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Mailchimp deplatforms Sidney Powell

Gateway PunditSidney Powell: Mail Chimp just de-platformed my law firm last emails from SidneyPowell.com because apparently we were talking about defending the republic.

We used to value free speech as a civil right, even if we disagreed with it. Apparently, not anymore.

Sun Jul 25 23:02:00 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats want to fact-check your cell phone text messages

Conservative TreehouseYes, you read that correctly. Fact checking your SMS text messages through your carrier, your cell phone or internet provider.

This is a rather remarkable escalation in totalitarian censorship instruction. Not only will Big Tech social media networks (Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter) censor, delete, and look into any content placed in their “private sector” domain, but the implication is now that AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, T-Mobile etc. etc. will deploy monitors and fact-checkers to control what you are allowed to say in text messages to your friends and family.

I think this is a significant escalation from fact-checking public posts on social media, and even from doing that in direct/private messages on social media platforms. Cell phone messaging predates most of the internet services messaging capabilities and is generally viewed as significantly more private. If this is implemented, suddenly the Democrats will be inserting themselves into the private conversations of many older and less technically sophisticated Americans who did not previously feel personally impacted by spying and censorship.

I think this will backfire dramatically.

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Wed Jul 21 15:17:15 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Modern censorship

Mon Jun 28 23:14:56 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Facebook censoring "vaccine-hesitant speech"

Conservative TreehouseProject Veritas has revealed some explosive information provided by two Facebook whistleblowers. According to documents and testimony by the insiders, Facebook initiated a program to control the speech of users who were expressing “vaccine hesitancy”, or concerns about the COVID vaccine. Anyone who was concerned about the vaccine was given a “vaccine hesitancy ” score. Unbeknownst to the user, that score was then used to ban, remove or shadow-ban the content.

In essence any speech, sharing of information or comment discussion that is not in alignment with the pro-vaccine narrative is considered adverse to the interests of the Facebook platform. Those users are then targeted to suppress their voice.

When companies like facebook and the media collude to suppress opposition to their favored narrative and policies, they destroy any trust in anything they say or allow to be said. Censorship is counterproductive when your message is true. It's only when your message is false that it becomes necessary.

Fri Jun 25 23:45:16 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Post Office running surveillance on social media posts

Legal InsurrectionLast month, Yahoo News ripped the lid off of a government surveillance program run by a division of the USPS. The program monitors, scans, and collects information on social media postings considered “inflammatory” enough to pass along to other government agencies. It includes posts promoting the coordination and planning of upcoming political demonstrations.

Why on earth is the post office running a political surveillance operation?

Wed Jun 23 23:49:56 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter sued for defamation over banning Biden's laptop contents

Just The NewsA defamation lawsuit against social media giant Twitter is accusing the company of unevenly enforcing its internal censorship policies depending on the political slant of the content in question.

The lawsuit was filed by Colorado resident John Paul Mac Isaac, a computer repair store owner who last year was thrust into the scrum of the bitter U.S. presidential race as it neared its end in October.

Twitter's blatantly partisan policies appear to be getting it into trouble. They can't hide behind section 230 forever.

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Sun Jun 20 23:36:54 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SPLC involved in political purge of military

Gateway PunditThe article by Ken Klippenstein, writing for the Intercept, describes a new Pentagon “Working Group” comprised largely of left-wing ideologues with a demonstrated bias against conservatives. Unfortunately, Ken’s editors at the Intercept had him focus on only two of the 18 names on the list–Michael Berry and Anat Agron and leave the impression that right-wing extremists have inflitrated the Working Group. But they are the only two with links to conservative groups.

If you take a closer look at the attached list you will see that at least 7 of the 18 members of this “Working Group” are or have been affiliated with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) or the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) or the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). These three groups have a disturbing history.

The SPLC has already thoroughly discredited itself, and any groups associated with them should have no part in anything like this. Not that that matters, since this is a political purge of the US military. Obama purged the officer core and Biden is purging the rank and file. The next step, likely in 2024, will be using the military against the people.

