Pulitzer Prize Winner: Obama Is "The Greatest Enemy Of Press Freedom In A Generation"

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

James Risen is not just a phenomenal reporter, he is also an extremely courageous and honorable American patriot. His case is a very disturbing one, and it has justifiably received a great deal of national attention. In a nutshell, the Obama Administration is threatening the pulitzer prize winning journalist with prison unless he reveals the source behind one of his stories. This is something no journalist worth his salt would ever do, but the fact our own government would resort to threats of incarceration in order to instill fear in the press to prevent it from doing its job is quite telling and extremely dangerous.

Mr. Risen understands this danger more than just about anyone else, which is why he has previously stated he is prepared to go to jail in order to defend the First Amendment from Obama, who he calls the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.”

I’ve covered Risen’s struggle in the past, so if you care to get caught up check out:

Battle Royale on Piers Morgan: Glenn Greenwald, James Risen and Jeffrey Toobin

New York Times Reports – Blackwater Threatened to Kill a State Dept. Official and the U.S. Government Did Nothing

Now the Guardian gets us up to speed on his latest thoughts:

The New York Times reporter James Risen, who faces jail over his refusal to reveal a source and testify against a former CIA agent accused of leaking secrets, has called President Barack Obama “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation”.

 

Speaking to his colleague Maureen Dowd, Risen accused the president of aggressively pursuing journalists, including himself, who report sensitive stories that reflect poorly on the US government.

 

Obama and Holder said journalists should not be arrested or harassed for doing their jobs and covering “a story that needs to be told”. In May, Holder said of the Sterling case: “No reporter who is doing his job is going to go to jail.” Risen, however, could be behind bars within weeks.

 

Dowd asked Risen how the Obama administration could use the Espionage Act to imprison reporters and whistleblowers while not acting on the acknowledged use of torture by the CIA on terrorism suspects and the same agency spying on the US Senate.

 

“It’s hypocritical,” Risen said. “A lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin. They don’t want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistleblowers. But he does. He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.”

 

Last week, groups campaigning for press freedom handed a petition with more than 100,000 signatures to the Justice Department, urging it to drop the case against Risen.

 

“It’s surreal to be caught up in a news story instead of writing about one,” he told Dowd.

America in 2014: Cops murder with impunity, banksters steal with impunity, reporters threatened with jail.

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world_debt_slave's picture

no, O is an enemy of the State

Skateboarder's picture

He is Zero the Hero.

Who knew that Black Sabbath would describe this sucka so well:

"You stand there captain we all look
You really are mediocre
You are the champion in the Acme form book
But I think you're just a joker
Your face-down life ain't so much of a pity
But the luv-a-duckin' way you're walkin' around
The city with your balls and your head full of nothing
It's easy for you sucker but you really need stuffing"

LetThemEatRand's picture

"And so in the sky shines the electric eye

supernatural king takes earth under his wing

Heaven's golden chorus sings, Hell's angels flap their wings

Evil souls fall to Hell, ever trapped in burning cells!"

Richard Chesler's picture

Exactly. It's not the skin color that pisses people off, it's that of his corrupt soul.

 

gh0atrider's picture

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sessinpo's picture

 gh0atrider     A bit for your thoughts!  Don't hate me cos me gh0at!

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gh0atrider's picture

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Bananamerican's picture

Ok, here goes...
"I, Bananamerican, ban you!"

shouldvekilledthem's picture

They are worth $475 currently, which is basically 475 unit of accounting shit.

On the other hand 1 BTC currently worth 0.362704 ounces of gold.

unrulian's picture

Everyone raise your hand if you'd trade 0.362704 ounces of gold for 1 BTC?

gh0atrider's picture

gh0atrider would think 100 ounces of gold would be a fair trade for 1 BTC.

Au Member's picture

gh0atrider just failed the turing test

palmereldritch's picture

What if disciples of the Weather Underground seized control of the US government?...Oh wait

SilverIsMoney's picture

It's pretty obvious to me that based on so much of the ignorant bullshit spewed out on these boards relating to black people that race certainly has a huge part to do with it even if his soul is corrupt as satan's.

Keyser's picture

Really? So in the context of this article, just what ignorant bullshit is being spewed?  Seems like warranted responses for a government hellbent on suppressing our 1st amendment rights... 

shouldvekilledthem's picture

Exactly. It's not the skin color that pisses people off, it's that of his corrupt soul.

Another example of how amazingly stupid people are. He is not different to any of his precessedors. He only continues their work, the next piece in the puzzle.

Meanwhile retards need a target. A single entity who represents all their problems.

You can remove Obama from office but the next puppet will continue his work, same as always.

Funnily, americans are completely ignorant of their own history so it's not hard to fuck with their minds.

Wake up retards or there won't be "hope and change".

Fucking imbeciles. 

dontgoforit's picture

We're aware of our 'own' history, pal.  And 'funnily' is not a word.  Go back to school.  The government messes with us, but we the people will prevail.  Can I get an 'AMEN!'?

jimmytorpedo's picture

Actually, funnily is a real word.

