Category Archives: Thought Police

Hillary lies Truth dies, Clintons Sid Blumenthal first birthers, Media thought police attack honest Trump, Bettina Viviano witness to Bill and Hillary questioning Obama eligibility, Sid Blumenthal told James Asher Obama born in Kenya

Hillary lies Truth dies, Clintons Sid Blumenthal first birthers, Media thought police attack honest Trump, Bettina Viviano witness to Bill and Hillary questioning Obama eligibility, Sid Blumenthal told James Asher Obama born in Kenya

“Why has Obama, since taking the White House, used Justice Department Attorneys, at taxpayer expense,  to avoid presenting a legitimate birth certificate and college records?”…Citizen Wells

“#CNN says #Hillary team in 2008 never raised #birther issue. #SidBlumenthal, long-time #HRC buddy, told me in person #Obama born in #kenya”…James Asher, Twitter

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 
I am not going to quote the disgusting lying Orwellian Thought Police media in their Attacks on Donald Trump for calling the Clintons the first birthers.

You are being bombarded by them.

They will lie about anything to protect Obama and Hillary and attack Trump.

Here are the facts.

From Hillary Clinton, one of the biggest liars ever.

  1. Donald Trump has spent years peddling lies about President Obama. And that didn’t stop today.

  2. Donald Trump spent five years lying about @POTUS‘s citizenship. He can’t just take that back.

    “We deserve a president…who believes that each of us is part of the American story, and we’re always stronger together.” —@FLOTUS

From Zero Hedge.

“But, at least one journalist disagreed with MSNBC’s attempt to distance Hillary from the “birther” rumor.

President Obama’s successor cannot and will not be the man who led the racist birther movement. Period.

@HillaryClinton So why did your man spread the birther rumor to me in 2008, asking us to investigate? Remember?

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-16/media-furious-we-all-got-rickrolled-trump

From James Asher former Washington Bureau Chief for the McClatchy Co.

  1. says team in 2008 never raised issue. , long-time buddy, told me in person born in

  2. says team in 2008 never raised ‘s birth in . Who is closer to than , who told me face-to-face.

Bettina Viviano is a respected Hollywood Producer and a friend of mine.

By early 2009 she told me her story and part of it was hanging out with the Clintons in 2008. Her story about the Clintons telling her that Obama was not eligible directly to her has not changed over the years and has been consistent in multiple interviews.

From Citizen Wells March 21, 2012.

“I consider Bettina Viviano, a Hollywood Producer, a friend and a patriot. I have not spoken to her in a while so I left her a message a few minutes ago to thank her for her work and the interview.”

“1:00:15 – The ORIGINAL BIRTHERS were Bill & Hillary Clinton. Bettina heard it DIRECTLY out of their mouths.”

“1:44:30 – I heard it out of Bill Clinton’s mouth that Obama wasn’t legitimate.””

Bill Clinton Barack Obama Not Eligible, Bettina Viviano Hollywood Producer interview, DNC Pelosi Dean Reid committed fraud, Obama stole 2008 election

From Citizen Wells April 2, 2012.

“I spoke to Bettina Viviano a few minutes before the Jerome Corsi interview. She stated then as always that despite some friends being intimidated by the Obama thugs, she was not going to back down. Bettina is a friend and a patriot.

God bless Bettina Viviano.

From WND, World Net Daily, April 2, 2012.

“HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER HEARD BILL CLINTON SAY OBAMA INELIGIBLE”

“A successful Hollywood producer who had an insider’s view of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign claims she heard Bill Clinton say that Barack Obama is not eligible to be president.

Bettina Viviano – who started her own film production company in 1990 after serving as vice president of production for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment – told WND that it was common knowledge among delegates committed to Hillary that the Clintons believed Obama was constitutionally ineligible and that Bill Clinton would eventually disclose his belief to the public.

The Clintons were the original “birthers,” Viviano told WND in an interview in Los Angeles.

“Everybody who has called this a conspiracy from the Republicans or the tea party, they need to know who started it – the Democrats,” she said.

“It was Hillary and Bill, and it percolated up from there,” said Viviano, who had access to the campaign through a documentary she produced on the claims of delegates that Obama and the Democratic National Committee were stealing the nomination from Hillary.”

