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Only Internet Fascism Can Save Democracy

Won’t someone save democracy from the people?

Free speech on the internet endangers democracy, Barack Obama told Stanford University.

The widely hailed speech at Big Tech’s favorite university claimed that autocrats are “subverting democracy” and that democracies have “grown dangerously complacent.” In the slow parade of teleprompter clichés he even  warned that “too often we’ve taken freedom for granted.”

To Obama, the threat to democracy doesn’t come from government power, but the lack of it.

“You just have to flood a country’s public square with enough raw sewage. You just have to raise enough questions, spread enough dirt, plant enough conspiracy theorizing that citizens no longer know what to believe. Once they lose trust in their leaders, in mainstream media, in political institutions, in each other, in the possibility of truth, the game’s won,” he summed up.

Like every Obama speech, “Challenges to Democracy in the Digital Information Realm” didn’t offer anything new, just a distillation of familiar talking points and misplaced assumptions.

The assumption at the heart of Obama’s speech and that of the range of arguments depicting free speech as a cultural and national threat is that the purpose of discourse is state power.

Obama, like many post-liberal lefty critics of free speech, reduces speech to its social impact and its social impact to its political impact. This holistic integration is so fundamental to Marxists and many lefties that they don’t even think twice about the idea that everything we do is reducible to a move on the great abacus of social justice. The food you eat, the car you buy, and the words you say have the potential to either save or damn the planet and humanity.

This quasi-religious conception of mass social mobilization pervades American society. It’s the precondition for wokeness because the only possible moral justification for terrorizing random people on social media is the conviction that governance isn’t political, it’s social, and that the only way to avert climate change and social inequality is by controlling what everyone believes.

Wokeness collapses the distinction between the private and public spheres, and between government and individuals. In a national social crisis, the only conceptual framework through which the Left ever really governs, there’s no time for such liberal niceties as private spheres.

Obama’s speech neatly illustrates the fascism at the heart of this panopticon political project.

Introduce disagreement and you “raise enough questions” that people “no longer know what to believe” and then “lose trust in their leaders”, “mainstream media” and even “truth”. Stripped of all the Brookings Institute globalist prose, what Obama is really saying is that individual disagreement undermines the state. And that truth is dependent on public faith in the state.

This is a value system utterly at odds with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, one which envisions an intimate link between individual speech and state authority that would have horrified King George III, but absolutely delighted Hitler or Stalin.

It assumes that there can be no other legitimate points of view other than the official one and that there should be no leaders except those who share them. Limiting the range of opinions is necessary to protect state power because there is no distinction between them and the state.

Or as a certain Austrian artist once put it, “One people, One state, One leader”.

When he was promoting his last book two years ago, Obama made the same arguments. “If we do not have the capacity to distinguish what’s true from what’s false, then by definition the marketplace of ideas doesn’t work. And by definition our democracy doesn’t work.”

The assumption that the democratic process leads to truth rather than choice, absolute rightness rather than people power, is an undemocratic paradigm. Its inevitable conclusion becomes that of Obama, that democracy must be protected by controlling the people.

Not only elections, but ideas, are too important to be left to the public.

Obama doesn’t want a marketplace of ideas because people might get the wrong idea and vote him and his political allies out of office. The explicit goal of internet censorship is to control election outcomes by filtering what information the public is able to access.

Like the provenance of a certain Delaware artist’s laptop.

Narrowing the range of acceptable information in order to narrow the range of acceptable opinions, candidates and political systems is the first fundamental trick of tyrannies. It takes a certain chutzpah and a stock of Orwellian buzzwords to redefine that as protecting democracy.

Obama complains, “China’s built a great firewall around the Internet, turning it into a vehicle for domestic indoctrination” and proposes a democratic firewall around the internet under a “regulatory structure” to be designed with “communities of color” to slow “the spread of harmful content.” The democratic people of color firewall will be so much better than China’s firewall.

Pro-censorship elites have the same assumptions as China about the interaction between speech, society, and the state which is why they, like Obama, arrive at the same conclusions. They can dress up those conclusions in buzzwords about “democracy” and “people of color”, but those are differences of style, not substance. The trains all end up at the same station.

Obama speaks about “bugs” in the Constitution. While he is always happy to critique America, the particular totalitarian bug here is deeply embedded into the leftist worldview which denies that people have individual agency, insists that everyone is a prisoner of their social context, and contends that the purpose of the society and the state is an enlightened intertwining. The bug, which is really more of a feature, directly leads to the same outcome as in China or Stanford.

A free society requires healthy breathing spaces between politics and life. The difference between a politicized society and a tyranny is only time. The question at the heart of this debate is “What is discourse for” which is really the question of, “What are people here for?” To believe, as the Left does, that people primarily exist as vehicles for political change is to enslave them.

That’s why every leftist revolution invariably slides toward tyranny along the same worn tracks.

The Founding Fathers believed that people would self-define their purposes. That was why America’s revolution uniquely led to freedom and why leftist revolutions lead to tyranny.

America defined freedom as individual power while lefties define it by the power of the state.

