In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report.
Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said.
The power play followed a deadlocked 3-3 vote on whether an Ohio anti-President Obama Internet campaign featuring two videos violated FEC rules when it did not report its finances or offer a disclosure on the ads. The ads were placed for free on YouTube and were not paid advertising.
Under a 2006 FEC rule, free political videos and advocacy sites have been free of regulation in a bid to boost voter participation in politics. Only Internet videos that are placed for a fee on websites, such as the Washington Examiner, are regulated just like normal TV ads.
Ravel’s statement suggests that she would regulate right-leaning groups like America Rising that posts anti-Democrat YouTube videos on its website.
FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman, a Republican, said if regulation extends that far, then anybody who writes a political blog, runs a politically active news site or even chat room could be regulated. He added that funny internet campaigns like “Obama Girl,” and “Jib Jab” would also face regulations.
“I told you this was coming,” he told Secrets. Earlier this year he warned that Democrats on the panel were gunning for conservative Internet sites like the Drudge Report.
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Ravel plans to hold meetings next year to discuss regulating the internet. She charged that groups placing paid TV ads use the FEC exemption to disseminate similar messages on the internet, regulation free. But Goodman says that Ravel misconceives the exemption. If the same message that is run on TV also is posted online, it is regulated, he said. The Internet exemption applies only to videos posted for free, solely on the Internet.
Blasting the exemption, she said, “Since its inception this effort to protect individual bloggers and online commentators has been stretched to cover slickly-produced ads aired solely on the Internet but paid for by the same organizations and the same large contributors as the actual ads aired on TV,” Ravel argued.
Goodman and the two other Republicans on the evenly split agency argued in a statement that regulations would chill politics on the Internet.
The trio noted that the goal of setting aside regulations to let the Internet blossom is working and shouldn’t be tampered with.
“This freedom has gained wide acceptance, as evidenced by the hundreds of thousands of political videos, websites, blogs and other social media posted on the Internet without so much as an inquiry by the Commission,” they wrote.
“Regrettably, the 3-to-3 vote in this matter suggests a desire to retreat from these important protections for online political speech — a shift in course that could threaten the continued development of the Internet’s virtual free marketplace of political ideas and democratic debate,” they concluded.
Bombshell revelations swept under the rug
Since even before the inception of Ebola fears within the United States, doctors and experts alike have been sounding the alarm over the underground measures taken by the CDC to “disappear” patients exhibiting signs of a potential Ebola infection.
We have heard warnings from former top Border Patrol Agent Zach Taylor, who revealed both in a March video and through an appearance on The Alex Jones Show, that the CDC was ‘snatching up’ individuals with flu-like symptoms on the border. We have heard warnings from physicians behind the scenes at medical conferences, detailing how up to 40 cases of potential Ebola are reported each day to the CDC by qualified health professionals and are virtually ignored.
But until now, these physicians have demanded to stay anonymous for fear that they could lose their license and be terminated from their positions. Leading the charge in informing the public as to what we have already gathered from medical professionals speaking off the record, Dr. James Lawrenzi, DO, exclusively confirmed these reports by other doctors regarding actions taken by the CDC to come in and “disappear” patients from hospitals who show signs of Ebola.
Appearing on The Alex Jones Show for the first public breakdown of what we have been told by others in the field, Lawrenzi dropped informational bombshells that the mainstream media should be very concerned about:
Furthermore, Lawrenzi independently verified additional claims by doctors who we have personally spoken to regarding the state of unpreparedness within these institutions to handle even a single case of Ebola, the rapidly declining moral of medical staff who continually threaten to quit their jobs in the event of an Ebola patient being taken under care of the hospital, and the complete lack of concern from the CDC when it comes to medical doctors relaying these concerns to the agency.
As expected, Lawrenzi has already received a large degree of opposition from the medical establishment for speaking out. And as expected, media outlets continue to ignore this information as they did with Zach Taylor.
But for how long will the media be able to stay silent? Already, others in the medical field have shown support for Lawrenzi, Zach Taylor, and the powerful information that has been exposed thanks to courageous medical whistleblowers.
“The idea that you’re coming before us and giving this type of testimony raises great concerns”
The US Defense Department will only have the capability to fly four service members out of Africa per week should they contract the deadly Ebola virus, a Major General said at a meeting today regarding the military’s response to the epidemic.
Speaking at a House Oversight & Government Reform Committee hearing earlier today, Maj. Gen. James Lariviere told North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry that the US plans to have “in the vicinity of 3,000” troops in Africa by the end of the year.
