Before you get upset and call us racists, please note that the author of this article is of Jewish decent. Thanks.
Conditions today in Western societies are deplorable. Peace is pure fantasy. US-led wars without end continue. New ones ahead are likely.
Police state laws erode fundamental freedoms. On the chopping block for elimination altogether.
On the pretext of protecting national security. Fighting nonexistent terrorist threats. The road to ruin isn’t paved with good intentions.
Full-blown tyranny looms. In America. Israel. Across Europe. Guilt by accusation is official policy. Police states operate this way.
US-dominated NATO threatens humanity’s survival. Most people are brainwashed to believe harmful government policies benefit them.
HL Mencken once said “(t)he whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
Perhaps Lincoln should have said “(y)ou can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time,” but enough always on issues mattering most.
People are their own worst enemies. Easily manipulated against their own self-interest. Duped to accept what demands rejection. Under conditions going from bad to worse.
Western societies aren’t fit to live in. Dystopian futures await unsuspecting millions.
If a prominent European rabbi’s idea takes hold, expect open season for gunslingers. High noon on city streets. Making them more unsafe than ever.
The European Jewish Association (EJA) calls itself “the biggest federation of Jewish organizations and communities working all over Europe.”
The “most active. (S)trenghen(ing) Jewish identity. (D)efend(ing) Jewish interest(s) in Europe. (I)mpro(ing)” Israel’s image in Europe.
Rabbi Menachem Margolin serves as EJA and Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) general director.
He wants Jews given special permission to carry guns. As many as possible. Urged Brussels lawmakers enact legislation OKing it.
Wrote European interior ministries to endorse it. Saying:
“We hereby ask that gun licensing laws are reviewed with immediate effect to allow designated people in the Jewish communities and institutions to own weapons for the essential protection of their communities, as well as receiving the necessary training to protect their members from potential terror attacks.”
He wants “as many people within the Jewish community as possible” carrying weapons.
Ludicrously claiming Paris killings and other European attacks reflect growing anti-Semitism.
Saying they “revealed the urgent need to stop talking and start acting.”
“We need to recognise the warning signs of anti-Semitism, racism, and intolerance that once again threaten Europe and our European ideals,” he said.
“Right now Jews don’t feel safe. We are threatened on a daily basis.”
“People are afraid to come to synagogue. People are afraid to go to Jewish schools.”
Police “are not doing enough. We need more. The best solution is have at least two police officers at each Jewish institution, 24 hours a day.”
“Until that happens, we need to be able to feel secure in other ways.” Letting Jews carry guns will “allow our people to feel protected.
Any kind, he said. So “everyone would have something in their pocket.” Claiming “positive comments from the Jewish community” already. Lunatic ideas have a way of spreading fast.
“(M)ost people saying being armed with a weapon would allow them to feel more secure,” claimed Margolin.
Most people are subliming ignorant. Evidence contradicts their beliefs.
A January 2014 Annals of Internal Medicine analysis of 15 studies found people with access to guns are about three times more likely to commit suicide.
Twice as likely to be killed than others without guns. University of California at San Francisco epidemiologist Andrew Anglemyer and his two co-authors, Tara Horvath and George Rutherford, conducted the study.
Their analysis shows guns make people less safe. Too often they’re used with tragic consequences. Fewer guns. Fewer gun-related deaths and injuries.
Easy access increases violence. The authors found women much more vulnerable to homicide in environments where gun ownership is high.
Per capita civilian gun ownership in America is higher than anywhere else. Gun related violence follows.
In Chicago alone where this writer lives, gun-related deaths exceed one a day. More Chicagoans are shot and killed than US forces in current war theaters.
Gun ownership lowers the threshold between anger and homicide. Easy access leaves everyone vulnerable.
Every US gun-relataed death leaves two others wounded. Each year, about 100,000 Americans are gun violence victims.
Countless others are irreparably harmed. Nothing whatever is done to change things. Unacceptable incidents happen with disturbing regularity.
Death or injury by gun violence in America exceeds vulnerability anywhere else. US communities are unsafe.
