Stonewalled-Reporter Resigns Over Media Bias

Here’s an article by Matthew Balan at the Media Research Center that you may find interesting. It appears that a news reporter at CBS has finally had enough of the liberal bias and blacking-out of important news and has resigned her position. – Stonebear 3-11-14
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Sharyl Attkisson, whose coverage of the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal won CBS Evening News an Edward R. Morrow Award in 2012, and also provided hard-hitting reporting on the September 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, announced her sudden departure from CBS on Monday afternoon in a post on Twitter: “I have resigned from CBS.”

During an October 2013 report on CBS This Morning, Attkisson revealed a new weapons smuggling scandal surrounding the Obama administration that involved a grenade that was used to murder three police officers in Mexico. Several months earlier, in June 2013, the now former CBS correspondent revealed that her computer was hacked – something she had suspected for weeks:

“A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions in late 2012. Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts.”

Dylan Byers of Politico provided additional details of Attkisson’s resignation in a Monday item on his blog:

CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources familiar with her departure told POLITICO on Monday.

Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.

At the same time, Attkisson’s own reporting on the Obama administration, which some staffers characterized as agenda-driven, had led network executives to doubt the impartiality of her reporting. She is currently at work on a book — tentatively titled “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington” — which addresses the challenges of reporting critically on the Obama administration….

Attkisson had become a polarizing figure at the network, sources there said. While some championed her relentless dedication to investigations — ranging from defective Firestone Tires to the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal — others saw evidence of a political agenda, particularly against President Obama. (The bulk of Attkisson’s work since 2009 has focused on the failures or perceived failures of the Obama administration, including the administration’s failed green energy investments and the attack in Benghazi, though she has reported on several Republican failures as well.)

Back in May 2013, Byers reported that “Attkisson can’t get some of her stories on the air, and is thus left feeling marginalized and underutilized.” The journalist hadn’t reported about the Benghazi attacks during a five month-plus period between November 23, 2012 and May 8, 2013. Her next report on the issue didn’t come until September 16, 2013 – almost four months later. CBS also ignored Attkisson’s September 2013 scoop on Secretary of State John Kerry’s refusal to let the Benghazi survivors testify.

During a December 2013 report, the correspondent touted  ‘Fast and Furious’ whistleblower John Dodson as “a rare example, especially amid the Obama administration’s war on leaks.” Attkisson also highlighted that “there’s still a court battle over the ‘Fast and Furious’ documents that President Obama is withholding from Congress under executive privilege.” A few weeks earlier, she also devoted several reports to the many problems surrounding ObamaCare.

— Matthew Balan is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. Follow Matthew Balan on Twitter.

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Big Brother is Watching Your Car?

It seems that every day I’m hearing of another new government plan or policy designed to take away our freedoms and liberties. The worst part is there appears to be nothing we can do about it. The convenience of having computers connected to the information superhighway, and our homes on a grid controlled by our cell phones, is opposed by the loss of privacy that those self-same conveniences cost. Every piece of information you place on the web is yet another nail in the coffin of your personal freedom. Say goodbye to individuality you “stepford child”,  you’re being groomed for mind control ala King Obama and the New World Order. Sounds bonkers, right? Maybe not. From what I’ve found, the less you know the happier THEY are. Why else would the networks black out super-important events that affect all Americans, such as the downgrading of the military? They barely mentioned it, giving it a couple of minutes on the Today show. But they made sure to talk about the Olympic gold medal winner’s zits, talking about that for a full 20 minutes. Something stinks in Denmark. And right here in the States. Now they want to know everywhere you go in your car. Hitler’s Germany demanded papers to travel. We don’t need ‘papers’. We have a License Plate Tracking System. – Stonebear 3-11-14

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It’s been 65 years since George Orwell published his renowned novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Since then, his story of a dystopian state controlled by Big Brother has been cited countless times, especially in reference to the United States.

Unfortunately, that’s not surprising. Surveillance is at an all-time high in America. Citizens’ rights, particularly regarding privacy, are being stripped away so fast that many don’t even realize it’s happening. And, sadly, there’s no end in sight.

In fact, the hits just keep coming. Most recently, on February 12, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its synopsis of the National License Plate Recognition Database, a program that will give the government an even greater ability to spy on its citizens at will.

The license plate tracking system is supposedly intended to “track aliens and absconders.” But, not surprisingly, other countries with similar programs already in place have had to deal with an avalanche of abuse.

