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  • Archbishop appeals to Francois Hollande over Bill to ban pro-life websites

    12/01/2016 2:45:29 PM PST · by Petrosius · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | December 1, 2016
    Archbishop said the Bill questioned the foundations of liberty in France The president of the French bishops’ conference has written to President Francois Hollande to express his worries about fast-tracked legislation that would extend illegal interference on abortions to websites. Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseille said the bishops think the legislation questions the very foundations of liberties in France, and he urged Hollande to not allow the bill’s passage. The archbishop said the idea of illegal digital interference could have an impact on a woman’s decision to get an abortion. Referring to the oft-used French expression for abortion – “voluntary...
  • General Mattis' Appointment Raises Free Speech Concerns

    07/13/2010 8:29:28 AM PDT · by John R. Guardiano · 11 replies
    NewsReal Blog ^ | July 10, 2010 | John R. Guardiano
    The appointment of Marine Corps General James N. Mattis to head up Central Command (CENTCOM) is, of course, very good news. Mattis, after all, may well be America’s greatest living general. He certainly is one of the most intellectually formidable advocates of counterinsurgency warfare. However, Mattis’ appointment –- or, to be more precise, the reaction to his appointment amongst reporters and by the Pentagon leadership — raises troubling doubts about whether the American elite understand and are committed to free speech. I say this for two reasons: First because the Pentagon has imposed new and more restrictive rules on military...
  • LifeSiteNews uncovers NARAL’s 7-point plan to destroy crisis pregnancy centers

    01/13/2015 5:41:16 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    LIFE SITE NWS ^ | Jan 13, 2015 | Ben Johnson
    Documents obtained by LifeSiteNews.com uncover a disturbing pattern of public officials colluding with NARAL to hinder the efforts of pro-life pregnancy care centers. But the greatest find is on pages 5-7 of the exchange: A two-page document, on official letterhead, revealing NARAL's seven-point plan to harass CPCs. LifeSiteNews filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with Montgomery County, Maryland, to obtain the e-mails, which can be read in their entirety here. At the time, county officials were locked in a legal battle with Centro Tepeyac Silver Spring Women's Center, which they had targeted with an ordinance forcing the pro-life...
  • The totalitarian impulse flourishes at George Mason University

    11/16/2016 2:58:12 PM PST · by RKV · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/16/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Not content with insulting and chasing conservatives out of consideration for admission to GMU, the university, through its police department, is now threatening a conservative political activist with five years in prison for putting up posters using library paste. Oleg Atbashian, proprietor of the satirical site The People’s Cube, sends us this account of his arrest by GMU police while hanging posters criticizing Students for Justice in Palestine, a hate group aimed at the destruction of Israel.
  • Twitter Initiates Mass Purge Of Prominent Alt-Right Accounts Following Trump Victory (War!)

    11/15/2016 9:54:57 PM PST · by Az Joe · 107 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 15, 2016 | JONAH BENNETT, NATIONAL SECURITY/FOREIGN POLICY REPORTER
    Twitter has initiated a major purge of prominent accounts associated with the alt-right exactly a week after GOP President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning electoral victory. One of the first and most prominent accounts caught up in the deletion is Richard Spencer, president and director of the National Policy Institute, an alt-right think tank focused on white identity and related policy issues. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/11/15/twitter-initiates-mass-purge-of-alt-right-accounts-following-trump-victory/#ixzz4Q9GzPvSV
  • China passes new cybersecurity law threatening foreign businesses

    11/07/2016 7:26:07 PM PST · by aimhigh · 7 replies
    ITProPortal ^ | 11/07/2016 | Anthony Spadafora
    A new cybersecurity law passed in China has left many foreign businesses concerned as they will soon be required to store their data locally when operating in the country. The new cybersecurity law will also make it more difficult for businesses to operate in China, as they will be required to collect and store real names and personal information from their online users. This includes messaging services that may end up having to store conversations sent between users as well. Foreign internet companies will also be affected by the new law as they will have to store their data locally...
  • WILDERS HATE SPEECH TRIAL STARTS TODAY

