Matt Drudge and Alex Jones: 17-year Old Bloggers

Feinstein and Schumer are preparing to wage war on the alternative media Kurt Nimmo Matt Drudge was spot on last week. He called Senator Dianne Feinstein a fascist after she had the gall to define who is and who is not a journalist. Here’s Matt’s tweet, posted on Friday: Feinstein and another Democrat, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, are pushing a bill that claims to “shield” journalists from the government. It received a thumbs up last Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote. Feinstein and Schumer like to pretend the proposed law “offers legal protections to journalists engaged in news-gathering activities,” protections already afforded by the First Amendment. If the government decides, however, it has “reasonable exceptions” under “national security,” it will “allow federal law enforcement to compel information that would mitigate terrorist threats.” In other words, the government will decide who is protected under the First Amendment and who is not. It will use violence to force testimony. This is normal behavior for government. It compels obedience at gun-point every day of the week. It hates the idea that you’re sovereign and have the right to not testify, to remain silent. “Conscription of witnesses is no more justified than conscription into the armed forces or into any other service or occupation. Freedom and individual rights must extend to all institutions and all branches of life, even into the judiciary, the heart of State power,” said Murray Rothbard. The terrorism ruse will give the government all the pretext it needs to force journalists to testify, so Chuckie Schumer’s law is basically meaningless. The real purpose of this law is to allow the government to define who is and who is not a journalist. Feinstein has made this abundantly clear. “I can’t support it if everyone who has a blog has a special privilege … or if Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have a privilege. I’m not going to go there,” she said. In order to make unbridled state power somewhat palatable, Feinstein, Schumer and the Senate Judiciary said it will allow “freelancers, part-timers and student journalists” to practice the First Amendment. A government judge, they decided, would be permitted extend First Amendment protection to anybody engaged in “legitimate news-gathering activities.” Continue reading

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