The Last Line of Defense: New Organization Aims to Protect Citizen Journalists: “We Will Stand With You”

by | May 14, 2014 | Headline News | 45 comments

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    freedom-of-pressIn recent years governments and politicians threatened by truth have stepped up their efforts to crush the free flow of information. In the U.S. Congress Senators like Diane Feinstein (CA) hypocritically say they support a free press, yet work behind the scenes to restrict the right to free speech for the vast majority of Americans. Last year, for example, as a new media shield law was being debated on Capitol Hill, Feinstein argued she wouldn’t support a bill that would define an American disseminating information to the public as a “covered journalist” protected by the Constitution because that would mean everyone in the United States would have a “special privilege” as “an entity or service that disseminates news and information.”

    In essence, if it were up to Senator Feinstein and her cohorts, only bonafide mainstream journalists or those being paid a salary as reporters would be given the privilege of being protected by the U.S. Constitution.

    If you are a blogger or someone who disseminates information via videos, forums or other web media you, apparently, would not protected by the First Amendment and U.S. Constitution if it were up to people like Diane Feinstein. In fact, under the broad proposals currently being debated, everyone’s right to share information online is threatened:

    The Ugly Face of Tyranny: Feinstein Comes For Your Right To Speak Freely Online

    Should you choose to share an opinion in the comments section on this web site or post on your Facebook or Twitter page, you would, just as this author, fall outside of the Constitutional protections of the First Amendment.

    Your comments, if critical of government or big business interests, would not be protected by shield laws. You see, you’re not capable of forming an opinion or citing appropriate references for your argument. To do that, you must be licensed by the State or approved by a court.

    But The Constitution First Amendment Press Association points out the utter idiocy of such a notion and explains in succinct terms why you, as an American, are a Citizen Journalist not only by law, but by the very fact that your right to disseminate truth and information is inherent at birth.

    “The Press” in America is no longer an exclusive club of “professional” journalists. Today, in the age of camera-equipped cellphones, the Internet, blogs, and YouTube, “The Press” now consists of every literate adult who owns a PC, tablet, or smartphone.

    The 21st Century is in fact the era of Citizen Journalists. The key requisite qualification to be considered part of “The Press” is simply enfranchisement as a Citizen–thereby assuring you the full protection of the First Amendment.

    Whenever you see or hear the words “legitimate journalist” or “qualified journalist”, beware! Those are phrases used by both politicians and guilds with vested interests.

    The CFAPA organization founded by well known survivalist, author and liberty proponent James Wesley Rawles of and his son Robert Rawles aims to ensure that the rights of every Citizen Journalist in America are protected, whether they choose to publicly share their name or remain anonymous, as was the case when Benjamin Franklin submitted his thoughts and grievances under a pseudonym to the New England Courant in 1722.

    The Constitution First Amendment Press Association. ( was founded in March, 2014 to provide credentials and to provide a venue for a mostly anonymous association of independent American Citizen Journalists. We provide press credentials free of charge to any adult American Citizen who accepts the Constitutional Journalist’s Pledge who agrees to CFAPA’s Member Terms and Conditions.

    The CFAPA is not politically affiliated and has members from a broad range of religious, economic, ethnic, and political backgrounds. Our members all have just two things in common: we love our liberty, and we have a yearning to seek and herald the truth, via Citizen Journalism.

    The long term goal of CFAPA is to make citizen journalists so ubiquitous that public officials and police officers will stop asking us to see press credentials. But until they do so, we will stand with you, to help confirm your credibility as a citizen journalist.

    As the debate over who is or who is not a journalist in America rages on, it should be clear based on our country’s history that the fourth estate – journalists and reporters – are comprised of every single American.

    Politicians, however, have a different idea about speech, often suggesting that only some individuals have the right to engage in it.

    Thus, we encourage all Americans who want to lend their support to the First Amendment and spread information to all corners of the world to consider the free credentials and support being offered through The Constitution First Amendment Press Association.

