Media Silent as Fed Committee Quietly Passes Act Allowing Warrantless Searches

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It has been over one month since the latest dangerous piece of legislation meant to infringe on Americans’ constitutional rights was introduced, and Congress is now moving forward with the bill that will have serious ramifications for all Americans by blatantly violating the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment if it becomes law.

The USA Liberty Act has passed the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 27-8, and as Congressman Justin Amash noted, all privacy advocates should be concerned about the overwhelming support the bill is receiving from Congress.

The Liberty Act passed committee 27-8. It allows the government to search our private data without a warrant—in violation of the 4th Amendment,” Amash wrote on Twitter. “It’s another bill, like the Freedom Act, that furthers violations of our rights under the guise of protecting our rights.”

As Amash implied, the USA Liberty Act provides the opposite of “Liberty” for Americans. Instead, the purpose of the bill is to reauthorize and create additional loopholes for Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2017.

Amash also noted that the USA Liberty Act is yet another piece of legislation that “furthers violations of our rights under the guise of protecting our rights.” He compared it to the USA Freedom Act, which was passed under similar circumstances in June 2015.

The House Judiciary has also tried to use the USA Freedom Act as a reference to its success, claiming that the bill “ended the bulk collection of data, protected civil liberties and national security, and provided robust oversight and transparency of our vital national security tools.”

However, as The Free Thought Project reported in May 2015, the USA Freedom Act “doesn’t actually end or suspend the phone records program, but simply requires phone companies to hold onto these records rather than the NSA.” It also authorized, for the first time, “the NSA, FBI, and other government agencies to unconstitutionally collect data in bulk on potentially millions of law-abiding Americans,” and it let the NSA collect “cell phone records in addition to the landline call records.”

Now, as Congress prepares to pass the USA Liberty Act, it claims the bill will “better protect Americans’ privacy” by requiring the government to have “a legitimate national security purpose” before searching an individual’s database. But what the bill does not advertise is the fact that it does not actually address the legitimate problems that exist with Section 702. The FBI’s “legitimate national security purpose” could be justified by just about any reason the agency chooses to give, and agents will only need supervisory authority in order to search Americans’ metadata.

Weeks before the latest vote, more than 40 organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, joined together in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, condemning the USA Liberty Act.

The coalition noted that the bill fails to address concerns with the “backdoor search loophole,” which allows the government to “conduct warrantless searches for the information of individuals who are not targets of Section 702, including U.S. citizens and residents.”

“The USA Liberty Act departs from the recommendation made by the President’s Review Group on Surveillance, appropriations amendments that have previously passed the House, and urgings of civil society organizations, which would have required a probable cause warrant prior to searching the Section 702 database for information about a U.S. citizen or resident absent narrow exceptions. As written, it raises several concerns. First, the bill’s most glaring deficiency is that it does not require a warrant to access content in cases where the primary purpose is to return foreign intelligence. This is an exception that threatens to swallow the rule.”

A legislative analysis from the Electronic Freedom Foundation noted that the USA Liberty Act does not institute adequate transparency and oversight measures,” it does not “deal with misuse of the state secrets privilege, which has been invoked to stave off lawsuits against mass surveillance,” and most importantly, it will not “curtail the NSA’s practices of collecting data on innocent people.”

The science surrounding the USA Liberty Act is nothing new—from the time the USA Patriot Act was passed on fear-based propaganda in 2001, the United States Government has used trendy names such as “Freedom” and “Liberty” as an appeal, while working with the mainstream media to politicize any and every tragic attack, in order to convince the American public that they must give up their liberties, in order to ensure temporary security.

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Massive U.S. Military Social Media Spying Archive Left Wide Open in AWS S3 Buckets






Massive U.S. Military Social Media Spying Archive Left Wide Open in AWS S3 Buckets


November 18th, 2017

Via: The Register:

Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing “dozens of terabytes” of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest.

The archives were found by UpGuard’s veteran security-breach hunter Chris Vickery during a routine scan of open Amazon-hosted data silos, and the trio weren’t exactly hidden. The buckets were named centcom-backup, centcom-archive, and pacom-archive.

CENTCOM is the common abbreviation for the US Central Command, which controls army operations in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. PACOM is the name for US Pacific Command, covering the rest of southern Asia, China and Australasia.

