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England Reaffirms Ban on Radio Host Michael Savage
jonathanturley.org ^ | 5-25-11 | Jonathon Turley

Posted on 05/25/2011 3:28:40 PM PDT by dynachrome

We have been following the ban imposed on conservative radio host Michael Savage by England — barring him from entry into the country. England now appears to have reaffirmed the decision and accuses Savage of promising to retract some of his statements and failing to do so. While I strongly disagree with many of Savage’s statements, I view the ban as part of a disturbing trend limiting free speech in the West and particularly in England.

In the communication below, Treasury Solicitor Michael Atkins tells counsel for Savage that he previously assured the government that Savage would repudiate some of his comments on his website. It also says that Savage promised to appeal the earlier decision and failed to do so.

Savage was informed last July that the Cameron administration would continue the prior ban on his entry into the country unless he repudiated statements made on his broadcasts that were considered a threat to public security. The very notion of ideas being a threat to public safety is the hallmark of censorship and governmental abuse. While then–British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith insisted that it is “important that people understand the sorts of values and sorts of standards that we have here,” he omitted free speech.

The most recent letter is equally disturbing. It puts the burden on Savage to show that his ideas are not a threat to public security — a ridiculous burden when the only way to do so appears to be the repudiation of his beliefs and ideas. England has moved rapidly against free speech guarantees with comparably little protest. There does not even to be much of a national debate despite the fundamental shift on individual rights. We need to support those civil libertarians in England who are fighting this lonely battle — often on behalf of unpopular individuals like Savage.


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Yet, the UK idiots let the muzzies run roughshod over their country.

"The most recent letter is equally disturbing. It puts the burden on Savage to show that his ideas are not a threat to public security — a ridiculous burden when the only way to do so appears to be the repudiation of his beliefs and ideas"

1 posted on 05/25/2011 3:28:47 PM PDT by dynachrome
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To: 09Patriot; abigail2; Avoiding_Sulla; BellStar; b4its2late; BootsOfEscaping; Brad's Gramma; ...

Ping to the article Doc S. was talking about just now.


2 posted on 05/25/2011 3:29:43 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

Well, I guess we’ll just have to keep fighting.


3 posted on 05/25/2011 3:40:15 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: dynachrome

Well, I guess we’ll just have to keep fighting.


4 posted on 05/25/2011 3:40:23 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: dynachrome
While I strongly disagree with many of Savage’s statements

Couldn't we have an example or two?


unpopular individuals like Savage.

What is this guy smoking? Savage is at least in the top five in his business, which depends heavily upon popularity.

ML/NJ

5 posted on 05/25/2011 3:44:05 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: dynachrome

James Madison, George Mason, Tom Jefferson...

all very cool white guys who btw...owned slaves...nearly 1000 between them

but sure knew their thing about the right to speak up, etc

Mason btw for race platitude imbibers here...was for stopping importation of African slaves


6 posted on 05/25/2011 3:44:28 PM PDT by wardaddy (All the social libs who left last go around have crawled back...they can't help themselves)
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To: dynachrome

Unreal.


7 posted on 05/25/2011 3:55:36 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Dear Lord, Please judge Barack Hussein Obama for betraying Israel, and not the whole nation. Amen.)
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To: dynachrome

Crap like this is THE reason I tolerate porn in the USA.


8 posted on 05/25/2011 4:10:52 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: dynachrome

I used to listen to the Michael Savage show on DFW’s KLIF but they’ve dropped him a couple weeks ago, too.


9 posted on 05/25/2011 4:17:50 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: dynachrome

Out of revenge we should send the President to go over and give out crappy gifts and disrespect the Queen by yacking through God Save the Queen

That’ll learn ‘em.


10 posted on 05/25/2011 4:17:54 PM PDT by DManA
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To: dynachrome

Why anyone would want to visit the UK is beyond me.


11 posted on 05/25/2011 4:25:33 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Interferes With Justice)
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To: SkyDancer

I was there 40 years ago. I imagine it has changed a bit!


12 posted on 05/25/2011 4:31:14 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

Poor Doc Mike; he has been belittling O’Reilly, Limbaugh, and Hannity for years, and yet has the gall to complain that they are not coming to his defense in this matter. It’s unbecoming.


13 posted on 05/25/2011 4:53:03 PM PDT by joelt
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To: dynachrome

Turley’s a weird duck. No doubt an unrepentant liberal, but he’s had more than a few moments of clarity and intellectual honesty.


14 posted on 05/25/2011 4:56:07 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Kinda like Juan Williams comes out of the fog once in awhile.


15 posted on 05/25/2011 5:20:26 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: joelt; dynachrome; rockabyebaby; ReformationFan; Electric Graffiti; ColdWater; Thommas; ...
Just goes to show you most conservatives can be just as hypocritical as liberals, that's why Savage calls them names to begin with, both Hannity and O’Reilly defend liberals right to free speech, why not defend Savage's? And he's not being banned from UK for calling his competition names, he's being banned for calling Mooslims names.
16 posted on 05/25/2011 5:30:54 PM PDT by whatisthetruth
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To: SkyDancer
Why anyone would want to visit the UK is beyond me.

I agree. I was last there in 2000 and have no plans to ever go back.

17 posted on 05/25/2011 5:38:23 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: ViLaLuz

You might say they threw him over a KLIF.....


18 posted on 05/25/2011 5:40:35 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Herman, Sarah, John, Tim, Michelle: they'd all be good. S-can that Newt, Chris, Ron & Mitt, though!)
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To: dynachrome

I remember when England used to allow free speech.