“She claimed, however, that Bill Clinton’s intention to unequivocally state to the public that Obama was ineligible was stopped in its tracks by the murder of a close friend of the Clintons, Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney, just two weeks before the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Gwatney was killed Aug. 13, 2008, when a 50-year-old man entered Democratic Party headquarters in Little Rock and shot him three times. Police killed the murderer after a chase, and investigators found no motive.

The Clintons said in a statement that they were “stunned and shaken” by the killing of their “cherished friend and confidante.”

Viviano said a campaign staffer who was close to Hillary, whose name she requested be withheld for security reasons, told her Gwatney’s murder was a message to Bill Clinton.

“I was told by this person that that was ‘Shut up, Bill, or you’re next,’” she said.

The campaign adviser, according to Viviano, said that despite the intimidation and threats, Bill Clinton was prepared to speak out about Obama’s eligibility

“And then,” Viviano said, paraphrasing the staffer, “they went in and said, ‘OK, it’s your daughter, now, we’ll go after.’

“And then Bill never said anything.””

https://citizenwells.com/2012/04/02/obama-ineligible-for-presidency-hollywood-producer-bettina-viviano-recalls-bill-clinton-statement-bill-gwatney-murder-jerome-corsi-interview-of-viviano/

 

 

More here:

https://citizenwells.com/

http://citizenwells.net/

 

 

Hillary Clinton’s Health Is Superb (Aside From Seizures, Lesions, Adrenaline Pens) scrubbed by Huffington Post AKA Big Brother thought police, Citizen Wells warned you in 2008

Hillary Clinton’s Health Is Superb (Aside From Seizures, Lesions, Adrenaline Pens) scrubbed by Huffington Post AKA Big Brother thought police, Citizen Wells warned you in 2008

“The Obama Campaign paid The Huffington Post $ 55,354 in 2008 according to the FEC.”…Citizen Wells

“The function of the press is very high. It is almost Holy.
It ought to serve as a forum for the people, through which
the people may know freely what is going on. To misstate or
suppress the news is a breach of trust.”…. Louis D. Brandeis

“”You’re a traitor!” yelled the boy. “You’re a thought criminal!”“…George Orwell, “1984”

 

 

Citizen Wells began warning you in early 2008.

The handwriting was on the wall.

Big Brother and the Thought Police were active protecting and promoting Obama then.

Hillary Clinton now.

The Huffington Post scrubbed this article.

It can be viewed on the Wayback Machine or from David Seaman’s cache .

THE BLOG

Hillary Clinton’s Health Is Superb (Aside From Seizures, Lesions, Adrenaline Pens)

08/28/2016 01:36 pm ET | Updated 8 hours ago

Hillary Clinton: Stronger Together. How strong? Well, the great woman’s health is excellent, superb even. Her heart and mind one hundred thousand times stronger than the strongest beams of steel that built our great American cities more than a century ago. Her soul a shining exemplar of selflessness, service, and humility, her footing sound… wait, are we talking about the same person here?!

The same Hillary Clinton who recently became the latest unintentional star of YouTube, with a truly endless upload stream of videos purporting to show Hillary Clinton wildly seizing up when several reporters begin questioning her at once? Yes, the same Hillary Clinton who became the star of this Paul Joseph Watson video, attracting 3,554,177 views since it was uploaded on August 4th:

I realize some readers might be wondering after watching Paul Watson’s video… how is she strong, or healthy, after seeing all that?

Look guys, I need to keep my job and platform. A lot of people read the Huffington Post and AOL properties. We all know what happens when you speak a little too much truth about the Establishment-beloved Clintons.

Just ask longtime broadcaster Dr. Drew Pinsky. “CNN has canceled Drew Pinsky’s HLN show, Dr. Drew On Call, just eight days after Pinsky made comments on a radio show questioning the health of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Pinsky’s show, which is six years old, will air for the last time Sept. 22,” The Daily Beast reported.

But what do you think? Is Hillary Clinton strong and wise and healthy? If so, why does Paul Watson and the team at Infowars want to hurt her feelings? They should know better over there: Americans are allowed to vote for anyone they want this election season, and support anyone they want, so long as that person is Strong Hillary Clinton.