Gun-related violence touches every segment of society. On streets. In homes. At work. In schools. Virtually anywhere.
The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) calls firearm deaths “an important public health concern.”
Vulnerability to domestic gun-related death or injury exceeds some US war theaters.
US society is violent. Gun ownership bears much responsibility. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury. The second leading cause of death. Gun accessibility plays a leading role.
Europe needs fewer guns. Not more. Fewer people recommending wrongheaded policies. More people challenging issues mattering most.
Violence begets more of it. America, Israel, Britain, France, Germany and other EU nations proliferate state terrorism.
Wage wars without end. Target their own people repressively. Intend more of the same following Paris killings.
A pretext for instituting policies planned all along. Permitting easy citizen access to guns assures more violent incidents.
More reason for more hardline policies. Heading toward eliminating fundamental freedoms altogether. Creating societies more until to live in than already.
Fewer hawks are needed. More doves. Peace advocates like Gandhi. Bertrand Russell. Albert Schweitaer. Ramsey Clark. Jeff Halper.
Kathy Kelly. Rachel Corrie. Emma Goldman. Mairea Corrigan Maguire. Daniel and Philip Berrigan. Martin Luther King.
Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. Harold Pinter. AJ Muste. Pete Seeger. Desmond Tutu. Mordechai Vannunu. Howard Zinn.
Mikhail Gorbachev, Sergey Lavrov and Vladimir Putin.
Guns don’t make us safe. Easy access assures more violence, deaths and injuries than already.
If Rabbi Margolin’s views take hold, Europe risks heading down the same slippery slope as America.
Already matching its police state practices. Intending harder than ever hardline policies ahead.
Risking full-blown tyranny. A hair’s breadth away. Much like what’s happening in America. Once free societies no longer fit to live in.
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Chris Cornell from the band Soundgarden says he is Innocent… uh seriously … can anyone name just ONE alleged US “Terrorist” NOT set up by the Feds? Hutaree Militia in MI. where cleared in a 2 yr trial for just this reason! NY 1993 was an FBI op. Etc….. Anyone falling for this anymore?
A day after the arrest of an Ohio man over a plot to attack the U.S. with bombs and guns, parents of the 20-year old Christopher Lee Cornell have come out crying foul. They claim their son was set up by the FBI in the alleged terror plot. Cornell had contact with an FBI informant as he planned the attacks, according to the FBI.
Cornell is cited as a sympathizer of the ruthless terror group known as ISIS, which is causing havoc in Syria and Iraq. The U.S. military and allied forces have been trying to downgrade the capacity of ISIS, a group that last year beheaded a U.S. journalist and several others.
Enemy of the Congress
The FBI cites that Cornell is not only a supporter of ISIS, but considered the Congress his enemy. He was willing and planned to attack the national landmark in Washington D.C. Investigations unearthed that the alleged terrorist operated a Twitter accounted under the alias Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah. It was on Twitter that FBI says Cornell posted content in support of ISIS, such content included videos.
Mummy boy, not terrorist
However, in the defense of their son, John Cornell Sr., the father and mother Angela Carmen, the mother, said Cornell is not a terrorist. The father said that be probably knew the young Cornell better than anyone out there. Therefore, based on that knowledge of the son, Cornell Sr. said his son is a good person, a typical kid that still calls the mother “Mummy”.
According to Cornell Sr. and Carmen, the parents of the terror suspect now facing charges in a U.S. federal court in Ohio, FBI set up their son in the alleged terror plot. With just about $1,200 in his bank account, the parents cannot understand how the son could have acquired 600 rounds of ammunition and two rifles. FBI claims Cornell brought the weapons to carry out an attack on the Capitol Hill. Cornell Sr. cited that the guns in question probably cost $2,000, something that makes him believe FBI provided the money for the weapons in the set up plot.
Specifically, the FBI claims, Cornell sought to detonate pipe bombs in Capitol Hill while readying himself to open fire on the people escaping from the explosions.