    10/31/2016 4:45:46 PM PDT · by annalex · 12 replies
    NL Times ^ | October 31, 2016 - 07:49 | Janene Pieters
    The criminal trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders starts in the high security court at Schiphol today. Wilders is facing various forms of hate speech charges over statements he made about Moroccans while campaigning in The Hague in 2014. The PVV leader already announced that he will not be attending the trial, calling it a "political process" that should be held in parliament not in court.The charges against Wilders surrounds statements he made in The Hague during an electionc campaign on March 12th and 19th, 2014. In an interview he gave on the market he said: "Most important is...
  • Why is the Obama Administration Giving the OIC a Say in Our Right to Free Speech?

    12/12/2011 4:06:06 PM PST · by bayouranger · 18 replies
    The Legal Project ^ | 12-10-11 | Ann Snyder
    Starting on December 12th in Washington, DC, a meeting is being held that jeopardizes freedom of speech as we currently understand it in the United States. The Obama Administration has invited the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC," formerly, The Organization of the Islamic Conference) to a meeting of "experts" to discuss the implementation of a UN resolution ostensibly targeting "religious intolerance." Now, even if by combating "religious intolerance" the resolution were just targeting actual violations of freedom of religion (READ: violating rights, not hurting feelings), it still should raise a few eyebrows that the OIC is behind the resolution...
  • U.N. Adopts ‘Religious Intolerance’ Resolution Championed by Obama Administration

    12/20/2011 8:24:30 PM PST · by yank in the UK · 21 replies
    cnsnews ^ | 20th Dec, 2011 | Patrick Goodenough
    The U.N. General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution condemning the stereotyping, negative profiling and stigmatization of people based on their religion, and urging countries to take effective steps “to address and combat such incidents"
  • Proposed Strategy for Trump Even If the Ironies Will Go Over People’s Heads

    10/21/2016 9:31:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/21/16 | Ron A. Y. Rich
    Trump’s policies in favor of free enterprise and freedom of speech and in favor of all the Amendments to and protections of the U.S. Constitution and Trump’s positions against terrorists and criminals and repressions of freedom of thought Trump may have inadvertently hurt his cause by saying too much, from time to time, and not always in a politically incorrect way (deemed politically correct by most people), but one 4-letter word he has hardly ever used is “even” followed by the 2-letter word “if.” If used properly, and in enough contexts, these two words, “even if,” have the potential to...
  • Barack Obama Wants To “Curate” Your News Feed

    10/16/2016 8:16:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 24 replies
    Fits News ^ | 14 October 2016
    As the corporate-owned, liberal legacy media continues its “all in” offensive to get Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, elected president, the man she would replace in the oval office is going on the offensive against alternative news sources. “We are going to have to rebuild within this ‘Wild, Wild West’ of information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to,” U.S. president Barack Obama said on Thursday during a speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Wait … what? “Curating function?” That sounds an awful lot like censorship to us … While Obama claimed he was not embracing censorship, he said...
  • Jihad in America: Al-Timimi Verdict a Turning Point in Legal War on Terror

    05/03/2005 12:42:00 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 705+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, May 1, 2005 | Debra Erdley
    The conviction last week of Ali al-Timimi, an American-born Islamic scholar, on terrorism charges thrust the so-called "Virginia Paintball Jihad" case to the forefront as the federal government's greatest court victory against terrorism. All told, federal prosecutors counted 10 convictions in the case. Al-Timimi's conviction marked the first post-Sept. 11 case in which the government won a terrorism conviction for actions tied to philosophy and words designed to help the enemy, rather than deeds, such as providing money, equipment or actual combat help to that enemy. "Until now these people have escaped. It is a very powerful position to be...
  • Putin Associate Found Dead in DC Hotel

    11/06/2015 5:25:25 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11-5-2015 | Mike Levin
    A prominent Russian millionaire with high-level ties to the Kremlin has been found dead inside a Washington hotel, a Russian official and a senior U.S. official told ABC News. Mikhail Lesin, the former head of media affairs for the Russian government who's been accused of curtailing the country’s press freedoms, had been staying at Hotel Dupont when he was found Thursday, according to officials. It's unclear why the long-time adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Washington, but the Metropolitan Police Department is now investigating his death. On Thursday, U.S. authorities notified the Russian embassy in Washington that one...
  • French Gvmt Announces Plan to Criminalize Websites Opposing Abortion