Sat Jun 19 22:50:46 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Online censorship

City JournalAt the end of a recent 800-meter race in Oregon, a high school runner named Maggie Williams got dizzy, passed out, and landed face-first just beyond the finish line. She and her coach blamed her collapse on a deficit of oxygen due to the mask she’d been forced to wear, and state officials responded to the public outcry by easing their requirements for masks during athletic events. But long before the pandemic began, scientists had repeatedly found that wearing a mask could lead to oxygen deprivation. Why had this risk been ignored?

One reason is that a new breed of censors has been stifling scientific debate about masks on social media platforms. When Scott Atlas, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, questioned the efficacy of masks last year, Twitter removed his tweet. When eminent scientists from Stanford and Harvard recently told Florida governor Ron DeSantis that children should not be forced to wear masks, YouTube removed their video discussion from its platform. These acts of censorship were widely denounced, but the social media science police remain undeterred, as I discovered when I recently wrote about the harms to children from wearing masks.

It's a glimpse inside the censorship process.

Sun Jun 13 22:54:53 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

MA government told Twitter to delete tweets of Senate candidate

Gateway PunditA federal judge in Massachusetts is going to make Twitter explain whether or not it is a “state actor” or a truly private company, and the effects could be significant in reigning in Big Tech’s oppression of conservative views.

Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai..., ran for US Senate in Massachusetts as a Republican and made allegations of voter fraud on Twitter. These tweets were then deleted by the far-left tech giant. Later it was discovered that they were deleted at the direction of government employees of the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office.

We've seen recent revelations about California and Iowa officials making similar censorship demands of Big Tech companies. Funny how it's all about private companies exercising their own discretion until you find out the government is giving them instructions.

Wed Jun 02 23:49:15 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police officer investigated for Molon Labe keychain

Conservative Treehouse quoting Bend BulletinA Bend Police Department officer will be investigated for allegedly violating policy by wearing a keychain connected to a far-right group while in uniform on Saturday.

Bend Chief Mike Krantz did not identify the employee, though Cpl. Josh Spano is the officer seen in a photograph circulating on Reddit and Facebook. Attached to the front of Spano’s service vest is an item reading “molon labe” in Greek lettering, a phrase associated with the far-right Three Percenters militia.

The “molon labe” item and its letters appear to be larger than Spano’s name tag on his vest.

The phrase has been associated with the right to keep and bears arms -- not just the three-percenters, which are a more recent development -- since ancient Greece. This whole panic over anyone who believes in America as the Constitution defined it is political bullshit. And no, the right to keep and bear arms is not extremist.

Tue May 25 22:04:33 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Video released of officers allowing protesters into the Capitol

ZerohedgeOne officer, identified in the video and confirmed by charging documents as Officer Keith Robishaw, appears to tell Chansely’s group they won’t stop them from entering the building. “We’re not against . . . you need to show us . . . no attacking, no assault, remain calm,” Robishaw warns. Chansley and another protestor instruct the crowd to act peacefully. “This has to be peaceful,” Chansley yelled. “We have the right to peacefully assemble.”

The video directly contradicts what government prosecutors allege in a complaint filed January 8 against Chansley: “Robishaw and other officers calmed the protestors somewhat and directed them to leave the area from the same way they had entered. Chansley approached Officer Robishaw and screamed, among other things, that this was their house, and that they were there to take the Capitol, and to get Congressional leaders.”

Chansley later is seen entering the Senate chambers with a police officer behind him; he led several protesters in prayer and sat in Vice President Mike Pence’s chair. (The man in the yellow sweatshirt is William Watson, a drug dealer out on bond. He was arrested in January.)

The police let them in.

Any charges related to trespassing should be immediately dropped.

Any prisoners still being held should be immediately released.

The only person murdered during the protest was Ashli Babbit. She was shot by a police officer without warning while unarmed.

Mon May 17 09:01:21 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FL legislation would impose fines for deplatforming

Just The NewsA bill recently passed by the Florida legislature would assess fines as high as $250,000 against social media companies that ban political candidates from their platforms.

