New WH Website: Latest Health Care Weapon?

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Free speech groups have raised concerns over a new White House website that asks citizens to report on each other.

The website is known as Reform Reality Check.

The White House director of new media wants Americans to "flag" any material that undermines the president's health care plan. The website also asks citizens to report so-called "fishy" e-mails to the White House.

Colby May of the American Center for Law and Justice appeared on Tuesday's CBN Newschannel's Morning program to discuss the legal and free speech ramifications of the new White House website.  Click play to watch. 

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, says the program needs to be stopped. He says the White House is collecting personal information on private citizens.

"Of course the White House is collecting names," Cornyn said in his statement. "As I wrote to the President, it is inevitable. Anyone with access to the flag@whitehouse.gov account has access to the names and email addresses that are collected in that account.

"The question is not what the White House is doing, but how and why," he continued. "How are they purging names and email addresses from this account to protect privacy? Why do they need the forwarded emails, names, and 'casual conversations' sent to them instead of just the arguments that they want to rebut?"

Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, is skeptical that the new website will turn around public opinion on Obama's vision for health care.

"Do people really want to watch videos of people they don't know telling them how great a program is that they already disagree with?" Stewart told the Seattle Times.

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