    10/09/2016 1:16:22 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 41 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | September 29, 2016 | Jeanne Smits
    September 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The French minister for Families, Childhood and Women’s Rights is celebrating the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion with a plan to gag a number of websites that “mislead” women into thinking they give complete and honest information on abortion. Laurence Rossignol unveiled plans to criminalize those sites that aim to dissuade women from obtaining a “voluntary interruption of pregnancy,” a procedure that is 100 percent state-funded in France during the first 12 weeks of gestation. Offenders will incur prison sentences of up to two years and fines up to 30,000...
  • University distributes seven-page speech guide

    10/04/2016 7:16:48 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 22 replies
    The College Fix ^ | OCTOBER 4, 2016 | Kate Hardiman
    tudent leaders of this year’s freshman orientation at James Madison University were given a list of 35 things they should avoid saying, including phrases such as “you have such a pretty face,” “love the sinner, hate the sin,” “we’re all part of the human race,” “I treat all people the same,” “it was only a joke,” “I never owned slaves,” and “people just need to pick themselves up by their bootstraps,” among other expressions. Those phrases and others on the list “widen the diversity gap” and do not “create a safe and inclusive environment,” according to the seven-page handout, a...
  • US cuts cord on internet oversight

    10/01/2016 4:16:17 PM PDT · by bushwon · 87 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 1, 2016 | AFP-Washington
    Washington (AFP) - The US government on Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit entity. The US Commerce Department announced that its contract had expired with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the internet's so-called "root zone." That leaves ICANN as a self-regulating organization that will be operated by the internet's "stakeholders" -- engineers, academics, businesses, non-government and government groups. The move is part of a decades-old plan by the US to "privatize" the internet, and backers have said it would help...
  • Cuba upholds jailed American's 15-year sentence

    08/05/2011 3:17:04 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/5/2011 | PETER ORSI
    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's highest court upheld a U.S. government subcontractor's 15-year prison sentence for crimes against the state on Friday, ending the legal side of a case that has chilled already-icy relations between Washington and Havana. The ruling means 62-year-old Alan Gross, a Maryland native who has been behind bars for more than a year and a half, has no further judicial recourse to appeal his sentence. It leaves him, his family and U.S. officials hoping instead for a release on humanitarian grounds. Gross, who has been behind bars since his arrest in December 2009, was found guilty in...
  • ROAD TO RADICALISM: The Man Behind the 'South Park' Threats

    04/24/2010 1:33:35 AM PDT · by Cindy · 30 replies · 1,382+ views
    FOX NEWS.com ^ | Updated April 23, 2010 | By Joshua Rhett Miller - FOXNews.com
    SNIPPET: "He now likes to be called Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, and his primary interest in this world appears to be Islamic radicalism. Last week, Chesser, 20, posted a warning on the website RevolutionMuslim.com following the 200th episode of "South Park," which included a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad disguised in a bear suit." SNIPPET: "In a separate post on RevolutionMuslim.blogspot.com, which now serves as the group's main website since RevolutionMuslim.com has been shuttered, Chesser quoted Usama bin Laden when referencing why reactions are required when anyone insults or belittles the Prophet Muhammad. "As Usama bin Laden said with regard to...
  • ICANN, a Pack of Liars [Internet Giveaway vanity]

    09/16/2016 5:30:57 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 14 replies
    source: Paul Rosenzweig, a cyber-war insider | September 16, 2016 | aw!m
    Wednesdays's senate hearing regarding the Internet Giveaway revealed that ICANN has been not merely dishonest but truth is alien to them. Senator Grassley found no solid reason to believe that our .gov and .mil websites will be left alone. [Which means no website is safe]. That lack of assurance concerns him. According to Paul Rosenzweig [a cyber-war insider and former Homeland Administrator who wrote extensively about freedom-of-speech concerns] the only thing protecting the .mil and .gov websites is empty assurances in letters that have no legal value whatsoever. To put it bluntly: The senator and Rosenzweig both smell a rat....
  • Dissent Will Not Be Tolerated: What the Case of a Wyoming Judge Means for All of Us