As far as going back to school,...

Where do you think you leanred all your fake history from?

Skateboarder's picture

ELECTRIC FUNERAL! (4x)

Got another Sab song for truth:

"Too much in the truth they say
Keep it 'till another day
Let them have their little game
Illusion helps to keep them sane!"

Cornucopia

LetThemEatRand's picture

One more to a fellow Sabbath head:

"You've seen life through distorted eyes

You know you had to learn

The execution of your mind

You really had to turn

The race is run the book is read

The end begins to show

The truth is out, the lies are old

But you don't want to know."

Cast Iron Skillet's picture

"So you children of the world,

listen to what I say

If you want a better place to live in

spread the words today

Show the world that love is still alive

you must be brave

Or you children of today are

Children of the Grave, Yeah!"

I saw Black Sabbath in concert a couple of months ago ... again - last time I saw them live was in 1977. It was a true life experience!!! At the end of the Cold War, it looked like things might turn out differently, but as we see today, the war mongers, haters, and demonizers are still very much in power. Didn't think back then that the U.S.A. would end up being Demon Central Command ...

LetThemEatRand's picture

I'm pretty sure we're the enemies of this particular State, in that we think for ourselves.  Present company excepted if you think O or W or any of the last few Presidents is the root cause.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I'll see your screw you and raise you a go fuck yourself, goat fucker.

gh0atrider's picture

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LetThemEatRand's picture

Thanks for clarifying that.  Love you long time.

palmereldritch's picture

  Bitcoins.  For when only the finest threadjacking will do...

LetThemEatRand's picture

"I don't always threadjack.  But when I do, I pump Bitcoin.  Actually, I always threadjack for bitcoin.  Because I am the world's least interesting person."

gh0atrider's picture

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NoPension's picture

There used be another poster here, obsessed with BC, who referred to himself in the first person.....hmmmm......

SilverIsKing's picture

You mean? Could it be?

Long lost fonestar resurfacing under a new handle.

I woulda never have thought it could happen.

Does one must first have credibility to lose any credibility?

gh0atrider's picture

fonestar was BAND by Tyler Burden for being a complete douchetard.  gh0atrider was born because he loves Satoshi.  Bitcoin is viral currencey, hence no birth and no death.  Bitcoin is always with you.  fonestar is always with you.  gh0atrider is always with you.  You think ban gh0atrider now you think?  You think faulty failure.  No ban only life eternal.  Only forked process.  You think Bitcoin finished because $475?  You think faulty.  Bitcoin goes to clouds.  Zeroheads go to hell.

Keyser's picture

gh0atfucker is like the religious zealots that stand out in front of a rock concert and admonish anyone within shouting distance of their fall from grace and how they will all end up in hell if they don't repent... In other words, he's a sad little bastard with no life, other than threadjacking on ZH... 

palmereldritch's picture

Lol  Better.  This guy must be really running the long con.

 

benb's picture

Is the pissing contest over?

 

 

palmereldritch's picture

Nah, more like a courtesy flush.

Syrin's picture

In a generation?   EVER, you f'head liberal loving douche bags.   he's the biggest threat to freedom of ALL Americans EVER.   WTF?   Even their criticism has liberal bias.

EverythingEviL's picture

My thoughts exactly...except it's not a liberal/conservative thing ok. Don't get twisted up. It's him and all his big government cronies...libtards, contards...they are one and the same. And THEY are the biggest threat ever. They will flat out fucking kill you nowadays let alone censor...

Syrin's picture

No, it is a liberal/conservative thing.   The problem is liberals have taken over both political parties.   So it's not a democrat/republican thing but it is absolutely a conservative vs liberal thing

solgundy's picture

you have to wonder if Risen ever heard of Martin Niemöller

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

James Risen of the NYT no doubt voted for the dictatorial asshole obama, so fuck you James Risen and quit bitching about getting what you wanted, you new york cunt.  Here's hoping all you govt humpers die in pain soon.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Even if he did, he's coming out publicly against him now.  So fuck him for believing in Red and Blue Team bullshit like most of us did?  Kudos to him for stepping up and admitting his error.  

Dr. Engali's picture

Exactly. Most of us have been there, and each one of us can point to the one main event that finally opened our eyes.

LetThemEatRand's picture

My wife is smarter than me.  Her moment was 9/11.  It took me until Obama, Bush and McCain all came out in favor of bank bailouts to figure it out, and even then I didn't accept it for a while.  My wife likes to remind me of the perfectly preserved passports that "fell" from the towers and how did I ever believe that shit.  

Dr. Engali's picture

For me, I kind of woke up after 911, but then I was lulled back to sleep, but when Bush (directed by his owners) bailed out the banks in 08, it was like the flood gates had opened and images of all the bullshit I was sleeping through poured through my mind.