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Report Shows Obama Working To Silence All Opposition Media Coverage

The U.S. government’s aggressive prosecution of leaks and efforts to control information are having a chilling effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers, according to a report released Thursday on U.S. press freedoms under the Obama administration.

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“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9

Remember watching the old newsreels that chronicled the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany? Remember how mad you got when you saw the German people and the Jews doing almost nothing to stem the rising tide of what was an obviously (to us now) corrupt and tyrannical government? You asked yourself, time and again, “why didn’t they do anything about it??”

Welcome to Obama’s America 2013…you now have your answer.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government’s aggressive prosecution of leaks and efforts to control information are having a chilling effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers, according to a report released Thursday on U.S. press freedoms under the Obama administration.

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To date, six government employees and two contractors have been targeted for prosecution under the 1917 Espionage Act for accusations that they leaked classified information to the press. There were just three such prosecutions under all previous U.S. presidents.

The Committee to Protect Journalists conducted its first examination of U.S. press freedoms amid the Obama administration’s unprecedented number of prosecutions of government sources and seizures of journalists’ records. Usually the group focuses on advocating for press freedoms abroad.

Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, wrote the 30-page analysis entitled “The Obama Administration and the Press.” The report notes President Barack Obama came into office pledging an open, transparent government after criticizing the Bush administration’s secrecy, “but he has fallen short of his promise.”

“In the Obama administration’s Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press,” wrote Downie, now a journalism professor at Arizona State University. “The administration’s war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post’s investigation of Watergate.”

Downie interviewed numerous reporters and editors, including a top editor at The Associated Press, following revelations this year that the government secretly seized records for telephone lines and switchboards used by more than 100 AP journalists. Downie also interviewed journalists whose sources have been prosecuted on felony charges

Those suspected of discussing classified information are increasingly subject to investigation, lie-detector tests, scrutiny of telephone and email records and now surveillance by co-workers under a new “Insider Threat Program” that has been implemented in every agency.

“There’s no question that sources are looking over their shoulders,” Michael Oreskes, the AP’s senior managing editor, told Downie. “Sources are more jittery and more standoffish, not just in national security reporting. A lot of skittishness is at the more routine level. The Obama administration has been extremely controlling and extremely resistant to journalistic intervention.”

To bypass journalists, the White House developed its own network of websites, social media and even created an online newscast to dispense favorable information and images. In some cases, the White House produces videos of the president’s meetings with major figures that were never listed on his public schedule. Instead, they were kept secret – a departure from past administrations, the report noted.

Frank Sesno, a former CNN Washington bureau chief who is now director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, told Downie the combined efforts of the Obama administration are “squeezing the flow of information.”

“Open dialogue with the public without filters is good, but if used for propaganda and to avoid contact with journalists, it’s a slippery slope,” Sesno said.

In the report, White House officials objected to findings that the administration has limited transparency or information. Press Secretary Jay Carney said such complaints are part of the “natural tension” between the White House and the press.

“The idea that people are shutting up and not leaking to reporters is belied by the facts,” Carney told Downie.

National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said there is still investigative reporting about national security issues with information from “nonsanctioned sources with lots of unclassified information and some sensitive information.”

Downie found the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were a “watershed moment,” leading to increased secrecy, surveillance and control of information. There is little direct comparison between the Bush and Obama administrations, though some journalists told Downie the Obama administration exercises more control.

“Every administration learns from the previous administration,” said CBS Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer. “They become more secretive and put tighter clamps on information.”

Shortly after Obama entered office, the White House was under pressure from intelligence agencies and Congress to stop leaks of national security information. The administration’s first prosecution for leaking information came in April 2009 after a Hebrew linguist working for the FBI gave a blogger classified information about Israel.

Other prosecutions followed, targeting some government employees who believed they were whistle-blowers. The administration has rejected whistle-blower claims if they do not involve “waste, fraud or abuse,” according to report. So sources exposing questionable or illegal practices are considered leaks.

To date, six government employees and two contractors have been targeted for prosecution under the 1917 Espionage Act for accusations that they leaked classified information to the press. There were just three such prosecutions under all previous U.S. presidents.

By 2012, an AP report about the CIA’s success in foiling a bomb plot in Yemen further escalated the Obama administration’s efforts, even as the White House congratulated the CIA on the operation, Downie wrote. The disclosure in May that the government had secretly subpoenaed and seized AP phone records drew sharp criticism from many news organizations and civil rights advocates.

