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Tiny Tim Is Now Your Big Brother: Geithner To Make It Illegal For You To Support Wikileaks

UPDATE II:  Treasury admits it can't blacklist Julian Assange and Wikileaks (unless they're actual terrorists). Peter King (R-NY) throws hissy fit.

From CBS News:

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) was among the many politicians publicly enraged by WikiLeaks documents dump of U.S. diplomatic cables, likening it to a military act of aggression.

King, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, asked the U.S. Treasury Department to add WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange to its economic blacklist, or sanctions list. Doing so would have given WikiLeaks the same designation as terrorist groups.

On Friday, the Treasury Department said no.

"We do not have evidence at this time as to Julian Assange or Wikileaks meeting criteria under which [Treasury] may designate persons and place them on the" sanctions list, a Treasury representative said in a statement.


By Dr. Pitchfork

In a recent letter to the U.S. Treasury, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has demanded that Tim Geithner place Julian Assange and Wikileaks on the government's list of Specially Designated Nationals, thereby making it illegal for any American citizen or American company to do business with them or to provide them with funding.  The list includes international drug dealers, black-market arms dealers, terrorists and the like.  Obviously journalists who threaten Bank of America should be included as well.

As far as I can tell, additions to the list are solely at the discretion of the Treasury Secretary. 

500.306 - Specially designated national.

  (a) The term specially designated national shall mean: (1) Any person who is determined by the Secretary of the Treasury to be a specially designated national, (2) Any person who on or since the effective date has acted for or on behalf of the Government or authorities exercising control over any designated foreign country, or (3) Any partnership, association, corporation or other organization which on or since the effective date has been owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the Government or authorities exercising control over any designated foreign country or by any specially designated national.

In addition to being a mere bailout boy for the bankers, Geithner will now have the opportunity to play Big Brother on their behalf by assuming the sole authority to determine whether you would like to support independent journalists like Wikileaks, or whether American internet service providers can provide you access to their websites.  Is this outrageous?  Absolutely.  Surprising?  Not in the least.

UPDATE:  In addition to playing fast and loose with OUR first amendment rights, Peter King (R-NY) is himself a longtime supporter and fundraiser for international terrorists, namely the IRA:

In the 1980s, King frequently traveled to Northern Ireland to meet with IRA members.[12] In 1982, speaking at a pro-IRA rally in Nassau County, New York, King said: “We must pledge ourselves to support those brave men and women who this very moment are carrying forth the struggle against British imperialism in the streets of Belfast and Derry.”[12][18] He called the IRA "the legitimate voice of occupied Ireland."[19] A Northern Irish judge ordered King ejected from the former's courtroom, describing him as “an obvious collaborator with the IRA”.[12] He became involved with NORAID, an organization that the British, Irish and US governments accuse of financing IRA activities and providing them with weapons.[12][20][21][22] He was banned from appearing on British TV for his pro IRA views and refusing to condemn IRA activity in the UK.[12]

Rep. Peter King (R-NY)







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Reader Comments (14)

Jan 13, 2011 at 4:22 PM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
You may as well read and donate now, while you still can.

And be sure to let Mr. King know, while you're at it.

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Jan 13, 2011 at 4:28 PM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
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nice story pitchfork...have i mentioned my distaste for geithner lately...
Jan 14, 2011 at 12:35 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
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Jan 14, 2011 at 12:40 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Spread this to WAKE UP and see how we are being manipulated.

Jan 14, 2011 at 4:33 AM | Unregistered Commenteronfield8996
If they expand his idea, King may have found a solution for our corrupt governments problems. Simply make it illegal to pay any attention to anyone who broadcasts or publishes the truth. A law like this is perfect to control sheeple. Sheeple know the government is always right.
Main Stream Media won't be a problem, they wouldn't know the truth if it walked up and kicked them in the ass. Even if they did, unless the corporate heads give them the OK, it's off limits. Much of what the corporate bosses allow them to go public with sure as hell ain't the truth.
However, the government needs to jump on this, If the leak on the BOA gets out and the sheeple learn how bad they've been screwed by their banking system and their government, could cause some bad times for the fat cats on Wall Street and those in Washington D.C.
Jan 14, 2011 at 2:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterSagebrush
"Main Stream Media won't be a problem, they wouldn't know the truth if it walked up and kicked them in the ass. "

You got that right Sagebrush, several years ago the news casters were set up live at the scene of a manhunt here locally. They were shooting live from the edge of a field saying how the police were waiting for the police dogs to get there because they said the suspect was hiding in the 10 feet high soybeans (it was a corn field).

With investigative reporting like that, no wonder the world is so f@cked up.
Jan 14, 2011 at 6:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
(it was a corn field)
Gompers, that would be considered very accurate reporting the way they do things now. Freedom of the Press has turned into FUBAR Press.
Jan 14, 2011 at 7:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterSagebrush
Ultimately, it's hard to disagree with Col. Kurtz, one of the most outstanding officers this country ever produced, who decided "to take matters into his own hands."

You have to quit bitching and do something to where you can no longer be credibly ignored.
Jan 15, 2011 at 1:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
Maine governor establishes program to listen to constituents one on one.

Gov. LePage to hold one-on-one meetings



“I will host constituent service hours to meet directly with Maine people,” LePage told the crowd of more than 5,000 gathered in the Augusta Civic Center. “Come in, share your concerns, provide some ideas. If we disagree, I assure you we will talk about areas of common ground so we can inch forward because, folks, I’m not going backward.”

Good on you Governor....john
Jan 15, 2011 at 9:38 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Here is a story Business Insider is running FWIW.

Jan 15, 2011 at 11:11 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn

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