Vickery told The Register today he stumbled upon them by accident while running a scan for the word “COM” in publicly accessible S3 buckets. After refining his search, the CENTCOM archive popped up, and at first he thought it was related to Chinese multinational Tencent, but quickly realized it was a US military archive of astounding size.

“For the research I downloaded 400GB of samples but there were many terabytes of data up there,” he said. “It’s mainly compressed text files that can expand out by a factor of ten so there’s dozens and dozens of terabytes out there and that’s a conservative estimate.”

Just one of the buckets contained 1.8 billion social media posts automatically fetched over the past eight years up to today. It mainly contains postings made in central Asia, however Vickery noted that some of the material is taken from comments made by American citizens.















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John Heilemann and the Corruption of the Liberal State Media

The brazen nature of liberal media bias never fails to amaze. The latest example is to be found from MSNBC’s John Heilemann, who, in a discussion with ex-Bush 43 White House alum-turned-MSNBC host Nicole Wallace, said the following in a discussion of Alabama Judge Roy Moore. Wallace asked: 

“[W]hy can’t anyone — and I guess it’s the same question I have about Donald Trump, you know, why is someone accused of predatory sexual conduct who’s a Republican like Roy Moore or Donald Trump given the hands-off treatment and everyone who leans left or is a media figure crucified?”

To which Heilemann replied, bold print supplied:

“Because Sean Hannity and Fox News are a totally corrupt enterprise that have nothing to do with journalism or principle and everything to do with advancing an ideological agenda. [A]ll their behavior is totally predictable on that, on those grounds. That’s what they do every day on every story. And that — this is just — this is a particularly galling, grotesque example. You would like to think that in this realm that we would not care about tribal — about tribes, partisan tribes or ideological tribes. But the whole Fox News empire and its entire reason for being, its profit motive, its business model, is built not, again, on journalism, but on advancing that agenda. And they are — again, we have tribalism in every area, but for Fox News it goes all the way, even to this area, where you’d think that it would be the one place where it wouldn’t be the case.”

John Heilemann is a smart guy. He co-writes interesting books with pal Mark Halperin. So what in the world would lead him to say something that is so obviously deceitful? 

The fact is that Fox News was created at the instance of Rupert Murdoch and the late Roger Ailes precisely because they knew millions of Americans believed that when they turned on broadcast network newscasts or CNN what they were seeing all of the time, every time, was, to borrow from Heilemann, a Liberal State Media that was collectively a “totally corrupt enterprise” having nothing to do with journalism or principle and everything to do with advancing an ideological agenda.”

Let me borrow again from Heilemann and rephrase him: “But the whole Liberal State Media empire and its entire reason for being, its profit motive, its business model, is built not, again, on journalism, but on advancing that liberal agenda.”

To be clear, as what I call a First Amendment Fundamentalist I don’t want Heilemann to shut up much less do I want either him or his network shut down. I simply reject the idea that the Liberal State Media is out there presenting the news in agenda-less fashion. What Heilemann passingly describes by saying “we have tribalism in every area” is a breathtaking understatement of the fact so many Americans see his network and other broadcast, cable and print outlets as relentless purveyors of the liberal narrative about just about everyone and everything from political figures to economic, religious, cultural and even sports issues.

As this is written here are the stories MSNBC lists as its leading stories:

    •    Kushner asked for info about ‘Russian backdoor overture’
    •    This Panama tower carries Trump’s name — and ties to organized crime
    •    Dossier author says Trump’s Russia deal deserve investigation
    •    Roy Moore trails Democrat Doug Jones in latest poll
    •    Senators get into a tax reform shouting match
    •    Millions of kids may lose health care because Congress missed a deadline
    •    GOP tax overhaul would create American dynasties
    •    GOP, Dems ask for ethics investigation after Franken news

There are eight headline stories there. All of them designed to push a liberal narrative. As this conservative reads them they sound more like this:
           

            * We have proof of Trump-Russia collusion that stole the election
            * The President of the United States is allied with organized crime
            * We have more proof of Trump-Russia collusion that stole the election 
            * Roy Moore is a nut and loser and all these negative stories about Roy Moore that we 
            * Refused to credit with Bill and Hillary Clinton are catching up to him.
           *  Tax cuts for the rich are not going to get passed without a fight
           *  Those cold-hearted, greedy Republicans are at it again, children hardest hit 
           *  Tax cuts for the rich will create more Trump families; nightmare ahead
           *  Okay, Franken should be investigated but if Moore is elected we will throw him out

Decades worth of stories setting the liberal narrative of the moment like these headlined at MSNBC have poured forth from the Liberal State Media. The issue could be sexual harassment – evil if you are black conservative Clarence Thomas, a knee-slapping “it’s only about sex” if it involves Bill Clinton. Or it could be anything else.

