New GOP Congressman: Censor The News Agencies

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Range Rover, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/14/allen-west-censoring-wikileaks-_n_796574.html

    Allen West: Government 'Should Be Censoring The American News Agencies' That Collaborated With WikiLeaks



    Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.) may have proven himself a prime pupil for fellow Rep. Michele Bachmann's forthcoming constitutional classes, when he recently displayed selective reverence for the Tea Party's most sacred document by calling for American news outlets to be censored for running stories based on the recent WikiLeaks cable dump.

    Here's the transcript of what the soon-to-be congressman said on a conservative internet radio program last week, via ThinkProgress:

    WEST: There are different means by which you can be attacked. I mean it doesnt have to be a bomb or an airplane flying into a building. It doesn't have to be a shooting. It can be through cyber attacks, it could be through leaking of very sensitive classified information. Regardless of whether you think it causes any harm, the fact that here is an individual that is not an American citizen first and foremost, for whatever reason gotten his hands on classified American material and put it out there in the public domain. And I think that we also should be censoring the American news agencies which enabled him to do this and also supported him and applauding him for the efforts. So that's kind of aiding and abetting of a serious crime.
    Beyond the clear fact that he is arguing against one of the most exalted constitutional guarantees of a free press, West is also joining a number of legislators who have met worries over the actions of Julian Assange's WikiLeaks by branding the Australian citizen as an enemy of the state.

    While some have argued that he is guilty of treason — a nonsensical argument considering his lack of American citizenship — or terrorism, and maybe even punishable by the death penalty, West charted a somewhat different course, joining Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who last week said that the media accomplices, such as The New York Times, who were enabling people to view the information should be held accountable for their part in the affair as well. Of course, West took this argument further by calling for censorship, while Lieberman simply urged an investigation.

    Though Wikileaks and Julian Assange have been roundly criticized by politicians on both sides of the spectrum, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) gave perhaps the most impassioned defense of the website and its actions in an address on the House floor last week, in which he called the "hysterical reaction" to the leaks an "example of killing the messenger for the bad news.
     
  2. It's nice to see the Times come out with this statement:

    "The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won't be posted here."

    Oh, crap. That wasn't in reference to the WikiLeaks documents. That was the Times's Andy Revkin discussing the ClimateGate emails.
     
  3. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    Agree with Ron Paul. Assange or Wiki is not to blame. Wanna put blame on someone? Go after the leaker. Censoring news outlets is a horrible idea that is unconstitutional.
     
  4. Our news agencies are distributors of Marxist propaganda. [​IMG]
    ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NY & LA Times, Chicago Tribune, etc.
     
  5. Hello

    Hello

    I hate it when either side talks about censorship, this type of shit needs to be stopped, America was founded on Freedom of speech.

    This was a dumb statement by Allen West, though i can understand where he is coming from as a military guy trying to censor sensitive military documents alot more then i can understand, where the Left is coming from in terms of trying to censor rush or Fox news.
     
  6. The left, with support of the leftist media, is much more vocal regarding censorship. [​IMG]