Comcastrophe: The decision was handed down moments ago,1 and you should be mad as hell.
The FCC just blessed the merger of Comcast, the nation’s largest cable and home Internet provider, with NBC Universal. The Justice Department approved the merger, too, leading to the unprecedented consolidation of media and Internet power in the hands of one company.
There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Wherever you live, the Comcast-NBC merger is a disaster.
United resistance pushes back against FBI raids and grand jury
By Linda Averill
War on terror? Nope, it’s a war on dissent, as the feds raid anti-war groups’ offices and homes and open a grand jury witch hunt. And, since the FS went to press, the government has delivered subpoenas to nine additional Midwest activists – bringing the total to 23. For more information, click here.
Posted in 4th Estate, Constitution, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, Obama and Company, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged 1st amendment, Censorship, Constitution, criminal government, criminalizing dissent, free speech, human rights, peace, protest
Another WikiLeaks Cable from the Bush Administration about My Movies
By Michael Moore
Twice within four days, my name has popped up in the Bush-era secret cables uncovered by WikiLeaks. Lucky me. Though nowhere near as earth-shattering as the uncovering of American misdeeds in Iraq and Afghanistan, these classified cables provide a stunning and bizarre peek into the paranoid minds of the Bush White House when it came to the subject of one Michael Francis Moore.
And considering how WikiLeaks has released only 1,826 cables of its planned drop of 251,287 — and I’ve already played a starring role twice — I can only say I await with bemused anticipation how the moi-storyline will play itself out.
Posted in 911, Art, Books, Music & Film, Censorship, Constitution, Elections, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, NWO, War and Peace
Tagged bush, Censorship, Fahrenheit 9/11, film, leaked cable, michael moore, wikileaks
By Glen Ford
Black Agenda Radio
With the “compromise” on Internet neutrality, President Obama has betrayed another campaign promise, and this time has no excuse that the Republicans made him do it. The outcome was really never in doubt, since Obama named as his FCC chairman a man who helped make radio and television into a corporate wasteland, under Bill Clinton’s administration.
By Ben Sisto
Notice the air; crisper than yesterday. Luminance enthusiasts adorn dwellings with flickering reds, greens, and whites. The first snowflake falls in perfect time to the Vince Guaraldi Trio, and you know what – Thomas Kinkade paintings are starting to look kind of alright. Ah, it’s that time of year again. Time to start the countdown to World’s Fair Use Day, 2011.
Held at the Washington Post Conference Center in D.C. World’s Fair Use Day is a day-long celebration of fair use & creativity brought to you by the folks Public Knowledge. Registration is free, WFUD is open to the public, the unemployed will be pleased to note convenient timing, 9am to 5pm.
By Patrick Lagacé
Julian Assange has some tricks up his sleeve. What a mouth! The Australian really does fit the part of the role of the mysterious computer genius that came from afar. Imagine if he resembled Raymond Bachand; I am convinced, for reasons difficult to explain, that he wouldn’t be as hated. It’s hard — very hard — to hate the branch manager of Canada Post in Malartic. It is easier to hate the hyper-photogenic DJ…
Assange is enigmatic, blond and pathologically incapable of smiling from behind his tinted glasses. We would imagine him to appear alongside James Bond in the role of…of…
Incidentally, as the hero or the villain?
Guest blogged by M. Washington
Dear Pres. Obama and Congress:
I want to publicly state my outrage at our government’s public assualt and obvious desire to punish Julian Assange, the spokesperson for WikiLeaks.
Mr. President: You promised a lot of things when you were campaigning, and I believed you to the point that, for the first time in my voting life, I contributed to a campaign fund. It wasn’t much, as we are one of the statistics that have fallen below the poverty line in this Depression (I refuse to call it a recession, as I huddle here in a cold house that I will soon lose).
By Nicole Colson
Julian Assange speaks to the press outside a central London court building after his release on bail (Adrian Dennis | AFP)
Nicole Colson looks at the latest developments in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange–and how this attack is part of a spreading government assault on free speech. Included is a list of the media organizations and world-renowned journalists who support what WikiLeaks is doing.
