1. The gradual erosion of the First Amendment: The U.S. Senate has passed the "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act,” by Michael Hoffman
2. Fake News Versus No News
How Russia is pilloried while real news about Israel goes unreported, by Philip Giraldi
The gradual erosion of the First Amendment:
The U.S. Senate has passed the "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act”
By Michael Hoffman
No, this is not a joke, or a newly discovered appendix to a dystopian George Orwell novel. The United States Senate on December 1 did indeed pass the "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act." A companion bill has been sent to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
We are unfortunately all too familiar with this type of abridgment of freedom of speech and press. In Canada, Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Austria, and everywhere that the “error has no rights” standard of the Inquisition has been revived, dissident writers and activists have been fined or imprisoned. Ten years ago yesterday historian David Irving was released from an Austrian prison after serving more than a year for his alleged “anti-Semitic” speech and writing.The American media are mostly not interested. In their view this is the right kind of repression.
The official explanation for the thought police enabler in the Senate is that the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act "seeks to adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism so that the Education Department may consider it in investigating reports of religiously motivated campus crimes." Note that word: "crimes." We will return to it in a moment.
The bill was proposed by Senators Bob Casey, a “family values” Pennsylvania Democrat, and Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican, and co-sponsored by “Conservative” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, also of South Carolina, to “ensure the Education Department has the necessary statutory tools at their disposal to investigate anti-Jewish incidents,” according to a news release.
The misnamed bill (it’s not about merely raising “awareness”), gives the federal government the authority to investigate ideas, thoughts, and political positions as violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It's supported by the Israeli lobby in the U.S. and appears to be the work of the Israeli government. Supporters include the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federations of North America, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Mainstream media such as the New York Times, which are obsessed with detecting supposed ominous Russian “meddling” in American politics, have reported barely a word about this legislation, which has the fingerprints of a foreign power all over it.
Senator Casey listed the following examples of anti-Semitic crimes covered by the bill:
•Accusing Israel as a state of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust
•Judging Israel by a double standard that one would not apply to any other democratic nation
•Demonizing Israel by blaming it for inter-religious or political tensions
Are political thoughts and words a hate crime which should be investigated by colleges and universities, or the Department of Education? That’s what this Act will require if it passes in the House of Representatives. Should criticizing the government of China be treated as a hate crime against Asian students?
Passage of the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act will have a chilling effect on freedom of speech at America’s institutes of higher learning, and this is its intent. The Act is an extension of growing Israeli supremacy over our Republic through the implementation of laws consonant with Talmudic halacha, which consists of one law for the lower-souled goyim, and another for the higher-souled Judaics (cf. BT Sanhedrin 57a; Kiddushin 66c; Erubin 21b; Bava Metzia 114b; Kerithoth 6b and 58a; and the Chofetz Chaim’s Mishneh Berurah: O.H. 330, among many other halachot).
Zionist students on American campuses are free to denigrate, insult and mock every nationality, government and religion on earth. On the glass toilet known as television, Zionist Larry David urinated on a portrait of Jesus Christ in October of 2009, on the HBO TV show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” There’s no “Anti-Christian Awareness Act” on the legislative agenda of our cowardly Congress.
Thus far the Los Angeles Times has been one of the few newspapers willing to broach this topic. In a Times’ guest editorial Liz Jackson writes: "This fall, Berkeley suspended an academic course called 'Palestine: a Settler Colonial Inquiry' after complaints from the same Israeli advocacy organizations who had previously tried to get the Education Department to stifle campus debate. This is how the chilling effect plays out. Campus administrators understand the specter of federal investigations —not just the threat of losing funding, but the fallout from bad headlines — and they suppress legitimate speech to avoid problems.”
To add insult to injury, the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act contains the following coda: “Nothing in this Act, or an amendment made by this Act, shall be construed to diminish or infringe upon any right protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
Sure. And some are more equal than others.
