Homeland Security Given Green Light to Monitor American Journalists

January 14, 2012

source: Yahoo! News   Jan 14, 2011

Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that emerged from the Department of Homeland Security in November, Washington has written permission to collectand retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

According to DHS, the definition of personal identifiable information can consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.”

RT adds:

Previously established guidelines within the administration say that data could only be collected under authorization set forth by written code, but the new provisions in the NOC’s write-up means that any reporter, whether someone along the lines of Walter Cronkite or a budding blogger, can be victimized by the agency.

Also included in the roster of those subjected to the spying are government officials, domestic or not, who make public statements, private sector employees that do the same and “persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest,” which to itself opens up the possibilities even wider.

The department says that they will only scour publically-made info available while retaining data, but it doesn’t help but raise suspicion as to why the government is going out of their way to spend time, money and resources on watching over those that helped bring news to the masses.

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Who is Rich Blee?

September 25, 2011

by  Z. Bill Hicks    source: 9/11 Blogger     Sep 25, 2011

Secrecy Kills.com released part 1 of their audio documentary, ‘Who Is Rich Blee?’

The podcast can be found at the Secrecy Kills website.

The investigative work was originally to be released on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, but the creators of the documentary were threatened with federal prosecution by the CIA because they had unearthed the names of two CIA agents involved in the withholding of key information from the FBI and Whitehouse.

Ray Nowosielski and John Duffy released a statement in response to the CIA threat that is also available on their website.

[This is an outstanding piece of journalism that has taken Ray and John several years to bring to us. The work of people like Paul Thompson and Kevin Fenton has been a tremendous help to the 9/11 truth, justice, and accountability movement for many years now. I urge everyone that is interested in the truth of 9/11 to disseminate this as widely as you can. Part 2 will become available on October 11, 2011. -zbh]


CIA Threaten Journalists with Federal Prosecustion

September 12, 2011

Update #1:  Secrecy Kills has issued a statement on their website. Read it here: http://secrecykills.com/

Nor Cal Truth    Sep 12, 2011

Only weeks ago a Richard Clarke interview was released by two investigative journalists, Ray Nowosielski and John Duffy. The contents of the interview were stunning.

A portion of Jason Leopold’s Aug. 11th article at Truth-Out catches us up:

…Richard Clarke, for the first time, levels explosive allegations against three former top CIA officials – George Tenet, Cofer Black and Richard Blee – accusing them of knowingly withholding intelligence from the Bush and Clinton White House, the FBI, Immigration and the State and Defense Departments about two of the 9/11 hijackers who had entered the United States more than a year before the attacks…

Clarke also accused the former CIA officials of engaging in a cover-up failing to disclose to Congress and the 9/11 Commission key details about the two hijackers.

Tenet, Black and Blee have “been able to get through a joint House investigation committee and get through the 9/11 Commission and this has never come out,” Clarke said in the interview, an advance copy of which was provided to Truthout. “They got away with it.”

Still, Clarke said his position as National Coordinator for Security and Information meant he should have received a briefing from CIA about al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar, explaining “unless somebody intervened to stop the normal automatic distribution I would automatically get it.”

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Failure to Report : A Panel Discussion Among Journalists 3/26/11

April 11, 2011

source: 9/11 Blogger   April 11, 2011

Investigate Building 7 : A Call to Reexamine the Most Important Event of Our Time. March 26 2011, University of Hartford, Ct

Failure to Report : A Panel Discussion Among Journalists

Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU
Leslie Griffith, Journalist
Craig Unger, Author
Dick Russell, Author

This panel will address the US media’s tendency to look away from major stories of all kinds by dismissing them as mere “conspiracy theories.” First will be a discussion the press’s silence on the strange collapse of Building 7, and the panelists will move on from there to discuss other mysteries or scandals that, although they merit serious investigation, are either laughed off or ignored. Among these forbidden stories are the “OctoberSurprise”of1980, the fate of TWA Fligh t800,the CIA’s reported drug dealing in America’s innercities, theOklahoma City bombing and the epidemic of widespread election fraud since 2000.

9/11 A Big Fabrication

October 18, 2010

by Dr Jassim Taqui       source: Pakistan Observer      10/18/10

THE Iranian official news agency IRNA held a debate on “ September 11 a big fabrication”. Pakistani analysts and senior journalists took part into the discussion. The debate was centred on the speech of the Iranian President Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad centred on the same topic. The Iranian President maintained in his speech that September 11 attacks on the United States were used to justify the US war on terrorism. He described the destruction of the twin towers in New York on 9/11 as a “ complicated intelligence scenario and act.” He was of the view that 9/11 was a big fabrication and a pretext for the campaign against terrorism and a prelude for staging an invasion against Afghanistan. He termed 9/11 attacks suspicious and accused the West of seeking to dominate the Middle East.

The analysts held diverse views. One view rejected the conspiracy theories and maintained that in no way the US administration could be involved in such criminal activities that go at variance with the US laws and could be easily discovered by the strong US media. However, it was argued that “ insiders” within the US intelligence and security agencies could have helped the perpetrators who carried those terrorist acts. This view relies on the “ controlled demolition” of the attacked twin towers and building 7 that necessitates inside help and very sophisticated explosives that are only available with the US military. Over 1000 US architects and engineers have recently demanded a new investigation on 9/11 attacks “ to save US democracy.”

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Journalists & Other Media Professionals for 9/11 Truth

May 18, 2010

Mike Casner, who commented on this blog recently, sent me a link to an organization and website that I was previously unfamiliar with. The Media for 9/11 Truth group is alive, and after viewing its signatures, I am thrilled to see it is already supported by many others in the media. 

P.S. Mike – Do you have a banner that I can put here on the website?

May 18, 2010

Please Visit: Journalists and Other Media Professionals for 9/11 Truth.

Here is a little about the group:

The Mission Statement

Journalists and Other Media Professionals for 9/11 Truth (JOMP911T) is an international organization of journalists and other media professionals who have, unlike the mainstream (corporate) media, been reporting information that challenges the official account of 9/11.

 We seek an independent investigation, unfettered by political constraints, which has full subpoena powers and examines all of the evidence relevant to determining what happened on 9/11. To date, virtually all of the evidence that conflicts with the official account has been ignored by the mass media.

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News Outlests Appeal Pentagon’s Ban on Guantanamo Coverage

May 13, 2010