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Do you have to be a harassed journalist nowadays to be considered a real one?

Do you have to be a harassed journalist nowadays to be considered a real one?

By Dark Politricks

It seems that over the last few years the Empire finally has finally thrown away any semblance of maintaining liberty, equality and freedom for all and decided to go for broke in its attack on all those who dare speak truth to power.

They sure have been cranking the screws on anyone who speaks out against them over the last few years.

In 2013 we had David Miranda, the partner of Glenn Greenwaldheld and robbed by UK authorities all under the guise of anti terrorism laws at Heathrow airport.

We have also had the news that members of the UK Government and GCHQ turned up at the offices of the Guardian newspaper, which had been publishing the Snowden revelations, and destroyed computer equipment after telling the editor, Alan Rusbridger, that he had “had his fun” and that there was now “no need to write any more”. So much for free speech in a supposed liberal country!

Once again this is another abuse of this law by the UK government. However this is to be expected as the UK government doesn’t exactly have a good history in the way it’s used its anti terrorism laws.

If you can remember, not long back the Brown government mis-used the law when he froze Icelandic bank accounts during their banking crisis.

Oh and of course there was the Blair governments arrest of the 82-year-old anti Iraq war protester Walter Wolfgang who was dragged out of the Labour conference for heckling Jack Straw.  Not exactly terrorism in either case.

Plus our new anti terrorism acts (2000 and 2006) have been used to detain arrestees for up to 28 days without charge, restricted the right to protest and limited free speech in many areas all whilst giving our police new powers to stop and search people they think “could be” terrorists.

These groups mainly consist of people who take photographs of policemen or London landmarks, or it seems the partners of journalists breaking stories on illegal surveillance by the state.

It seems the UK’s implementation of anti terrorism laws has been used more to chill dissent and increase the polices power to abuse due process rather than to attack true terrorists.

How hypocritical it is that we attack whistleblowers and journalists whilst at the same time fund and support al-Nusra Front jihadists and al-Qaeda linked rebels in our game of chess in the Middle East.

It shames me to be a Brit when we suck up to the USA in this way and now the Tories have gone back on their word and implemented the “Snoopers Charter” then we really are now living in a Police State.

You can read more about this horrible law that allows cops to watch you jerk off to PornoTube through your TV or PC here: The Snoopers Charter worse than China.

Some highlights of this Nazi-eque law are:

If not here are some reasons to be worried

  1. It gives the police and spies the power to see what websites you’ve been looking at without a warrant.
  2. That’s not the same as them looking at your phone bill – it’s more like them following you around 24 hours a day.
  3. It’s not just the police that’ll be able to do it but local councils and the tax man.
  4. Your browsing data could be vulnerable to hackers.
  5. It won’t ban Snapchat or WhatsApp, but it could force them to let authorities snoop on them anyway through the use of security letters that prevent the owner of the app to tell users they are being monitored. Use Telegram if you can for chatting as it’s Russian and they won’t hand over anything to the US/UK just because they are asked nicely. There are guides on the web to get it to work on PCs as well as your phone but then since 1999 the NSA has had backdoors into all our PCs to bypass any encryption: BBC Tech finds backdoor for NSA in Microsoft computers.
  6. That means online services will be forced to have rubbish security.
  7. It will almost certainly be abused. It’s the government, when do they ever roll back powers and give freedoms to the people. They don’t, they carry on forward, pushing the powers given to them to the limit and putting you at risk.

It seems our Government is so desperate for American money to keep the cogs running on our GCHQ super computers that we will bend over backwards anyway possible to help the US attack their own pretend“domestic extremists”.

We will do anything from detaining and robbing the partners of reporters who break stories on massive NSA surveillance or manning a 24 siege of the building in which another whistleblower is hiding out.

I wouldn’t be surprised if I woke up tomorrow and heard on the news that David Cameron had authorised a drone strike on the Ecuadorian embassy and killed Julian Assange.

It sure would make the COINTELPRO littered US “press” happy to hear of his deathA certain Michael Grunwald would certainly love to write that particular obituary.

Again the Terrorism Act from 2000 was used to detain Glenn Greenwald’s partner, a dubious use of the law at the very least and one which Glenn promises revenge on the UK government.

I don’t doubt he has many more secrets about the cosy affair between GCHQ and the NSA to reveal, but he surely must be worried about the climate which now surrounds any journalist willing to go head to head with the beast.

Would the USA stoop to such levels as to actually dispatch with pesky journalists who reveal state secrets from whistleblowers?

Some people already believe this has been the case for years.

Recently we had the mysterious death of Michael Hastings who died in a car crash after going on the run due to fears he had about a story he was working on.

Apparently top US Army officials told the Rolling Stone journalist that he would be hunted down and killed over his story that led to General McChrystal’s downfall and he was apparently currently working on a massive story concerning the CIA.

This was all before he warned friends he had to go off the radar due to worries about his safety and then surprisingly his car exploded in a very unusual accident. The release of his autopsy has not put the questions of his death to bed and leaves many questions unanswered.

With recent revelations that DARPA or anyone else with the skills can hack into computers on board cars nowadays it doesn’t seem so far-fetched to believe he was taken out by some agency annoyed with his work.

With computers controlling everything from dishwashers, watches and cars, and with NSA/GCHQ super computers able to pinpoint phones and GPS co-ordinates in real-time, it wouldn’t take a genius in this day and age with the right software to do some damage with a few keystrokes.