In the above video, Rep. McHenry’s questioning begins around 2:09.
However, in the event that soldiers begin contracting the virus, Maj. Gen. Lariviere admitted the military currently only has one plane capable of transporting symptomatic patients back to the US for treatment.
Excerpts from their exchange follow:
Rep. McHenry: How many aircraft are outfitted to move these individuals out of country in the event that this happens?
Maj. Gen. Lariviere: So for “controlled movement,” any aircraft can do because, as we pointed out, they’re asymptomatic and not contagious at that point, so any aircraft could do. For present time the only aircraft that can move the symptomatic patients is the State Department’s Phoenix Air contract that you’ve seen moving the other Ebola patients.
Rep. McHenry: And how many patients can that aircraft hold?
Maj. Gen. Lariviere: The aircraft can hold one at a time and can do four movements a week at this point.
Rep. McHenry: Four movements a week?
Maj. Gen. Lariviere: Yes, sir.
Rep. McHenry: Is that sufficient?
Maj. Gen Lariviere: Given the number of Ebola patients the US has had in total at present time, it is sufficient, however…
Rep. McHenry: But that’s not how epidemics work…
Maj. Gen. Lariviere explained that the Defense Department was working on procuring additional aircraft, but wouldn’t be ready to move more soldiers out of Africa until January.
“So at current state, we can take less than 10 people out of country in a week’s time?” Rep. McHenry asks, to which Maj. Gen Lariviere replies, “If they are symptomatic, yeah.”
“So this is not at all sufficient,” Rep. McHenry concludes.
“We don’t know if it’s sufficient…” Maj. Gen. Lariviere states.
“This is very disconcerting,” responds Rep. McHenry.
As Rep. McHenry highlights, the fact that the US Military is moving to deploy soldiers to an Ebola hot zone, all the while knowing full well that they are lacking in resources, is simply ludicrous.
Rep. McHenry goes on:
“…If we currently have one plane that is controlled by the State Department, I’m asking the DOD, with the mass number of airplanes, equipment and training capacity that we have – spending nearly half a trillion dollars annually in the DOD. If you need it, we will get it. We will demand it because if we’re putting these men and women in harm’s way, potentially where they can contract ebola, the idea that we have one airplane as the United States to get these men and women out of country in a safe manner, if they contract what is absolutely horrible, which we want to control, which we absolutely want to control, the idea that you’re coming before us and giving this type of testimony raises great concerns.”
[…] “We don’t want to put our men and women in harm’s way without any capacity to care for them. Our veterans our fighting men and women deserve the best health care in the world, the best training in the world and they have it, but it means the proper protocols at the top level are there to make sure they’re protected, and if something bad happens, they’re immediately taken out of harm’s way, cared for and returned back to their normal state.”
From President To Dictator… The Path Taken To Get There…
There is a famous saying that you never truly appreciate the things you have until you lose them. So many of us appreciate our lives while so many take them for granted. We don’t think about walking unless we lose our legs to walk. For over two hundred years we have been blessed with leaders who loved this country. We assumed that our elected officials loved this country just as we did. The thought of a traitor being in office wasn’t a thought or possibility. Well let’s just consider that possibility, and think about the danger that comes with it.
The President appoints the head of every department crucial to the infrastructure of this country. He appoints the head of the DOJ, Department of Homeland Security, IRS, FCC, and the list goes on. The president of ABC and CBS both have brothers that have served as top officials in the Obama administration. Does anyone see the danger here? You control department heads, and you don’t have to worry about those departments. You don’t have to worry about the FBI showing up at the White House because the head of the DOJ is at your dinner table laughing at your stupid jokes. The mainstream media will not do stories about pedophiles or mass murder in the Middle East. They will tell stories of Ebola just to distract you from ISIS. The days of assuming our President loves this country must stop. Not only Obama but every President who follows.
The President should never have the power to appoint any position other than his cabinet. When you apply for a job your resume is screened, and then you go through the interview process. A company is trying to find the right person for the job. Many jobs today do a background check to see if you will be a safe hire. How did five supporters of the Muslim brotherhood get appointed to key roles in our Department of Homeland Security? They should have been screened, and never allowed into a government office. Every department head should have to apply, and go through a thorough screening by congress before being hired into a position. History shows that power can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. Obama has built a wall of protection around him. He shows very little concern when facing the latest scandal. He said screw the constitution while doing as he wants. The only thing left is to enact martial law to get complete control. Law makers must hold this man accountable for the many laws being broke. If they don’t we will find ourselves under the control of a dictator. God bless each and everyone… Semper Fi, Shep