    09/08/2016 5:29:16 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 22 replies
    The Witherspoon Institute ^ | August 30, 2016 | Jonathan G. Lange
    On Wednesday, August 17, the Wyoming Supreme Court heard a case that has huge implications for each and every one of us. The case involves Judge Ruth Neely, who has served with distinction for twenty-one years as the municipal judge in Pinedale, Wyoming. Since municipalities have no authority either to issue a license or solemnize a marriage, you would think that she’s unaffected by all the hoopla over same-sex marriage. But you would be mistaken. Because of her beliefs about marriage, the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics (CJCE) wants to remove her from her job and disqualify her...
  • 2016 08 28 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Buh-Bye Middle Ground" (video)

    08/28/2016 11:37:41 AM PDT · by Lera · 19 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 8/28/16 | John Haller
    Persecution on a wide scale basis is knocking at the doorstep of every true believer, and the frequency and intensity of the knocking has exponentially increased. Just 8 years ago, no one was confused about which bathroom to use...and now, you can be expelled from West Virginia University for not properly using the correct invented pronoun to address anyone who is in a state of "transition" (read: Confusion). There has been a swing in the societal pendulum from common sense to delusion, and the argument can be made that the momentum has significantly increased over the course of the past...
  • Woman Charged With Vandalizing Trump Sign, Nearly Running Over Resident

    08/07/2016 6:41:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | 8/6/2016
    ANDOVER (CBS) – A woman was arrested after she allegedly vandalized a resident’s Donald Trump campaign sign and nearly ran over the homeowner as she tried to speed away. Andover Police said Susan Bryant of North Reading spray painted the Trump sign on Jenkins Road early Saturday morning. One side of the sign was painted with “Putin’s (expletive),” a reference to Trump’s purported relationship with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. On the other side, Bryant allegedly painted “Gold Star Fail!” When homeowner Art Gonsalves confronted Bryant, she allegedly drove off erratically, forcing the victim to run out of the way of her...
  • America’s Last 97 Days?

    08/03/2016 7:55:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Patriot News ^ | August 3, 2016 | Dale Summitt
    Just 97 days from today Americans will vote and elect a new President. Many will vote but few will be informed voters. The election of Hillary Clinton will bring swift destruction of what remains of America after eight years political famine under Barack Obama. Whether Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton is the more evil is debatable; what is clear, is that a nation already ablaze in an out of control lawless wildfire under Obama, will explode from the accelerant fanning of these flames by the “Wicked Witch of New York”. Only Constitutional Conservatives appear to be aware of the devastation...
  • Xi’s China: Smothering dissent

    07/28/2016 8:33:31 AM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 4 replies
    Financial Times: The Big Read ^ | 27 July 2016 | Tom Mitchell
    Subtitle: Critics fear the erosion of civic freedoms is denying space for grievances to be aired In one of his last interviews before he was detained by Chinese police, Meng Han appeared relaxed as he talked about his work as a labour activist. “Our most important work is to help factory workers organise themselves so they can defend their rights,” he told the Financial Times last year. “The government rarely helps the workers. But as long as the workers don’t go to extremes, it will stay neutral.” At the beginning of 2015, Mr Meng could feel reasonably confident that he...
  • Democrats Aim to Chill Speech with House Resolution Condemning 'Hateful Rhetoric' Toward Muslims

    12/31/2015 11:10:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 31, 2015 | Debra Heine
    Image courtesy Shutterstock. In the days and weeks since the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks, Democrats have spent a lot of time worrying about an anti-Muslim backlash, and have proposed a House resolution to "condemn violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States" to deal with the problem. There does seem to have been an uptick in hateful incidents in the past month, although, as PJ Media's Rick Moran reported, one of the incidents turned out to be a fake hate crime. Most of the incidents are still under investigation. Still, despite Democrat hand-wringing over...
  • Police Shut Down Event Promoting U.S. Constitution; Thomas More Law Center Sues CAIR

