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Coast Guard bans reporters from oil cleanup sites

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Journalists who come too close to oil spill clean-up efforts without permission could find themselves facing a $40,000 fine and even one to five years in prison under a new rule instituted by the Coast Guard late last week.

It's a move that outraged observers have decried as an attack on First Amendment rights. And CNN's Anderson Cooper describes the new rules as making it "very easy to hide incompetence or failure."


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Comment by Die Daily
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Land of the free, home of the...OW, DON'T TAZE ME BRO!

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Wow, is this a great country or what?  We don't even need CONgress anymore to pass laws.  We just get the Coast Guard to issue an edict or two.  Who says governments can't be efficient.