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ALSO SEE: (The terror events “Foiled” by citizens, mentioned by Judge Nap below, were also Gladio stlye setups! Proven!)
Soro’s OSI has been involved in countless coup d’état’s / Putsch on various continents…. Should we assume that is his goal here in the USA? Maybe… or simply divide, conquer, and rule… While destabilizing the US for global absorption.
(Via Washington Times)
There’s a solitary man at the financial center of the Ferguson protest movement. No, it’s not victim Michael Brown or Officer Darren Wilson. It’s not even the Rev. Al Sharpton, despite his ubiquitous campaign on TV and the streets.
Rather, it’s liberal billionaire George Soros, who has built a business empire that dominates across the ocean in Europe while forging a political machine powered by nonprofit foundations that impacts American politics and policy, not unlike what he did with MoveOn.org.
Mr. Soros spurred the Ferguson protest movement through years of funding and mobilizing groups across the U.S., according to interviews with key players and financial records reviewed by The Washington Times.
In all, Mr. Soros gave at least $33 million in one year to support already-established groups that emboldened the grass-roots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson, according to the most recent tax filings of his nonprofit Open Society Foundations.
The financial tether from Mr. Soros to the activist groups gave rise to a combustible protest movement that transformed a one-day criminal event in Missouri into a 24-hour-a-day national cause celebre.
“Our DNA includes a belief that having people participate in government is indispensable to living in a more just, inclusive, democratic society,” said Kenneth Zimmerman, director of Mr. Soros‘ Open Society Foundations’ U.S. programs, in an interview with The Washington Times. “Helping groups combine policy, research [and] data collection with community organizing feels very much the way our society becomes more accountable.”
No strings attached? (Cough…)
Mr. Zimmerman said OSF has been giving to these types of groups since its inception in the early ‘90s, and that, although groups involved in the protests have been recipients of Mr. Soros‘ grants, they were in no way directed to protest at the behest of Open Society.
“The incidents, whether in Staten Island, Cleveland or Ferguson, were spontaneous protests — we don’t have the ability to control or dictate what others say or choose to say,” Mr. Zimmerman said. “But these circumstances focused people’s attention — and it became increasingly evident to the social justice groups involved that what a particular incident like Ferguson represents is a lack of accountability and a lack of democratic participation.”
Other Soros-funded groups made it their job to remotely monitor and exploit anything related to the incident that they could portray as a conservative misstep, and to develop academic research and editorials to disseminate to the news media to keep the story alive.
The plethora of organizations involved not only shared Mr. Soros‘ funding, but they also fed off each other, using content and buzzwords developed by one organization on another’s website, referencing each other’s news columns and by creating a social media echo chamber of Facebook “likes” and Twitter hashtags that dominated the mainstream media and personal online newsfeeds.
Buses of activists from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference in Chicago; from the Drug Policy Alliance, Make the Road New York and Equal Justice USA from New York; from Sojourners, the Advancement Project and Center for Community Change in Washington; and networks from the Gamaliel Foundation — all funded in part by Mr. Soros — descended on Ferguson starting in August and later organized protests and gatherings in the city until late last month.
Broaden issue focus
All were aimed at keeping the media’s attention on the city and to widen the scope of the incident to focus on interrelated causes — not just the overpolicing and racial discrimination narratives that were highlighted by the news media in August.
“I went to Ferguson in a quest to be in solidarity and stand with the young organizers and affirm their leadership,” said Kassandra Frederique, policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance, which was founded by Mr. Soros, and which receives $4 million annually from his foundation. She traveled to Ferguson in October.
“We recognized this movement is similar to the work we’re doing at DPA,” said Ms. Frederique. “The war on drugs has always been to operationalize, institutionalize and criminalize people of color. Protecting personal sovereignty is a cornerstone of the work we do and what this movement is all about.”
Ms. Frederique works with Opal Tometi, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter — a hashtag that was developed after the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida — and helped promote it on DPA’s news feeds. Ms. Tometi runs the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, a group to which Mr. Soros gave $100,000 in 2011, according to the most recent of his foundation’s tax filings.
