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The U.S. government’s creeping war on journalists

Yesterday, 11:03 AM


As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information. The news comes as 47 federal inspectors general sent a letter to lawmakers criticizing “serious limitations on access to records” that they say have “impeded” their oversight work.

The data about public information officers was compiled over the past few years by Kennesaw State University professor Dr. Carolyn Carlson. Her surveys found that 4 in 10 public information officers say “there are specific reporters they will not allow their staff to talk to due to problems with their stories in the past.”

“That horrified us that so many would do that,” Carlson told the Columbia Journalism Review, which reported on her presentation at the July conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Carlson has conducted surveys of journalists and public information officers since 2012. In her most recent survey of 445 working journalists, four out of five reported that “their interviews must be approved” by government information officers, and “more than half of the reporters said they had actually been prohibited from interviewing [government] employees at least some of the time by public information officers.”


it coincides with the war on whistle blowers.  pretty impressive from the most transparent admin.

New OKC Bombing Trial Set to Begin July 28 in Salt Lake City

09 July 2014 - 09:45 AM


Unbeknownst to most Americans, a new trial to determine the fate of video footage recorded by security cameras in downtown Oklahoma City prior to 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995, is set to begin July 28 in federal court in Salt Lake City. Why a new trial? Because FBI officials have, for more than five years, refused to hand over copies of that footage, and a federal judge seems to have a problem with that.

The plaintiff in the case, Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue, hopes the trial before Judge Clark Waddoups in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division, will resolve his long-running legal battle with the FBI over the videotape footage he believes will help him unravel the mystery surrounding the death of his brother, Kenneth Trentadue, while also shedding light on the identity of the man referred to as “John Doe #2″ during the chaotic days following the bombing. Kenneth Trentadue died under suspicious circumstances while in custody at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City several months after the horrific events unfurled in in downtown Oklahoma City.

Via the Freedom of Information Act, Jesse Trentadue has spent most of the past five years trying to obtain copies of the videotape images captured by more than 20 surveillance cameras operating in the vicinity of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City prior to the detonation of the truck bomb that killed 168 people and injured nearly 700 others.



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The Release of NSA Surveillance Victims is Imminent

27 May 2014 - 08:02 PM


Whether you leaned left or right, sided with occupy or the tea party, displayed any public dissent regardless of the cause, you could of had your civil rights shattered. So what happens next? More than likely nothing. What if you made the list? How do you feel knowing that the government views you as a threat?

Got Pulled Over Saturday

12 May 2014 - 03:41 PM

And it was really strange. Me and the chaps were on the way to a wedding and reidsville PD blue lighted me. I pull over and officer friendly approaches. Apparently the tags expired on the car April 15th. Cop makes small talk, asking me where I'm headed. As usual I don't engage him and he says he will be back.

He returns from his vehicle with my ticket and a court date. He then asks me this..

PD: Mr catofwar, do you have A weapon on you? (I am NOT a ccw holder)

Me: why would you ask me that?

PD: it said that you carry weapons.

Me: what said I carry weapons.

PD: sir will you please step out of the car?

Me: no thank you.

PD: I'll be back.

He goes back to his car, returns a few minutes later and tells me to have a good day. Like I said above, very strange. Once he asked the weapon question I grabbed my phone and began texting my brother in law in the event poo went south.

It's been a few years since I've fuged with NCIC but I dont remember anything that says such. I've never been arrested while in possession of a weapon nor have I been arrested for a weapon related offense.

Boostownme, any insight?


21 March 2014 - 01:55 PM

Got a call last night from one of my closest friends. What he said was devistating. Our friend, whom I called Beaver since I was 15, had died. It crushed me. Us three had been boys for 20 years. Where ever one of us was you could find the other two. We went through a lot together.... From getting suspended from school for being little shits, running from the cops and getting away, there's just to much poo to list. I called his phone last night. I don't know why. I just sat there crying while it rang. He was no angel by any means but his soul was true. He had an affinity for gangster rap and the niners. He loved the Atlanta braves.

This is the first time someone as close to me as he was has moved on. I'm sitting here tearing up and shaking. I want to hear him laugh. I want to fuging hug him and tell him I love him. I've been sitting here beating myself up over poo. I should have answered the phone the last time he called. He was here yesterday and now he's gone.

I'm not looking for condolences or any other horse poo. I'm going to post things here that he loved. He liked eating imitation crab meat with cocktail sauce. He'd eat packs of it. So fuging weird. This thread is for my brother that left me to soon.

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