    05/01/2012 9:17:19 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 23 replies
    Catholic Bandita ^ | May 1, 2012 | Lisa Graas
    ANN ARBOR, MI – In the middle of an event to extol the virtues of the U.S. Constitution and “American Laws For American Courts,” the audience learned first-hand how easy it is to lose their freedom of Speech and Assembly. Amid shouts of “What about free speech?” from the audience, the Allegan Police Department ordered the event shut-down. School officials notified police that they had received a letter complaining about the event from Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI). The letter asked the school to disallow the event despite an existing contract.
  • Federal regulation of Internet coming, warn FCC, FEC commissioners

    06/30/2016 11:18:35 AM PDT · by PROCON · 44 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | June 30, 2016 | PAUL BEDARD
    Democrats targeting content and control of the Internet, especially from conservative sources, are pushing hard to layer on new regulations and even censorship under the guise of promoting diversity while policing bullying, warn commissioners from the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Election Commission. “Protecting freedom on the Internet is just one vote away,” said Lee E. Goodman, a commissioner on the FEC which is divided three Democrats to three Republicans. “There is a cloud over your free speech.” Freedom of speech on the Internet, added Ajit Pai, commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, “is increasingly under threat.” Pai and Goodman...
  • Fox targeted by FEC Dems in first-ever vote to punish debate sponsorship (via Drudge)

    06/29/2016 3:12:13 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 29, 2016 | By PAUL BEDARD
    Finally making good on long-harbored anger at conservative media, Democrats on the Federal Election Commission voted in secret to punish Fox News' sponsorship of a Republican presidential debate, using an obscure law to charge the network with helping those on stage. It is the first time in history that members of the FEC voted to punish a media outlet's debate sponsorship, and it follows several years of Democratic threats against conservative media and websites like the Drudge Report. The punishment, however, was blocked by all three Republicans on the commission, resulting in a 3-3 tie vote and no action. A...
  • The Real Reason Hillary Clinton Wants To Overturn 'Citizens United'

    09/22/2015 9:54:44 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 22, 2015 | George Leef
    Hillary Clinton’s stumbling campaign for the White House is geared to take advantage of voter ignorance at every turn: ignorance about the government’s ability to promote prosperity, ignorance about the impact of minimum wage laws, ignorance about the damage done by her policies while serving as Secretary of State, and – the point of this piece – ignorance about the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Leftist politicians from Barack Obama down have created a mythology that Citizens United was a disastrous decision because it allows big, rich, right-wing corporations to buy our elections. Hillary...
  • California Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Criminalize Undercover Filming at Abortion Facilities

    06/02/2016 5:16:12 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 20 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 6/1/16 | Heather Clark
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Following controversy over undercover videos filmed by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) into the practices of Planned Parenthood, a lawmaker in California has introduced a bill that would make secretly recording inside abortion facilities punishable by up to a year behind bars. “It is the intent of the legislature to enact legislation to prohibit any person from intentionally video recording a confidential communication, or disclosing or distributing that video-recording communication, without obtaining the consent of all parties to the communication,” A.B. 1671, introduced by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez ,reads. It criminalizes any person who “intentionally discloses or...
  • Landmark California bill would allow prosecution of climate-change skeptics

    06/02/2016 10:22:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 76 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 2, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    A landmark California bill gaining steam would make it illegal to engage in climate-change dissent, clearing the way for lawsuits against fossil-fuel companies, think-tanks and others that have “deceived or misled the public on the risks of climate change.” The first-of-its-kind legislation — Senate Bill 1161, or the California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016 — is scheduled for floor action Thursday after clearing Senate committees in April and May. The measure would allow state and local prosecutors to pursue claims against climate-change skepticism as a violation of the state’s Unfair Competition Law [UCL], as well as extend...
  • The UN Plan For Human Settlements (Obama Plan)