The bill — widely seen as a rebuke to tech companies that blacklisted then-President Donald Trump from their servers in the waning days of his administration this year — was passed earlier this week by the Florida House and Senate. It is expected to be signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The same rules should apply to everyone. I understand that the legislature loves to create special rules for politicians, but all Americans have free speech rights.

That said, there was likely a tradeoff between imposing penalties large enough for Big Tech to notice and limiting the people covered by such a law. As far as compromises go, I'm fine with this one.

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Mon May 10 22:06:39 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clarence Thomas outlines the path back to free speech

Gateway Pundit“Today’s digital platforms provide avenues for historically unprecedented amounts of speech, including speech by government actors. Also unprecedented, however, is control of so much speech in the hands of a few private parties,” Thomas wrote. “We will soon have no choice but to address how our legal doctrines apply to highly concentrated, privately owned information infrastructure such as digital platforms.”

Justice Thomas noted that Trump had 89 million followers when he was banned in January, and said that the owners of the platforms have too much power.

“Although both companies are public, one person controls Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg), and just two control Google (Larry Page and Sergey Brin),” Thomas wrote.

Politico reports that “Thomas’ opinion amounts to an invitation to Congress to declare Twitter, Facebook and similar companies ‘common carriers,’ essentially requiring them to host all customers regardless of their views. At the moment, the companies have sweeping authority to take down any post and to suspend or terminate any account.”

Justice Thomas sees clearly.

How many other justices share that vision?

Mon Apr 12 22:53:39 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter bans Project Veritas

Sara CarterOn Friday, the Twitter accounts of the conservative journalist group Project Veritas and its founder, James O’Keefe, were suspended. While the group’s account was permanently suspended, O’Keefe’s has been temporarily locked—both for allegedly violating the platform’s private information policy.

This is simply banning effective reporting.

Tue Feb 23 23:22:52 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Disagreeing with Democrats is now incitement to violence...

PJMediaOn Tuesday, Facebook suspended Robert A.J. Gagnon, a prominent Christian scholar on the topic of Bible sexuality, for 7 days. His crime? Speaking out against transgender ideology and President Joe Biden’s new transgender military policy. Facebook claimed that Gagnon’s criticism of this government-imposed ideology violated the platform’s “Community Standards on violence and incitement.”

Ironically, Gagnon’s post drew attention to Facebook’s suspension of his friend, Laurie Higgins, who got a 7-day ban for criticizing Biden’s policy.

“There was absolutely no incitement to violence on our part. We abhor violence done to any person,” Gagnon told PJ Media on Tuesday. “This is just a thinly veiled and pathetic excuse for censorship of any critical views toward trans-tyranny over our consciences, religion, and reason.”

Left unsaid: The violence will come from the Democrats.

Tue Feb 02 21:05:47 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Youtube censors Senate testimony on the election

Just The NewsJesse Binnall, a Trump campaign attorney who recently spoke at a Senate committee hearing related to 2020 election irregularities, tweeted on Saturday that YouTube had removed his opening statement.

"YouTube has decided that my opening statement in the U.S. [Senate], given under oath and based upon hard evidence, is too dangerous for you to see; they removed it," Binnall tweeted. "To this day, our evidence has never been refuted, only ignored. Why is Google so afraid of the truth?"

Censorship in America. It can happen here. It just did.

Mon Dec 21 13:36:43 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cuomo openly violates 1st Amendment

NYPostGov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law aimed at banning the sale of “hate symbols” such as the Confederate flag or the swastika on state property — even while admitting the new edict might clash with the First Amendment and be struck down as unconstitutional.

As far as the modern Democrat party are concerned, free speech is something to be shut down.

Fri Dec 18 15:09:24 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter continues to censor the President

MSNReplies and likes were disabled on several of Trump's tweets Saturday morning before Twitter the company reversed course hours later, telling Business Insider the change was made "inadvertently."

"Inadvertantly". Hah.

