Reported at Big Government:
The Marriage Between Free Press and George Soros Gets Stronger
Our Soros-supported socialist friends at Free Press just announced that David Saldana will be its new communications director. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, you evidently haven’t been following Mr. Soros’ funding priorities.
Before joining Free Press, he was with the Soros’ front group, the National Security and Human Rights Campaign. Think calling it a front group is too strong? Then just go to its website, which is conveniently located at Soros.org. The group’s mission is to promote “progressive national security policies,” a term as embedded in contradiction as “French steadfastness.”
From the Staff Page of FreePress, David’s Bio:
Dave Saldana, Communications Director, is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and a civil rights attorney with a long history in advocacy communications. His news career includes publication in all media—broadcast, print and online—and has run the gamut from small weekly newspapers to big-market television and MTV News. As an attorney, he handled First Amendment cases and workers’ rights claims. His communications experience includes tenure as communications director for United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE), and adjunct professor of journalism at Iowa State University. An expert on journalism ethics and standards, he also served as deputy editorial director at Media Matters for America, continues to serve on the editorial board of the National Lawyers Guild, and is an adviser to the Visual Law Project at Yale University. Prior to joining Free Press, he was media adviser to the *National Security and Human Rights Campaign. Dave earned his law degree at the University of Southern California, a master’s at Columbia Journalism School, and an undergraduate degree in journalism from U.C. Santa Cruz.
About the National Security and Human Rights Campaign
The OSI National Security and Human Rights Campaign was launched in 2008 as a three-year campaign to dismantle the flawed paradigms used to justify current national security policies, and to promote progressive policies that respect human rights and the rule of law.
The campaign provides grantmaking and operational support to challenge torture, arbitrary detention, racial profiling, excessive government secrecy, surveillance, and other policies that have destroyed U.S. credibility as a champion of human rights and have eroded support for human rights around the world. The campaign will provide significant new resources to raise awareness, shift public attitudes, promote reform, and build the capacity of key leadership organizations to address the consequences of the U.S. government’s counterterrorism policies.
Wow, so American policies that are in place to protect citizens from terrorist attacks are the target of a “public attitude shift” campaign by a Marxist organization? Does that make you feel a little uncomfortable?
From their letter noting first year achievements:
In January 2008, with one year remaining of the Bush administration, the Open Society Institute and *Atlantic Philanthropies launched the National Security and Human Rights Campaign in order to take advantage of the opportunities that a changed political environment could offer to promote progressive national security policies that respect human rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law. OSI and Atlantic have each allocated $20 million for grantmaking for the three-year period from January 2008 through December 2010 and have been working with, and are seeking, additional funding partners.
Because the National Security and Human Rights campaign has only a three-year term of operation, it engages in strategic grantmaking to achieve short-term policy objectives while it builds the capacity of the field for the long-term. OSI has decided to channel the predominant portion of its $20 million allocation into a docket of grants that further the campaign’s goals, and Atlantic Philanthropies is pursuing a similar course. At the same time, the foundations have dedicated a substantial portion of their allocations to support increased collaboration between campaign funders and advocates, and to leverage and make strategic use of the limited pool of resources available to the national security and human rights field.
From its inception, the campaign has sought the advice, feedback, and participation of advocates and experts. OSI and Atlantic convened 20 leaders from emerging Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and Middle Eastern community organizations in February 2008. And OSI, Atlantic, and the Proteus fund convened 85 leaders for a field convening in May 2008 and 75 advocates for a communications convening on November 21, 2008, at which original communications and research projects were presented.
This open letter further describes the National Security and Human Rights Campaign’s activities during its first year.
*At The Atlantic Philanthropies, we are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of people who are disadvantaged by their economic situation, race, nationality, gender, age, disabilities, immigration status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religion.
We make grants through our Ageing, Children & Youth, Population Health and Reconciliation & Human Rights Programmes. Atlantic also makes Founding Chairman grants. We are active in Australia, Bermuda, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Viet Nam. We have made grants totaling more than $5.4 billion as of the end of 2010.
So let me recap: Mr Saldana has been involved in distributing at least $20 million from an obviously politically driven ‘philanthropy,” over a 3 year period, as part of a $5.4 billion infusion from partner organizations, all at the direction of George Soros…. That kind of money can buy a lot of influence. I wonder what a simple American citizen could do, to gain an ear against such tantalizing and profitable opposition?
So, y’all call your congressman and keep those faxes firing… explains a lot doesn’t it? Why 1.5 million peaceful patriotic Americans can come from every state in the union and march through their capital, clearly express their will and be ignored, yet 50,000 enraged Egyptians can riot and overthrow a dictator.
If it doesn’t further the agenda of the oligarchy, it didn’t happen.
“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.”George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796