Obama is simply replaying what happens when liberation is treated as a collective enterprise, a journey toward rather than from, that can only be achieved collectively, through the exercise of state power rather than individually through personal choices. The internet, once individualistic, has become collective, and social media, the ultimate embodiment of that collectivism, has become the battleground between individualist expressers and collectivist censors.

AUTHOR

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

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Twitter’s Plan Bee: Censorship

“This is real life.” To Babylon Bee creator Adam Ford, it was important to make that distinction, since even the world’s greatest satirists couldn’t imagine a scenario like this one. Twitter, king of conservative censorship, wielder of the all-powerful on/off switch, had done it again. In the growing genre of it-sounds-like-fake-news-but-isn’t, Big Tech’s thought police locked the Bee’s account for recognizing something all of us have been tested on since high school: biology.

The offending post was meant to be a mockery of USA Today, which last week decided to name a female-identifying man, HHS’s Rachel Levine, as one of the newspaper’s “Women of the Year.” The announcement, which was second in absurdity only to Joe Biden appointing him in the first place, showed what kind of outrageous, science-defying dogma is being pushed on unwilling Americans. The Bee, seizing the moment to make a point as only it can, declared Levine its first-ever “Man of the Year,” writing: “Levine is the U.S. assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services… He often wears a dress, which some people think is weird — but he doesn’t care one bit. Come on! Men in India wear dress-type garments, don’t they?”

Apparently, the sarcasm hit a nerve at Twitter, and the Silicon Valley titan — who has a reputation for pulling the plug on uncomfortable truths — let Bee CEO Seth Dillon know that its post violated the company’s “hateful content” policy. In a message to fans, Dillon confirmed, “We’re told our account will be restored in 12 hours, but the countdown won’t begin until we delete the truth that violates the Twitter rules.” But, he vowed, “We’re not deleting anything. Truth is not hate speech. If the cost of telling the truth is the loss of our Twitter account, then so be it.”

Of course, the irony of this whole uproar is that USA Today is the one “harassing other people on the basis of… gender.” What does it say to billions of real women — that they’re completely indistinguishable from men? That the sum total of being a woman is throwing on a dress and some make-up? The so-called “party of women” is now a party of make-believe. It’s one reason feminists, who stood outside the NCAA swim meet this weekend, now say they’re “politically homeless.” “I was historically liberal,” one woman vented outside of the girls’ collegiate championship where Lia Thomas was racing. Now? “I don’t think the Democrats care about women and girls. They [want] to put men in [women’s] prisons and men on [girls’] sports teams… I think that we’re going to have a lot of people walking away, really.”

The same Left who preaches that we shouldn’t judge people by their appearance in the race debate suddenly wants to define an entire gender by it. Forget the 6,500 genetic differences between the two sexes. Change your name and you can race as women, compete for jobs as women, win awards for women — erase women. And Babylon Bee doesn’t want any part of it. That would be “ideological surrender,” Dillon told NRO. Twitter could easily take down the tweet themselves, he pointed out, but instead, they want you to “bend the knee and admit wrongdoing by deleting the tweet yourself.”

“It’s not just that expressing these views is not allowed, you have to deny that you meant it. They want you to concede something. They’re forcing you to grovel and adopt an ideological position that you don’t actually hold,” Dillon shook his head. In this case, it’s not even an ideological position that Twitter demands submission to — it’s an outright lie. “We stated the fact that a man is a man and got [punished] for it,” Editor-in-Chief Kyle Mann tweeted. “We are living in a clown world.”

And from college pools to classrooms, Americans are refusing to play along. They feel confident confronting this culture of delusion because teams like the Babylon Bee are brave enough to do it too. Deep down, Twitter feels incredibly threatened by the growing number of people willing to challenge the woke agenda. If they can shut down the ring leaders — the Christians with the biggest microphones — they think they’ll have a much better chance of forcing the rest of us in line.

At FRC’s ProLifeCon earlier this year, Mann was frank about the hurdle of censorship. Big Tech, Big Government, the mainstream media, the fact-checkers, “They all kind of work together to silence us… And that’s obviously really scary for us,” he admitted, because that’s how they can “deplatform us.”

At the end of the day, though, the more cowardly we are as a movement, the more likely it is that the cancel culture will take over the marketplace of ideas. “And we don’t want that to happen. So I think we need to be more bold… and more open about [our] beliefs…” The best way you can help, Dillon agrees, is “never censor yourself. Insist that 2 and 2 make 4 even if Twitter tries to compel you to say otherwise…. Continue to say what’s true even if it has consequences. Make them ban tens of millions of us.”

AUTHOR

Suzanne Bowdey

Senior Writer

Suzanne Bowdey returned to FRC in 2006 after a three-year absence. In her role as Senior Writer, she drafts commentary on topics such as life, religious freedom, media and entertainment, sexuality, education, and other issues that affect the institutions of marriage and family. Her op-eds have been featured in publications ranging from the Washington Times to the Christian Post. As part of the team that plans FRC Action’s Pray Vote Stand Summit (formerly the Values Voter Summit), she oversees the event’s schedule, speakers, and select publications.  Since 2020, she has also produced FRC’s weekly broadcast, “Pray Vote Stand.”