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Wed Dec 16 21:49:35 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The fall of free speech

ZerohedgeWe have previously discussed the alarming rollback on free speech rights in the West, particularly in Europe. The move to criminalize speech has led to an insatiable appetite for new limitations and broader prosecutions. Norway is an example of this headlong plunge into speech controls and crimes in the West. This week the legislature adopted (without even a vote) a new criminal law that punishes people for saying anything deemed hate speech toward transgender people in their own home or private conversations.

Criminalizing speech is a favorite trick of totalitarians, and the left is trending more and more towards totalitarian tyranny. It's not even permitted to protest a stolen election, work in real estate while having politically incorrect discussions in your private life, . And if you don't want to submit, you will be re-educated.

Fri Dec 04 08:00:04 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

American gun owners have a saying...

American ThinkerHere's a serious question. Have we passed that Rubicon in America beyond which it is no longer possible to pretend the American government is legitimately representing the people? I know that question is on a lot of Americans' minds these days, and I think it speaks volumes about our brewing crisis that none of our elected leaders has even attempted to acknowledge, let alone address, the growing unease outside the capital. People are arming up right now in record numbers not because of hunting season; they're buying weapons because their instincts tell them America is on the brink. But if America is on the brink, the D.C. Leviathan seems unsympathetic or unaware. That makes for an awfully dangerous situation.

There are three boxes to which a free man can go when seeking to remain free.

He begins with the soap box -- advocating for retaining his liberty, using the 1st Amendment to protect his ability to speak. The media's bias (especially following the final capitulation of Fox News), combined with Big Tech's censorship of the internet, and pervasive cancel culture, have created a situation where speech is no longer free.

If speech alone is insufficient, he moves to the ballot box, voting for leaders who will correct the situation. While this may not resolve the problem immediately, so long as leaders are chosen by popular vote in free and fair elections there remains hope.

The presidential race in 2020 appears to have demonstrated that the ballot box is no longer free or fair.

That only leaves one box left. Pray we need not open it.

Sun Nov 22 17:45:40 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Facebook fact checkers were in Biden's camp all along

The National PulseThe so-called ‘Bipartisan Policy Center’ – the organization spearheading Facebook’s “voting information center” – honored Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden with awards, and counts every single penny spent by its employees on the 2020 presidential election in support of the former veep.

This will only surprise people who thought Facebook and other Big Tech companies actually wanted to check facts. They didn't. It was always about censorship.

Bias aside, Facebook's censorship policies are notably prone to error.

Sat Nov 21 17:12:58 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter CEO wins election then admits fault

Just The NewsWhen The New York Post, the fourth largest newspaper in the country, wrote a series of articles about a laptop and emails said to belong to Hunter Biden, then-candidate Joe Biden's son, Twitter and Facebook blocked access to them.

On Tuesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted that that was wrong.

Note that he says it's wrong after he thinks he's won.

Wed Nov 18 05:51:27 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Wikipedia now censoring support for traditional marriage

The problem here is that censoring something like this does not make it go away (as Wikipedia no doubt wishes), it just prevents that opinion from being expressed on a certain platform. It's a thumb on the scales of the overton window, as I saw it described somewhere earlier today; it's not a rational argument, not a discussion, not an explanation, merely a declaration that a certain position is verboten in polite society. Not only does the law not agree with that opinion (any longer, even though this change to millennia of law only happened recently), that opinion can no longer be spoken about at all, thus hampering anyone who disagrees from expressing their disagreement.

This is evil. It is evil in the unique manner of totalitarian technological societies; a minor evil that hurts millions of people just a little bit, and thus hopes to achieve great evil while sliding beneath the notice of those who might oppose it effectively.