    05/15/2010 7:56:54 PM PDT · by bronxville · 71 replies · 1,030+ views
    Berit Kjos ^ | ,June 1996 | Berit Kjos
    Bicycles instead of cars? Dense apartment clusters instead of single homes? Community rituals instead of churches? "Human rights" instead of religious freedom? The UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) which met June 3-14 [1996]in Istanbul, painted an alarming picture of the 21st century community. The American ways-free speech, individualism, travel, and Christianity-are out. A new set of economic, environmental, and social guidelines are in. Citizenship, democracy, and education have been redefined. Handpicked civil leaders will implement UN "laws", bypassing state and national representatives to work directly with the UN. And politically correct "tolerance"-meaning "the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism"...
  • Obama’s DOJ Can’t Say Criticizing Religion Will Remain Legal (Video at Link)

    09/17/2012 6:05:16 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 61 replies
    NRO ^ | September 17, 2012 5:48 P.M.
    The exchange below, between Representative Trent Franks and Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, occurred in late July, but is particularly relevant today. Representatvie Franks tries to extract an assurance from Perez that the Obama administration will not push a proposal to criminalize speech “against any religion.” He has a tough time doing so.
  • Egypt Salafi urges U.N. to criminalize contempt of Islam

    09/22/2012 6:52:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 22, 2012 | Marwa Awad
    (Reuters) - Egypt's president and other Muslim leaders should demand the U.N. criminalize contempt of religion after the release of an anti-Islamic film and cartoons which demonstrate growing racism, said the leader of the biggest ultra-orthodox Islamist party. Despite doctrinal and political differences with President Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, the Salafist Nour Party played a key role in supporting it during presidential elections in June. Led by Emad Abdel Ghaffour, it now ranks as the second-largest party in parliament and plays a formidable force in Egypt's new politics. "We call for legislation or a resolution to criminalize contempt of Islam...
  • UN Plots War on Free Speech to Stop "Extremism" Online [End of Free Speech as we Know It]

    05/27/2016 1:05:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 32 replies
    The New American ^ | 5/14/2016 | Alex Newman
    The United Nations Security Council wants a global "framework" for censoring the Internet, as well as for using government propaganda to "counter" what its apparatchiks call "online propaganda," "hateful ideologies," and "digital terrorism." To that end, the UN Security Council this week ordered the UN "Counter-Terrorism Committee" — yes, that is a real bureaucracy — to draw up a plan by next year. From the Obama administration to the brutal Communist Chinese regime, everybody agreed that it was time for a UN-led crackdown on freedom of speech and thought online — all under the guise of fighting the transparently bogus...
  • 'Dictatorial' HS2 to bar hundreds of victims from objecting (UK high-speed rail)

    05/07/2016 7:22:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7 May 2016 • 9:58pm | Andrew Gilligan
    HS2 has been accused of “dictator-like arrogance” after demanding that more than 600 people and groups — including the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright, and the Commons Speaker, John Bercow — be banned from objecting to the controversial high-speed rail scheme. In a document slipped out on election day, the Government has applied to bar residents close to the route, anti-HS2 action groups and even MPs on the line from making parliamentary objections as the legislation to build the route passes through the Lords. Eight MPs for seats along the proposed route, four of them ministers, are covered by the ban....
  • German Comic In Turkish President Erdogan's Satire Row Suspends TV Show

    04/17/2016 7:24:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    | Agence France-Presse ^ | April 17, 2016
    A German comedian whose satirical poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unleashed a bitter row about freedom of speech has decided to suspend his own TV show, he announced on his Facebook page on Saturday. Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday authorised criminal proceedings sought by Turkey against the popular comic Jan Boehmermann who could be convicted under the rarely-enforced section 103 of the criminal code -- insulting organs or representatives of foreign states. Merkel's decision has appalled rights bodies such as Human Rights Watch which on Saturday called on the German authorities to defend freedom of speech "even...
  • Donald Trump Threatens To Sue Media Outlets, 'Open Up' Libel Laws: 'With Me, They're Not Protected'