    In a world where politics and business interests seemingly supersede our Constitution, CFAPA is an idea whose time has come. Fighting the machine as an individual can be a difficult undertaking. With like-minded individuals working together under a single banner within an organization like CFAPA we stand a chance at turning the tables on those who would prefer that our voices be muted.

    Website: The Constitution First Amendment Press Association

    What It Means to Be a Citizen Journalist: The Constitution Journalist Pledge

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      1. It is no surprise that they are attacking and destroying every right you may have had. Just remember that the 2nd Amendment is the one that protects all the others. If it falls, you fall. Don’t let that happen.

        • Aye to that, they’re coming after all of them if they can!

          Without the second we don’t have the first… Without the first, most would have no idea their second is being taken away.

          Both are necessary to our liberty!

          #1 and #2 — I think the Founders knew what they were doing…

          • I wonder if DiFi just wants to see all of this stuff done before she passes. She is getting on in years.

            It is apparently her world, the rest of us are just living in it, and being disrespectful to her by asserting our rights.

            Sarcasm off. 😉

            • Time to revive the underground press again ……

            • The First Amendment is non-negotiable you ugly feinstien harpy.

            • Something to think about

              When the SHTF…

              When they come knocking: Dealing with Friends and Relatives

              “This will be the hardest decision you will ever have to make however you need to run through these scenarios in your mind and come up with lines in the sand, How much food has to be available in certain situations to be able to allow ‘guests’ to come?

              Ultimately this is your decision, I have given my opinions on the subject, but the point of this post is to get your thinking, get you start that conversation with yourself and/or your significant other.”

              “Run the scenarios in your head, because if you don’t you will end up in a bad position. If you bring someone else into your home you will start to tip the scales away from your family and towards them, it will be up to you to draw that line in the sand to see how far those scales can tip before you have to say NO.”

              Great Northern Prepper dot com

                • Kill the FED and you kill the New World Order that is stealing OUR rights. “Death to Traitors” is, like:

                  TOTALLY CONSTITUTIONAL!!! 🙂

                  • “TOTALLY CONSTITUTIONAL” and totally necessary at this point on the infinite timeline. NOTHING LESS will suffice. Trials, arrests, and prosecutions of TRAITORS must be the next step…if the COWARDS in this ASS-MINISTRATION will finally MAN-UP,and do the RIGHT THING!

                    Otherwise, WE THE PEOPLE are left with no other choice!

                    BLOODY REVOLUTION to renew this once GREAT republic.

        • You know what they did in the old days to those in high places who did this type of thing… think about it!! (And they still do in some countries!)

          Paul Craig Roberts was right– Americans are dumbshits if they don’t do something about this blatant tyranny. Either we are for the Truth or we are not– we need to pick a time to meet in DC and pull back this shit.

      2. Sounds like the CFAPA is trying to legitimize freedom of speech by caving in to corporate government and issuing their own “permits”. This is probably as bad as permits for firearms…it supports the meme and “law” that you need some type of permission from someone to exercise your natural rights.

        My rights do not derive from some corporate government that says I must be a “citizen”. In my case, my rights are God given…no permission needed.

        • I see your point and let me stress that James Rawles himself weighed in on the permit argument recently on a post I wrote about Concealed Carry Permitting:

          “Whenever someone must buy a license or pay a fee to exercise a right, then it is something less than a right. It is in fact a mere privilege, subject to the whim of petty bureaucrats. Fundamental rights are not abstract tokens that are given or sold by other men. They are in fact primary liberties bestowed upon us by God, our maker. “

          Thus, I am confident that CFAPA is not an organization that is attempting to legitimize the licensing of anything. Rather, I believe the ultimate goal here is to establish a beachhead by creating an organization of citizen journalists who can focus their efforts together, instead of getting ripped apart individually when government comes knocking (or, rather, kicking).

          From the CFAPA website (and also excerpted in the post above):

          “The 21st Century is in fact the era of Citizen Journalists. The key requisite qualification to be considered part of “The Press” is simply enfranchisement as a Citizen–thereby assuring you the full protection of the First Amendment.

