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All Media Have Been Banned From Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Cleanup Sites

In an amazing development, all media have been banned from Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup sites.  Yes, you read that correctly.  All media have been banned.  In yet another sign of just how far free speech rights in the United States have fallen, "National Incident Commander" Thad Allen has banned all media access to oil clean up sites in or around the Gulf of Mexico.  Instead of devoting all of their energy to trying to save the environment in the Gulf of Mexico, BP and the U.S. government seem absolutely obsessed from keeping people away from seeing what is really going on.  It is now a class B felony that carries a fine of up to $40,000 for any media representative to come within the 65 foot "exclusion zone" that has been established.  That means that all members of the media - print, television, radio and bloggers - are banned from coming within 65 feet of anything important down in the Gulf of Mexico.

The media are being treated like the enemy.  Already there have been many reports of how the media have been harassed and intimidated down in the Gulf of Mexico.  But now BP and the U.S. government have just decided to shut free speech down altogether in the Gulf.  Apparently they are much more comfortable when their inaction and incompetence is not exposed for the entire world to see.

But what harm is the media really doing down there in the Gulf?  Well, other than showing how badly the U.S. government and BP are handling the situation.  The truth is that the American people deserve to know what is going on.  But now the media will not be able to get pictures or video of anything important.

In a recent article, columnist Yobie Benjamin described the dramatic impact that this new order is going to have on media coverage of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis....

Allen's orders effectively bans all media - print, television, radio and Internet bloggers from talking to to any clean-up worker or to even come close to take pictures or videos of booms, clean-up workers, oil soaked birds, dead dolphins, dead marine life, burned and dead endangered sea turtles.

Needless to say, many in the media are absolutely outraged.  Not being able to get within 65 feet of any oil spill clean up site is going to severely restrict media personnel from doing their jobs.  Not that they were doing such a great job of covering this oil spill crisis anyway, but now they are basically going to have no access.

In the video posted below, you can really feel Anderson Cooper's outrage as he described what this new order means.  Is this another huge indication that free speech in America is just about dead?....

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Comments

  • kimberley

    Obama fooled us all. It is clear that he is a corporatist and has no empathy for the environment or wildlife. Thad Allen is clearly getting paid off by BP.

  • M Hazard

    This isn’t about Obama its not even about a freedom of speech issue.. back up.. get permission stop trying to be a part of the problem and be a part of the solution. Let workers take their breaks.. realize we can not save all the marine animals stuck in nets, or covered in oil. Stop using oil.. stop throwing stones.. we live in a glass house.

  • Daniel

    Be honest with yourself. If it was Bush’s administration that did this, he would have been crucified. But Obama’s administration can do no Evil? Wake up! This administration covers up more than any administration in history. I find it very interesting (and expeceted) that Mr. Cooper did not mention Obama once in his rage…not once! Again, if it was Bush, he would have worn his name out. I don’t believe Obama is to blame for the spill, but this government has done EVERYTHING wrong regarding the clean up.

  • http://www.gracefsa.com Michael G Grace

    Been forwarding your site to everyone I know here in Orlando. What a tremendous outrage. We have tar balls washing up here in Cocoa Beach and no one will tell us where they are from. Our media has shut down on this topic.

  • Hummer

    it ain’t pretty. Now they are banning any traffic for a 60mi. radius. I live on the Gulf. I can tell ya what Phillipe coutou will see. Lots of oil and dieing fish, oiled birds dieing on our islands and no one doing anything about them! turtles dieing….crab larvae filled with oil and they are a big part of the food chain. Our eco system is doomed for years to come and they are trying to tell us as soon as they stop the leaks all will be better. NOT!! it will take generations to clean this mess. Dispersants just make the oil into smaller globs and keeps it under water where they think we cannot see it. It is still there!! that is why we get 1000s of tarballs all along the coast everyday! Our marshes are now filling with oil, not just in LA. but in MS. and AL. too! Why do they not do something??? they sit and make excuses untill the mayors of small cities get fed up with all of it and do for themselves and let the truth be known. That is why they bann the news!!

  • Admin

    I very much appreciate that Michael. It is a shame that there is such a media blackout, but hopefully if we all work together we can get an accurate picture of what is going on down there in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • bluemlein

    i am a journalist (a real one, not a ‘citizen journalist’) and i have acted in an official capacity as spokesperson for the canadian coast guard in times of emergency.

    everyone knows the extent of the damage done by this spill.

    the uscg is not “hijacking free speech”, it is properly controlling the situation so that the work that is required to be done will be done with a minimum of interference from people who do not belong there. you have NO idea of how critical some of these situations can be; the air may be nearly as dangerous as the water.

    there have been times when i have had to make similar decisions, based on the emergency at hand. the safety of everybody at the site is paramount, while proper reporting – factual, informed, current – is close behind.

    i imagine that the uscg will select reporters and cameramen to report for the journalistic pool; allowing everybody and his uncle to tramp through this toxic, deeply contaminated area is unwise, stupid, and dangerous.

  • Sg

    It’s a good lesson in exteme politics. The people in charge if not checked will try usurp power. Even if they are well intentioned the rules that take the power from the people and place it in a central government create a timebomb for the future. Now with centralized power to alienate rights like free speech, freedom of assembly, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…can be taken easily. Imagine our great super power nation taken over by an elected despot like Hitler with the ability to remove rights at will….This is why people say, “a government that can give you everything can also take everything away” – it’s dangerous. This is the fear of our forefathers who developed the constitution and the reason conservatives like small government.

  • Donna Piland

    Obama has been a huge disappointment. Taking away more of our freedoms was not the “Change” we were told we could believe in. I was never a big fan, but I never dreamed he would be so awful a president. He has lost support from all sides, and will almost certainly take his party down with him in 2012. How sad, we really could have accomplished so much if he had only been what he claimed to be, or what people chose to believe he was. Which ever, he shows the same stunning lack of concern for the American people and our environment as W did. The best thing he could do is to not run again. I hope someone with a spine runs against him in the Demo primaries and knocks him all the way back to Chicago.
    How dare he limit freedom of our press? It is our constitutional right to have freedom of speech. It’s time people stopped cutting Obama so much slack and set him straight. The anti-whaling petitions made him do an about face when he, after promising to expand protection of whales if elected, instead tried to expand whaling! He lies and no one dares call him on it. Why?