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I Am Sick of Political Correctness BS.

“Remember that truth is the greatest thing in the world. If you will be great, you will be true.” – Jack London


Let’s call a spade a spade. Let’s tell it how it is. Understand I do not personally care if I offend anybody with my opinion. It is my opinion and guess what? This is my blog and I will tell it how I see it. If you don’t like it go elsewhere for your information and thoughts.

So with that polite disclaimer let’s go!

Transgender participants in sports … wrong or right? From this man there is only one clear answer. WRONG! Period.

What we are watching is the destruction, planned or otherwise, of females in sports. Why in Gods name are young girls going to train and sacrifice everything to be the best they can be only to be beaten by a dude who wants to suddenly be a girl? A dude with more strength and endurance than they could ever generally train to.

Let’s be clear here. Again my opinion. There are ONLY two sexes. They are dictated at birth by your X or Y chromosomes. male=XX and female=XY. They dictate if you sit to pee or stand. Period.

All these liberal and plainly damaging agendas from the left that are trying their damndest to tell our kids that instead of being the best they can be, they are teaching them from a young age that they can be what they want. They want our kids to accept that however they want to identify that day, be it male, female, animal or a curious mixture of all or any, is perfectly acceptable.

IT IS NOT. Not in the slightest.

Back to the main message and my gripe.

The NCAA has in a stroke destroyed female competitive sports. They are reducing girls and young women’s chances for a college sports scholarship if they have to compete with some dude, whose physical makeup and natural strength and endurance, will beat them every time. Those who miss out on the scholarship may miss out on a college career. Where are all the woman’s libbers? Strangely quiet in this crazy world where you are encouraged not to have an opinion other than the libtard crazy opinion.

We just saw Penn’s Lia Thomas narrowly beat out Yale’s Iszac Henig in the 100 yards freestyle competition. One is a dude who wants to be a female and the other a female wanting to be a freaking dude. By the way the dude turning to a woman beat the woman turning into a guy. Both are pathetic individuals who should never be able to compete in these or any other sports except against members of the sex they were at birth. Both should be ashamed at their so called accomplishments and the amateur athletic governing board should all be fired. There is not an iota of common decency, critical thinking or logical thinking in either the cheating competitors or the NCAA Board.

Now. Why are MSM calling these transgenders her or him when the opposite is the truth? A dude can do all he wants to do, take whatever drugs he wants, cut off any appendages that upset him but at the end he is a he. Not a freaking she. Every time their idiocy is given credence by media or the public, their claims and evil ambitions grow. It’s bad enough we have schools etc. allowing boys into girls bathrooms because that is how they want to identify. I have to tell you all here that if some guy in a dress or whatever had attempted to enter a bathroom my daughter was using, he wouldn’t have got near the door. Period.

It’s wrong America. It a big part in the destruction of all that was right in our constitutional republic. The breakdown in family values. The complete eradication of morals and ethics in our society. The very fact that evil people pose as men and women of religion, like the Universal Universalists, and give this sickness a credible but warped platform, is a big part of the damage.

I pray that the IOC make corrections to this mockery and put a stop to all transgender sports participation. Will they? Anyone can guess but in this political climate I am not confident they will do the right thing.

Anyway folk. There you have it! As I said if you are thin skinned, liberal Democrats and commies, you will hate my message. All I can say is go suck a lemon!! I don’t care.

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Trump to Launch His Social Media App in February

The mainstream social media platforms are ruthlessly censoring conservatives. As such, President Trump’s social media platform could be a game changer. It will enable conservatives to have the ability to express their views to a large audience. President Trump’s 150 million plus social media supporters must (and will) support his social site. Expect alternative social media platforms to explode in popularity between now and 2024.

I predict this will be YUUUUGE. I am all in.

Trump to launch his social media app in February, listing shows

By Yahoo, January 6, 2022

By Krystal Hu and Helen Coster

(Reuters) -Former President Donald Trump’s new media venture plans to launch its social media app Truth Social on Feb. 21, according to an Apple Inc App Store listing.

TRUTH Social, the Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) alternative to Twitter, is available for pre-order before going live on the U.S. Presidents’ Day holiday.

Similar to Twitter, the app offers features to follow other people and trending topics, according to demo photos. Its message equivalent of a tweet will be dubbed “truth”.

The app’s launch would come 13 months after Meta Platforms Inc’s Facebook and Twitter banned Trump for encouraging his supporters to participate in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol based on unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

Marking the one-year anniversary of the attack, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday that his predecessor’s false claims could unravel the rule of law and subvert future elections.

TMTG and Apple did not respond to requests for comment, but a source familiar with the matter confirmed that Feb. 21 is the planned launch date of the app.

The launch is expected to be the first of three stages in TMTG’s development. The second would be a subscription video-on-demand service called TMTG+ with entertainment, news and podcasts, according to the company website. A November investor presentation indicated that TMTG also wants to launch a podcast network.

