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Cox - 'Natural Fluctuations', Not Censorship

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 07:48:00 -0400
Archived: Tue, 13 May 2008 07:48:00 -0400
Subject: Cox - 'Natural Fluctuations', Not Censorship

Source: The Herald Tribune - Sarasota, Florida, USA


Thursday, May 8, 2008

'Natural Fluctuations', Not Censorship
Billy Cox

Hillary Clinton's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination
appears to have capsized this week with a big loss in North
Carolina and a whisker-thin victory in Indiana. And with that
defeat, apparently, go whatever hopes some activists held out
for the declassification of UFO data.

Anticipating such a finale, Washington lobbyist Stephen Bassett
flooded media markets with 5,000 e-mails in a last-ditch effort
to prod pundits into questioning her documented intrigues with
disclosure advocates. Bassett's missive, slugged "Open Letter to
Senator Hillary Clinton,," went out April 30.

The letter was posted on his own Paradigm Research Group Web
page, as well as several other sites. Bassett monitored the
traffic as hits for "Open Letter to Senator Hillary Clinton"
nudged PRG and American Chronicle into the top two slots in
Google's search engines, with PRG and OpEd News at 1 and 2 in

Then, 36 hours after posting - an unanticipated event. Search
returns for Bassett's letter vanished. From Google. But not from
Yahoo. On Yahoo, "Open Letter" links to PRG and OpEd remain
firmly embedded in the first and second slots.

"I was absolutely stunned when it happened," Bassett says by
phone from Virginia. "It caught me completely off guard. I
checked it every 15 minutes. Then it disappeared. Thirteen years
of following my stuff (online), and nothing like this has ever
happened before."

Now, Bassett is accusing Google of deliberately blocking his
"Open Letter." You can still scroll way down and find it linked
to other sites, but Bassett says it reeks of censorship. He
suspects someone with the Clinton campaign or at Google put the
kibosh on "Open Letter" to protect the senator during what may
have been the most decisive week of her White House bid.

From its corporate communications office in Mountain View,
Calif., Google issued a written statement Wednesday afternoon to
deny participating in any willful chicanery:

"Google has not taken any action against this content, and we
are not blocking it from our index. URLs can move in and out of
Google's index as part of natural fluctuations in what we crawl
and index."

Bassett isn't buying it.

"I think the idea that (the key word) returns could be 1 and 2
on Yahoo and nowhere on Google is pretty remote," he says. "If
Google is screwing around with listings for political reasons,
the implications are massive."

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