Got a webcam on your PC? Well just hope it’s just your friends watching your pretty face from afar and not an NSA nerd or even your local school as in this one!

Think that is far fetched? Well the UK has just passed the Snoopers Charter a bill which before election they promised to never pass as it was too intrusive. Some people say it’s even worse than China’s Internet firewall. Cops being able to bug and implant trojans on your computers, phones and even TV’s to listen and watch what you do without you even realising.

Get the masking tape people!

That really is the only defence to tech spying on you. Cover your webcams and mics until you want to use them. Just turning your phone off won’t work as there is still enough battery power for the forces to pinpoint you by GPS or Phone Mast Triangulation as you travel.

Use a dumb phone if you really think you are being watched.

Preferably a PayAsUGo phone bought in cash with no links to you. They make them for old people as they are simple to use. No flashy Smart Phone apps, no GPS, no Facebook that checks you in wherever you go, or check out your Google Location History that logs and stores every time your phone pings a mast so you (and others) can see where you have been going.

Who needs microchipping which many feared in the 80’s when we have our very own tracker devices on us 24/7?

A few decades back there was the case of Gary Webb who was found dead in 2000, an apparent suicide, in which he killed himself with “multiple gun shots to the head”.

A common way to kill yourself it seems if you are a journalist or whistleblower writing a story about the Government or CIA and forced to take your own life.

In the 80’s and Clinton eras there were a lot of people found dead with 2 shots in their head that were ruled suicide. Do the CIA run their own chain of autopsy services round the country or something?

Gary Webb was the reporter who had famously broke the story about the CIA running guns to the Contras and drugs back to the states.

It was the CIA‘s coke that started the Los Angeles crack wars in the 80’s and made a certain CIA owned drug dealer Ricky “Freeway Ricky” Ross very rich. It was his story that led to the black community and the NAACP trying to get congressional hearings held into the allegations.

Bary Seal, one of the CIA’s drug running pilots was also famously found pumped full of bullets after threatening to expose the same CIA drug running scam that had the Bush families finger prints all over it.

Apparently he had a hidden photograph of two of George H Bushes sons George W Bush the clever, and Jeb Bush the sleep inducer, picking up their own stash of coke from Barry’s plane at Mena. No wonder those two are brain dead idiots and the pilot is now just dead.

Once dead, even after his car had been swept “clean”, the cops found the personal phone number of a certain Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush and former ex head of the CIA in his possession…….I wonder why?

The Colombian drug dealers convicted of the murder believed they working for a certain Oliver North, and the fingerprints that led to the Iran Contra scandal and Mena drug operation that link nearly everyone in the Bush family to Bill Clinton, were all over the hit not as the TV show NARCOS wants you to believe Pablo Escobar.

On November 15, 1996, there was a town meeting in Los Angeles on allegations of CIA involvement in drug trafficking. Former Los Angeles Police Narcotics Detective Mike Ruppert seized the opportunity to confront then CIA Director John Deutch.

Want to hear what the black community of LA had to say about the flooding of crack into their neighbourhood, then watch this video.

So it wouldn’t be a total shock after the history of covert assassinations to hear on the news one day that Glenn Greenwald had been found dead along with his partner David.

This would probably be after a heated argument overhead by an anonymous caller to the police. The official story would be that Glenn was found dead, supposedly having committed suicide after first killing his partner. Of course he could have shot himself three or four times in the head if he wanted to. It’s only natural to make sure he’s dead when committing a suicide.

Therefore if I was Glenn I would be slightly wary about waging all out battle with the US/US axis of war. Of course he is well within his rights to do so and I wish he brings the whole house down if he possibly can, however it is clear he has been marked by the powers that be.

Co-opted and “owned” mainstream personalities have attacked him and even suggested he be arrested for his work with Edward Snowden.

David Gregory from Meet the Press asked why Glenn shouldn’t be charged with a crime for aiding Edward Snowden’s attempts to reveal NSA secrets and CNBC host Andrew Ross Rokin also suggested that Greenwald should be arrested.

And those are just a few of the debates Glenn is having online with numerous, and obvious, Government paid spokesmen. All these propagandists for the Empire who read from scripts handed to them by the NSA/CIA are not real journalists and their attacks on Glenn just prove that the US media can no longer be trusted to hold anything to account, let alone the Government.

It seems a sad state of affairs when you cannot be considered a real journalist unless you are running in fear from the Government and their partners across the globe. When security services turn up at international newspapers in the UK and smash computers to pieces it sends a chilling effect across the media landscape.

Is it really a choice between breaking a really major story such as the CIA drug smuggling, NSA spying, or US war crimes and then ending up dead, looking for asylum or locked up in a military prison for years?

Maybe you can still write stories without having to get the “official ministry of propaganda” in Whitehall or Washington DC to approve them for publication first. However it seems that the number of mainstream journalists willing to do so are dwindling fast.

All the while COINTELPRO owned talking heads get paid millions just to parrot official Government versions of stories on nearly every important matter. It must be hard to look in the mirror when you call yourself a journalist but don’t dare put your head above the parapet and do your job.

“Everything’s ok, just keep shopping”, they say as the world burns and the US constitution continues to be shredded piece by piece.

What a choice it has become.

To be paid millions for toeing the line and having no moral fibre at all, or dare speak truth to power and risk two in the head and for it to be called a suicide.

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