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IS JOURNALISTIC FREEDOM DYING IN EUROPE?

 

 

By: Attorney Constance Cumbey
January 19, 2008

NewsWithViews.com

Almost by accident, following up on internet posted photos, I discovered a compelling and disturbing web report by the Association of European Journalists. It was reporting on an "AEJ Media Freedom Survey." Pre-world War II, Harold Stassen was reported as saying that "the lights of freedom are going out across Europe." I was ominously reminded of that in reading one of the creepier quotes in Marilyn Ferguson's 1980 THE AQUARIAN CONSPIRACY. She was happy about what she was writing. I was not happy about what I was reading. She attributed the following statement to one Johann Quanier, "British publisher of The New Humanity journal."

"The strands of free thinking within Europe are now being drawn together; despite the conflicts, the tension, and the differences, that territory is preeminently suitable for the emergence of the new political-spiritual framework."[1]

Well, now it is 2008 and the "new political-spiritual framework" is looking eerily like "Headline Goal 2010" and "Framework Programmes" with various numbers -- I believe they may be in the 7th, or is it the 8th? The European Neighborhood Policy is in full swing -- it makes nearby regions -- the Caucasus, the Mediterranean, et al, part of "Greater Europe." Moneys are there as carrots and as sticks to make sure the neighborhoods stay within the will of the European Union and its HR/SG (High Representative/Secretary General) who always seems to be at the top of the food chain on these various "programmes."

For now, at least, it's [The Secretary General/High Representative cum 'Foreign Minister'] "our very good friend," Javier Solana.Now, just how is freedom really faring in Javier Solana's Europa? It is dismayingly expressed in the negative in "Goodbye to Freedom?", a report issued by the British Association of European Journalists. Quoting a summary from the Association of European Journalists website, we read:

"The Survey covers 20 countries in eastern and western Europe and highlights evidence that media freedom in Europe is threatened by restrictive laws, hidden political and commercial pressures, threats of jail, intimidation and in some cases even murder. . . . [it] challenges the myth that western European societies are 'much more free' than those in eastern Europe. Across the continent . . . media freedom is under attack from new political and economic pressures. . . ."

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Maybe even more than these beleaguered journalists suspect in their worst nightmares, the lights of freedom are going out across Europe. Watching USA Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff bluntly tell American citizens that if they want the right to travel or board planes, they'd better work to put the 17 states dissenting from the Real ID act, or else . . ., I sadly suspect they are going out here as well.

What is happening is just too eerily like the recent history books I read as a child about World War II. May the Lord help us all!

Footnotes:

1, Marilyn Ferguson, THE AQUARIAN CONSPIRACY. Los Angeles: J.P. Tarcher, Inc. (1980), quoting page 410. For those new to my research, Ms. Ferguson, a New Age activist herself was happily promoting what she called "The Aquarian Conspiracy." She was not warning against it.

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Constance Cumbey is an active Michigan lawyer. Constance practices her profession primarily in, Southeastern Michigan, USA. Sometimes she also works in what she calls her "old stomping grounds" of Michigan's State Capital, Lansing, Michigan where she practices administrative, state law related matters. She's enjoyed active and stimulating careers in government, politics, law and as a published and translated author. In the past she served as a national officer of the National Association of Women Lawyers and chaired the Family Law subcommittee of the General Practice Section of the American Bar Association.

Before beginning her legal career, she worked as a legislative analyst for the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, and while in law school as a consultant to the Appropriations Committee of the Michigan State Senate. She also served as the first charter position Executive Assistant to the May or of the Detroit enclave City of Highland Park, Michigan. Seven years into her legal career, she went on to become the author of the first major critical book about the New Age Movement, THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF THE RAINBOW: The New Age Movement and our Coming Age of Barbarism (1983); A PLANNED DECEPTION: The Staging of a New Age Messiah (1986). Currently, she's completing a volume about Javier Solana, the Barcelona Process, Israel and the European Union.

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Maybe even more than these beleaguered journalists suspect in their worst nightmares, the lights of freedom are going out across Europe.