TMTG is valued at $5.3 billion based on the stock price of Digital World Acquisition Corp, which rose 20% after Reuters reported the app’s listing on the App Store. TMTG agreed in October to merge with the blank-check firm at a valuation of $875 million.

Trump supporters and retail investors have snapped up Digital World’s stock, betting that Trump’s popularity with his Republican political base will translate into commercial runaway success.

The blank-check acquisition deal faces regulatory risk. Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren asked Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler last month to investigate the planned merger for potential violations of securities laws around disclosure. The SEC has declined to comment on whether it plans any action.

TMTG last month raised an additional $1 billion from private investors.

Trump canceled a news conference at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida that had been scheduled for Jan. 6, marking the one-year anniversary of the Capitol attack. He said he will instead deliver remarks at a rally in Arizona on Jan. 15.

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Time for Twitter & Co to take responsibility for news — and lies

The censorship of Trump and Section 230 have far-reaching ramifications.


The events in Washington DC last Wednesday, and the subsequent permanent suspension by Twitter of the account @realDonaldTrump, throw into the spotlight the question of how responsible social-media companies are for the material that users post by the technical means that the companies provide.  They add urgency to a question that was already being raised:  should Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 be modified or repealed?

The critical part of Section 230 has been hailed as “the twenty-six words that created the Internet,” which is also the title of a book by Jeff Kosseff.  In case you’re wondering, the twenty-six words are: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

To see how these words apply to, for example, the thousands of tweets from President Trump, read “Twitter” for “provider. . . of an interactive computer service” and “President Trump” for “another information content provider”.

What this section did was to place the then-infant Internet in the category of common-carrier communications providers such as telephone companies, and not in the category of news providers such as the New York Times.  The traditional “old media” (newspapers, radio, TV) were regarded in law as the originators of what they printed or broadcast, and could be sued if their material proved libelous or otherwise harmful.  But if a blackmailer, for instance, called his victim on the phone and made a threat, the idea of suing the phone company because of the blackmailer’s actions would be regarded as ridiculous.

So for the next two decades or so, the industries spawned by the internet — notably Facebook, Twitter, Google, and their ilk — grew without concern for possibly crippling lawsuits regarding the content that their users posted.  Legally, it wasn’t their fault what people put on their sites, generally speaking.

Few people (or lawmakers, who are also people) anticipated that the main source of news and information for millions of US citizens would shift from the old-media world to the social-media world, but that is exactly what happened.  The techno-optimists who foresaw a brave new world of egalitarian news sharing have been disappointed to find that lies get halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its pants.  (Neither Winston Churchill nor Mark Twain apparently wrote “the truth is still putting on its pants”, but it’s worth saying anyway. The author of it is unknown, but researchers have traced the saying back at least to the 1700s.)

In particular, the elaborate structure of lies coming from @realDonaldTrump since the November 3 Presidential election has convinced many millions of people that (a) the election results were manipulated by evil conspirators who managed to hide their tracks from everyone except a few off-the-wall news sources and President Trump himself, (b) President Trump actually won the election and deserves to be president for another four years, at least, and (c) the alternative is the end of America, as the evil Biden administration takes charge and sends us all straight to perdition in a wicker container.

After concocting increasingly incredible lawsuits challenging state vote counts, the President issued a call via Twitter for his followers to show up in Washington on January 6, when a joint session of Congress would count the Electoral College votes and certify the result.  He fraudulently claimed that Vice-President Pence had the power to discard the results and reinstate the President, whereas nowhere in the Constitution or elsewhere does the Vice-President receive this power.

But by the technique of saying lies and repeating them over and over in the echo chamber of the Internet where people who like certain kinds of material get more of it, the President drew a crowd of thousands to Washington last Wednesday.  He spoke to them in person in a long, inflammatory speech that repeated many of the lies he originated over the past two months, and then sent them down the street to disrupt, invade, and vandalize the building where the duly elected representatives of these United States were legally carrying out their Constitutional responsibilities.  And Twitter helped him do it.

On Friday, January 8, Twitter announced that it was permanently suspending @realDonaldTrump, citing that the President had violated their “Glorification of Violence policy”.  To those who would say that Twitter is violating the President’s freedom of speech, I would counter along with Justice Holmes that someone who is “falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic” has forfeited his right to free speech, at least with regard to that particular statement.  And the President has abundantly shown that he is incapable of tweeting without straying into falsehood sooner or later.

But in doing so, Twitter has admitted that they do indeed bear the responsibility for the effects of information provided by another information content provider.  In a world where the main source of news for the bulk of the public is social media, social media can no longer pretend that they are a small, insignificant, hobby-type operation that people use mainly for amusement and sharing cookie recipes.

They now play a critical, essential role in the conduct of public affairs, and their increasing censorship of one kind or another (of which the strangling of @realDonaldTrump is only the chief example) amounts to rump editing, essentially no different from what the ink-stained newspaper editors of yore did with their letters to the editor columns.  To choose one letter is to reject all the rest, and to censor one tweet is to accept all the rest.

I have no easy solution to the problem of Section 230, but it is clear that things cannot go on the way they are now.