          Whenever you see or hear the words “legitimate journalist” or “qualified journalist”, beware! “

          I think we’re all on the same page here JRS.

          • Mac, good day to you, sir, and I am on the same page AND in the same book as you. I say to all these politicians from federal all the way down to local level, “Our rights come from GOD, NOT FROM ANY OF YOU! Not one single one of these political whores have a leg to stand on. NOTHING THEY DO HAS ANY LEGITIMATE BASIS TO IT WHATSOEVER! I will stand and fight, and if need be, die for my rights. I trust the alternative media, but ONLY TO CERTAIN POINT. There are many sites in alternative media whioh I’ve found to be just as bogus as anyone in the MSM, and we all know about the MSM, don’t we? the politicians can go make love to themselves.

            • The politicians are “god”, it has been proven that they can say, do, pontificate anything and everything and can get away with it. The “lame stream media” and the politicians are the scumbags of our time.

      3. These tyrant POS politicians can argue all day who is or isnt a “journalist”
        Bottom line

        • FineSwine & her ilk have to understand that the Constitution applies to all US CITIZENS & we dont need no agenda driven Dem-O-CRAP socialest dual citizen who owes her alegence to a forigan power telling us what it means.

          • You know, feinstein often gets into the MSM, reporting her views—I’d like to see HER “journalists credentials.”

      4. Facts: 95% of the main stream Media is controlled by Jews. They want to retain this control. Pay attention to these false flag attacks, who really is behind this: Take the Boston Bombing: This is the statements coming from Israelis: Read this article: Boston Bombing Like Hitting the LOTTO for Israel
        Boston Bombing – Good for Israel?
        Top Netanyahu Aide Sees Diplomatic Dividends for Marathon Attack
        by Jason Ditz, April 21, 2013
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        For most countries last week’s Boston Marathon bombing was a grim reminder that violence can break out anywhere, at any time. For a select few it became a huge inconvenience, as with the Czech Republic, whose ambassador has had to explain to Americans that Czechs and Chechens aren’t the same thing at all.
        And then there’s Israel, who, if you listen to top Netanyahu aide Ron Dermer, may as well have just hit the lottery with this bombing. Dermer is seeing it as a “big boost” that is going to make the average American more pro-Israel and even more eager to increase aid to them.
        In the video interview Dermer, seen as one of the front-runners for the next Israeli Ambassador to the United States, insisted that there was a “big change” in a pro-Israel direction among Americans after 9/11, adding that he believes the bombing in Boston will convince people to “identify more with Israel and its struggle against terrorism.”
        Though Dermer’s comments are likely to shock the uninitiated, they reflect long-standing beliefs among Israel’s ruling Likud Party, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu famously causing controversy in 2008 when he told university students that 9/11 was hugely beneficial for Israel.
        This was the Boston Bombing a devious plot by Israel, Finding 2 Wannabe Jhadists Flunkees for patsys, and let it unfold.
        BTW/ Israel is the only “COUNTRY” in the last 70 years to Attack America.
        Go to YouTube and watch this video.
        Dead In The Water – The Sinking of the USS Liberty – Coverup

        This Current Gun Ban is a JEWISH SCAM – Coincidence or Conspiracy by the Jews to Disarm Americans?? Look at these JEWISH U.S. Senators which are the biggest Anti-Gun Proponents:
        Michael Bennet (D-CO)
        Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)*
        Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
        Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
        Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
        Al Franken (D-MN)
        Herb Kohl (D-WI)
        Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
        Joseph Lieberman (I-CT)
        Carl Levin (D-MI)
        Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
        Charles Schumer (D-NY)
        Ron Wyden (D-OR)