Michael Hoffman is the author of Judaism Discovered, and Judaism’s Strange Gods, as well as five other books, including The Great Holocaust Trial, which last month was translated into French and published in Italy. The author, translator and publisher are all subject to potential prosecution in France, Germany and Austria, among other European nations where daring to question Israeli supremacism and legends is an “anti-semitic crime.”
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Fake News Versus No News
How Russia is pilloried while real news about Israel goes unreported
By Philip Giraldi
The drama surrounding allegations that the internet is awash with “fake news” is being promoted by the so-called mainstream media which certainly has a lot to answer for when it comes to producing material that does not pass the smell test. Does the name Judith Miller ring any bells?
The fake news saga is intended to discredit Donald Trump, whom the media hates mostly because they failed to understand either him or the Americans who voted for him in the recent election. You have to blame somebody when you are wrong so you invent “fake news” as the game changer that explains your failure to comprehend simple truths.
To accomplish that, the clearly observable evidence that the media was piling on Donald Trump at every opportunity has somehow been deliberately morphed into a narrative that it is Trump who was attacking the media, suggesting that it was all self-defense on the part of the Rachel Maddows of this world, but anyone who viewed even a small portion of the farrago surely will have noted that it was the Republican candidate who was continuously coming under attack from both the right and left of the political-media spectrum.
At the present moment, it is practically obligatory to slam Russia and Putin at every opportunity even though Moscow is too militarily weak and poor to fancy itself a global adversary of the U.S. Instead of seeking a new Cold War, Washington should instead focus on working with Russia to make sure that disagreements over policies in relatively unimportant parts of the world do not escalate into nuclear exchanges.
Russian actions on its own doorstep in Eastern Europe do not in fact threaten the United States or any actual vital interest. Nor does Moscow threaten the U.S. through its intervention on behalf of the Syrian government in the Middle East. That Russia is described incessantly as a threat in those areas is largely a contrivance arranged by the media, the Democratic and Republican National Committees and by the White House.
Blaming Russia, which has good reasons to be suspicious of Washington’s intentions, is particularly convenient for those many diverse inside the Beltway interests that require a significant enemy to keep the cash flowing out of the pockets of taxpayers and into the bank accounts of the useless grifters who inhabit K-Street and Capitol Hill.
There is, however, another country that has interfered in U.S. elections, has endangered Americans living or working overseas and has corrupted America’s legislative and executive branches. It has exploited that corruption to initiate legislation favorable to itself, has promoted unnecessary and unwinnable wars and has stolen American technology and military secrets. Its ready access to the mainstream media to spread its own propaganda provides it with cover for its actions and it accomplishes all that and more through the agency of a powerful and well-funded domestic lobby that oddly is not subject to the accountability afforded by the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938 even though it manifestly works on behalf of a foreign government. That country is, of course, Israel.
On December 1 the Senate unanimously passed an Anti-Semitism Awarness bill. The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act is intended to give the Department of Education investigatory authority over “anti-Jewish incidents” on America’s college campuses. Such “incidents” are not limited to religious bigotry, with the examples cited in the bill’s text including criticism of Israel and claiming that the holocaust was “exaggerated.” The Anti-Semitism bill makes Jews and Jewish interests a legally protected class, immune from any criticism.
“Free speech” means in practice that you can burn an American flag, sell pornography, attack Christianity in the vilest terms, but criticizing Israel (on college campuses) is off limits if you want to avoid falling into the clutches of the legal system. The Act is a major step forward in effectively making any expressed opposition to Israeli actions a hate crime and is similar to punitive legislation that has been enacted in twenty-two states as well as in Canada. It is strongly supported by the Israeli Lobby, which quite likely drafted it, and is seeking to use legal challenges to delegitimize and eliminate any opposition to the policies of the state of Israel. That the legislation is not being condemned or even discussed in the generally liberal media tells you everything you need to know about the amazing power of one particular unelected and unaccountable lobby in the U.S. — Read more at: unz.com
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