In September, the Justice Department announced AP’s phone records led investigators to a former FBI bomb technician who pleaded guilty to disclosing the operation to a reporter.

“This prosecution demonstrates our deep resolve to hold accountable anyone who would violate their solemn duty to protect our nation’s secrets and to prevent future, potentially devastating leaks by those who would wantonly ignore their obligations to safeguard classified information,” the Justice Department said last month.

Kathleen Carroll, AP’s executive editor, said the report highlights the growing threats to independent journalism in a country that has upheld press freedom as a measure of democratic society for two centuries.

“We find we must fight for those freedoms every day as the fog of secrecy descends on every level of government activity,” she said in a statement. “That fight is worthwhile, as we learned when the outcry over the Justice Department’s secret seizure of AP phone records led to proposed revisions intended to protect journalists from overly broad investigative techniques. Implementation of those revisions is an important next step.”

In its report, the Committee to Protect Journalists recommends several reforms, including ending the practice of charging people who leak information to journalists with espionage and preventing secret subpoenas of journalists’ records. source – AP

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As Biden’s Approval Rate Continues To Sink With Even Democrats, Barack Obama Makes Appearance At White House To Check On His Third Term

Their reunion, Democrats say, will be a full-circle moment of sorts, invoking nostalgia and a longing for the Obama era while marking one of the most significant legislative accomplishments in years. “From the historical perspective it does make a nice narrative arc from Obama and Biden passing the law to Obama returning to celebrate how it’s grown and been protected under now-President Biden,” said Democratic strategist Eddie Vale. “And it will be a good event and a good speech as one always gets from Obama.” But Vale cautioned that “no one should be anticipating Obama magically solving all of our problems.” 

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When former President Obama appears at the White House on Tuesday, Democrats say it will provide a much-needed boost to President Biden, who has been lagging in the polls.

At this point, no one either in the Republican or Democratic party has any illusions that Joe Biden is anything more than a cypher placed there by the New World Order to facilitate the complete destruction of America. Kind of like what 8 years of the Barack Obama presidency was designed to accomplish. Now Obama is at the White House today to check on the progress of how his third term is going, and to see what he can do to spruce it up a little as we edge closer to the 2022 Midterms.

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 29:2 (KJB)

Whatever “star power” the Democrats may think that Obama still possesses pales in the light of $6.00 per gallon gas and rapidly rising inflation. When you add to that the mess in Afghanistan, the mess with COVID, and the soon-coming mess at the border when Title 42 is removed in May, you have yourself a mess that not even Obama can make look pretty. Of course, reminding people of just how bad things were under the Obama-Biden regime is not going to help their cause, either.

Democrats hope Obama will give Biden a jolt

FROM THE HILL: Obama remains extremely popular with the Democratic base, and his return to the White House comes as Biden has struggled to boost his poll numbers in the face of a flurry of challenges, most notably soaring inflation.

“I think this comes at the right moment,” said one Democratic strategist. “We need a jolt of energy right now, and no one brings that more than Obama.”

Biden and Obama will promote the Affordable Care Act, the former president’s signature piece of legislation during his time in office. Obama has remained out of the spotlight since leaving the White House in 2017, only reemerging in key moments during the Trump and Biden administrations. At those times, he has voiced his support for Biden on issues including the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, Biden’s Build Back Better framework and voting rights.

The former president has not visited the White House since Biden took office, including privately, two sources said.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday the two speak on the phone regularly and are “real friends, not just Washington friends.” The presidents will also have lunch together on Tuesday, she said, carrying on their tradition of weekly lunches during the Obama White House. Their reunion, Democrats say, will be a full-circle moment of sorts, invoking nostalgia and a longing for the Obama era while marking one of the most significant legislative accomplishments in years.

“From the historical perspective it does make a nice narrative arc from Obama and Biden passing the law to Obama returning to celebrate how it’s grown and been protected under now-President Biden,” said Democratic strategist Eddie Vale. “And it will be a good event and a good speech as one always gets from Obama.”

But Vale cautioned that “no one should be anticipating Obama magically solving all of our problems.”

“If Democrats want to have wins to run on in 2022 and 2024, they need to buckle down and get more bills on Biden’s desk,” he said.

Matt Bennett, a former Clinton White House staffer and co-founder of centrist think tank Third Way, called it smart for the Biden White House to get Obama involved given the newfound popularity of his signature health care law. Bennett noted the potential added benefit that “popular and talented former presidents can really help the incumbent craft and carry a message.” One White House official downplayed any political aspects of bringing Obama into the White House, saying the former president has championed the law informally bearing his name for years and it made sense for him to be there to promote new efforts to strengthen the legislation.

