Hacked Email Shows Ben Affleck Wanted His Slave Owning Ancestor Edited Out of PBS Program

Newly published emails from WikiLeaks reveal that film star Ben Affleck wanted PBS to edit out mention of his slave-owning ancestor from the network’s popular program Finding Your Roots.

According to hacked Sony emails, Affleck apparently made this request to the show’s host, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which created a dilemma for the professor and Sony CEO Michael Lynton.

The two traded emails about the issue, leaving the impression that Gates had no intention of leaving that part of Affleck’s ancestry on the cutting room floor. The professor wrote Lynton last July, “. . . For the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors — the fact that he owned slaves.”

Gates added, “Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including Ken Burns.” Burns directed and co-wrote the incredibly popular and critically acclaimed Civil War series, which also aired on PBS.

Affleck’s ancestor “wasn’t even a bad guy,” according to the professor, in contrast to Anderson Cooper’s, who “was a real s.o.b.; one of his slaves actually murdered him. Of course, the slave was promptly hanged. And Anderson didn’t miss a beat about that.”

He went on, “To do this would be a violation of PBS rules, actually, even for Batman,” a reference to Affleck’s upcoming role at the caped crusader in next spring’s Batman v Superman.

“We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?” Gates inquired of Lynton.

The Sony chief wrote advising to let Affleck have his way. “I would take it out if no one knows, but if it gets out that you are editing the material based on this kind of sensitivity then it gets tricky. Again, all things being equal I would definitely take it out.”

Gates was clearly not comfortable with the answer. “Once we open the door to censorship, we lose control of the brand,” he wrote back. Nonetheless, the segment about Affleck’s slave-owning ancestor did not make the final cut when it aired on PBS in October 2014.

In a statement, Gates took full responsibility for the decision, writing:

The mission of “Finding Your Roots” is to find and share interesting stories from our celebrity guests’ ancestries and use those stories to unlock new ways to learn about our past. We are very grateful to all of our guests for allowing us into their personal lives and have told hundreds of stories in this series including many about slave ancestors—never shying away from chapters of a family’s past that might be unpleasant. Ultimately, I maintain editorial control on all of my projects and, with my producers, decide what will make for the most compelling program. In the case of Mr. Affleck — we focused on what we felt were the most interesting aspects of his ancestry—including a Revolutionary War ancestor, a 3rd great–grandfather who was an occult enthusiast, and his mother who marched for Civil Rights during the Freedom Summer of 1964.

PBS in a separate statement added, “It is clear from the [email] exchange how seriously Professor Gates takes editorial integrity.”

In addition to his PBS program, Gates experienced nationwide notoriety as one of the participants in Barack Obama’s “Beer Summit” in 2009. The professor got into an altercation with police, when officers showed up on his property in response to a 911 call regarding a potential burglary. He had to force open his own door following an overseas trip. Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Berkeley-born, Massachusetts-raised Ben Affleck was rumored to be considering a run for the U.S. Senate from the Bay State in 2012 and has been fairly active in Democratic politics. His wife Jennifer Garner said in 2013: “Right now [Ben] feels like he can do more good for people politically from outside the system.”  She added, however: “Would I be surprised if one day he did go into politics? No.”

Do you feel Ben Affleck should have asked PBS to remove his slave owner ancestry from its program? Leave a comment below. 

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Chelsea Manning Is Now On Twitter

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Chelsea Manning, convicted nearly two years ago in the WikiLeaks scandal when she was known as Bradley Manning, has set up a Twitter account and will be sending messages “weekly to daily” from prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The former Army private first class was convicted in August 2013 of violating several parts of the Espionage Act, copying and disseminating classified military field reports and U.S. State Department cables–mostly related to detainees of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba–noted The Washington Post.

According to American military officials, the leak committed by Manning was the largest of its kind in history.

In February, Manning received approval for hormone therapy to transition from a man to a woman from Col. Erica Nelson, commandant of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. Manning legally changed her name last April, according to The Telegraph.

On Friday, Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported that the convict who is now presenting herself as a female now is now tweeting from the handle @xychelsea.

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She clarified that access to the Internet will not be available to her in prison, and will be using an outside source to send her messages.

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Manning has over 44,000 followers as of this publishing. Former Republican Congressman and retired Col. Allen West of Florida was not too happy about the news of Manning’s tweeting from federal prison:

Now, let me figure this one out, we have our young men and women — and their families — struggling to make ends meet and the Army is about to expend taxpayer dollars for hormone treatments for a Soldier convicted of espionage?

Our Army is nearing its lowest levels of personnel since 1939 and we’re taking orders from a judge as to how its soldiers are to be addressed?

h/t: Allen B. West

Share this if you share Allen West’s dismay.

Photo credit: Private Manning Support Network (Flickr)

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Are Whistleblowers Terrorists Or Heroes?

When the Julian Assange (Wikileaks) and Edward Snowden stories were front page news around the globe, I did not know how I felt.  Much of what I am about to say will come across as just another ‘conspiracy theory’ by many-maybe most.  I hope you will read my thoughts to the end.  You might, as I did, come to a different conclusion.  Maybe not.

I recently watched a movie titled “The 5ifth Estate.” It is based on true events surrounding Julian Assange and his creation called Wikileaks (an Internet movement based on exposing corruption in government agencies), and the waves it made in many governments around the world.

There is no doubt that Assange has a huge ego; but perhaps he, Snowden, and other whistleblowers uncovered information that the power players on the world stage do not want made public and will attempt to discredit at any cost. Including murder, perhaps.