As for President Trump, I hope that Congress has sense and guts enough to impeach him with the penalty of never holding a federal office again.  But social media firms cannot have it both ways.  They must not enjoy the financial and cultural benefits of being the main purveyors of news while shirking the responsibility for the news (and lies) that pass through their hands.

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Karl D. Stephan

Karl D. Stephan received the B. S. in Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1976. Following a year of graduate study at Cornell, he received the Master of Engineering degree in 1977… .

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President Trump Responds to Twitter’s Permanent Account Suspension

Clever boy caught them unawares.

Trump Responds to Twitter’s Permanent Account Suspension

By Mimi Nguyen Ly, The Epoch Times, January 8, 2021:

President Donald Trump responded to Twitter’s move to permanently suspend his account from its platform late Friday, condemning the big tech giant and saying that it does not stand for free speech.

The president also said he anticipates a “big announcement” soon and that his team is negotiating with other sites and is also looking at building a separate platform.

“As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me—and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me,” Trump said in a statement.

“Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long,” he added.

“I predicted this would happen. We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future. We will not be SILENCED!” he said.

“Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH. They are all about promoting a Radical Left platform where some of the most vicious people in the world are allowed to speak freely,” Trump continued. “STAY TUNED!”

The statement came from the account @POTUS but the Twitter posts were gone within a few minutes.

“Using another account to try to evade a suspension is against our rules,” Twitter said in a statement to news outlets. “We have taken steps to enforce this with regard to recent Tweets from the @POTUS account.”

“For government accounts, such as @POTUS and @WhiteHouse, we will not suspend those accounts permanently but will take action to limit their use.”

President Donald Trump greets the crowd at the “Stop The Steal” Rally in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Publishers can be held liable for any content they post, but social media platforms and tech companies are protected by the Communications Decency Act‘s Section 230, which provides blanket liability protections from content generated by third-party users.

Twitter late on Friday permanently suspended Trump’s Twitter account @realDonaldTrump, citing violation of its “Glorification of Violence” policy. It cited two of the president’s most recent posts as justification for its action.

The first post read, “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”

Subsequently, the president posted, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.” This was the last Twitter post before Trump’s account was removed from the platform.

Twitter said that the two posts had violated its “Glorification of Violence policy,” which aims to “prevent the glorification of violence that could inspire others to replicate violent acts.”

Its assessment determined that Trump’s last two Twitter posts are “highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.” Twitter said its determination is “based on a number of factors,” including five points it listed in its statement.

The Epoch Times cannot independently verify the claims made by Twitter in its determination. The Epoch Times has reached out to Twitter asking whether it had any evidence that Trump’s statements were directly linked to any violence. Twitter did not immediately respond.

Law enforcement officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress in Washington, on Jan. 6, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The White House and the president have on Jan. 7 both separately condemned the violence that broke out on Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, when lawmakers gathered for a joint session of Congress to count and certify electoral votes from the Nov. 3, 2020, election. The events of the day left at least five dead, three of whom died due to medical reasons, according to DC police.

“America is and must always be a nation of law and order. The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy,” Trump said. “To those who engaged in acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law, you will pay.”

Earlier in the day, Twitter suspended the accounts of former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and lawyer Sidney Powell, citing “Coordinated Harmful Activity.” Powell told The Epoch Times that there “was no warning at all” about her account being deleted.

The account deletions suggest that Big Tech firms, including Twitter, are moving to suspend or penalize the accounts of people on their platforms who post claims of voter fraud and irregularities about the Nov. 3, 2020, election.

There have also been multiple claims by various Twitter accounts of having lost followers, sometimes in the thousands, within the past 24 hours.

Brandon Straka, the head of the conservative WalkAway movement, told The Epoch Times Friday that Facebook removed the group’s page and banned individual accounts belonging to the team.

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ISSUE 1ST AMENDMENT: Google’s ‘Free and Open Web’ Promise Countered by Dem Donations

Google (1.00) and its parent company Alphabet, Inc has long promised to provide a “free and open web” in their Mission Statement. One would be justified in wondering if this is how they really feel given that the company and its employees provided lopsided donations to massively partisan causes such as President-Elect Joe Biden’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Billions of cross-partisan consumers entrust their sensitive data to Google every day — via Google Search, YouTube, and many other services — but Google clearly doesn’t care to treat consumers equally.

The lopsided donations – many from Google employees – match Google’s online censorship. While certainly some liberal concepts and projects are canceled on Alphabet’s platforms, there is some compelling evidence that the search engine contains a “conservative blacklist”. More obviously, Google subsidiary YouTube (1.00) has started placing “fact-checking banners” under an overwhelming amount of videos, particularly those of conservatives contesting the 2020 election. In other cases, they’ve taken down videos and banned creators for “unspecified violations of Community Guidelines” or supposed “hate speech” when someone dares to question the liberal narrative.

If Google and other companies want us to trust them, they must stop funding partisan politics and start putting money into the things that improve their services. They should put their millions of dollars into a better user experience through hiring and training competent employees, or through developing new, useful products. Companies have control over an economic sphere that sorely needs improving, and that should be their focus — not controlling free speech in the way the left sees fit.