While this is, strictly speaking, not a media issue, the latter point of liberal narratives and the liberal agenda has been perfectly illustrated in the case of  Florida Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo. Here’s the headline from the Wall Street Journal

No Republicans Need Apply
Congressional Hispanic Caucus rejects Cuban-American legislator.

The editorial says, in part, this, bold print supplied:

“Carlos Curbelo sure seems to qualify as Hispanic. He’s the son of a Cuban father and mother who fled the Castro regime. He speaks Spanish. And as the Congressman for Florida’s 26th district—which includes the Florida Keys and parts of Miami-Dade County—it would seem only natural to join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, as Mr. Curbelo has been asking to do since January.

Only one problem: Mr. Curbelo is a Republican. And though there was a day when the Congressional Hispanic Caucus had GOP members, that was years ago. This week the caucus rejected Mr. Curbelo’s bid for membership.

…You might think the Congressional Hispanic Caucus would welcome the chance to admit a Republican and reject the idea that all Hispanics are expected to think alike…..

But the caucus opted to keep it a one-party organization. Caucus spokesman Carlos Paz Jr. put it this way: ‘The CHC isn’t just an organization for Hispanics; it is a caucus that represents certain values. This vote reflects the position of many of our members that Rep. Curbelo and his record are not consistent with those values.’

…The group can set any rules it wants, including for membership. But with this decision the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has confirmed what many critics have long alleged: that the organization is less about advancing Hispanics than advancing liberal Democratic priorities. Good to have the caucus make it official.”

This small but significant story is merely the congressional version of what John Heilemann is saying in terms of the media. In the case of Congressman Curbelo, the truth outs that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is not really about being Hispanic it’s about being liberal and pushing the liberal agenda.

In the case of John Heilemann and his charge against Fox as pushing an agenda? Same song, different verse. The problem is that as the Hispanic Caucus believes being Hispanic is synonymous with being liberal and pushing the liberal agenda, so too Heilemann believes a television network and the journalists and commentators it employs must be synonymous with pushing the liberal agenda. 

And if that doesn’t happen? If the network – Fox News in this case – dares to diverge from the agenda of the Liberal State Media? Then in the eyes of John Heilemann it is nothing more than “a totally corrupt enterprise that have nothing to do with journalism or principle and everything to do with advancing an ideological agenda.”

No liberal agenda bias there.

Right.

Does it ever occur to Heilemann that the reverse is actually true? That the Liberal State Media is a “totally corrupt enterprise that have nothing to do with journalism or principle and everything to do with advancing an ideological agenda?” 

Are you kidding?

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8 Tips To Help You Move Past Anxiety Caused By Social Media







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In this day and age, we are more connected than ever. Our friends and family members can all be contacted at the click of a button, and if we haven’t heard from someone in awhile, a quick scroll through their timeline is all it seems to take to get caught up with their lives. So why, then, despite being “more connected that ever,” do we feel so lonely? And why is social anxiety on the rise?

Despite being so connected virtually, in reality, social media serves as a clever way for us to hide. It allows us to remain physically hidden and live vicariously through the identities we create for ourselves on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts. Here, we can highlight the parts of our lives we feel are worth showing off — which can appear quite intimidating to some — and neglect the rest. We then spend hours looking at the perfect lives of our peers and wondering why ours aren’t as exciting, joyful, or fun. But this is a trap. We aren’t seeing people’s true lives any more than they are seeing ours.

The more we deny our emotions and act as though everything is “perfect” (even though it’s not), the more we are bottling things up on the inside. These emotions have to come out at some point, and we can’t run away from them forever. Unfortunately this release often comes out as a form of social anxiety. Because so many of our connections online can be edited, revised, and delayed, we get used to this luxury to the point where we fear what might come out when we are face to face with other humans that we can’t just take back or delete like an embarrassing photo.