After watching this movie, a lot of thoughts were banging around inside my head.  I did some more research on Wikileaks.  I also began to put other pieces of a fragmented puzzle together.  The possibility frightens me because it may explain a whole lot of what is going on in our world today.

The thought that scares me the most is the very real possibility that the NSA’s snooping on private citizens is an attempt to protect the behind-the-scenes real world power players and prevent any future attempts to uncover an orchestrated world manipulation of the population.  I know that sounds “conspiratorial,” but I just ask you to follow my analysis.

It would seem that the NSA has justified this unprecedented snooping in an attempt to protect everyone against “terrorists.”  That might be an easier pill to swallow IF it had not already been made clear by elitists that the real ‘terrorists’ are: conservatives … patriot groups … returning military personnel … veterans … and those who want smaller government, more accountability, and fiscal responsibility.  The REAL enemy of peace and security (those who want to annihilate representative governments) is never mentioned.

Recently, President Obama’s administration negotiated a deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan to free five REAL Gitmo ‘terrorists’ (enemies of the United States and those governments that oppose Shariah law) in exchange for one U.S. military deserter there.  Did our President do the ‘right thing’? Or was it just another agenda-driven elitist (one-world-government) move?

On the heels of that, our President met with the head of the Palestinian Authority, headed by Islamic terrorists, and offered them millions of American taxpayer dollars to support their terrorism. He has abandoned Israel, our ONLY real ally in the Middle East.

Think about it. We have groups that want to regulate the Internet. YOU may not like all that is available on the Internet.  Neither do I – BUT, I do not want some agenda-driven agency (whether left-leaning or right-leaning) dictating what I can opt to view.

Though tax dollars pay for local libraries, the issue is similar in many ways.  I do not like everything that is available at my local library.  I would consider some of the material downright obscene.  Should I call for a “book/DVD  burning”?  For the sake of us all, I would not–though for MY personal preferences, I WOULD!  These are often difficult decisions when we are challenged to think beyond ourselves.

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Video: Exposed: Obama’s NSA Pedophiles

Recently, 19-year old Jared Abrahams was convicted of hacking into young girls’ computers, turning on the webcam, and watching them undress, all without the webcam light coming on.

The NSA has been caught listening to our phone calls and reading our emails; so the question is, does the NSA also remotely turn on our webcams?

Of course.

Enter one of the seemingly endless NSA “contractors,” a company ominously calling themselves the “Hacking Team”, revealed in WikiLeaks videos and documents as part of the Spy Files. They sell hundreds of thousands of dollars of spy software to the NSA that can remotely read every single file on your computer—and of course can turn on your webcam without you ever knowing it’s on.

Oh, but the Hacking Team’s software makes Jared Abrahams look like an amateur. The NSA can remotely turn on literally thousands of webcams at a time—streaming live audio as well, all beamed in real time (illegally, mind you)—to the dozens of NSA facilities throughout the world.

But there are no pedophiles among Barack Obama’s illegal NSA spies, are there? Some sicko pulling in $200,000 per year watching your daughter undress?

Well, we know that high salary bureaucrats have been caught over and over again spending all day watching porn.

And we know that TSA agents often stick their hands down children’s pants.

So it would surprise no one to know that NSA pedophiles are watching young girls undress right this very minute.

Perhaps it’s time to put a stop to Obama’s NSA pedophiles.

Spying On Friends Ordered By America’s Dolt-In-Chief

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The National Security Agency (NSA) cannot spy on anyone, friend or foe, unless its activities are authorized by the White House. In short, for the low information voter, Barack Obama had to order it.

Feeling betrayed by a nation she considered a good friend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is very upset that the United States monitored her personal cell phone. Germany has had a long history of sharing information and intelligence with the United States. Allies obviously need a high level of trust in each other. The revelation that Obama’s NSA was spying on NATO ally leaders has dealt a serious blow to that necessary trust.

In addition to being thoroughly unacceptable and in exceptionally poor taste, Obama’s actions may well lead to the dissolution of NATO. European leaders have understandably lost trust in Obama. But don’t look for the mainstream press to report that fact.

Obama is possessed of a strong anti-colonial upbringing. It was first noted when he unceremoniously returned a bust of Winston Churchill loaned by the British to President Bush after 9-11. Obama was classless enough to send it back with a “no thank you” note! By spying on world leaders, he likely seeks to drive a wedge between the United States and her allies. It is his loutish way to fulfill the dream of his true father, Frank Marshal Davis, to get even with the former colonial powers and put the United States in its place. The world’s trust in its greatest nation has been compromised, precisely what Barack Obama hoped to accomplish.

The latest revelations by Edward Snowden have seriously compromised Mr. Obama’s Spite House relationship with foreign leaders. It is highly probable that the private phone numbers of these individuals were provided to the NSA by Hillary Clinton’s State Department. Collecting information on American citizens and allied leaders is a waste of time for an agency that is supposed to be protecting this country from external threats. After all, the current concern of the Intelligence community is that Snowden has documents detailing secret cooperation between belligerent nations. American officials don’t know what documents Snowden has, but they are concerned with what hasn’t yet shown up on WikiLeaks.

In a statement aimed at Obama, Chancellor Merkel said “I repeat that spying among friends is not at all acceptable, and that goes for every citizen in Germany.” Remember that American Intelligence Agencies cannot do a thing unless they have been authorized or ordered by the President. Obama owns this latest example of corrupt and boorish behavior lock, stock, and barrel.


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