EDITORS NOTE: This 2ndVote column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

Twitter Blocks Links to Sidney Powell Election Lawsuit

As soon as Sidney Powell filed her election fraud lawsuits in Georgia and Michigan. Twitter banned her WEBSITE fro Twitter rendering her links dead. This is the hallmark of totalitarianism.

https://twitter.com/PamelaGeller/status/1331974671923818500?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1331974671923818500%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgellerreport.com%2F2020%2F11%2Ftwitter-blocks-links-to-sidney-powell-election-lawsuit.html%2F

Breitbart: Twitter is blocking users from sharing links to lawyer Sidney Powell’s lawsuit relating to widespread voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential election.

A number of users across Twitter have reported being unable to share links to lawyer Sidney Powell’s lawsuit relating to voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential election. When attempting to share the link to the document, users receive a notification stating that the link has been identified as “potentially harmful.”

Twitter’s policy on blocking links states: “At times, Twitter will take action to limit or prevent the spread of URL links to content outside Twitter. This is done by displaying a warning notice when the link is clicked, or by blocking the link so that it can’t be Tweeted at all.”

The platform describes the categories of links it will block:

  • Malicious links such as malware and phishing
  • Spammy and misdirecting links
  • Links that break Twitter rules on such topics as terrorism, child sexual exploitation, illegal goods, hateful conduct, violence, etc.
  • Hacked Materials

Twitter also claims it will block links that include “Content that interferes with civic and election integrity.” The example given in this category is: “Misleading information about how to vote or register to vote.” It is not yet clear if Twitter is justifying its censorship of a filed lawsuit based on this policy.

Some users have since tweeted about the situation:

Powell’s lawsuit makes a number of claims about voter fraud in multiple states, discussing Georgia the lawsuit says:

Mathematical and statistical anomalies rising to the level of impossibilities, as shown by affidavits of multiple witnesses, documentation, and expert testimony evince this scheme across the state of Georgia. Especially egregious conduct arose in Forsyth, Paulding, Cherokee, Hall, and Barrow County. This scheme and artifice to defraud affected tens of thousands of votes in Georgia alone and “rigged” the election in Georgia for Joe Biden.

[ … ]

[V]ideo from the State Farm Arena in Fulton County shows that on November 3rd after the polls closed, election workers falsely claimed a water leak required the facility to close. All poll workers and challengers were evacuated for several hours at about 10:00 PM. However, several election workers remained unsupervised and unchallenged working at the computers for the voting tabulation machines until after 1:00 AM.

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EDITORS NOTE: This Geller Report column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

David Wood Video: YouTube Sides With Jihadis In Free Speech Controversy

YouTube took down two of David Wood’s videos recently because he said that the Quran contains hateful verses. As far as YouTube is concerned, that is “hate speech.”

So here is a new video from David, which he kindly gave me to post at the Jihad Watch channel, explaining the controversy and its implications.

Watch it soon; it might not be up long.

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Germany: 11-year-old Muslim threatens teacher with beheading

London Mayor Sadiq Khan: ‘Being a Muslim ain’t easy. It’s never been harder to be a Muslim than the last four years’

Germany: Muslim migrant tells job center that he would rather fight for jihadis

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

VIDEO: Tucker Carlson, ‘It’s Hard to Trust Anything!’

Tucker: We heard you. It’s hard to trust anything. Here’s what we know.

WATCH:

©Tucker Carlson Tonight. All rights reserved.

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DHS: Twitter Censorship ‘Threat to Security’

On the eve of U.S. elections, where candidates have significant differences on U.S. immigration policy, Twitter censorship shut down the account of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan.

Morgan had attempted to tweet out the following information, which was flagged by the tech giant for violating its rules on hateful and violent content:

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf called the censorship a “threat to security” in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, saying it served to “cut off an essential mode of communication between U.S. government officials and the public. In doing so, Twitter is sabotaging public discourse regarding important national and homeland security issues.”

Further, Wolf said, suppressing the tweet constituted “obstructing Americans’ inalienable right to communicate with each other and with their government and its officials.”

The issue of illegal immigration is a point of contention between President Donald Trump and his Democrat challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden.

While building a border wall and allowing for only legal, vetted immigration has been a central tenet of Trump’s domestic policy, Biden and his party have been vehemently opposed to the wall as well as Trump’s limits to immigration.

Biden has vowed, if elected, to cancel the current administration’s temporary ban on immigration from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela, which he characterizes as a “Muslim ban.”

The temporary pause in immigration from these countries (two of which are not Muslim) is due to the fact that current vetting procedures were not deemed sufficient to counter the security risks from immigrants from these countries.

In its recently-released report, “Homeland Threat Assessment 2020,” the DHS identified immigration as an important homeland security threat for 2021.

In addition to expected immigration surges at the southwest border from the Caribbean and Central and South American countries (looking for post-pandemic economic opportunities), the Center for Immigration Studies says the DHS is predicting “surges in migration from outside the Western Hemisphere, among them unspecified national security ‘threat actors,’” a likely reference, in part, to terrorist travelers who would stand a better chance of disappearing in a huge, smothering crowd.