What Are We Afraid Of?

Social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, is essentially an intense fear of the possibility of embarrassing or humiliating ourselves in social situations. This is not the same as just being shy; this disorder can become so intense that a person does not want to leave their home or participate in any type of social gathering because the fear of doing something they deem “wrong” is too powerful. Have you ever felt this way? Even if we don’t have this diagnosis, I’m sure many of us, myself included, can relate to these feelings at times. Consider the last time you were left alone in a public space and were unsure what to do. Did you reach for your phone to distract yourself or appear busy? It is so easy to hide behind social media, in many different ways. Instead of sitting with the discomfort, observing it, and making a plan to overcome it, we just let our attention be sucked into our phones instead.

I remember when I was a kid, while doing errands with my mom, how often she would strike up a conversation with strangers while in the bank or at the store, or how often others would do so with her. It seemed so easy. Yet nowadays, I notice that whenever someone is left alone somewhere, standing in line or in an elevator, they rarely chat with anyone around them because everyone is just glued to their phones instead. Compare the stories of how our parents met compared to relationships that are beginning in this decade; we rely on social media just to meet people. How can you tell if you have a spark with someone through a picture?

So, Is It Too Late?

In many ways, our society could benefit from going back to the way things used to be,  before technology and industry ran our lives — planting our own vegetables, playing outside, actually talking to others face to face, and working together as a community. Social media further divides us, and if we rely on it solely for human interaction and connection, then we are really no different from robots. We cannot deny the part of our being that craves real, physical human connection, and one thing is for sure: If we do, it will make it much more difficult to create any real change in the world. We need to come together.

An important question to ask yourself is, what would you do if the internet and all electricity went down? Do you have people in your life with whom you are close enough that you could reach out to them for help, comfort, or companionship?

What Can We Do?

Having awareness is the first step to creating any kind of change. Being aware of our addiction to social media means that we can implement the necessary steps to break it. Here are some practical steps you can take to take hold of this addiction before it gets ahold of you!

  1. Observe any times when you feel uncomfortable or nervous.
  2. Try not to reach for your phone, but instead sit with this feeling.
  3. Accept how you’re feeling. Don’t judge yourself or beat yourself up about it.
  4. If this is hard for you, try leaving your phone i n the car or in your jacket.
  5. Make eye contact with people. This is a great way to tell if someone new is interested in initiating a conversation.
  6. Make an effort to speak up. It can be tricky at first, but it gets easier over time. I find it helps a lot if I have a close friend with me, almost as if it’s a form of safety and security.
  7. Don’t forget, feeling uncomfortable in social settings is very common for many people; you never know how that person you end up talking to might be feeling and how happy it could make them to have someone like you come and talk to them.
  8. If you find this is all too difficult for you and you just can’t handle it, you may want to seek out assistance from a professional.

Another thing you can do to make your connections more real and meaningful could be calling a close friend or family member on their birthday rather than posting on their timeline. I promise, they will appreciate the thought and effort! You can also put yourself in social situations where you have to connect with others; the more you do it, the easier it will become. Additionally, limit your time scrolling through and posting on social media, and when you do use social media, consider posting more honest content to get a real conversation started. I don’t mean passively aggressively talking smack about your ex-boyfriend, I mean opening up about how you feel, or what you’ve been going through (if and only if you feel like sharing publicly). While not a necessary step to breaking social anxiety, if you do feel you need to express yourself, social media can be a great tool to use.

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YouTube bans Mark Collett video for simply proving the truth that the media pushes mulitculturalism!

YouTube bans Mark Collett video for simply saying advertisers are pushing multiculturalism!

Why is it that all the major retailers in Britain are running Christmas ads prominently featuring non-white families, and only including whites if they are bumbling idiots or pretty white women in relationships with blacks? And why does YouTube ban Mark Collett’s viral video for pointing that out? You decide (((what’s really going on here.)))

 

 

You can find the contraband video on Mr. Collett’s Twitter feed. And follow him on Twitter while you are at it.