Stronger Together. Together, Stronger. Or something.

https://web.archive.org/web/20160828193647/http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-seaman/hillary-clintons-health-i_b_11752226.html

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache%3ALwXcO-agP6sJ%3Awww.huffingtonpost.com%2Fdavid-seaman%2Fhillary-clintons-health-i_b_11752226.html%20&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Speaking of wayback.

Remember the video of Obama speaking to a crowd and saying why don’t you read the Huffington Post?

Remember Citizen Wells reporting that the Obama Campaign spent enormous sums of money paying the Huffington Post?

 

Drew Johnson tweet confirms Ted Cruz cheating, Washington Times fires Johnson scrubs links, Why was Drew Johnson fired?, Big Brother thought police?

Drew Johnson tweet confirms Ted Cruz cheating, Washington Times fires Johnson scrubs links, Why was Drew Johnson fired?, Big Brother thought police?

“To his kind of judge, Cruz ironically wouldn’t be eligible, because the legal principles that prevailed in the 1780s and ’90s required that someone actually be born on US soil to be a “natural born” citizen. Even having two US parents wouldn’t suffice. And having just an American mother, as Cruz did, would have been insufficient at a time that made patrilineal descent decisive.”…Laurence H. Tribe, Harvard Law Professor

“Ted Cruz wrote the forward for U.S. Constitution for Dummies which clearly reveals that he is not a natural born citizen.”…IL ballot challenger Bill Graham

“”You’re a traitor!” yelled the boy. “You’re a thought criminal!”“…George Orwell, “1984”

 

***  Update Below  ***

 

Drew Johnson tweeted the following on March 25, 2016.

COMING CLEAN: From what I know, at least 2 of the women named as Cruz mistresses by the National Enquirer are accurate

The Washington Times responded

Drew Johnson responded.

. If we haven’t had a relationship in over a year, why do you still pay me for columns I write?

A internet search reveals this entry:

“Drew Johnson – Bio, News, Photos – Washington Times
http://www.washingtontimes.com › Topics
The Washington Times
Latest news and commentary on Drew Johnson including photos, videos, quotations, and a biography.”

And Wikipedia reports:

“Jason Andrew “Drew” Johnson (born August 5, 1979 in Johnson City, Tennessee)[1] is an American political commentator and former think tank executive. He was the founder and first president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, now known as the Beacon Center of Tennessee.[2] He later edited the editorial page of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He was columnist at The Washington Times.[3], but was fired in March 2016[4] shortly after commenting[5] on allegations that Sen. Ted Cruz has had several mistresses.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drew_Johnson

From Nooga.com.

“How did the job with The Washington Times come about? 

After I was fired for criticizing Obama, The Washington Times, along with a number of other large conservative and libertarian-leaning publications and websites, reached out with their support. The Washington Times, in particular, gave me the opportunity to write a few editorials here and there over the last six or eight months when an issue came up that I wanted to sound off about. It was a wonderful platform to get my thoughts out at a time when I was working on some large projects for think tanks and didn’t have much of an outlet to respond to what was going on in the news.

A few weeks after my wife and I moved to D.C., the Times called and told me they liked my writing and very generously asked if I was interested in joining their opinion page as an editorial writer and columnist. Honestly, I’d been so busy writing for think tanks and developing my website project that writing daily editorials again hadn’t really crossed my mind. But The Washington Times is such an important publication with such a large audience—so many free market, limited government types like me read the Times’ opinion section online every morning—that I felt compelled to jump at the opportunity.”

http://nooga.com/printme/165987

More on the Ted Cruz cheating controversy.

“It wasn’t Donald Trump who spilled the beans as Ted Cruz expected. Instead, it was the National Enquirer who first ran the story about Cruz and his alleged mistresses. The magazine teased the story in a two-page spread, but for social media, it was all too easy to decipher the blurred profile images (through reverse image search). Drew Johnson claims to have inside information about at least two women who were implicated in the magazine.”

“While it’s still unclear who the women are, Twitter seems to have identified who 3 of the 5 are:”

Could this explain why Heidi Cruz was found in a park crying?

 

Read more:

http://redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=12237

Sounds like Big Brother and the Thought Police are active again.