“I think #BlackLivesMatter’s success is because of organizing. This was created after Trayvon Martin, and there has been sustained organizing and conversations about police violence since then,” said Ms. Frederique. “Its explosion into the mainstream recently is because it connects all the dots at a time when everyone was lost for words. ‘Black Lives Matter’ is liberating, unapologetic and leaves no room for confusion.”
With the backing of national civil rights organizations and Mr. Soros‘ funding, “Black Lives Matter” grew from a hashtag into a social media phenomenon, including a #BlackLivesMatter bus tour and march in September.
“More than 500 of us have traveled from Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, Portland, Tucson, Washington, D.C., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and other cities to support the people of Ferguson and help turn a local moment into a national movement,” wrote Akiba Solomon, a journalist at Colorlines, describing the event.
Colorlines is an online news site that focuses on race issues and is published by Race Forward, a group that received $200,000 from Mr. Soros’s foundation in 2011. Colorlines has published tirelessly on the activities in Ferguson and heavily promoted the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and activities.
At the end of the #BlackLivesMatter march, organizers met with civil rights groups like the Organization for Black Struggle and Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment to strategize their operations moving forward, Ms. Solomon wrote. OBS and MORE are also funded by Mr. Soros.
Mr. Soros gave $5.4 million to Ferguson and Staten Island grass-roots efforts last year to help “further police reform, accountability and public transparency,” the Open Society Foundations said in a blog post in December. About half of those funds were earmarked to Ferguson, with the money primarily going to OBS and MORE, the foundation said.
OBS and MORE, along with the Dream Defenders, established the “Hands Up Coalition” — another so-called “grass-roots” organization in Missouri, whose name was based on now-known-to-be-false claims that Brown had his hands up before being shot. The Defenders were built to rally support and awareness for the Trayvon Martin case and were funded by the Tides Foundation, another recipient of Soros cash.
Hands Up Coalition has made it its mission to recruit and organize youth nationwide to start local events in their communities — trying to take Ferguson nationwide.
Years and weekends of ‘resistance’
Hands Up Coalition has dubbed 2015 as “The Year of Resistance,” and its outreach program strongly resembles how President Obama’s political action committee — Organizing for Action — rallies youth for its causes, complete with a similarly designed Web page and call to action.
Mr. Soros, who made his fortune betting against the British pound during the currency crisis in the early ‘90s, is a well-known supporter of progressive-liberal causes and is a political donor to Mr. Obama’s campaigns. He committed $1 million to Mr. Obama’s super PAC in 2012.
Mr. Soros‘ two largest foundations manage almost $3 billion in assets per year, according to their most recent respective tax returns. The Foundation to Promote Open Society managed $2.2 billion in assets in 2011, and his Open Society Institute managed $685.9 million in 2012.
In comparison, David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers whom liberals often call a threat to democracy — and worse — for their conservative influence, had $308 million tied up in their foundation and institute in 2011.
One of the organizations that Mr. Soros funds, and which fueled the demonstrations in Ferguson, is the Gamaliel Foundation, a network of grass-roots, interreligious and interracial organizations. Mr. Obama started his career as a community organizer at a Gamaliel affiliate in Chicago.
The Rev. Traci Blackmon of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri, which is part of the Gamaliel network, said in one of the group’s webinars that clergy involved with Gamaliel must be “protectors of the narrative” of what happened in Ferguson.
The Gamaliel affiliate in St. Louis — Metropolitan Congregations United — organized the “Weekend of Resistance” in October, in which clergy members from around the nation were called to come to Ferguson to protest.
Representatives of Sojourners, a national evangelical Christian organization committed “to faith in action for social justice,” attended the weekend. The group received $150,000 from Mr. Soros in 2011.
Clergy representatives from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, where the Rev. Jeremiah Wright serves as a trustee, also showed up. Mr. Wright was Mr. Obama’s pastor in Chicago before some of his racially charged sermons, including the phrase “God damn America,” forced Mr. Obama to distance himself. SDPC received $250,000 from Mr. Soros in 2011.