Biden and Obama both attended a funeral service for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in August and appeared together at the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York in the fall fall. The two also recorded a Zoom conversation last summer to promote sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act. Obama is expected to return to the White House again in the coming months at the unveiling of presidential portraits of himself and former first lady Michelle Obama.

Even though they live within miles of each other, Obama and Biden have rarely seen each other since Biden took office, sources say, including privately. While Biden campaigned on being the popular president’s vice president, he has kept a distance as president.

“I’m not sure it would be helpful to him to have Barack Obama looming in the shadows of his presidency,” said one source with knowledge of their relationship.

While the two presidents share a close bond over their mutual history in the Senate and later in the White House, a quiet tension has also existed.  During the 2016 presidential race, Biden and his team were frustrated by Obama’s push for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be his successor. And later in the 2020 presidential race, Obama remained neutral, refusing to back anyone in the Democratic primary, including his former vice president. Biden has recounted that he told his former partner not to endorse him in the race, but sources close to the former president say that never happened.

Last year during a CNN town hall, Biden acknowledged that while he had been in the Oval Office many times as vice president, “I had never been up in the residence” while Obama was president. READ MORE

Watch live: Obama to return to Biden White House to promote Affordable Care Act

Former President Barack Obama is returning to the White House Tuesday for the first time since he left office to promote his signature health care legislation that President Joe Biden wants to build on. This video will be live starting at 1:30 PM EST this afternoon. 

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Barack Obama To Be Keynote Speaker For Gaia Celebration ‘Dear Earth’ From YouTube Proclaiming Our Planet As The ‘One Who Birthed Us All’

Pagan Barack Obama is teaming up with celebrities for YouTube Originals Gaia worship ‘Dear Earth’ special meant to ‘celebrate Mother Earth’.

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Former President Barack Obama is teaming up with celebrities for YouTube Originals’ Gaia worship Dear Earth special meant to ‘celebrate Mother Earth’.

Remember way back when Barack Obama was trying to convince people to vote for him, how he would always talk about his ‘white mother’ and his ‘Christian faith’? Apparently, these were two things that were highly meaningful for him, and we were constantly seeing photos of him going to church and talking about his ‘walk with the Lord’. In 2021, Barack Obama who never mentions his ‘Christian faith’ not one in a hundred times is now the keynote speaker for a Gaia celebration of the ‘one who gave birth to us’, the one and only…(drumroll please!!)…Mother Earth!

“But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” Galatians 4:26 (KJB)

The first chapter of Romans in the Book that Obama has never read tells us that people who worship the creation more than the Creator are ‘fools’ who are given over to a ‘reprobate mind’, while all the while professing themselves to be wise. 2 Peter 3 shows us that day when God will blow Earth to smithereens after setting it on fire, how’s that for global warming? But don’t be too hard on Kenyan Barack Obama as he engages in his real religion, Gaia, he’s only following the Roman Catholic pope who preaches and teaches the same damnable gospel.

Barack Obama Teams with Celebrities for YouTube Climate Special to ‘Celebrate Mother Earth’

FROM BREITBART NEWS: Obama is expected to deliver a keynote address as part of Dear Earth, which will include 100 minutes highlighting “how we should be solving climate problems,” and will be “sprinkled with musical performances,” according to YouTube Originals. The special will also feature left-wing pop star Billie Eilish, South Korean K-pop group Blackpink, Jaden Smith, the Muppets, and SpongeBob SquarePants, among others.

“You can imagine something different,” Obama is heard saying in a promotional clip for the 100-minute special, which will premier on Saturday.

“Celebrate Mother Earth — the only known entity to actually birth the human race — with this special YouTube Original that highlights how we should be solving climate problems,” YouTube Originals said. “Dear Earth shows us the latest in innovation, technology, and the sustainable revolution that’s about to take place.”

Others expected to participate in the program include Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Brazilian singer Anitta, Tinashe, and rapper-actor Lil Dicky.

Kermit the Frog will reportedly be giving the opening address.

Last year, Obama claimed that climate change will be worse than the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve all had to adapt to cope with a pandemic,” the ex-president wrote on Twitter. “Climate change will force far harsher changes on our kids.” READ MORE

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Taliban Soldiers Released By Obama And Biden In 2014 Are Key Members In New Government Slated To Celebrate Inauguration On September 11th

Four of the five Taliban members released from Guantanamo Bay by Obama Biden administration now running new government in Afghanistan 9/11.

