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The Drone That Takes Out Julian Assange

Earlier this year, as the Edward Snowden story was just starting to break, Michael Grunwald – the Time magazine senior national correspondent and poster boy for everything wrong with journalism, no strike that, poster boy for everything wrong with the blowback inducing homicidal bull in a cultural, religious and geopolitical china shop of US foreign policy that I like to call manifest destiny’s child, wrote that he “could not wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange. “

While it might be a stretch to imagine that Julian Assange is on Barack Obama’s infamous kill list- there is a overt trend to brand journalists as terrorists.  If the objective behind this trend is successful, it might grant Michael Grunwald his sadistic wish after all.

For example, this week it was revealed that British police are examining whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for terrorism offenses over their handling of data leaked by Edward Snowden, Britain’s senior counter-terrorism officer said on Tuesday.


If one parrots the talking points that filter down form on high, for example, one is considered a journalist. If you challenge the dominant narrative, and very few do, you run the risk of being labeled a terrorist.

Ask Laura Poitras, the documentary filmmaker who worked with Glen Greenwald to film Edward Snowden and break perhaps the biggest story of the year. You’ll have to go to Germany to ask her, however, because she will not work in her country of birth, the United States, out of fear.

Ask Glenn Greenwald- who continues to break more of the evolving Edward Snowden story and saw his partner, David Miranda, detained in an airport under a terrorism act.

Ask the editors of the Guardian UK who had hard drives destroyed under the orders of UK security officials.

5 Responses to “The Drone That Takes Out Julian Assange”

  1. Bruce

    Gump also epitomizes the above-depicted Old Gory duct tape across the mouth of truth when it self-censors Forrest’s VietNam revelations by pulling the MIC plug on his impromptu Lincoln Memorial pool reflections (purported to have been. “The line Forrest says when his microphone is turned off at the Vietnam rally is: ‘Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.’ “). Disinformation/integration ueber Alles! Sieg

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  2. drnc11

    Accepting the dominating narrative is the exact opposite of what a journalist is supposed to do. As an aspiring journalist, I refuse to roll over and play along with the corporate elite that sets the status quo. As an aspiring journalist, my job is to break the status quo – to break the silence and report the truth to people in the name of democracy because there is nothing more important in a democratic society than a well-informed electorate. As long as there is courageous people like Aaron Schwartz, Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, Jeremy Scahill, and Edward Snowden, journalism can still do its job in a nation of secrecy and control.

    My name is Dylan Crabb and I stand for journalism.

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  3. Tom Saltsman

    Part of our problem on the pro-labor left is that we don’t have expensive think tanks to give us punchy sound bites and short phrases with a lot of long-term impact for the more good-hearted but dim-witted Forrest Gump types. I’m talking about people who almost need pictures. I suggest a short, five-syllable label that’s sure to stick and get used a lot:

    THE CRIMINAL CLASS

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