The Threat Assessment report states, “Although the majority of migrants do not pose a national security or public safety threat, pathways used by migrants to travel to the United States have been exploited by threat actors. As a result, surges of migrants could undermine our ability to effectively secure the border.”

The Twitter censorship of the CBP tweet took place just hours after Dorsey concluded his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee after he was summoned to explain why his company had shut down the Twitter account of the New York Post to suppress a story unfavorable to Biden.

In his letter to Dorsey, Wolf pointed out the information in the tweet was supported by data. In addition, Wolf told Dorsey,

“Whether you know it or not, CBP guards the front line of the American homeland. CBP repels and arrests thousands of violent criminal gang members each year. CBP rescues young girls who are forced into cross-border sex trafficking. CBP intercepts dangerous drugs and contraband, including enough of the opioid fentanyl to kill every man, woman, and child in the United States several times over.

“CBP fulfills the United States’ most obvious and essential law enforcement and national security responsibility to the people of our country. Your company may choose to be ignorant of these facts, but it is no less censorship when you choose to suppress them.

“There was no reason to remove Mr. Morgan’s tweet from your platform, other than ideological disagreement with the speaker. Such censorship is disturbing. Twitter’s conduct censoring U.S. government officials also endangers the national security.

“It is dangerous and damaging when any publisher arbitrarily and unfoundedly decides, as it did here, that the facts and policies of a particular Presidential Administration constitute ‘violence’—in order to censor them.”

Wolf also noted that the “gross censorship” was not accidental. After the CBP’s tweet was censored and Morgan’s account shut down, the CBP appealed the decision to Twitter, but Twitter denied the appeal. Only after the CBP went public with the story did Twitter unlock the account.

Twitter may think it is acting in the service of the underprivileged through its censorship, however, it only weakens the foundations of law and order by ignoring the threat to the U.S. posed by extremists and other nefarious actors — and denying the American people the opportunity to choose how to protect themselves.

Moreover, when criminal gangs, sex traffickers and drug dealers perceive that entry into the country is easy, they are only emboldened. With their increased ability to harm, more innocents become their victims.

COLUMN BY

Meira Svirsky

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EDITORS NOTE: This Clarion Project column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

I Have Been Censored

I have been censored and now join the ranks of many other brave truth revealing patriots, some of which are my friends. Sadly, this is an ever-growing list into the hundreds, perhaps thousands and then far more than that. Here is a short list.

  • Dan Bongino
  • QANON
  • X22 Report
  • Sarah Westhall
  • IntheMatrixxx
  • Charlie Kirk
  • Prayingmeidc
  • Dustin Nemos
  • Sean Morgan
  • JustInformed
  • Again, so many others.

And so, my daily live news broadcast has been censored. Yes, I have been censored. Let’s talk about censorship but before we do let’s touch on its recent origins, political correctness.

Political Correctness – Tyranny With Manners

Slowly introduced during the Clinton administration, Political Correctness taken to the point where we find it today is really nothing more than an assault against free speech. I would take this one step further and say it is also an unwanted invasion directly against your free will, an uninvited intruder right into the heart of your spirit of who you are. Political correctness is an assault on your mind of which you are now afraid to speak. As Charlton Heston once said “Political Correctness is just tyranny with manners”.

Just think about how many times you now “bite your tongue” in fear of “offending” someone or being suspect of a “hate crime”. George Orwell’s “1984” written in 1948 is well represented today in 2020 and getting significantly worse as evident in the Biden cover up today.

Big Tech’s Days Are Numbered

Big tech, Twitter, Facebook, Google etc., are working hand in hand with the deep state’s global agenda and are rapidly becoming the control centers of what can and cannot be communicated. Fortunately, under the Trump administration, this is now being addressed. This, in my strong belief, will come to an end in President Trump’s second term. I will write and comment about that aspect of all this at another time.

Censorship Hits Home

This past Tuesday, with no notice nor warnings, I received a “strike” from YouTube. They pulled my “Breaking News Commentary” on Joe Biden (view this critically important 3:00 minute report here), stating that it was bullying and violated their terms of service. They also pulled compilation II, “Special Reports 6-10”, stating it violated terms and services. This can be viewed here. This “strike”, prevents us from publishing any further broadcasts on YouTube for one week. I am expecting to be able to publish beginning this Tuesday, October 27th. We shall see.

America Media Periscope

And so I have launched American Media Periscope (AMP). Due to this sudden attack, this is a work in progress, so be sure to visit the site often. AMP, is an online news site providing deep dives, commentary and analysis, live streamed daily broadcasts, including video archives, special video reports and and written articles.

In addition to my show, “Making Sense of the Madness” being live streamed on our own site and stored on our own servers, we are presently published as well on the following platforms.

Watch for new platforms we will be expanding to over the coming days and weeks. These include…

  • Rumble
  • Clouthub
  • Parolr
  • America’s Voice
  • Facebook
  • Censored.Tv
  • Banned.video
  • Patreon
  • GabTv

Summary

And so, yes I have been censored on YouTube, but we begin broadcasting again on Monday October 27, 2020 and can be found on our developing news channel, “America Media Periscope” along with the platforms listed above.