Tue Oct 27 17:30:30 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter "fact-checks" Trump tweets

This is an obvious attempt at influencing the election, and should result in Twitter being denied any protections against suits for those tweets it does not correct or remove, as Twitter has now claimed for itself an editorial role rather than being a content-neutral service provider. Trump has responded with an executive order emphasizing the importance of free speech and declaring that, by stepping back from political neutrality, Twitter has become a publisher making editorial decisions instead of a platform, thus stripping their protections from suit under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Wed Jun 03 01:23:40 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police shoot sleeping man through his own window

... and they did it because of red flag laws. They are also refusing to share their bodycam footage, because of course they are. After all, that footage would expose them as liars who shot and killed a man while he slept peacefully in bed next to his pregnant girlfriend, who they also shot.

The police are keeping the survivors under surveillance and threatening them with arrest if they attend protests.

Everyone involved here needs to go on trial for murder and violation of civil rights. But they won't. Because they are police.

Tue May 26 02:15:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is it time for media control?

BorepatchThe Media is all in for curtailing the our Second Amendment rights. OK, then - maybe we should look at curtailing their First Amendment rights.

After all, this has a better chance of reducing school shootings than any of the gun control proposals that we've heard. And their publications are commercial in nature - they make money on talking up the school shootings, which likely encourages more school shootings - which leads to higher ratings and more money for them. Which is more important: Media profits or children's lives?

After all, we're constantly told that if it saves one kid's life than we should do it, amirite?

Go sign the petition.

I'm not sure if I want to go that far. Any serious attempt at regulating the media would invite regulatory capture immediately, and backfire upon the small, indepedent bloggers and commentators. But to be honest... yes, I do think the media attention given to mass murders that happen at school contributes to them happening again and again and again.

Here's a partial explanation of why.

Sun May 20 10:12:59 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BREAKING: IRS Claims to Have Lost Over 2 Years of Lerner Emails

If you believe this, you'll believe anything:

Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement regarding the Internal Revenue Service informing the Committee that they have lost Lois Lerner emails from a period of January 2009 – April 2011. Due to a supposed computer crash, the agency only has Lerner emails to and from other IRS employees during this time frame. The IRS claims it cannot produce emails written only to or from Lerner and outside agencies or groups, such as the White House, Treasury, Department of Justice, FEC, or Democrat offices.

Do the words obstruction of justice ring a bell?

There is no way this was anything other than a completely deliberate attempt to cover up incriminating evidence.

When it was Nixon, they said "It's not the crime, it's the coverup."

Well, this is the coverup.

UPDATE: Congress should subpoena the NSA for Lerner's emails.

UPDATE: We have only one recourse left. We must take the Senate in November, impeach Obama, and remove him from office.

UPDATE: Thanks Saysuncle for the link. Be sure to click "Read More" to see the whole thing if you are on the front page. Also see this video of IRS official testifying to Congress that Lerner's emails were archived and would be produced. Either he lied, or someone lied to him, or someone is lying now. Also note that even Obama supporters are calling for a special prosecutor.

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Fri Jun 13 15:36:04 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Major media is paid by government agencies for specific content

Those who have been paying attention have known this was true for some time in the realm of entertainment programming. If you ever wondered why so many children's shows have ham-handed anti-drug messaging, wonder no more: running an anti-drug storyline was good enough to tick a box and get money from the government, so of course everyone did. But a new revelation indicates that a similar situation exists for news programming:

Amber Lyon is an award-winning journalist who worked for CNN. She says while working at CNN she was ordered to report fake stories, delete unfriendly stories adverse to the Obama administration (like the Nick Robertson report), and construct stories in specific manners while working for the left-wing network. Why? According to Lyon CNN is paid by foreign and domestic Government agencies for specific content. [Emphasis added]

They are also paid by foreign governments to not air things, with an example at the link above. I can remember when CNN previously admitted to not reporting the truth from Baghdad while Saddam Hussein was in power.

And other "news" organizations are doing the same; a recent example has the anti-gun Joyce Foundation sponsoring news on gun control in the Minnesota Post, something they have done before.

The line between news, journalism, advertising, and government propaganda has disappeared completely.

UPDATE: Thanks to SaysUncle for the link. It's not that this surprises me, it's that we now have proof.

UPDATE: And From the Barrel of a Gun too.

Fri Jun 13 10:46:41 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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