Should Americans change the ending of our national anthem to land of the not-so-free and the home of the federal thugs? Maybe we should after the 2015 World Press Freedom Index ranked the U.S. 49th in freedom of information. Zero Hedge reported the following:
But as Liberty Blitzkrieg's Mike Krieger notes, the bastion of press freedom in the land of the free, fell once again... to 49th!!
In the United States, 2014 was marked by judicial harassment of New York Times investigative reporter James Risen in connection with the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged under the Espionage Act with giving him classified information. US journalists are still not protected by a federal shield law that would guarantee their right not to name their sources or reveal other confidential information about their work. Meanwhile, at least 15 journalists were arbitrarily arrested during clashes between police and demonstrators protesting against black teenager Michael Brown’s fatal shooting by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
– From Reporters Without Borders’ 2015 World Press Freedom Index
They should also include the federal government’s reluctance to provide Lois Lerner’s emails, full disclosure on Benghazi and the Fast and Furious scandal; along with a myriad of other harassments and abuses of power perpetuated by the Obama administration.
Hell, I’m surprised we aren’t ranked lower.