***  UPDATE  ***

Here is the Bio of Drew Johnson at the Washington Times as of March 25, 2016 courtesy of the Wayback Machine:

“Drew Johnson is a columnist, editorial writer and government waste expert at The Washington Times. Mr. Johnson founded and served as president of Tennessee’s free-market think tank, is the former opinion page editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press and serves a Senior Fellow at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.”

https://web.archive.org/web/20160325161544/http://www.washingtontimes.com/staff/drew-johnson/

 

 

Vaccines vaccinations 2016 presidential cycle, Follow the money, Follow the ideology, All diseases and vaccines not created equal, Thought criminal for asking questions?

Vaccines vaccinations 2016 presidential cycle, Follow the money, Follow the ideology, All diseases and vaccines not created equal, Thought criminal for asking questions?

“I’m also a little concerned about how they’re bunched up. My kids had all of their vaccines, and even if the science doesn’t say bunching them up is a problem, I ought to have the right to spread out my vaccines out a little bit at the very least.”…Rand Paul

“it is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time.”…Ben Carson

“”You’re a traitor!” yelled the boy. “You’re a thought criminal!”“…George Orwell, “1984”

 

 

Vaccines and vaccinations have been brought to the forefront of the American consciousness this 2016 presidential election cycle.

I am grateful for that.

We are becoming a nation of dumbed down robots who are criticized for questioning “authority” and the status quo on vaccinating our young children.

“Thought Criminals” as portrayed in George Orwell’s “1984.”

Vaccines and vaccinations are of deep interest and concern to me on a personal basis as well as national level.

Vaccines are not a monolithic, simplistic “monster” or “cure all” that should be addressed and questioned that simplistically.

Not all diseases are created equal, i.e. have the same impact and not all approaches to vaccinations are either.

I am old enough to remember 2 basic concepts.

1. We all got the measles, mumps, chicken pox, etc. and we lived through it without vaccinations.

2. Diseases such as polio were devastating and vaccinations were a God send.

My position meshes well with 2 physicians and candidates, Rand Paul and Ben Carson.

I believe that we are subjecting children too young to too many vaccines.

I also believe that some vaccines should be optional.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are two examples of follow the ideology to explain their answers on vaccines.

Clinton is also another example of follow the money.

From the Washington Examiner May 15, 2015.

“Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer donated between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation and spent a portion of its $23.1 million in lobbying expenses from 2009 alone on issues at the State Department.

Pfizer was also a top sponsor of the U.S. pavilion at the 2010 World’s Fair in Shanghai. The expo was an early Clinton priority for political reasons, and the former secretary of state tapped her vast donor network to foot the entire $60 million bill during her first year in office.”

Read more:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/most-firms-that-gave-to-clinton-foundation-also-lobbied-state-department/article/2564553

From NBC New York.

“Pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, company spokeswoman Amy Rose said. Merck joined CGI in 2006, when dues were $15,000, and also was a member in 2007 and in 2008, when membership dues rose to $20,000. As part of its commitment to CGI, Merck sponsors public health initiatives around the world, Rose said. Merck joined CGI on its own initiative, she said.

Sen. Clinton wrote a November 2005 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt urging approval of the human papillomavirus vaccine. Merck applied in December 2005 for approval of its HPV vaccine, Gardasil, and the vaccine was approved for use in females ages 9 to 26. Merck is still seeking approval for use in older women, Rose said.”

Read more:

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NATLNew-Conflict-of-Interest-Just-Before-Clinton-Confirmation.html

“THE TOP 10 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES: VACCINE STANCES”

http://www.dinnerforthought.com/blog/the-top-10-presidential-candidates-vaccine-stances

 

 

Gay Activist Gangs GAG aka Gay Nazis aka Obama brownshirts repeat history, Trample on Constitution again, Kristallnacht all over again, Media are Obama thought police

Gay Activist Gangs GAG aka Gay Nazis aka Obama brownshirts repeat history, Trample on Constitution again, Kristallnacht all over again, Media are Obama thought police

“To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone–to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone:

From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude,
from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink–
greetings!”…George Orwell, “1984”

“”You’re a traitor!” yelled the boy. “You’re a thought criminal!”“…George Orwell, “1984”

“the passivity with which most German civilians responded to the violence signaled to the Nazi regime that the German public was prepared for more radical measures.”…Holocaust Encyclopedia

 

 

Once again under the Obama regime we see the Constitution trampled on by the Obama gay activist nazis, Obama brownshirts and media thought police.

