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Turkish Government Restricts Internet Access; Erdogan Compared To Hitler

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"Remember that Adolf Hitler used the same methods when he rose to power," opposition leader Hasan Oren blasts as Turkish PM Erdogan as the Turkish parliament has approved a bill that would tighten government controls over the internet. As The BBC reports, the new law allows the government to block websites without first seeking a court ruling. "Now you are implementing fascism," Oren goes on, despite promises of "enhancing democracy in Turkey" when Erdogan was elected. The Erdogan government had already restricted access to "the scourge of Twitter" and Facebook's "menace to society," but this latest step dismisses any legal limits or restrictions.


Via The BBC,

The Turkish parliament has approved a bill that would tighten government controls over the internet.


The new law will allow Turkey's telecommunications authority to block websites without first seeking a court ruling.


It will also force internet providers to store data on web users' activities for two years and make it available to the authorities.




Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been openly critical of the internet, calling Twitter a "scourge" and condemning social media as "the worst menace to society".


Both Twitter and Facebook were widely used by anti-government protesters to spread information during demonstrations last year.




"When you came to power you talked of enhancing democracy in Turkey - now you are trying to implement fascism," he said.


"Remember that Adolf Hitler used the same methods when he rose to power."


However, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said there was "no such thing as internet censorship" in Turkey.

"We are freer compared to many other countries and have freedom of the press," he said.


The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said the new powers meant Turkey's telecommunications agency would be able to "gather communications data about all internet users without any legal limits or restrictions" and with users "never... able to know when and how this information is gathered".

We suspect some other sites that are awkwardly telling the truth about Turkey will soon be censored.

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Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:34 | 4407753 blabam
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Adolf Hitler restricted internet acces? 

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:35 | 4407758 SilverIsKing
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He forced people to use dial up.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:40 | 4407772 Skateboarder
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And nationalized Compuserve.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:42 | 4407785 Grande Tetons
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Can not flip the switch off with Gold. Not sure what this says about Bitcoin....however...I think someone around here can shed some light on this topic. 

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:48 | 4407810 oddjob
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Hold on here, Reggie Middleton claimed a persons' access to the internet could never be restricted.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:50 | 4407828 icanhasbailout
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Be the first to get your "This Website Blocked By Hitler" sticker!

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:51 | 4407835 HyBrasilian
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More "Hitler" on ZH lately than on the History Channel

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:56 | 4407852 Sofa King Confused
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No online porn in Turkey.......that sucks!

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:19 | 4407931 TBT or not TBT
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Back to offline porn then, probably. Got a pristine collection of playboys? Your portfolio just jumped, bitchez. Thank erdogan and his islamifying electorate.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:03 | 4407873 Smegley Wanxalot
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I remember when Hitler also limited the number of apps that you could have on a smartphone.  What an asshole.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:15 | 4407913 HyBrasilian
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He also tried to steal Facebook away from Mark Zuckerberg, but failed. Then, when it came down to casting for the movie "THE SOCIAL NETWORK", he tried to steal the lead role from Jesse Eisenberg. He also tried to put all his cronies on the Board of Directors of Google, as well as hijack the NBA.


You're right! What an @sshole! [We must vigilantly put a stop to all this nonsense]

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:34 | 4407971 Bunga Bunga
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Hitler also tried to ban alternate payment systems, but ultimately failed here.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:50 | 4408037 Emergency Ward
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Hitler is lobbying Hollywood to produce a new Hitler biopic with George Clooney in the lead.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:56 | 4408057 Four chan
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hitlers new app; angry jews

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:09 | 4408091 HyBrasilian
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Chris Rock [I understand]

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:51 | 4409755 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Hitler made Amazon charge sales tax.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:32 | 4408159 yrad
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All your tweets and likes are belong to us..

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:54 | 4407840 CheapBastard
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Hitler loses his internet connection [Der Unterfall variation]:



Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:04 | 4407872 kralizec
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AlGore!  Der eselhengst!