    02/27/2016 1:22:49 PM PST · by MLL · 87 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/26/2016 | Jordan Schachtel
    Donald Trump is going after the media, threatening to sue publications for writing negatively about him. During a Friday rally in Texas, Trump launched into a monologue about how he felt that the media was treating him unfairly, alleging that the New York Times and Washington Post, in particular, were not covering him well. "The New York Times, which is losing a fortune, which is a failing newspaper, which probably won't be around much longer ... but I think the New York Times is one of the most dishonest media outlets I've ever seen in my life," the businessman said....
  • Donald Trump: We're going to 'open up' libel laws

    02/27/2016 10:02:24 AM PST · by dschapin · 233 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/26/2016 | Hadas Gold
    Donald Trump said on Friday he plans to change libel laws in the United States so that he can have an easier time suing news organizations. During a rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Trump began his usual tirade against newspapers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, saying they're "losing money" and are "dishonest." The Republican presidential candidate then took a different turn, suggesting that when he's president they'll "have problems." "One of the things I'm going to do if I win, and I hope we do and we're certainly leading. I'm going to open up our...
  • Feds Jail Radio Host, Sparking Free Speech Outcry

    02/17/2016 2:35:27 PM PST · by detective · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | 16 February 2016 | Alex Newman
    After arresting and charging radio host Pete Santilli (shown) with "conspiracy" in connection with his reporting on the occupation of the Oregon wildlife refuge, the federal government has sparked an outcry that is making headlines across America and even overseas. Indeed, the growing concerns over the free-speech implications have united critics ranging from the statist American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to the liberty-oriented Rutherford Institute. The biggest concern, activists and critics of the case say, is that the federal government is trampling on the rights to free speech and freedom of the press guaranteed in the First Amendment to the...
  • Russian PM: No Restrictions On Freedom Of Speech Possible In Internet Era

    02/14/2016 4:31:25 PM PST · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    TASS ^ | 02/14/2016 | TASS
    It is absolutely impossible to impose any restrictions on the freedom of speech in the era of Internet, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Euronews TV channel on Sunday. "To get to the point, we have a lot of various media outlets that still provide a diverse picture, including online media," he said. "When I’m asked about this I always respond based on to the way I perceive the situation. I can tell you that I rarely watch TV or read newspapers in print and I receive virtually all of my information from the internet. And...
  • Liberty University's president is blocking students on Twitter

    01/29/2016 11:02:04 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 29, 2016 | Ashe Schow
    Do you disagree with Liberty University's president's decision to endorse Donald Trump for president? You could get blocked on Twitter if you tweet your dissatisfaction with the endorsement. Tyler McNally, a Liberty University student (and someone I've followed for a few years), tweeted a screenshot Friday afternoon showing Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. blocking him on his Twitter account. pic.twitter.com/TnQ6uXJtiM - Tyler McNally (@Tyler_McNally) January 29, 2016 "My school president blocked me. AMA" McNally wrote. ("AMA" is an acronym for "Ask Me Anything," a joke referencing a section of Reddit where users ask questions to celebrities or those with...
  • Truthy: The Tax-Funded Speech Monitoring and Suppression Project

    11/14/2014 8:34:32 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/14/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    One professor’s million-dollar campaign against conservatives, courtesy of the taxpayer Leftist speech suppressors are at it again, but this time they’re apparently being subsidized by the American taxpayer. On Monday, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) sent a letter to the head of the National Science Foundation (NSF), demanding information about the nearly $1 million spent on the “Truthy” data-mining project that monitors political speech on Twitter. “The committee and taxpayers deserve to know how NSF decided to award a large grant for a project that proposed to develop standards for online political speech...
  • ISIS Influence on Web Prompts Second Thoughts on First Amendment

    12/28/2015 4:00:17 AM PST · by Daffynition · 44 replies
    NYT ^ | Dec 27, 2015 | ERIK ECKHOLM
    It is one of the most hallowed precepts in modern constitutional law: Freedom of speech may not be curbed unless it poses a *clear and present danger* ~ an actual, imminent threat, not the mere advocacy of harmful acts or ideas. But in response to the Islamic State*s success in grooming jihadists over the Internet, some legal scholars are asking whether it is time to reconsider that constitutional line.
  • Armored Federal Agents Raid Texas Secessionist Meeting.