Remember this?

US Constitution

Bill of Rights.

“Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

George Orwell watched the insanity of Nazi Germany, Stalinist Soviet Union and other totalitarian regimes and was inspired to write “1984.”

“A Party member lives from birth to death under the eye of the Thought Police. Even when he is alone he can never be sure that he is alone. Wherever he may be, asleep or awake, working or resting, in his bath or in bed, he can be inspected without warning and without knowing that he is being inspected. Nothing that he does is indifferent. His friendships, his relaxations, his behaviour towards his wife and children, the expression of his face when he is alone, the words he mutters in sleep, even the characteristic movements of his body, are all jealously scrutinized. Not only any actual misdemeanour, but any eccentricity, however small, any change of habits, any nervous mannerism that could possibly be the symptom of an inner struggle, is certain to be detected. He has no freedom of choice in any direction whatever. On the other hand his actions are not regulated by law or by any clearly formulated code of behaviour.”

“Before the Hate had proceeded for thirty seconds, uncontrollable exclamations of rage were breaking out from half the people in the room.”
“the sight or even the thought of Goldstein produced fear and anger automatically.”
“He was an object of hatred more constant than either Eurasia or Eastasia.”
“There were also whispered stories of a terrible book, a compendium of all the heresies”
“In it’s second minute the Hate rose to a frenzy. People were leaping up and down in their places and shouting at the tops of their voices”

From Rush Limbaugh April 2, 2015.

“CNN Gets Coach K’s Mind Right”

“Yesterday, maybe the day before, I forget which, one of previous two days, I made mention of fact that CNN was all atwitter, all abuzz. CNN was just terribly distressed that they couldn’t get Coach K to go on the record about what’s gone on in Indiana. They want Coach K, Mike Krzyzewski, Duke, they wanted him to come out, and they wanted to condemn the bigots and the homophobes in Indiana. And Coach K wouldn’t say anything.”

“Coach K finally was brought to heel and said what CNN wanted to hear.”

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/04/02/cnn_gets_coach_k_s_mind_right

Another thought criminal rectification.

They went after the Jews in Nazi Germany.

“The events of Kristallnacht represented one of the most important turning points in National Socialist antisemitic policy. Historians have noted that after the pogrom, anti-Jewish policy was concentrated more and more concretely into the hands of the SS. Moreover, the passivity with which most German civilians responded to the violence signaled to the Nazi regime that the German public was prepared for more radical measures. The Nazi regime expanded and radicalized measures aimed at removing Jews entirely from German economic and social life in the forthcoming years, moving eventually towards policies of forced emigration, and finally towards the realization of a Germany “free of Jews” (judenrein) by deportation of the Jewish population “to the East.””

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005201

“the passivity with which most German civilians responded to the violence signaled to the Nazi regime that the German public was prepared for more radical measures.”

Sound familiar?

Christians, you were warned.

“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the communists and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me –
and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.”…Pastor Martin Niemoller

Christians have been persecuted and murdered overseas.

Now they are being persecuted in the US.

What is next?

I began warning you of the parallels between the Obama camp and Nazi Germany early in 2008.

Now do you believe me?

 

 

Cheryl Chumley WND article omits constitution eligibility words, Who paid Chumley?, 2013 Cheryl Chumley wrote Ted Cruz not eligible due to Canadian birth, Author of Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming our Reality???

Cheryl Chumley WND article omits constitution eligibility words, Who paid Chumley?, 2013 Cheryl Chumley wrote Ted Cruz not eligible due to Canadian birth, Author of Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming our Reality???

“The Founding Fathers wouldn’t recognize America today….The Constitution has been tossed on the same trash pile as the Bible.”…Amazon description of Cheryl Chumley book “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming our Reality”

“no Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President . . . .”…US Constitution

“‘It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well…..In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words — in reality, only one word. Don’t you see the beauty of that, Winston? It was B.B.’s idea originally, of course,’ he added as an afterthought.”…George Orwell “1984”

 

 

I can’t wait to get the answer to this enigma.