        (11 Democrats, 1 Independent)
        Michael Bennet (D-CO)
        Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
        Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
        Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
        Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
        Al Franken (D-MN)
        Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
        Carl Levin (D-MI)
        Brian Schatz (D-HI)
        Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
        Charles Schumer (D-NY)
        Ron Wyden (D-OR)
        (1 Republican, 21 Democrats)
        Eric Cantor (R-VA)
        David Cicilline (D-RI)
        Stephen Cohen (D-TN)
        Susan Davis (D-CA)
        Ted Deutch (D-FL)
        Eliot Engel (D-NY)
        Lois Frankel (D-FL)*
        Alan Grayson (D-FL)*
        Steve Israel (D-NY)
        Sander Levin (D-MI)
        Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)*
        Nita Lowey (D-NY)
        Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
        Jared Polis (D-CO)
        Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
        Adam Schiff (D-CA)
        Brad Schneider (D-IL)*
        Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)
        Brad Sherman (D-CA)
        Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
        Henry Waxman (D-CA)
        John Yarmuth (D-KY)

        • WWTI, spot on.

      5. Anyone know a good easily understood website that will tell me which states I can carry loaded handgun while traveling in car?

        • Depending on which smart phone you carry, if any? I have an app on my iphone called CCW. Shows all kinds of info on crossover states, each states laws, updates on laws. It’s pretty handy for traveling. I got it all on the go in my pocket.

          • Thanks, I’ll go to google play and download it.

            I don’t want my family and I to be the next article Mac writes about.

          • Well I know that MN does not honor IA CCW, but SD, WY & MT do. I know that those that do are also open carry states as is IA. Where I get confused is whether or not I can carry gun loaded in the car, on me or not on me?

          • I guess I’ll just call the enemies (state police) and ask. I can’t find info on app that clearly in plain speak says whether or not I can carry on me and loaded while in vehicle

            • you’d trust them to tell you the truth?..good luck

              • That’s what I am worried about


          2nd Amendment knows no state lines it covers the entire country

          the sooner we beat this into everyones head (mostly law makers and politicians) the sooner this Republic will get back on track

          quit asking for them to recognize your right to bear arms!

          Sorry, But not!

        • NE is plain view unless you have a CCW. You can’t have it tucked in the back of you pants while you are driving, but you can lay it on the front seat or dash. I don’t subscribe to the dash because someone may get nervous and call 911. I have been stopped a couple of times at safety checks with a loaded .357 laying on the front seat. I point it out to them so there are no surprises. Had some probing questions, like what is it? Going to the range?

        • or their nuts…

      6. For the most part they’re just angry because they spent years training the press like monkeys to throw shit at the opposition, now with the NET they can no longer control the flow of free thought and information.

        Everything now points to them cutting off the NET in times of threat, but only to protect us of course.

        • Well, when we can no longer express our outrage over the net.. we will have more time to take constructive action. (good in everything!)

      7. Next on Feinstein’s list: Free Speech permits.

        • Well they try to pull this with Fenced in areas called Free Speech Zones. That did not work near the Bundy Ranch did it?

        • Next on our list—getting rid of feinstein…

      8. Brandon Smith is going to hate this given how often he deletes comments from his site.

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        • something else for the DoD to purchase in advance, keeping it out of our hands until feinstein can get a ban for civilian use through congress…

      10. Free speech regardless which side of the isle it comes from. Reason and good argument will win out.

      11. Hmmmm

        I believe this approach to protecting free speech is completely WRONG. The Constitution and Bill of Rights does no distinguish between “citizens” and “journalists” regarding the right to free speech. We should working to protect the right of EVERY SINGLE CITIZEN TO FREE SPEECH, not just journalists. Part of that right is to our right to freely and openly speak and publish without limitation or interference from the government. This approach is a dividing strategy that will eventually be used to deny everyone who is not a “journalist” their god given and Constitutional right to free speech. In short it is a strategy designed from the beginning to deny free speech not protect it.

      12. I get more real information out of shtfplan and the daily than I do a year of the lamestream press.


      13. It is time for all of us to say in 1 voice.


      14. I love her…think she and BARRY should hook up….probably put a sour puss on Michael….

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