During Gamaliel’s weekend protest event, Sunday was deemed “Hands Up Sabbath,” where clergy were asked to speak out about racial issues, using packets and talking points prepared for them by another religion-based community organizing group, PICO.
PICO is also supported by the Open Society Foundations, according to its website.
The weekend concluded Monday, when clergy members were asked to lead in acts of civil disobedience, prompting many of them to go to jail in the hopes of gaining media attention.
It worked, as imagery of clergy members down on their hands and knees in front of police dominated the mainstream news cycle that day — two months after Brown’s shooting.
“After the initial shooting, we were all hit in the face with how blatant racism really is,” said the Rev. Susan Sneed, a Gamaliel organizer who helped stage the October weekend event. “We began quickly hearing from our other affiliates offering support.”
At the end of August, Gamaliel had a large organizational meeting to discuss its Ferguson strategy, Ms. Sneed said.
It had its affiliates in New York and California handling the St. Louis Twitter feed and Facebook page, helped in correcting any inaccurate stories in the press and promoted their events, she said.
“When we started marching down the street, saying, ‘hands up, don’t shoot,’ those images reached all over the world,” said Ms. Sneed, referring to the moment she realized Ferguson was going to become a movement. “The Twitter images, Facebook posts of burning buildings — it’s everywhere, and the imagery is powerful. And the youth — the youth is so engaged. They’ve found a voice in Ferguson.”
National activists descend
Mr. Fellows is co-founder of the Millennial Activists United, a key source of video and stories developed in Ferguson by youth activists used to inspire other groups nationally.
Mr. Fellows explained how he started his organization in an interview with the American Civil Liberties Union (another Soros-backed entity that sent national representatives to Missouri) in November.
“Initially, it would just be that we would show up for protests, and the next day we’d clean up the streets. A lot of the same people were out at the protests and going out to lunch and talking about what was happening. That became a cycle until a lot of us figured out we needed to have a strategy,” Mr. Fellows explained to the ACLU, which posted the interview in its blog.
“Then a lot of organizers from across the country started to come in to help us do the planning and do the strategizing. That helped us start doing it on our own and planning out actions and what our narratives were going to be,” he said.
MAU has listed on its website that it has partnered with Gamaliel network churches. They’ve also received training on civil disobedience from the Advancement Project — which was given a $500,000 grant from Mr. Soros in 2013 “to build a fair and just, multi-racial democracy in America through litigation, community organizing support, public policy reform, and strategic communications,” according to the Foundation’s website.
The Advancement Project, based in Washington, also arranged the meeting between community organizers in Ferguson and Mr. Obama last month to brief him on the situation in Ferguson and to set up a task force that examines trust between police and minority communities.
In addition, the Advancement Project has also dedicated some of its staff to lead organizations in Ferguson, like the Don’t Shoot Coalition, another grass-roots group that preaches the same message, links to the same Facebook posts and “likes” the same articles as DPA, ACLU, Hands Up Coalition, OBS, MORE and others.
Jewish patrol cars out in force in London / Investigator of Charlie Hebdo massacre, French Police Commissioner Heroic Redound, ‘commits suicide’ before completing report
Democrats Step Up Efforts to Block Obama’s Trade Agenda –The Trans-Pacific Partnership, secretly negotiated by and for corporations, is a trade ‘deal’ that would cost American jobs, weaken [what’s left of] food safety and financial regulations and undermine environmental and labor standards. | 8 Jan 2015 | President Obama is facing opposition from fellow Democrats to one of his top priorities: winning the power to negotiate international trade agreements and speed them through Congress. As Mr. Obama’s team [of corpora-terrorists, Wall Street trolls, and sociopaths] works privately to line up support for the so-called trade promotion authority, a coalition of Democratic lawmakers and activists from organized labor, environmental, religious and civil rights groups is stepping up efforts to stop him. “Fast track would be yet another insult to the American worker,” Representative Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut, said on Thursday at a news conference on Capitol Hill, where she predicted the effort’s defeat. “It will not happen. We are not going to do it.”