As to YouTube? If the channel remains accessible to the public, I shall only post announcements encouraging subscribers and followers to leave the channel and join us on our own live streamed platform, “American Media Periscope”, or the other platforms listed above. I will not be censored and I will not be silent. And with President Trump’s soon to be landslide victory, we shall crush Big Tech’s election meddling violations of the law, and the violations of our sacred first amendment rights.

I’m just getting started. Nothing can stop what’s coming. The best is yet to come. This is John Michael Chambers. Be sure to share this article far and wide. And remember, stay the course, trust the plan, heed the call for WWG1WGA. God Bless.

WWG1WGA

©John Michael Chambers. All rights reserved.

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PODCAST: Long-Standing Precedents Point The Way For Senate Judiciary Committee To Restrain Twitter

GUESTS AND TOPICS:

CONGRESSMAN BOB BARR

Congressman Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th District in the House of Representatives from 1995-2003. He now practices law in Atlanta, Georgia and is Chairman of Liberty Guard a non-profit, pro-liberty organization. He also heads the Law Enforcement Education Foundation and a consulting firm, Liberty Strategies.

TOPIC: Long-Standing Precedents Point The Way For Senate Judiciary Committee To Restrain Twitter

MARC MORANO

Marc Morano, former Communications Director for the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee and senior aide, speechwriter, and climate researcher for Senator James Inhofe is the executive editor and chief correspondent for ClimateDepot.com, a pioneering climate and eco-news center. The news effort, begun in April 2009, is a special project of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) and is the most comprehensive information center on climate news and the related issues of environment and energy.

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RACHEL ALEXANDER

Rachel Alexander is a political columnist and the founder and editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research and The Christian Post . She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator, and hosted a radio show on 960 KKNT in Phoenix. She previously served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software. Rachel was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists and is a recipient of Americans for Prosperity’s RightOnline Activist of the Year award.

TOPIC: Big Tech is working to steal the election from Trump!

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VIDEO: Twitter Bans ‘POTENTIALLY HARMFUL’ Speech on Christians Voting!

On Saturday August 29, 2020 Tom Trento, Director of The United West, spoke at the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa Beach, Florida, for the Reagan Club and Trump Support Center on the topic of why Christians MUST vote in November.

The Trento speech was lived-streamed on a variety of social media platforms but when the effort was made to post on The United West Twitter site, the posting was REJECTED.

WATCH TOM’S SPEECH:

HERE ARE THE FACTS:

  • Either Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be elected or President Donald Trump and Mike Pence will be re-elected.
  • If Biden wins, the Marxists will hit the streets in jubilation and their methodology of violent protest and rioting will become normative in many Democrat cities throughout America…and, in time, in all areas of the country.
  • If President Trump wins, the Marxists will hit the streets in angry desperation and their methodology of violent protest and rioting will increase in many Democrat cities throughout America in an effort to “get rid of” Trump.
  • President Trump will respond with a required, rule-of-law forcefulness, which initially will cause more rioting. Whoever blinks first loses. It will be dangerous, messy, bloody, but the future of the United States, as a Constitutional Republic is at stake.
  • The alternative, a Marxist totalitarian regime.

©The United West. All rights reserved.

Twitter Suspends Conservative Satire Site

In case you hadn’t heard, Twitter recently suspended our account. In an email to us, they claimed we violated their rules against “platform manipulation and spam.” The email included a warning that that if we tried to open another account, that new account would be suspended, too.

We published screenshots of the email and our suspended Twitter page, and called on our followers to make some noise. We started trending almost immediately and Twitter responded by reinstating us, saying we’d been suspended “by mistake.” So we’re back on Twitter, at least for the time being. But we share the concerns of others who’ve rightly observed that these “mistakes” tend to work in one direction.

We’re grateful to have followers who aren’t afraid to speak up and hold these big tech companies accountable. But there are no guarantees. We couldn’t be sure they’d reinstate our account. And we can’t know if they will the next time they make a “mistake.” But we can do our best to prepare for a worst-case scenario. At least we can if we have your help.

When we first launched our subscription service, the primary reason we gave for supporting us was to help us become less dependent on big tech companies. We explained:

We depend on Facebook and Twitter to drive traffic, and Google Ads to monetize it. Without these networks, we’d have no revenue to cover our expenses. And as you’re probably aware, none of these companies are friendly to Christians or conservatives. In fact, that’s a severe understatement. The control these companies exercise—and the outright hostility they display toward those with more traditional views and values—has us deeply concerned about our future as a publisher of Christian satire. But here’s the thing: If just a small fraction of our readers become paid subscribers, we’d have enough funding to survive without running ads, effectively eliminating our dependence on these big tech companies.

The more subscribers we have, the less we have to worry about our dependence on Twitter and the other big tech companies. If you want to see us prevail against Twitter, Snopes, and anyone else who might seek to discredit or deplatform us, please consider becoming a subscriber. Your support will make a difference.

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