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Shutting Up The Press

July 8, 2010 by  

Four days after issuing a memo saying it was blocking certain websites from the agency’s computers—including sites that contained “controversial opinion”—the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has “clarified” that order saying contrary opinion won’t be banned.

CBS News reported the ban Tuesday after the TSA released a memo that it was blocking certain websites from the Federal agency’s computers, including halting access by staffers to any Internet pages that contain controversial opinion.

While it’s good news that the TSA changed its tune after receiving flak from employees and supporters of the 1st Amendment, that the agency would consider such a ban in the first place begs the question: What is Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano—who oversees the TSA—afraid of?

This is not the first time that controversial opinion has drawn the ire of someone in the Federal government. In March the Senate Sergeant at Arms sent an email to Senators advising them not to visit the Drudge Report. He accused the Drudge Report of infecting Senate computers with a virus—this despite the fact that Drudge had almost 30 million page views without a single reader complaint the same day the Senate’s computers were infected.

Obviously, Napolitano and many in the administration of President Barack Obama—including Obama himself—bristle at dissenting views. The president is one of the most thin-skinned individuals around, as evidenced by his attack on Fox News early in his presidency, and the fact that he avoids press conferences and press inquiries like one would avoid leprosy.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions.”

As the Obama administration continues to ineffectively flail about in its handling of the Gulf oil spill (where the United States Coast Guard is hindering the work of the media), the economic crisis, relations with foreign governments and elsewhere, it has become increasingly obvious it fears an investigation of its actions.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Barbara

    In case you haven’t read the series, I highly recommend Beauty and the

    Beast by John Daniel. Incredible research about the powers behind the

  • http://none Ed O’Brien

    Don’t all people with narcissistic personalities bristle at dissenting views. Obummer is one of the most thin-skinned individuals around, as evidenced by his attack on Fox News early in his presidency, and any one else who dares oppose his will.
    Thomas Jefferson wrote. that man may be governed by reason and truth, and our pathetic, power hungry DEMarxists leader has neither.

  • Constitutional, Chris

    J. Napolitano? What “LAW ENFORCEMENT” qualifications has this



    Facts would support that SHE is a “mere actor” as

    DEEMED by the Presidentium of the Polit Beareau in Washington

    District of Criminals.

    As one of mere “WE the PEOPLE” I do NOT feel SAFE having this



    It would “seem” that HER only qualifications, for her: APPOINTED

    POSITION, may be her Masonic, Cainninite, Platonistic, Marxist

    Stalinistic, Ashtoreth(Lilith), Baal beliefs that she seems to share

    with here Officious Corporate benefactor in Chief!

    Untill She is REPLACED, AMERICA will be as: IN PERIL, as it was

    when HOOVER (J.Edgar) was in charge of the Nations security of


    The only TRUE HOPE, for America the REPUBLIC, the Land of the

    Tribe of SHEM/SET to survive, is to replace these actors, with

    Non Attorney/Law merchants, Non career Politicians(TERM LIMITS!)NON-

    Ex-TREME: Leftist, Democratic Socialist, Humanists! May the TRUE

    GOD/YAHWAH, Protect and Save, “WE THE PEOPLE” from, the GREAT SATAN!

  • http://personallibertynews diane ballou

    Bob We are a lot alike except you are more effective and haven;t wasted so much of your life!
    Love and prayers to you and yours

  • s c

    Janet Napolitano probably fears many things in this life, including her own shadow. Like most progressives, she fears a free press and the 1st Amendment. She absolutely fears the 2nd Amendment, and she fears the American people.
    I’d guess when it’s time for her to leave Washington, she’ll not return from whence she came (Arizona). Why would Arizona want her back?
    Maybe Herr Obummer will take her with him. Maybe if NASA manages to suck up to the Muslim world well enough, they can move to Iran. Of course, she’ll have to convert. Good riddance to both of them.


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