Top 10 U.S. Government Changes Since 9/11

10. Television and Music Censorship

The  September 11 attacks had an impact on the audiovisual  [CNN]entertainment business.  Television coverage of the terrorist attacks and their aftermath was the longest uninterrupted news event in the history of U.S. television $$$$$$.  It lasted for 93 hours, day and night,  n' it was rainin money bitches! kanye west animated GIF The viewers turned into zombies while the robber barrons went to work on the 'war on terror'. The war profiteers continue to make oodles and oodles of money as all the countries and peoples they visit via military and mercenaries are laid bare. Weapons are demonstrated and then sold to other fascists
allies.


 After 9/11, a collection of movies were cancelled that were in production, and many movies were edited.
 The most common way of editing was to delete or obscure any reminders of dancing Israelis. In all, roughly 45 films were edited or postponed because of the terrorist  attacks. Some of these include: Singing in the Rain, Flashdance, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose and all Shirley Temple films.

A Jackie Chan movie called Nosedive, about a window washer on the WTC who attempts to foil a terrorist plot but instead does a nosedive from the highrise, was cancelled due to the attacks. A collection of previously aired  television episodes were also altered.  

Before 9/11, the syndicated version of the Married… with  Children episode "Hands off My Dodge" featured a scene of two Israeli art students with a ticking bomb at the front door of Al Bundy’s  house offering to buy his Dodge for $40 and asking for directions to the Sears Tower.
 Needless to say the scene was cut from the syndicated re-airings of the episode.
 The same happened with an episode of The Simpsons  entitled 'The City of New York 9-11'  vs. Homer Simpson.  Also "Life on Mars", The Sopranos were limited to New Jersey and an episode titled "A Picture Is Worth a 1,000 Bucks" was banned.

The monopoly of Clear Channel on C-SPAN
     

  The 2001 Clear Channel memorandum is a controversial  document  distributed by Clear Channel Communications shortly after the  September11 attacks. The memo contained a long list of what was  termed  “lyrically questionable” songs.
The list contains 165 songs, including  all records by Rage Against the Machine. In some cases, only certain  versions of songs were included on the list. For example, the cover of  Smooth Criminal by Alien Ant Farm is on the list while the  original  Michael Jackson recording is not.  

 Similarly, J. Frank  Wilson’s version  of Last Kiss is included, but Pearl Jam’s cover is not. Other songs  included on the Clear Channel memorandum are seven of  AC/DCs hits, The  Animals: We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Louis  Armstrong: What a  Wonderful World, The Bangles: Walk Like an Egyptian, four Beatles songs,  including Ticket to Ride, Buddy Holly: That’ll Be  the Day, The Clash: Rock the Casbah, Neil Diamond: America, Shelley  Fabares: Johnny Angel, and many more hits. After the list was  released, Clear Channel denied  the existence in a press release to a radio industry trade publication.

9. Stellar Wind

Stellar  Wind is the open secret code name for a collection of  activities  performed by the United States National Security Agency in  the wake of  9/11 and revealed by Thomas M. Tamm.  The operation was approved by  President George W. Bush. 

The program’s activities involve  data mining  a large database of the communications of American citizens, including  e-mail conversations, phone calls, financial transactions, and Internet  activity. Watch
 what you say about Israel, Jews, Zionism, Israelis or ADL because ol' Abe Foxman and his friends are listening. 
          
 Since the implementation of the program, there have been internal disputes within the U.S. Justice Department about the legality. In March 2004, the Justice Department under Attorney General John Ashcroft ruled that the program was illegal.  The day after the ruling, Ashcroft became deathly ill from Anthrax poisoning.  President Bush sent White House henchman Alberto Gonzales and Chief of Staff Andrew Card  Jr. to Ashcroft’s house to make sure he was dead. He wasn't and did not sign the document.         