Take the United Kingdom, for instance, where similar cameras were used to target anti-war protestors who had no connection to terrorism whatsoever. In Australia, the cameras have been used to keep a record of people who violate parking restrictions and to collect extraordinary amounts of data about innocent citizens.

In America, preliminary concerns over the tracking program seem justified, especially considering that the DHS has funded reports that characterize “liberty lovers” as potential terrorists.

Chipping Away At the Foundation of Liberty

The License Plate Recognition Database would be outrageous enough on its own, but it’s only the latest in a long line of privacy violations. The government’s thirst for control seemingly knows no bounds. And its obsession with tracking transportation is well documented.

In fact, in conjunction with the license plate tracking program, the DHS has launched a mass transit camera system in Massachusetts worth over $7 million. Soon, 70% of all MBTA bus routes will be on camera 100% of the time. So even if you’re just going to work or to the store, you’ll be on camera for the DHS to see. Better not make any sudden moves…

These recent DHS programs are far from the totality of the government’s plans. Just check out this article from Tech & Innovation Daily’s Chief Technology Analyst, Marty Biancuzzo, about hidden, government-mandated black boxes in cars. If you’ve bought a vehicle in the last two years, there’s a 96% chance that every move you’ve made in that vehicle has been recorded, from your distance traveled to your destinations to how fast you were going.

Marty also broke a story for Capitol Hill Daily fully seven months ago about license plate tracking! In preparation for the License Plate Recognition Database, the government has been installing “Automatic License Plate Readers” all across the country. They’re tracking millions of plates, despite an outrageously low percentage of plate reads actually leading to criminals. In Maryland, for example, the rate is 47 serious criminals for every 1 million plate reads.

Meanwhile, we’re all familiar with surveillance programs targeting our phones, computers and email, among other things. At this point, it’s almost impossible to escape the watchful eye of the government, whether you’re on the road, at work, or in your home. I bet George Orwell would be turning in his grave if he knew that his vision of Big Brother was actually coming to fruition.

In Pursuit of the Truth,

Christopher Eutaw

Is Putin the Next Hitler?

Once again, the writers over at Capitol Hill Daily bring up an interesting comparison. Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, is using a pre-war strategy directly from Hitler’s playbook. Thanks to Obama and his vacillating, weak-willed foreign policy, Putin has no respect for the power of the United States nor our allies. He believes he can do as he wishes and we can do NOTHing about it. Truth is, as long as King Obama and his democratic led congress is in power, Putin pretty much CAN do as he chooses. And he knows it. We are on riding the rails to World War III people. Wake up and pay attention. —  Stonebear 3-11-2014
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On March 5, 1946 – exactly 68 years ago to this day – Winston Churchill gave one of his most memorable speeches in Fulton, Missouri on the campus of Westminster College.

The World War was over and Churchill, now in private life, was reflecting on the new order that replaced Hitler. Here are his most famous words, from what many call his greatest post-war speech:

“From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high, and in some cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow.”

This iron curtain held strong from 1945 until 1989. Ronald Reagan is often credited with implementing a daring strategy to coax these nations from the grasp of the Soviet Communists.

Once the Soviet Empire was removed, it was only a matter of time until the entire Soviet system, which depended on the slave labor of surrounding countries, totally collapsed. Soviet Communism was then thrown into the trash bin of history.

But today, the Russian bear is once again on the move. Vladimir Putin, who fancies himself the modern equivalent of an ancient Russian czar, is slowly expanding the Russian sphere of influence.

History Repeats Itself

Today’s crisis in Crimea appears to have much in common with the Sudetenland crisis ignited by Hitler in 1938.

The Sudetenland is the German name used to refer to the northern, southwest and western areas of Czechoslovakia, which were mostly inhabited by German speakers. After the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of World War I, these areas – specifically the districts of Bohemia, Moravia and German-speaking parts of Silesia – were given to the new country of Czechoslovakia.

Then, during the height of the Sudetenland crisis, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain met with Adolf Hitler in Berchtesgaden and agreed to concede Sudetenland. No Czechoslovakian representative was even invited to these discussions.

And Hitler, who was aiming to use the crisis as a pretext for war, demanded the immediate military occupation of the territories. This put the Czechoslovak army in an indefensible position. Months after Hitler took the Sudetenland, he conquered the balance of Czechoslovakia.

