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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/27/17 10:50 AM 
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With Trump's Announcement That He Will Censor the EPA, America ...

The Daily Banter-Jan 25, 2017
No, this is not hyperbole. Five days into the Trump administration and America is officially transitioning into a fascist state -- and today was without a doubt the worst day since Donald Trump decided to run for president. According to the AP the Trump administration will now be "Mandating that any studies or data from scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency undergo review by political appointees before they can be released to the public.” Furthermore, they will likely be stripping the “content on the federal agency’s website, including details of scientific evidence showing that the Earth’s climate is warming and man-made carbon emissions are to blame.” The spokesman for Trump’s EPA transition team Doug Ericksen also stated that routine practices like tracking air and water pollution will be “subject to review” by the administration.

From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/27/17 10:54 AM 
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Democrats on Capitol Hill ask White House not to gag federal employees


Washington Post

An Inauguration Day memo instructing employees of the Department of Health and Human Services not to communicate about regulatory policy with members of Congress has triggered fresh accusations that the Trump administration is trying to censor federal employees. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) wrote the White House on Thursday asking President Trump to make it clear that federal employees have an unrestricted ability to communicate with lawmakers. They said the HHS memo, along with others sent in recent days by other agencies, “appear to violate multiple federal laws,” including one that protects federal whistleblowers. “We request that the President issue an official statement making clear to all federal employees that they have the right to communicate with members of Congress and that he and his Administration will not silence or retaliate against whistleblowers,” the two Democrats wrote in a letter to White House Counsel Donald McGahn II.


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/27/17 10:59 AM 
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Trump Orders Media Blackout At Government Agencies: Bans Social Media Use


It wasn't just the EPA. Earlier today, we reported that the Trump administration instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants.Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday and reviewed by The Associated Press, detailed the specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency's social media accounts. On Monday, the Huffington Post reported that EPA grants had been frozen, with agency employees barred from speaking of the matter. ..The Trump administration reportedly told the Department of the Interior to stop tweeting from its accounts over the weekend after the National Park Service's Twitter account retweeted a post about the crowd sizes at Trump's inauguration Friday. The agency brought back its accounts on Saturday...Now, as Reuters adds, other agencies were also impacted, and the Trump's administration has put staff at a slew of government agencies on notice - "be careful what you say." In addition to the EPA, the Interior Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture also has seen efforts to curb communication. On Monday, staff at the department's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) were asked in an email to suspend the release of "any public-facing documents.""This includes, but is not limited to, news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds, and social media content," the email said.


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/27/17 11:03 AM 
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Photo of actual Trump administration memo sent to EPA:


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/27/17 11:09 AM 
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Donald Trump's escalating war against the media - Salon.com

Less than 24 hours being sworn in, Donald Trump declared the first war of his presidency—on the media. Going to the CIA’s headquarters on Saturday morning, Trump immediately brought up the “dishonest media,” transitioned into praise for the agency that he said was going to destroy ISIS, and then resumed trashing the press: first for saying he didn’t get along with America’s spies (he called “Nazis” last week), and then for the inaugural coverage. “And the reason you’re my first stop is that, as you know, I have a running war with the media,” Trump said. “They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth… We had a massive field of people. You saw them. Packed. I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field…”The first war under Trump’s presidency is with the press and it’s escalating. It’s not just floating the idea the White House pressroom may move. It’s not just last week’s pre-inaugural press conference where Trump labeled BuzzFeed and CNN as fake media. It’s not just his latest tweets criticizing celebrities who don’t like him, or dismissing the millions of women who marched on Saturday. These incidents all raise a very serious question, what’s going to happen the First Amendment with a bully in the pulpit? The answer, according to a handful of lawyers specializing in First Amendment and press issues, is Trump is primed to use his office’s great power to intimidate, obstruct, censor, spy on and silence the media. In the most visible instances, bullying, the president faces no restrictions on saying anything—regardless of its truth or victimization. “He can say whatever he wants using whatever means he chooses,” said James Goodale, Chief Counsel for the New York Times during the Pentagon Papers case and a leading legal expert on the First Amendment, when asked if Trump faces any restrictions on presidential speech and adding that he cannot be sued for his outbursts. But the damage is likely do quickly go deeper and escalate in far more serious ways than mere wars or words. “Our soon-to-be president could weaken the American system of free expression… [with] techniques that involve weakening and undermining the institutions and practices that enable public opinion to check state power and legitimate our system of democracy,” wrote Jack Balkin, the Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment and Director of The Information Society Project at Yale Law School, in a prescient article late last year.


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Glen (GEAATL) said...

A Digital Strategist


AKA a Nazi Censor


From: WhiteMare (WhiteMare2) DelphiPlus Member Icon1/27/17 7:57 PM 
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Trump Strategist Stephen Bannon Says Media Should ‘Keep Its Mouth Shut’

NY Times, Jan 26, 2017

Just days after President Trump spoke of a “running war’’ with the media, his chief White House strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, ratcheted up the attacks, arguing that news organizations had been “humiliated” by the election outcome and repeatedly describing the media as “the opposition party” of the current administration.

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” Mr. Bannon said in an interview on Wednesday.


From: WhiteMare (WhiteMare2) DelphiPlus Member Icon1/31/17 6:14 PM 
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It's not just the press that is being censored. Studies that US tax payers paid for are being removed from government websites

Data on climate change progress is disappearing from the US State Department website

Business Insider

The reports about the progress made on Obama’s Climate Action Plan are gone from the State Department’s website, where they were once publicly accessible.


From: WhiteMare (WhiteMare2) DelphiPlus Member Icon2/4/17 6:14 PM 
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More federal data being removed from websites:

US government takes animal-welfare data offline

Nature News & Comment

The US Department of Agriculture will no longer make lab inspection results and violations publicly available, citing privacy concerns.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) agency charged with ensuring the humane treatment of large research animals, such as primates and goats, has quietly scrubbed all inspection reports and enforcement records from its website. The move has drawn criticism from animal welfare and transparency activists who say the public has the right to know how their tax dollars are being used.


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host2/4/17 9:29 PM 
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WhiteMare (WhiteMare2) said...

the public has the right to know how their tax dollars are being used.

That would mean people would know the truth,and truth has no place in a Trump world.


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