    03/03/2015 8:48:16 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 26 replies
    patdollard.com ^ | 3/1/15 | Jack Flash
    In a deliberate “show of force,” federal and local police forces raided a political meeting in Texas, fingerprinting and photographing all attendees as well as confiscating all cell phones and personal recording devices. Members of the Republic of Texas, a seccession movement dedicated to restoring Texas as an independent constitutional republic, had gathered Feb. 14 in a Bryan, Texas, meeting hall along with public onlookers. They were debating issues of currency, international relations and celebrating the birthday of one of their oldest members.
  • Yale Students Sign Petition To Repeal First Amendment

    12/21/2015 4:20:05 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | December 17, 2015 | Aric Mitchell
    Yale students are either going to be very embarrassed by what conservative filmmaker Ami Horowitz just did to them, or they’re going to nod their heads in agreement. Whatever the reaction, the American purists among you are liable to be downright frightened. For what reason, you ask? In short, because of how many Yale students saw no problem with getting rid of the First Amendment — the amendment that entitles Americans to freedom of speech, religion, and assembly as well as a free press and the freedom to petition. Speaking of that word — petition — Horowitz was able to...
  • Yale fail: Ivy leaguers sign 'petition' to repeal First Amendment

    12/16/2015 5:34:47 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/16/2015
    Trigger warning! This story and video may be unsuitable viewing for the “safe space” crowd. Looking to understand just how controversial the debate over free speech on our college campuses really is, filmmaker and satirist Ami Horowitz recently traveled to Yale University, one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, to speak directly to students. “I decided to take this campus free speech debate to its logical conclusion,” said Horowitz, who asked students if they’d sign a petition calling for an outright repeal of the First Amendment. “The result was this unbelievable display of total stupidity.” In fact,...
  • Somali 'refugee' linked to San Bernardino terror attack

    12/06/2015 7:27:13 PM PST · by Ray76 · 57 replies
    WND ^ | Dec 6, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    A young man who came to Minnesota as a "refugee" from Somalia has been linked to Syed Farook, the shooter who, along with his jihadist wife, killed 14 Americans in San Bernardino less than a week ago. Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler provided a key piece of information about the case, linking the San Bernardino shooters to Mohamed Hassan, a known terrorist recruiter who has been on the FBI radar screen for at least seven years. As WND reported in May, Hassan also helped radicalize Elton Simpson, one of the two jihadists who tried to storm into a Prophet Muhammad...
  • Video: Former Congressman DARES Loretta Lynch to Prosecute Him in Scathing Rant

    12/04/2015 7:30:52 PM PST · by blueyon · 78 replies
    Hypeline ^ | 12/04/15 | Stephen Rowe
    The day after the horrific terrorist San Bernardino shooting spree, Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged to a group of Muslim activists that she would take aggressive action against anyone who used “anti-Muslim rhetoric” that “edges toward violence.” Joe Walsh, former Congressman from Illinois, didn’t back down from the Attorney General’s threat. In fact, Walsh has released a statement to Hypeline News directly challenging Lynch: What the hell does that mean? I have a 1st Amendment right, Ms Lynch, to say whatever I want about Muslims. You want to try and prosecute me for what I say? I dare you. Here...
  • Missouri Student VP: I'm Tired Of Hearing People Use First Amendment Rights...

    11/11/2015 11:34:27 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 43 replies
    To Create "Hostile" Atmosphere Brenda Smith-Lezama, vice president of the Missouri Students Association, appeared on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon to express her disdain at people using their First Amendment rights to create a "hostile" and "unsafe" learning environment. Smith-Lezama advocated for a safe space for "healing" rather than "experiencing a lot of hate." MSNBC host Thomas Roberts asked Smith-Lezama to respond to a professor who "complained" universities are becoming intolerant of opposing views. "One professor complained universities are becoming places of prohibition," Roberts said. "What's your feeling? Do you believe that's a place we are heading for American campuses now? "...