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Time’s Senior National Correspondent Calls for Julian Assange to be Killed by Drone
Posted By Washingtons Blog On August 19, 2013 @ 1:30 am In Financial Press,Think Tank,War/Defense | Comments Disabled
I can’t wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out [Wikileaks founder] Julian Assange
What should we make of his statement? It’s not Grunwald as an individual … it’s the mindset of the entire political class.
Under both Bush and Obama, when bad government policy leads to bad results, the government manipulates the data … instead of changing policy .
As part of that effort – on the one hand – “reporters” who never criticize the government in more than a superficial fashion are protected and rewarded . And the government has repealed long-standing laws against using propaganda against Americans  on U.S. soil. And the government also manipulates social media . More proof here  and here .
On the other hand, the government has taken to protecting criminal wrongdoing by attacking whistleblowers  … and any journalists who have the nerve to report on the beans spilled by the whistleblowers.
The Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined .
As we noted  last year:
The government admits that journalists could be targeted with counter-terrorism laws  (and here ). For example, after Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, journalist Naomi Wolf, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and others sued the government to enjoin the NDAA’s allowance of the indefinite detention of Americans – the judge asked the government attorneys 5 times whether journalists like Hedges could be indefinitely detained simply for interviewing and then writing about bad guys. The government refused to promise  that journalists like Hedges won’t be thrown in a dungeon for the rest of their lives without any right to talk to a judge
After the government’s spying on the Associated Press made it clear to everyone that the government is trying to put a chill journalism , the senior national-security correspondent for Newsweek tweeted :
Serious idea. Instead of calling it Obama’s war on whistleblowers, let’s just call it what it is: Obama’s war on journalism.
Journalists are being killed all over the world  for embarrassing local governments.
(Even top U.S. government wonder whether the same thing is happening  in America.)
Postscript: Grunwald subsequently deleted the tweet, because it helped Assange’s supporters . But the problem was never Grunwald as an individual … but the commitment of the entire elite political class to silence voices of dissent.
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URLs in this post:
 senior national correspondent: http://swampland.time.com/author/michaelgrunwald/
 tweeted: https://twitter.com/Ahernz1991/status/368886203585527808/photo/1
 the government manipulates the data … instead of changing policy: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/when-bad-government-policy-leads-to-bad-results-the-government-manipulates-the-data-instead-of-correcting-the-policy.html
 protected and rewarded: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/07/mainstream-media-presstitutes-for-the-rich-and-powerful.html
 using propaganda against Americans: http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/07/12/us_backs_off_propaganda_ban_spreads_government_made_news_to_americans
 manipulates social media: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/03/government-power-being-used-to-stifle-dissent-not-to-keep-us-safe.html
 here: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/07/pentagon-seeks-to-manipulate-social-media-for-propaganda-purposes.html
 here: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/02/you-know-those-obnoxious-posters-who-almost-seem-like-alter-egos-of-the-same-person-they-actually-might-be.html
 protecting criminal wrongdoing by attacking whistleblowers: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/02/government-protects-criminals-by-prosecuting-whistleblower-who-expose-wrongdoing.html
 prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/04/obama-has-prosecuted-more-whistleblowers-than-all-other-presidents-combined.html
 smear whistleblowers: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/07/fda-gathers-personal-information-then-smears-whistleblowers-on-faulty-medical-devices.html
 threaten reporters: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/09/in-america-journalists-are-considered-terrorists.html
 harass honest analysts: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/01/honest-rating-agency-is-punished-for-telling-the-truth.html
 could face the death penalty: http://rt.com/usa/news/usa-assange-wikileaks-extradition-manning/
 being a reporter: http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/06/27/julian-assange-pursued-for-the-crime-of-practicing-journalism/
 Andrew Sorkin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvpXztqqzCc&feature=player_embedded
 David Gregory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTR7Xjw1pAc&feature=player_embedded
 being criminalized: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/10/james-risen-prison-journalism-criminalised
 targeted with counter-terrorism laws: http://verdict.justia.com/2012/07/02/journalists-protesters-and-other-terrorist-threats
 here: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/316751-snowden-nsa-targeted-journalists-critical-of-government-after-911
 refused to promise: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/a_victory_for_all_of_us_20120518/
 the government is trying to put a chill journalism: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/05/the-bigger-story-behind-the-ap-spying-scandal.html
 tweeted: https://twitter.com/EliLake/status/336450435252625408
 investigated illegal Pentagon propaganda: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/04/pentagon-smears-usa-today-reporters-for-wait-for-it-investigating-illegal-pentagon-propaganda.html
 targeted for arrest: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/reporters-covering-occupy-wall-street-are-being-targeted-for-arrest-nationwide.html
 CIA officers: http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/cheney-libby-named-in-smear-bid/2007/01/26/1169788693645.html
 bloggers: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/us/politics/16cole.html?_r=3&src=tptw
 the Department of Justice told Bank of America: http://dailybail.com/home/how-attorney-general-eric-holder-colluded-with-bank-of-ameri.html
 this: http://www.salon.com/2011/02/15/hunton_williams_wikileaks_chamber/
 America: http://www.vice.com/read/the-us-government-wants-the-media-to-stop-covering-barrett-brown
 Yemen: http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/25/yemeni_reporter_who_exposed_us_drone
 all over the world: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/11/in-the-ultimate-media-war-governments-target-reporters.html
 whether the same thing is happening: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/24/michael-hastings-car-hacked_n_3492339.html
 helped Assange’s supporters: https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/368885744250519552
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