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Silencing the Opposition

For some time now, I’ve been focusing particularly on egregious news concerning Bush’s shameless self-promotion through propaganda and his systematic silencing of opposing views. Now, even specific viewpoints are beneath the concern of this administration, as they have resorted to silencing those who have merely given past support to John Kerry or the Democratic Party.

This time, we're not talking about town hall meetings, or other political events, we're talking about an international telecommunications regulations meeting. This is not a political event, the attendees are usually "anyone in the U.S. telecom industry who had the requisite expertise and wanted to go". The only thing standing in their way is the State Department.

The White House admits as much: "We wanted people who would represent the Administration positively, and--call us nutty--it seemed like those who wanted to kick this Administration out of town last November would have some difficulty doing that," says White House spokesman Trent Duffy.

I'm afraid that "nutty" is a drastic understatement. The White House is now concerned about how they're represented abroad by telecommunications executives? Where will they stop in their attempt to silence even the slightest hint of unmanifested criticism? These individuals have been prevented from attending a non-political event for their crime of donating as little as $250 to the Democratic Party. What's next? Banning all travel abroad unless you donate to the Republican Party, or maybe pledge your allegiance to His Highness, G. W. Bush?

I am completely speechless concerning this unabashed and logically unfounded abuse of power, so please, contribute your comments.

Posted by Andrew Parker at April 26, 2005 1:25 PM