 

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‘Not appropriate to comment’: Media watchdogs stay mute on RT’s registration as foreign agent

“I am afraid I’m not well enough informed about this particular topic to report anything of substance to your viewers,” an official from the US Press Association told RT in a written statement.

Meanwhile, the office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media said it has “just” been notified about RT’s registration as a foreign agent in the US, though the news about possible registration has been circulating online for weeks. “[We] have just received an official letter on this issue. We cannot provide a comment for the time being,” it said.

The National Union of Journalists in the UK and Ireland apparently can comment only on domestic issues. “As this is an issue about Washington then it is not appropriate for us to comment on the details,” the union said.

On Monday, RT filed for registration as a foreign agent in the US, as the broadcaster had been threatened with legal action should it refuse to comply. In September, the Justice Department demanded that a company supplying services to RT America on US soil should register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which was adopted back in 1938 to counter Nazi propaganda. Washington threatened to freeze the company’s assets if it failed to comply.

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Mainstream Media Finally Admits the US Aided ISIS in Syria

At a moment of widespread acknowledgment that the short-lived Islamic State is no longer a reality, and as ISIS is about to be defeated by the Syrian Army in its last urban holdout of Abu Kamal City in eastern Syria, the US is signaling an open-ended military presence in Syria.On Monday Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the US is preparing for a long term military commitment in Syria to fight ISIS “as long as they want to fight.”

Mattis indicated that even should ISIS lose all of its territory there would still be a dangerous insurgency that could morph into an “ISIS 2.0” which he said the US would seek to prevent. “The enemy hasn’t declared that they’re done with the area yet, so we’ll keep fighting as long as they want to fight,” Mattis said. “We’re not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has traction.”

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stands in front of a map of Syria and Iraq.

Mattis was referring to the stalled peace talks in Geneva which some analysts have described as a complete failure (especially as the Geneva process unrealistically stipulates the departure of Assad), as the future of Syria has of late been increasingly decided militarily on the battlefield, with the Syrian government now controlling the vast majority of the country’s most populated centers.

Ironically just as some degree of stability and normalcy has returned to many parts of the county now under government control, Mattis coupled the idea of a permanent US military presence with the goal of allowing Syrians to return to their homes. He said, “You keep broadening them. Try to (demilitarize) one area then (demilitarize) another and just keep it going, try to do the things that will allow people to return to their homes.”

Meanwhile, Turkey once again reiterated that the US has 13 bases in Syria, though the US-backed Syrian YPG has previously indicated seven US military bases in northern Syria. The Pentagon, however, would not confirm base locations or numbers – though only a year-and-a-half ago the American public was being assured that there would be “no boots on the ground” due to mission creep in Syria.

During the last year of the Obama administration, State Department spokesman John Kirby was called out multiple times by reporters for telling obvious and blatant lies concerning “boots on the ground” in Syria.

Remember this? “We are not going to be involved in a large scale combat mission on the ground in Syria. That is what the president [Obama] has long said.”

Last summer, in a move that angered the US administration, Turkish state media leaked the locations of no less than ten small scale American military bases in northern Syria alone (revelations of US bases in southern Syria began surfacing as well). As another recent Pentagon press conference further acknowledged, these bases – though likely special forces forward operating bases – require a broad network of US personnel operating in various logistical roles inside Syria and likely now includes thousands of US troops deployed on the ground, instead of the Pentagon’s official (and highly dubious) “approximately 500 troops in Syria” number.

What makes even the timing of Mattis’ declaration of an open ended military commitment in to supposedly fight ISIS is that it came the same day that the BBC confirmed that the US and its Kurdish SDF proxy (Syrian Democratic Forces) cut a deal with ISIS which allowed for the evacuation of possibly thousands of ISIS members and their families from Raqqa.

According to yesterday’s bombshell BBC report:

The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of Islamic State fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city. A convoy included some of IS’s most notorious members and – despite reassurances – dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey.

Though it’s always good when the mainstream media belatedly gives confirmation to stories that actually broke months prior, the BBC was very late to the story. ISIS terrorists being given free passage by coalition forces to leave Raqqa was a story which we and other outlets began to report last June, and which Moon of Alabama and Al-Masdar News exposed in detail a full month prior to the BBC report.