Chamberlain’s name and legacy will, for all of history, be equated with appeasing Hitler. Chamberlain refused to stand up to Hitler early and, as a result, Hitler came to disrespect the resolve of the Western European powers.

Obama is Our Modern Chamberlain

Right now, Putin seems to have an attitude that is equally cavalier toward the Western powers. Putin just ignores Barack Obama, John Kerry, David Cameron and anyone else trying to maintain the current borders in Eastern Europe.

Of course, Crimea does have a Russian-speaking population that’s voted repeatedly to be closely aligned or even integrated into Russia. (Much like the Germans in Sudetenland wanted to be in Germany.)

The question for all Western leaders to contemplate is: What happens if Putin decides to take the balance of Ukraine the way Hitler took the balance of Czechoslovakia?

If Putin stops at the border of Crimea, not much will happen. Barack Obama will likely appease Putin and acquiesce to Russia’s annexation. But if Putin, as the czars before him, wants the entire Dnieper River under his control, then the darkness of war will descend across the old continent.

Only then will we know if Crimea is Obama’s Sudetenland.

Your eyes on the Hill,

Floyd Brown

Are We on the Brink of War?

This article came to me from the desk of John Williams at the Capitol Hill Daily e-Letter. It lends serious credence to the ongoing concern that King Obama may very well be leading America down the burning path to its own destruction. Why else would he take actions to reduce America’s military to its lowest level in 50 years? Is he preparing the country for a fire sale? Is he preparing to sell it to the highest bidder? I’m no financial genius, but china comes to mind. If not them, who then is he preparing it for?

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Over the weekend, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, sent about 6,000 naval and airborne troops into the Crimean Peninsula in neighboring Ukraine. Official reports are that Russia has secured “complete operational control” of the surrounding area and will be strengthened by reinforcements as the week progresses.

Meanwhile, both NATO and the United States have condemned the Russian military actions. The United States has even suggested that it might respond to Putin’s aggression with economic and political sanctions.

But I can’t help thinking… so what?

The truth is that nobody is willing to call a spade a spade in regards to Russia’s actions, and nobody is willing to do what needs to be done.

You see, when one nation sends unrequested troops onto the soil of another nation, there’s only one word that properly describes that move: invasion.

And that’s just what Mr. Putin has done. He sent Russian military troops into the territory of another sovereign nation – which is an invasion, plain and simple. But the U.S. media and the U.S. government refuse to call it as much, referring instead to Russia’s actions as merely an “incursion.”

This may seem like semantics to some people, but what I see… and what other countries such as China, Iran, North Korea and Russia see… is a clear message that American foreign policy is weak, that the U.S. government won’t respond to violence against its allies or, in fact, any threat to global stability.

Weakness in the Past Predicates Weakness in the Future

So why does Putin feel confident enough to invade a neighboring country that also happens to be an ally of the United States?

Because comrades Kerry and Obama have shown him, through both their words and actions, that they’re too weak to punish any subversive actions.

Obama and Kerry have formed a mountain of false threats, but they’re unwilling to take a firm stance against despotic leaders and downright bullies like Putin. Essentially, the executive branch of the U.S. government has turned the most respected and feared nation in the world into nothing more than a cuckold.

The president has abandoned parts of the U.S. missile defense system in Europe, reduced our nuclear capabilities and cut our military strength through his sequester. And by making secret deals with the Russians in a vain attempt to appease Putin and his comrades, the president and Mr. Kerry have proven that U.S. foreign policy is a joke.

Meanwhile, John Kerry continues making toothless threats and spouting rhetoric that harkens back to the days when he refused to support American troops fighting and dying in Vietnam.

All of this adds up to one thing in the eyes of our enemies: a weak America.

Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) put it best when he said that this is “a dangerous message to send to the world. When the United States is weak, freedom around the world suffers.”

Well put, sir!

And in my own humble opinion, it’s time for our leaders to either put up or shut up.

Can We Avoid World War III?

Here’s the bottom line: America can’t stand by and watch the world fall into chaos. And America’s leaders can’t continue to hobble our once-powerful country with meaningless rhetoric and ineffectual foreign policy.

If we continue down this path, thugs like Putin will push the envelope until there’s no other recourse besides World War III. Let’s hope that we haven’t already gone too far to avoid such an outcome.

If there’s any hope, then America must show the world that it’s not as weak as it seems. And that takes more than words. It takes action.

Your eyes on the Hill,

Jason Williams