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"FreeRepublic" Becomes "CensoredRepublic"

by Gavin Phillips Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001 at 9:59 AM
freee95@yahoo.com

Jim Robinson, owner of the popular forum "FreeRepublic", is censoring articles and views he doesn't agree with.

Hello,



I'm writing to inform you about the rampant censorship that Jim Robinson is conducting on "FreeRepublic.com" Around November 20th he removed an article I posted ("truth4all"), "Rise of The Fourth Reich" by "What Really Happened." Scroll about half way down the left frame.

This piece has nothing to do with Nazi hate material. It points out disturbing parallels between 1930's Germany and the U.S. today. I emailed Jim about censoring this article and his reply was "Please do not post b/s like this to FR." I gave him the benefit of the doubt and let it go. But then Jim deleted another article on December 18th, "The Best Enemies Money Can Buy" by Michael C. Ruppert. This is a very good article that traces the Bush family's ties to Hitler, Bush seniors arming of Saddam Hussein and the financial conflicts with defence contractors the Carlyle Group and Osama bin Laden, amongst other observations. The article is a little too long in my opinion but very well researched and referenced. I wrote to Jim again pointing out that his written goals and posting guidelines say in part,



"Broadly stated, the goals of this site are to further conservatism, expose political corruption, and recover a truly constitutional form of government. If these are not your goals, you may find another discussion site more suitable.



Free Republic expects users to follow a few simple posting guidelines (described below) and by posting to the forum you and others agree to abide by them. While Free Republic is not edited or censored, it does reserve the right to remove any postings that are considered inappropriate. Examples of inappropriate posts are those that are off-subject or contain advertising, pornography, obscene material, racist material, Nazi (or other hate group) material, materials promoting violence, threats or illegal acts, etc. "



There is no "advertising, pornography, obscene material, racist material, Nazi (or other hate group) material, materials promoting violence, threats or illegal acts, ..." in either of those posts, so he is censoring material he doesn't agree with.



As I wrote to Jim, he supposedly reveres our First Amendment but is now eviscerating it with his censorship of information and opinions that do not serve his political agenda. Worse, people do not know that it is going on and that they are being deceived by a Judas goat. Like all censors, he does not give the people he has gagged any recourse for debate; a most cowardly and odious deed.



Jim's reply was "The Michael C. Ruppert crap is nothing but leftist

propaganda" and if I don't like his decisions I should move on. It surprises me that someone supposedly as politically savvy as Jim would resort to this extremely simplistic cliche, insisting that if you think an article by a left wing publication is good then you are a communist. And like many assumptions, he is totally wrong. Communism is a worthless ideology that has always failed and is responsible for tens of millions more dead than fascism (see "The Black Book of Communism" by Stephane Courtois, Mark Kramer). Either Jim did not read the article or didn't like the facts presented because it most certainly is not propaganda. In any case, that is his opinion, but he stopped anybody else from having an opinion by censoring it and that I cannot abide. I will not be posting anything further to a forum that is operating under a lie and is censored according to Jim's political viewpoint. This also raises the question of exactly how many articles have been spiked that I know nothing about.



I'll be posting this to several different forums and people to inform them of this situation. Please pass the information on. Thank you for your time and merry Christmas.


Gavin Phillips.


freee95@yahoo.com

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