tags: Federal Officials Suspend First Amendment Rights for Coverage of Gulf of Mexico Disaster, First Amendment Rights, Gulf of Mexico, BP, oil spill, oil spill clean-up efforts, relief efforts, disaster relief, US Coast Guard, Admiral Thad Allen, mainstream media, streaming video
What. The. FUCK. As BP makes its latest attempt to plug its gushing oil well, mainstream news photographers are complaining that their efforts to document the slow-motion disaster in the Gulf of Mexico are being thwarted by local and federal officials — working with BP — who are blocking access to the sites where the effects of the spill are most visible.
Who gave this order? Thad Allen? If so, Allen’s clearly a class A liar. And who the hell is HE to unilaterally suspend the right of an entire nation to know what’s happening in their own country? I could be wrong here, but I was under the impression that only the President of the United States could suspend First Amendment Rights, and that the POTUS could only do so under conditions where the national security was at stake. Whoever it was who did this, he sounds like a third-world dictator, throwing his weight around when the media’s stories don’t please him.