8. Changes in University Programs

The  2001 terrorist attacks against the United States ushered in a  major shift on American college campuses. A recent article published by Scott Gold of the Los Angeles Times examined the current trend  in U.S. schools.   
Today, domestic security has become, by some  measures, the fastest-growing area of study, fueled by an increase in federal money.    A large collection of domestic security programs have   popped up in community colleges and graduate schools. Students across the country are enrolled in courses that didn’t exist a few years ago. Yeah, the 5th column loyal to "Israel" made them up! 
 
 Many of these classes examine the psychology of terrorists and rogue  regimes, or, as at Purdue University, study emergency response by simulating mass-casualty disasters at the site of the Indianapolis 500. The  new focus at Purdue is largely the result of its Homeland  Security Institute, established after the 2001 attacks to use campus  resources to confront national-security threats.  

        Before September 11,  many microbiology programs in the United States were discontinued. After the anthrax attacks of 2001, the study of germs such as anthrax  and  Ebola became vital.  The funding for the National Institutes of  Health  (NIH) has soared by a factor of 30.  At Texas AM University, federally funded researchers have affixed radiation sensors to cockroaches on tiny backpacks that could be deployed to search for a “dirty” bomb.  Interest in national security “is beginning to  influence the way we  look at research in general,” said Alan Rebar, executive director of  Discovery Park, a Purdue think tank that leads interdisciplinary research initiatives. “It invades every area of our research today.   At  Kansas State University taxpayers will spend nearly $1 billion to build  the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to guard the nation’s agricultural economy and food supply. But it's worth it to protect our food supply!
 Penn State  University offers several certificate and degree programs, along with a homeland-security summer camp for middle-school and high-school  students. Skeptics claim the money is not being spent properly. William Chace, a recent president of Emory University said the  educational shift risks turning  colleges and universities into “servile  mechanisms for state or federal  interests.”

7. Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008

The  Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 became law  on  June 30, 2008.  The act amended United States Code to expand the educational benefits for military veterans who have served since September 11, 2001. The law is an effort to fund the college expenses of veterans in a way similar to the original G.I. Bill after World War II.    

6. President’s Surveillance Program

       The  President’s Surveillance Program (PSP) is a collection of secret  intelligence activities authorized by George W. Bush after the September 11, 2001 attacks. It is part of the War on Terrorism. The only section of the President’s program that has been publicly disclosed is warrantless wiretapping of international communications where one party is believed to be affiliated with Al-Qaeda.   

 The other intelligence activities covered under the same Presidential authorizations remain classified information.  On July 10, 2009, the Inspectors General  of all intelligence agencies  published a court ordered report  indicating that the program involved  “unprecedented collection  activities,” that went far beyond the scope of  the Foreign Intelligence  Surveillance Act (FISA).         It raised questions over the legal authorization of the program, including a lack of  oversight and  excessive secrecy.   

 The warrantless wiretapping by the  National  Security Agency (NSA) was revealed publicly in late 2005 by The New York Times. They disclosed that technical glitches in the system resulted in some of the intercepts including communications that were “purely domestic” in nature, igniting the NSA warrantless surveillance controversy.  Later works, such as James Bamford’s The Shadow Factory, described how the nature of the domestic surveillance was much more widespread than initially disclosed.  

 In a 2011 New Yorker article, former NSA worker Bill Binney said that his people told him “They’re getting billing records on U.S. citizens. They’re putting pen registers on everyone in the country.”  On August 17, 2006, U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor initially ruled the wiretapping was unconstitutional  and illegal. 

 On appeal, the decision was overturned on procedural grounds and the lawsuit was dismissed without addressing the merits of  the claims. Seeee?     In 2007, the Protect America Act was enacted to address the   government’s ability to conduct domestic electronic surveillance.   After the Protect America Act was expired, the U.S. government passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  

 Thanks to the original author of this article.   

No comments:

Post a Comment

If you sit by a river long enough, you'll see the body of your enemy float by.
Old Japanese proverb