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Four of the five Taliban members released from Guantanamo Bay by the Obama administration in 2014 in exchange for admitted US Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl are part of the Islamic fundamentalist group’s new hardline government in Afghanistan, according to local media reports.

Is anyone surprised by this? Back in 2014, then-president Barack Obama and his vice president Joe Biden agreed to set free 5 Taliban terrorists and pay billions of dollars in ransom to get back US Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Wanna take a hard guess at who is now members in good standing of the brand-new government in Afghanistan? Yep, as it turns out, Walkaway Joe Biden truly is completing the work started by the Obama administration.

“Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” Psalm 109:8 (KJB)

So now you have a country, Afghanistan, that Biden agreed to desert, stocked with billions of dollars in American weapons, left there on purpose by Biden, and Taliban soldiers who were released by Obama and Biden now running that new government. Could it come more full-circle than that? Actually, yes, care to take a guess when this new Taliban terror government funded and created by Obama and Biden is going to be inaugurated? September 11th, how ya like them apples?

Four Taliban members swapped for Bowe Bergdahl by Obama and Biden are now in Afghan government

FROM THE NY POST: The four members of the so-called “Taliban Five” who have joined the new government are Acting Director of Intelligence Abdul Haq Wasiq, Acting Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs Norullah Noori, Deputy Defense Minister Mohammad Fazl, and Acting Minister of Information and Culture Khairullah Khairkhah. The fifth member of the Taliban Five, Mohammad Nabi Omari, was appointed governor of eastern Khost province last month.

Afghan outlet TOLOnews published a list Tuesday of members of the new “caretaker” government, which features several familiar faces who helped run the war-torn country between 1996 and 2001 — when the Taliban were forced from power by US-led NATO forces following the 9/11 attacks. Wasiq, Fazl and Khairkhah all held positions in the former Taliban government — Wasiq as a deputy intelligence chief, Fazl as army chief of staff and Khairkhah as interior minister.

According to assessments written in 2008 by leadership at Guantanamo Bay and later made public by WikiLeaks, Wasiq “utilized his office to support [al Qaeda] and to assist Taliban personnel elude capture” and “was central to the Taliban’s efforts to form alliances with other Islamic fundamentalist groups to fight alongside the Taliban against U.S. and Coalition forces” in the early days of the Afghanistan war. The same assessments said Fazl was alleged to have had “operational associations with significant al Qaeda and other extremist personnel.”

Fazl and Noori, who was governor of two northern Afghan provinces during the earlier Taliban regime, are also accused of ordering the massacres of ethnic Hazara, Tajik and Uzbek communities in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in 1998.

Khairkhah, who helped found the Taliban in 1994, allegedly took part in “meetings with Iranian officials seeking to support hostilities against U.S. and Coalition Forces” following the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, according to the 2008 assessments. He also was the governor of western Herat province between 1999 and 2001 and was known as “one of the major opium drug lords in western Afghanistan,” US military leadership found.

Despite the assessments recommending “continued detention” for the five, President Barack Obama signed off on an agreement that sprang the men from Gitmo in exchange for the release of Bergdahl, who had been taken captive by the Taliban after walking away from an observation post in Paktika province in June 2009.

“The United States of America does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind,” Obama said at a Rose Garden ceremony announcing Bergdahl’s release on May 31, 2014.

As Bergdhal returned to the United States, the Taliban Five were flown to Qatar, where much of the Taliban’s political leadership resided at the time. Among those aghast at the price paid for Bergdahl’s return was Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Taliban Five were “the hardest of the hard-core” and “the highest high-risk people.” In 2015, Bergdahl was charged by the military with desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty and one count of misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of his fellow soldiers. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced to a dishonorable discharge, a reduction in rank and a fine. Bergdahl has since appealed to a federal court in a bid to get his conviction overturned. READ MORE

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But whatever you do, don’t do nothing. Time is short and we need your help right now. If every one of the 15,860+ people on our daily mailing list gave $4.50, we would reach our goal immediately. If every one of our 150,000+ followers on Facebook gave $1.00 each, we would reach 300% of our goal. The same goes for our 15,900 followers on Twitter. But sadly, many will not give, so we need the ones who can and who will give to be generous. As generous as possible.

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