On March 24, 2015, Cheryl Chumley, writing for WND, wrote the following:

“DONALD TRUMP GOES BIRTHER ON TED CRUZ”
“Section One, Article Two of the Constitution states “no person except a natural born citizen, or citizen of the United States … shall be eligible to the office of president.””
Read more:
Why did she leave out:
“at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution”
which is crucial to the statement and to differentiate between citizen and natural born citizen?
She left out 9 words.
9 very important words.
I can only think of one plausible answer.
The same conclusion you are arriving at.
Who paid Cheryl Chumley to do that?
On  August 12, 2013 Cheryl Chumley wrote the following:
“Donald Trump, staunch birther: ‘Nobody knows’ yet where Obama was born”
“The two then discussed the birthplace of Sen. Ted Cruz, who’s been talked about as a potential GOP frontrunner for the White House in 2016. Mr. Cruz was born in Canada, which would make him ineligible for the office under the provisions of the Constitution.”
Read more:
Those were her words.
From her blog:
“A blog of Cheryl K. Chumley’s conservative and Christian views of the state of the nation, the Constitution and current day politics, policies, legislation and culture.”
“Thought police, coming to a community near you”
“Thought police, in George Orwell’s dystopian 1949 work, “1984,” were government authorities tasked with rooting out thought crimes – or, the basic mental patterns that were believed to be the genesis for criminal actions – using omnipresent surveillance technologies and intelligence gathering techniques.”
“But the technology brings some queasiness – and constitutional concerns.”
Why did Cheryl Chumley, as someone with concerns about the US Constitution and Orwellian actions, leave out 9 crucial words from the presidential eligibility clause?
Who controlled the editing?
Who paid Chumley to do this?
Cheryl Chumley, please respond.
Wells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net neutrality lies exposed by Ajit Pai, FCC Feb 10, 2015 press conference, Obama plan to regulate internet, More Obama lies, Rate regulation, Like your plan keep your plan?, FCC broad and unprecedented power, New Taxes, Utility style regulation, Gift to trial lawyers

Net neutrality lies exposed by Ajit Pai, FCC Feb 10, 2015 press conference, Obama plan to regulate internet, More Obama lies, Rate regulation, Like your plan keep your plan?, FCC broad and unprecedented power, New Taxes, Utility style regulation, Gift to trial lawyers

“If you like your current service plan, you should be able to keep your current service plan. The FCC shouldn’t take it away from you.”…FCC commissioner Ajit Pia February 10, 2015

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right. The obvious, the silly, and the true had got to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its laws do not change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported fall towards the earth’s centre. With the feeling that he was speaking to O’Brien, and also that he was setting forth an important axiom, he wrote:

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984”

 

 

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai held a press conference on February 10, 2015.

Here is the transcript.

“February 10, 2015
Matthew Berry: (202) 418-2005
Email: Matthew.Berry@fcc.gov

PRESS STATEMENT OF FCC COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI

ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PLAN TO REGULATE THE INTERNET

The American people are being misled about President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet.
Last week’s carefully stage-managed rollout was designed to downplay the plan’s massive intrusion into the Internet economy and to shield many critical details from the public. Indeed, Chairman Wheeler has made it clear that he will not release the document to the public even though federal law authorizes him to
do so.
I believe the public has a right to know what its government is doing, particularly when it comes to something as important as Internet regulation. I have studied the 332-page plan in detail, and it is worse than I had imagined. So today, I want to correct the record and explain key aspects of what President Obama’s plan will actually do.

First

, the claim that President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet does not include rate regulation is flat-out false. The plan clearly states that the FCC can regulate the rates that Internet service providers charge for broadband Internet access, for interconnection, for transit—in short, for the
core aspects of Internet services. To be sure, the plan says that the FCC will not engage in what it calls ex ante rate regulation. But this only means that the FCC won’t set rates ahead of time. The plan repeatedly states that the FCC will apply sections 201 and 202 of the Communications Act, including their rate
regulation provisions, to determine whether the prices charged by broadband providers are “unjust or unreasonable.” The plan also repeatedly invites complaints about section 201 and 202 violations from end-users and edge providers alike. Thus, for the first time, the FCC would claim the power to declare broadband Internet rates and charges unreasonable after the fact. Indeed, the only limit on the FCC’s discretion to regulate rates is its own determination of whether rates are “just and reasonable,” which isn’t
much of a restriction at all.
Lest anyone take comfort in the notion that the FCC will allow the market to set prices through competition, the plan goes out of its way to reiterate its view that competition is limited. And it uses the FCC’s new 25 Mbps yardstick for broadband to claim that competition doesn’t exist for a majority of
Americans. To think that rate regulation and other utility-style regulation will not happen in the face of such findings is naïve.

