Assange regarding the 2010 Manning leaks, rather than side with his own vindication thanks to WikiLeaks after Trump’s having been the target of a massive abuse-of-power scheme committed by the aforementioned apparatchiks of the national security state. Sad.

And I wonder what the Democrat candidates for President are going to say now about Julian Assange, if anything. What about Elizabeth Warren, a.k.a. Liawatha, who is running 3rd in her home state of Massachusetts? And what about Bozo O’Snork, the disgusting reprobate who plays pranks and practical jokes on his own wife? Meanwhile, the mayor of South Bent, Indiana, Pete Sudafed, is on all the important talk shows. In fact, he made a long-awaited appearance on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!, in which I think he might eventually replace Peter Sagal as host.

Sometimes I just get so tired of these people, I try to write a “serious” post, but I just end up making fun of them. Don’t they all deserve it?