By Eric Blair
The establishment has been desperately trying to implement legal control over the Internet. They’re attacking freedom of speech and the open Internet from all angles; through government tools, corporate methods, and even the courts. All three of these methods are converging in the WikiLeaks case, but that’s not the only battle being waged in the so-called “all-out cyber war.” [Image]
By Michael Deutsch
In late September, the FBI carried out a series of raids of homes and antiwar offices of public activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. Following the raids, the Obama Justice Department subpoenaed 14 activists to a grand jury in Chicago and also subpoenaed the files of several antiwar and community organizations. In carrying out these repressive actions, the Justice Department was taking its lead from the Supreme Court’s 6-3 opinion last June in Holder v. the Humanitarian Law Project, which decided that nonviolent First Amendment speech and advocacy “coordinated with” or “under the direction of” a foreign group listed by the Secretary of State as “terrorist” was a crime.
Citizens for Legitimate Government is ten years old. Below is the dedication and history by its founder.
By Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D.
Citizens for the Legitimate Government (CLG) was founded on December 12, 2000, by a group of activists in response to the 2000 U.S. Presidential “election” debacle. We held and continue to maintain that the “election” of George W. Bush was a fraud, and that the installation of Bush marked a fundamental breach of the formal electoral processes in the United States of America. We emphasize the purely formal character of the electoral breach because we recognize and always have recognized the highly mediated and manipulated character of the American electoral process, a condition that has only worsened since the founding of our organization.
By William Bowles
MPs fiddling expenses and leaked diplomatic cables: what connects them and is the game finally up for capitalist ‘democracy’?
“Julian Rush is on the case but it already really does look as if there is an evolving war online between the organic anarchy of the web, as represented currently on the one hand by WikiLeaks and an assorted group of internet activists, and on the other hand by both the old and new icons of the corporate capitalist order, credit card and web commerce companies.” – Channel 4 Email, 9 December, 2010
Aside from having their ‘little secrets’ exposed, British MPs just as with their compatriots in the diplomatic service have had their way for so long that they look like a force of nature. But no more. What the complicit media echoes so faithfully and fearfully, ‘we have to restore faith in the system’ reveals just how frightened they are and just how tenuous their hold on power really is. It all rests on our belief in the system and once that connection is broken the state has two choices: repression or dissolution.
By Guy Rundle
The following is a timeline and summary of the public record of Julian Assange’s visit to Sweden, incidents therein, and accusations arising therefrom. Since what would otherwise be a private legal issue has become a global public cause, and since the level of misinformation has been excessive, we’re presenting this run-down of events in the interests of clarifying debate.
All material, unless otherwise marked, is a matter of public record. Even parts that are marked unconfirmed have multiple separate sources. Nothing that is purely directed towards the character or the history of the two female complainants has been included. Material that has been included is that which goes to questions of reliability of evidence in court proceedings. The timeline has been prepared from public sources in English and Swedish media, and from first-person interviews by Guy Rundle.
Amazon, PayPal, VISA and Mastercard allow the Ku Klux Klan in, but not WikiLeaks
By Dissident Priest
I would ask something of you. I would ask that you join with Anonymous in fighting the companies, industries, and individuals that would like to control the information available to you. That IS what the Anonymous attacks are all about. There really IS a concerted effort taking place to censor the Internet, and decide what YOU are allowed to know and experience. How does that make you feel? Personally, it makes me retch.
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, NWO, Whistleblowers
Tagged 1st amendment, 4th Estate, boycott amazon, boycott MasterCard, boycott PayPal, boycott VISA, Censorship, wikileaks
By Chris Pratt
I always seem to find confirming evidence that things are horribly wrong. Nightmares about corruption and control have crept into my consciousness and are now giant objects of reality for me. I firmly believe that by controlling money and media a very small cadre of ultra elites are also controlling an unsuspecting public. They are marching us into a stark Orwellian future, a world of elite rulers and a sea of debt slaves totally dependent upon government for their very existence.