Second

, President Obama’s plan targets pro-competitive broadband service offerings, both actual and potential, that benefit consumers. The plan expressly states that usage-based pricing, data allowances—really, any offers other than an unlimited, all-you-can-eat data plan—are now subject to
regulation. Indeed, the plan finds that these practices will be subject to case-by-case review under the plan’s new “Internet conduct” standard. That standard evaluates at least seven vaguely defined factors in
determining whether a practice is allowed. The plan makes clear that these practices are now on the chopping block, with those of mobile operators under special scrutiny. This means that consumers who use less data may end up subsidizing consumers who use more data. Moreover, the President’s plan goes  out of its way to say that sponsored-data plans and zero-rating programs, like T-Mobile’s Music Freedom offering, may violate the new standard for Internet conduct. Preventing companies from differentiating themselves from the competition by giving consumers a wide variety of options will mean less choice and less free data for consumers. If you like your current service plan, you should be able to keep your current service plan. The FCC shouldn’t take it away from you.

 

Third

, President Obama’s plan gives the FCC broad and unprecedented discretion to micromanage the Internet. The plan gives a Washington bureaucracy a blank check to decide how Internet service providers deploy and manage their networks, from the last mile all the way through the
Internet backbone. Take interconnection as just one example. The plan states that the FCC can determine when a broadband provider must establish physical interconnection points, where they must locate those points, how much they can charge for the provision of that infrastructure, and how they will route traffic
over those connections. That is anything but light touch regulation. And the plan extends the FCC’s interventionist gaze well beyond this part of the network. Small wonder that some pro-regulation activists are already deeming the FCC the “Department of the Internet.”

Fourth

, the President’s plan is a gift to trial lawyers. The plan allows class-action lawsuits—with attorneys’ fees—should any trial lawyer want to challenge an Internet service provider’s network management practices or rates. Indeed, the plan expressly declines to forbear from sections 206 and 207 of the Act, which authorize such private rights of action. And it adopts a theory of broadband subscriber access services—that is, services that broadband providers supply to edge providers—that would allow anyone online to file a complaint or go to court. The end result will be more litigation and less innovation.

Fifth

, the President’s plan makes clear that more utility-style regulation is coming. In discussing additional rate regulation, tariffs, last-mile unbundling, burdensome administrative filing requirements, accounting standards, and entry and exit regulation, the plan repeatedly states that it is only
forbearing at this time. The plan is quite clear about the limited duration of its forbearance determinations, stating that the FCC will revisit the forbearance determinations in the future and proceed in an incremental manner with respect to additional regulation. In other words, over time, expect regulation to ratchet up and forbearance to fade.

Sixth

, President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes on broadband. The plan repeatedly states that it is only deferring a decision on new broadband taxes (such as Universal Service Fund fees and Telecommunications Relay Service fees,
among others)—not prohibiting them. And it takes pains to make clear that nothing in the draft is intended to foreclose future state or federal tax increases. Indeed, the plan engages in the same two-step we saw last year with respect to the E-Rate program: Lay the groundwork to increase taxes in the first order, and then raise them in the second. One independent estimate puts the price tag of these and other fees at $11 billion.
In the end, when you compare what the American public is being told about President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet with the actual text of that plan, these and other discrepancies become apparent. That makes it all the more important for the FCC to let the American public see the plan before
the FCC makes it the law. We should be able to have an open, transparent debate about the President’s plan.”

http://www.fcc.gov/document/comm-pai-press-stmt-president-obamas-plan-regulate-internet

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http://www.fcc.gov/events/press-conference-fcc-commissioner-ajit-pai