And astoundingly, even foreign fighters who had long vowed to carry out attacks in Europe and elsewhere were part of the deal brokered under the sponsorship of the US coalition in Syria. According to the BBC report:

Disillusioned, weary of the constant fighting and fearing for his life, Abu Basir decided to leave for the safety of Idlib. He now lives in the city. He was part of an almost exclusively French group within IS, and before he left some of his fellow fighters were given a new mission.

“There are some French brothers from our group who left for France to carry out attacks in what would be called a ‘day of reckoning.’”

Much is hidden beneath the rubble of Raqqa and the lies around this deal might easily have stayed buried there too. The numbers leaving were much higher than local tribal elders admitted. At first the coalition refused to admit the extent of the deal.

So it appears that the US allowed ISIS terrorists to freely leave areas under coalition control, according to no less than the BBC, while at the same time attempting to make the case before the public that a permanent Pentagon presence is needed in case of ISIS’ return. But it’s a familiar pattern by now: yesterday’s proxies become today’s terrorists, which return to being proxies again, all as part of justifying permanent US military presence on another nation’s sovereign territory.

America’s Syrian adventure went from public declarations of “we’re staying out” to “just some logistical aid to rebels” to “okay, some mere light arms to fight the evil dictator” to “well, a few anti-tank missiles wouldn’t hurt” to “we gotta bomb the new super-bad terror group that emerged!” to “ah but no boots on the ground!” to “alright kinetic strikes as a deterrent” to “but special forces aren’t really boots on the ground per se, right?” to yesterday’s Mattis declaration of an open-ended commitment. And on and on it goes.

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Media Silent as a Record 1 Million Protesters March in Spain to End Gov’t Corruption

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Close to 1 million people took to the streets in Spain to call for the release of Catalan political prisoners—but this historic gathering has fallen in line with a series of unprecedented protests in Spain, which have been virtually ignored by the mainstream media.

“Look at all the people here! The independence movement is still going strong,” Pep Morales, a 63-year-old protester told reporters as he marched with Catalonia’s main grassroots independence groups and called for the release of their movement’s leaders from prison.

As a report from The Guardian noted in October, the Spanish government “took control of Catalonia, dissolved its parliament and announced new elections after secessionist Catalan MPs voted to establish an independent republic.” Then in November, a judge ordered eight members of the deposed Catalan government to be arrested pending charges for their involvement in the declaration of independence.

The blatant and ongoing corruption within Spain’s government has been both ignored and even justified by the mainstream media. As WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange noted, while the crowd of protesters reached nearly 1 million people, it was portrayed by the local media as an insignificant, regular protest.

“Watch this video of last night’s protest of around a million people calling for Spain to release Catalan political prisoners,” Assange wrote. “Then follow this link to see how this vast crowd was depicted on the front pages of Spain’s biggest ‘newspapers.’”

In addition to using photos that failed to show the sheer magnitude of the crowd, the Spanish newspapers referenced by Assange also used titles such as Catalonia Must Recover the Law, Coexistence and Truth,” End of the Process,” The Decapitated Separatism,” and Most Catalans Support the Advancement of Elections.”

When one Twitter user questioned how there could possibly have been 1 million protesters, another user responded with a map showing where the protests occurred and wrote, “Yes… More than a million.”

While the protest did not make headlines as it should have, multiple outlets were quick to report on the latest comments from deposed Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont, who reportedly is now saying “a solution other than independence is possible.”

Another Twitter user documented the hypocrisy by sharing a photo of the streets filled with protesters, next to a photo of the front page of a local newspaper, which documented just a small number of the protesters.

While mainstream media outlets in the United States focused on anything but the massive protest, it is should be noted that if such a protest had occurred in Syria, with citizens protesting the actions of President Bashar al-Assad, both CNN and Fox News would have provided relentless 24/7 coverage.

As was shown with the latest protest, the more the citizens of Catalonia stand up against their government, the more the government will attempt to oppress them, and the mainstream media will work to cover it up.

The fact that the media continues to do the bidding of the government, even when it is supposed to act as a “Fourth Estate” holding the government accountable for its actions, is nothing new. But with the prevalence of social media, regular citizens have the ability to make their voices heard and to raise awareness about the blatant hypocrisy shown by governments such as the one in Spain.

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