Stephen Lendman, a blogger whom I have followed for some years, today announced that he has been expelled from Facebook for refusing to take down some of his posts. Here is what he says:
America’s deep state declared war on truth-telling, wanting views opposing its own censored or banished altogether.Perhaps criminalizing writers like myself and others comes next. Google and Facebook are involved, perhaps other social media operations, conspiring with dark forces in Washington in flagrant violation of First Amendment rights.Facebook informed me by email that I’m banished unless willing to “erase” articles I posted. I’m being asked to renounce truth-telling to gain access to my page – what I’ll never do, of course, not for Facebook or anyone else.
…I won’t be censored. I’ll continue telling hard truths to the best of my ability.Banishing me is Facebook’s shame – its CEO Mark Zukerberg and minions doing his bidding in cahoots with US dark forces, waging war on humanity at home and abroad.Banishment from their site is my badge of honor. I wear it proudly!
Three days earlier, Lendman had commented on new limitations on free speech brought about by a measure signed by Mr. Obama on December 23rd (“Obama Signs Measure Opposing Speech and Media Freedoms“):
First Amendment rights are threatened like never before. Truth-telling on vital domestic and geopolitical issues is now considered fake news or Russian propaganda.Targeting it is the hallmark of fascist dictatorship. Washington wants views contrary to its own suppressed, writers like myself and many others silenced.When truth-tellers become enemies of the state, freedom no longer exists.In early December, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act as part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act – an unconstitutional measure against First Amendment freedoms.On December 23, ahead of the Christmas holiday weekend, Obama signed it into law practically unnoticed. Along with approving bloated military spending, it establishes a Center for Information Analysis and Response – a de facto Ministry of Truth.It aims to ferret out truth-telling on vital issues, suppress what everyone has a right to know, countering it with state-sponsored propaganda – along with perhaps targeting reliable independent sources of news, information and analysis for elimination.Orwell once said in times of universal deceit, truth-telling is a revolutionary act. In America, it’s an endangered species, heading toward becoming criminalized, its disseminators risking prosecution, imprisonment or elimination by other means.Obama governs under a police state apparatus, hardened throughout his tenure. When truth-telling becomes fake news or Russian propaganda, criminalizing it is a step closer to reality.