US Falls From 33rd to 46th in Freedom of Information Under Obama: Do We Really Care?

Reporters Without Borders keeps track of the transparency of information (Freedom of Information) among nations, judged by how they, the media is treated. It really has little to do with We the People, and how we receive information. Media gives us what it wants to give us, in the manner they want us to hear it, if they want us to hear it at all. In its latest published report, the U.S. fell from 33rd place to 46th in the rankings, mostly blamed on national security concerns, and restricted information on whistleblowers and sources of leaks.


The trial and imprisonment of Wikileaks’ Private Bradley Manning, (they refer to him as Chelsea/Bradley Manning, as he claims he is female, and wants taxpayers to fund his transformational prison operation), and the self-exile of NSA’s Edward Snowden, played a part in the drop in lower ranking.

If media were doing its job, rather than protecting Liberalism by sitting on the news, covering it up, putting it on page 17 or rewriting it, We, the People, might care about the little inconveniences of the press, such as being murdered and imprisoned. How about covering our military’s challenges under this administration? Just a little less bias, a little more satisfaction, would go a long way.

US journalists were stunned by the Department of Justice’s seizure of Associated Press phone records without warning in order to identify the source of a CIA leak. It served as a reminder of the urgent need for a “shield law” to protect the confidentiality of journalists’ sources at the federal level.

The revival of the legislative process is little consolation for James Risen of The New York Times, who is subject to a court order to testify against a former CIA employee accused of leaking classified information.

And less still for Barrett Brown, a young freelance journalist facing 105 years in prison in connection with the posting of information that hackers obtained from Statfor, a private intelligence company with close ties to the federal government. Source: BizPacReview

I don’t see Fox News’ James Rosen on the above list. He works for Fox so, of course, there is no outrage. Rosen is not facing prison (but the government tried to find a way to get him there). He was doing his job, so the government invaded his privacy, including his email and that of his parents, tracked his movements, etc.

New revelations emerged yesterday in the Washington Post that are perhaps the most extreme yet when it comes to the DOJ’s attacks on press freedoms. It involves the prosecution of State Department adviser Stephen Kim, a naturalized citizen from South Korea who was indicted in 2009 for allegedly telling Fox News’ chief Washington correspondent, James Rosen, that US intelligence believed North Korea would respond to additional UN sanctions with more nuclear tests – something Rosen then reported.

Kim did not obtain unauthorized access to classified information, nor steal documents, nor sell secrets, nor pass them to an enemy of the US. Instead, the DOJ alleges that he merely communicated this innocuous information to a journalist – something done every day in Washington – and, for that, this arms expert and long-time government employee faces more than a decade in prison for “espionage”.

The focus of the Post’s report yesterday is that the DOJ’s surveillance of Rosen, the reporter, extended far beyond even what they did to AP reporters. The FBI tracked Rosen’s movements in and out of the State Department, traced the timing of his calls, and – most amazingly – obtained a search warrant to read two days worth of his emails, as well as all of his emails with Kim. In this case, said the Post, “investigators did more than obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving the secret material.” It added that “court documents in the Kim case reveal how deeply investigators explored the private communications of a working journalist”. Source: The Guardian

That’s the Obama administration, lawless and creepy.

The report says that the U.S. makes it very difficult to get access to whistleblowers. Americans love and respect ‘whistleblowers.’ Bring them on! If the media were doing it’s job, clashing with the DOJ, Congress, the Executive Branch, as they should, the egregious treatment of whistleblowers might stop. Think of the Benghazi whistleblowers. They are still in hiding. Where is the media?

After all, we do have laws, not enforced, but we have laws. Message to the press: Just get busy using your freedom of speech and press to do your job and protect all of your own who are actually doing their jobs, and we might care enough about your safety and restricted access to get really outraged. As it is, we have enough subversion to handle here at home, leaving us no time to care about your concerns, which affect only you and yours. You seldom tell the whole story anyway, without your Liberal, socialistic bias attached. Why should we care?

Just a short mention of the “mainstream” media calling the Central African Republic’s Muslim Seleka terrorist organization, “ex-rebels,” to demonstrate the ridiculousness of what Reporters Without Borders are trying to defend.

I cannot find a complete listing to rankings list for you, but you can see the first 25 here. Finland, Netherlands and Norway take the first three places for the most freedom of information.

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