F.B.I. and Justice Dept. Said to Seek Felony Charges for Petraeus | 9 Jan 2015 | The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors have recommended bringing felony charges against David H. Petraeus, contending that he provided classified information to a lover while he was director of the C.I.A., officials said, leaving Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to decide whether to seek an indictment that could send the pre-eminent military officer of his generation to prison. The Justice Department investigation stems from an affair Mr. Petraeus had with Paula Broadwell, an Army Reserve officer who was writing his biography, and focuses on whether he gave her access to his C.I.A. email account and other highly classified information. Mr. Petraeus, a retired four-star general who served as commander of American forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan, has said he never provided classified information to Ms. Broadwell, and has indicated to the Justice Department that he has no interest in a plea deal that would spare him an embarrassing trial.
CENTCOM Twitter, YouTube hack traced to Maryland, home of the NSA –Goal is to ensure passage of Orwellian CISPA (now CISA), the spying gift, to the NSA/US corporations | 12 Jan 2015 | The Twitter and YouTube accounts of the Pentagon’s command for its forces in the Middle East were hacked Monday, according to U.S. Central Command. The command’s Twitter and YouTube sites “were compromised for approximately 30 minutes,” a statement released by CENTCOM said…A Twitter account from a group identifying itself as Anonymous said Monday it had tracked the source of the hack to Maryland, but that was not confirmed by official sources.
MSM Version (USA TODAY)
WASHINGTON — The Twitter and YouTube accounts of the Pentagon’s command for its forces in the Middle East were hacked Monday, according to U.S. Central Command.
The command’s Twitter and YouTube sites “were compromised for approximately 30 minutes,” a statement released by CENTCOM said. “These sites reside on commercial, non-Defense Department servers, and both sites have been temporarily taken offline while we look into the incident further. CENTCOM’s operational military networks were not compromised, and there was no operational impact to U.S. Central Command.”
“We view this as little more than a prank,” said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. “No (Pentagon) systems or computers were compromised.”
Shorty after 10 p.m. ET, CENTCOM announced “We’re back” in a tweet from it’s Twitter account.
Tampa-based Central Command oversees U.S. forces battling militants in Iraq and Syria, as well as its troops in Afghanistan. Along with the U.S. Special Operations Command, it is located at MacDill Air Force Base.
A group calling itself the CyberCaliphate claimed responsibility for the hack.
A Twitter account from a group identifying itself as Anonymous said Monday it had tracked the source of the hack to Maryland, but that was not confirmed by official sources.
Social media accounts, such as those on Twitter or YouTube, are routinely hacked, said Tim Junio, a Stanford University information security expert. “It is usually the result of guessing at passwords or the answers to security questions,” he said.
Though a Twitter account is easier to break into than a Pentagon computer, it’s not trivial, said Jim Penrose, a former National Security Agency computer security expert now with Darktrace, a British security firm.
“There’s been a lot of effort to increase Twitter’s security in the past few months,” he said. A user coming in from a different Internet address would have to answer multiple security questions to be able to change the password on the account and keep legitimate CENTCOM staffers out.
Producers of project – Jason Colella and (Loose Change Producer) Korey Rowe will be on THE JACK BLOOD SHOW tomorrow (Jan. 15th 2015) To Discuss. Anti War Icon Cindy Sheehan will also join us (she is mentioned in this video)
NONPROFIT CHARITY LAUNCHES NEW VIRAL CAMPAIGN TO END TORTURE. 12 CELEBRITIES AND POLITICIANS CALLED OUT AS PART OF INITIAL CHALLENGE.
501(c)(3) Charity, Hustle For Humanity, announced today their new viral challenge campaign to stop torture. It’s called the “Hustle For Humanity 30 Second Waterboard Challenge” and organizers offer to pay *$300 to any participant that can last a full 30 seconds of properly applied waterboarding. In exchange, if the participants don’t last the full 30 seconds, they agree to make a tax deductible donation of $30 to Hustle For Humanity as part of their nationwide awareness campaign. Celebrities and Politicians called out in the initial video challenge include: Dick Cheney, Hillary Clinton, Bill O’Reilly, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi, Sean Hannity, Cindy Sheehan, Cynthia McKinney, Korey Rowe, Abby Martin, Immortal Technique, and Joe Rogan.