19 posted on 05/25/2011 5:41:53 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("It's hard to take the president seriously." - Jim DeMint)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

England has not the 1st amendment and I believe the gov’t can censor or prevent news organizations from publishing “sensitive” stuff


20 posted on 05/25/2011 5:44:05 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

They can censor based on what they consider ‘hate speech’. It used to be that people could express themselves freely.

Of course, I also remember when the United States had free speech as well.


21 posted on 05/25/2011 6:07:45 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("It's hard to take the president seriously." - Jim DeMint)
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To: whatisthetruth

On air yesterday, Savage stated he had met with a member of Britain’s parliament in Florida a while back. The British official reportedly told Savage that most members of parliament are terrified of being killed by Muslims, thus the constant appeasement.

A lesson in where multiculturalism leads. If the entirety of the government is afraid of a significant segment of their population, without military intervention/expulsion, it seems they are finished.


22 posted on 05/25/2011 6:30:30 PM PDT by Bronzewound (When radicals begin to follow rules, are they still radicals?)
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To: whatisthetruth

Savage is great. He tells the truth.


23 posted on 05/25/2011 7:15:45 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (F U B O ! ! !)
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To: dynachrome

Thank you, Dynachrome!

Not to “blog pimp,” but my radio blog for tomorrow morning is about this very important subject. It will be up in the morning at http://www.dakotavoice.com/ and on the radio station page at http://www.newsradio1049fm.com/pages/gina.html


24 posted on 05/25/2011 7:15:52 PM PDT by WXRGina
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To: dynachrome

Love the good Doctor! He is always welcomed in my house.


25 posted on 05/25/2011 7:37:51 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

New York Times ...”Stalinist Broadsheet”...Michael Savage
“Liberalissm...A Mental Disorder”...Michael Savage.

I wish the current UK government would cite the exact comments, (and shades of the Magna Carta the words that government uses in Savage’s case is comments, not deeds, that the others in the infamous baned group committed.) Savage is suppose to redact.
Instead of circling the wagons on previous governments sanctions .


26 posted on 05/25/2011 11:44:44 PM PDT by mosesdapoet ("To punish a province Let it be ruled by a professor " Frederick The Great paraphrased)
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To: whatisthetruth
Michael Savage is a talk radio performer. He is outlandish at times. Definitely calls a spade a SPADE! In many ways he sees with clear eyes what others avoid or overlook. I very much like his outbursts and thinking. He pulls no punches.

He says, no one stepped forward to come to his support, when he was banned from England. He wants to go there to get his teeth fixed. He has fought this battle to no avail. Seems like he could get a ‘specific and exceptional’ admission for this reason. Of course, he feels it is without merit, and unjust to be banned for no reason. Who else have you heard of that is banned from England? They have a large population of Muslims.

Our world in in the balance, due to the one world mind set of the high and the powerful. We, the peons, sit and watch. We are doing nothing. Passive and ineffective. We are a nation divided, progressive liberals, conservatives, young, old, criminals, law abiding citizens, weak, strong, the welfare mentality and the producers of this world, legal, illegal, one world supporters, and those wanting freedom, liberty and national sovereignty, the individuals that desire to be free to choose and those that like being told what to do, and when and how! God help us we are divided over religion, persecuted, and now are being controlled by regulations and taxes ... close to where we are being totally controlled TYRANNY! and it is advancing at a rapid encroachment rate.

The Bible prophesies the one world, one money, one religion, stage of THE WORLDS being, EVIL REIGNING AND NO FAITH ... right before the DAY OF God's wrath COMES.

WE HAVE BEEN UNBELIEVABILLY BLESSED IN AMERICA. We have lived in the most prosperous time, in the most prosperous nation, mostly in peace within our borders, and with the most liberty, and good health, and opportunity. We are seeing it destroyed right before our eyes, and the youths do not know history, and have/are being taught social studies/justice crap and they believe it!!!!!!

How dumb and stupid are we to sit and argue about non essentials while our world is falling apart? TOTALITARIANISM IS COMING!!! Nothing new here, Nero played while Rome burned!

27 posted on 05/26/2011 9:45:44 AM PDT by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: dynachrome

The main reason no-one in Britain is kicking up a stink about this is because no-one has a clue who this chap is.


28 posted on 05/26/2011 10:41:05 AM PDT by Mitch86
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To: geologist
Well thought out and well written post, thanks. My only complaint with Savage is he's not more of an activist leader than he is and his temper probably has a lot to do with that.
29 posted on 05/26/2011 10:47:32 AM PDT by whatisthetruth
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To: Mitch86

Begs the question then why is he on the governments’ ban list if no one over there knows him?


30 posted on 05/26/2011 10:49:15 AM PDT by whatisthetruth
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To: whatisthetruth
He has reached a point in life where he does what he wants and cares little what anyone says about it. One of the advantages of getting older is realizing we must first do what is right and good; and well established careers are not threatened by doing so.

No matter, if it is threatened. He has written 26 books, traveled the world has 2 or 3 degrees, and lives with his little dog ‘teddy’. Has a boat to use in San Francisco bay and lives a simple live of his own choosing. He hates the politics of San Francisco but loves the climate, etc.

Free to choose as he pleases.

31 posted on 05/26/2011 11:04:59 AM PDT by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: whatisthetruth

That’s what we wondered, too!


32 posted on 05/26/2011 2:07:24 PM PDT by Mitch86
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To: Mitch86; dynachrome
Correct - most Britons have never heard of him - nor does it seem they are going to have a chance to.

The principle remains though. What criteria are the government basing this decision on? Is it because he dares say things they are too scared to?

33 posted on 05/28/2011 6:12:49 AM PDT by Vanders9
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