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The Department of Justice has finalized the regulations for its policy toward the news media, including ...

The Department of Justice has finalized the regulations for its policy toward the news media, including
new guidelines for obtaining private information and questioning, arresting or charging journalists.

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    • The New Department of Injustice Media Regulations Dylan Byers politico.com February 21, 2014 The Department of Justice has finalized the regulations for its policy toward the news media, including new guidelines for obtaining private information and questioning, arresting or charging journalists. The new regulations, which were forwarded to POLITICO and will be published on the Federal Register website, resulted from revelations early last year that the DOJ had subpoenaed the phone records of Associated Press reporters and labeled Fox News reporter James Rosen a co-conspirator in separate leak investigations. Attorney General Eric Holder submitted his new guidelines to the president in July. Among the notable changes: Without notice to the Director of the Office of Public Affairs and the epxress authorization of the Attorney General, Department officials cannot subject a member of the news media to questioning, seek a warrant, or present information to a grand jury for any suspected offense that took place while the journalist was "engaged in the performance of his official duties as a member of the news media." The DOJ must also give "reasonable and timely notice" to media organizations or journalists prior to the use of a subpoena, court order or warrant, unless it would threaten the investigation in question. The complete finalized regulations can be read here. We Can Avoid A Surveillance State Dystopia Slashdot February 21, 2014 An anonymous reader writes “After the past year’s revelations about NSA spying, it’s hard to read any commentary about society without dire warnings of the coming (or already present) surveillance state. Sci-fi author Ramez Naam makes the point that while government surveillance needs to be fought, it’s actually
    • not as bad as what we were promised in decades past. ‘Aldous Huxley published Brave New World in 1932. And while Brave New World is remembered more for predicting governmentcontrolled biological engineering of the masses, it also features government surveillance, media manipulation, and thought control. This is an old idea. Yet somehow, today, in most of the world, governments have dramatically less control over their people than they did when Huxley and Orwell wrote those words. Indeed, the average person on Earth is more free today, in 2014, than he or she would have been in the actual year 1984. The arc of history has bent towards more freedom.’ Naam also explains that the technological advances allowing the bulk collection of personal data also provide us with cheap and easy means to fight government overreach.” FCC Commissioner: Journalists Worried About Government Coercion Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com February 21, 2014 ‘News police’ plan making reporters nervous Journalists and news industry leaders are worried about being subjected to government coercion according to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who blew the whistle on a White House plan to place spies in the newsroom. Appearing on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Pai, whose Wall Street Journal piece first drew attention to an FCC proposal that would dispatch researchers working on
    • behalf of the federal agency “to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run,” said that reporters he talked to were nervous. “A lot of folks that I’ve heard from from the industry are telling me that they are worried about the inadvertent coercion that might happen if the FCC says ‘look we’re just asking questions’,” said Pai. “If you’re holding a broadcast license that the FCC issues, you’re not going to feel like it’s entirely voluntary if you have to answer this battery of questions that are in the 70-some page study,” explained the Commissioner. “There’s really no need for the FCC to inject itself into the editorial judgments of all these people,” added Pai, confirming that the program would be taxpayer funded because the FCC is hiring contractors to conduct the study. The controversy has caused little consternation amongst more liberal news outlets, with the Washington Post initially reporting the story under the headline Proposed FCC study of news organizations sparks conservative outcry, before quickly amending the headline, removing the word “conservative” after, “some bright fellow at The Post noted that this latest encroachment by the federal government should be met with at least a perfunctory protest from the members of the press,” writes Noah Rothman. As Fox News highlights, the firm tapped by the FCC to head up the ‘monitoring’ program undoubtedly leans left judging by its past activity. WND’s Aaron Klein links the program to Mark Lloyd, the FCC’s associate general counsel and chief diversity officer from 2009-2012. Lloyd served as a consultant to George Soros’ Open Society Institute and also worked as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. As we have previously documented, the CAP is a think tank headed by Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff John D. Podesta, who was also head of Barack Obama’s presidential transition team after the 2008 election. According to Center for American Progress director Jennifer Palmieri, the organization is focused around “driving the White House’s message and agenda.” A 2012 Daily Caller investigation confirmed that the leftist organization Media Matters, which operates under the umbrella of Podesta’s Progressive Media propaganda campaign, is an Obama administration front that strategizes with the White House on a weekly basis on how to influence and direct the media. Commissioner Pai expressed his hope that the proposal would be abandoned in the aftermath of the vociferous criticism it has attracted, including from Judge Andrew Napolitano who said it marked “a radical new era of tyranny.” Glenn Beck also blasted the idea yesterday, urging Americans to “wake up” to what represents a clear threat to freedom of the press. FCC Commissioner: Journalists Worried About Government Coercion VIDEO BELOW http://www.infowars.com/fcc-commissioner-journalists-worried-about-government-coercion/
    • Glenn Beck Furious Over FCC Media Proposal " Wake Up America! " - 2-20-14 VIDEO BELOW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsQoz-vnKhc BREAKING: FCC Stonewalls Investigation Into Government Newsroom Hijacking Infowars.com February 21, 2014 Alex Jones and Infowars reporter David Knight discuss the FCC’s plan to install newsroom monitors/censors into communities across the country under the guise of helping women and minorities. The FCC plans to also look at radio stations, newspapers and websites, areas where they have zero control and oversight. On Thursday, Knight called the FCC representative listed on a press release with some open questions about the project. He declined to answer any and redirected our reporter to a voicemail for the public office of media operations. Apparently trying to get the government to answer simple questions is like to trying to sign up for Obamacare. BREAKING: FCC Stonewalls Investigation Into Government Newsroom Hijacking VIDEO BELOW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAVcgzohkco INFOWARS.COM BECAUSE THERE'S A WAR ON FOR YOUR MIND