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*Subject to video evidence of demonstrable compliance of the official rules and guidelines and having read, understood, and agreed to all of the qualifications and conditions of the official legal disclaimer and participant waiver.
Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 9:52 a.m.
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PARIS — France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism, announcing Wednesday that 54 people had been arrested for those offenses since terror attacks left 20 dead in Paris last week, including three gunmen.
The order came as Charlie Hebdo’s defiant new issue sold out before dawn around Paris, with scuffles at kiosks over dwindling copies of the satirical newspaper that fronted the Prophet Muhammad anew on its cover.
France has been tightening security and searching for accomplices since the terror attacks began, but none of the 54 people have been linked to the attacks. That’s raising questions about whether President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government is impinging on the very freedom of speech that it so vigorously defends when it comes to Charlie Hebdo.
Among those detained was Dieudonne, a controversial, popular comic with repeated convictions for racism and anti-Semitism.
Like many European countries, France has strong laws against hate speech and especially anti-Semitism in the wake of the Holocaust. In a message distributed to all French prosecutors and judges, the Justice Ministry laid out the legal basis for rounding up those who defend the Paris terror attacks as well as those responsible for racist or anti-Semitic words or acts. The order did not mention Islam.
A top leader of Yemen’s al-Qaida branch claimed responsibility Wednesday for the Charlie Hebdo attack, saying in a video the massacre came in “vengeance for the prophet.” The newspaper had received repeated threats previously for posting caricatures of Muhammad.
The core of the irreverent newspaper’s staff perished a week ago when gunmen stormed its offices, killing 12 people and igniting three days of bloodshed around Paris. The attacks ended Friday when security forces killed all three gunmen.
Working out of borrowed offices, Charlie Hebdo employees who survived the massacre put out the issue that appeared Wednesday with a print run of 3 million — more than 50 times the paper’s usual circulation. Another run was being planned, one columnist said.
French police say as many as six members of a terrorist cell that carried out the Paris attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket may still be at large, including a man seen driving a car registered to the widow of one of the now-dead gunmen. The country has deployed 10,000 troops to protect sensitive sites, including Jewish schools and synagogues, mosques and travel hubs.
The Justice Ministry said the 54 people included four minors and several had already been convicted under special measures for immediate sentencing. Inciting terrorism can bring a 5-year prison term — or up to 7 years for inciting terrorism online.
In its message to prosecutors and judges, the ministry said it was issuing the order to protect freedom of expression from comments that could incite violence or hatred. It said no one should be allowed to use their religion to justify hate speech.
It warned authorities to be particularly attentive to any incidents that could lead to urban unrest or violence against police. That suggested the government fears new riots like the wave that swept through France’s neglected housing projects and immigrant communities a decade ago.
The government is also writing broader new laws on phone-tapping and other intelligence designed to fight terrorism, spokesman Stephane Le Foll said Wednesday.
In addition, the government is launching a deeper project to rethink France’s education system, urban policies and integration model, in an apparent recognition that last week’s attacks exposed deeper problems of inequality in France, especially at its housing projects.
Dieudonne, a comic who popularized an arm gesture that resembles a Nazi salute and who has been convicted repeatedly of racism and anti-Semitism, is no stranger to controversy. His provocative performances were banned last year but he has a core following among France’s disaffected youth.
In the Facebook post in question, which was swiftly deleted, the comic said he felt like “Charlie Coulibaly” — merging the names of Charlie Hebdo and Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who killed four hostages at a kosher market Friday, a day after he killed a Paris policewoman.
In a separate post, the comic wrote an open letter to France’s interior minister.
“Whenever I speak, you do not try to understand what I’m trying to say, you do not want to listen to me. You are looking for a pretext to forbid me. You consider me like Amedy Coulibaly when I am not any different from Charlie,” he wrote.
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