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:58 | 4408042 Tim_
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Traudl Junge

"The movie Der Untergang [Downfall (2004)], which has been widely cited for its historical accuracy, depicts Junge being saved by a boy with whom she walks through Russian lines but this is a fictional (and metaphorical) dramatic device invented for the film's ending. In truth, Junge was raped repeatedly by Russian soldiers, as were many other German women during the fall of Berlin in 1945. She was subsequently held for a year as the 'personal prisoner' of a Russian major."

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:48 | 4407826 BTCTalks
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Your coins would be fine.  Assuming they are stored in a web-based wallet you (might) not be able to access them temporarily within Turkish borders.  However, it is a heck of a lot easier to spot gold when fleeing nations than memorized encryption keys.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:52 | 4407841 Grande Tetons
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That was a better answer than I was expecting. Tks. 

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:11 | 4407903 fonestar
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....and just because .gov disallows internet access does not mean people are not accessing the internet.  They can try ban gravity too if they'd like.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:17 | 4408104 unrulian
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Who are all these international men of mystery that think they can slip over the border with their colon filled with USP sticks? if the internet is shut down good luck, i'll take my chances at home with the 7B's.





Bitches and Blow (not really, just needed humouous filler for the 7B's)

Bitcoin (not)

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:32 | 4408160 fonestar
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Why do you need a USB stick?  Ever heard of a paper wallet?  Just stick to commenting on what you know, most of you are clueless.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:36 | 4407985 spanish inquisition
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"Thank you for visiting Turkey, to complete your trip through customs please step through this mini EMP generator"

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:51 | 4408040 BTCTalks
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Memorize the encryption key. If they try to erase that, you have bigger concerns than money.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:54 | 4407842 Skin666
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If you're not a total dipshit you would have stored your coins safely on your USB drive. Shove it up your arse and walk (uncomfortably) through the scanners into any country you desire.


Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:02 | 4407865 Grande Tetons
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This is the answer I was expecting. 

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:07 | 4407892 BTCTalks
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Don't let fonestar and Skin666 give you a bad impression of the Bitcoin community.  Well... maybe fonestar.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:12 | 4407908 fonestar
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fonestar came to spread the word of Satoshi in good faith.  Was greeted with jeers, FUD and insults....  responded accordingly.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:23 | 4407943 Pure Evil
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Ah.......where's Jesus when you need a cheek to be turned.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:53 | 4408252 DonGenaro
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and imposed download caps

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:41 | 4407780 WhyDoesItHurtWh...
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The Erdogan government had already restricted access to "the scourge of Twitter" and Facebook's "menace to society,"

They hate us for our freedoms.  Does this mean that the pinnacle of freedom is Twitter and Facebook.  We're fucked.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:53 | 4407836 RacerX
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"Twitter flash mobs" take on a whole new meaning over in the brown countries.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:19 | 4407934 e_goldstein
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Yep, and killing access to the internet worked so well in Egypt.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:56 | 4407850 CheapBastard
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The Turks are jealous of our women:



Thu, 02/06/2014 - 14:47 | 4408496 swiss chick
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Let it all hang out!!!!!!!

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:00 | 4407864 123dobryden
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they hate us 'cause they are afraid us

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:59 | 4408030 Emergency Ward
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With 300 baud Hayes modems.....

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:46 | 4407806 SAT 800
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yeah, that was news to me. "The scourge of Twitter"; guys got a way with words. I thought it just sucked, never knew it was a "scourge".

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:44 | 4407807 joak
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Of course he did, hey he was Hitler. He was and is the cause of all evil in the universe. Saying the opposite would be a revisionist statement !

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:54 | 4407846 The Dunce
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Fascism is absolutely necessary.  How else are you gonna keep the people in line.  Bitches.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:06 | 4407876 The.Harmless.Who
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Ahhh yes, the race to the bottom on who calls who "Hitler" or "Nazi"... 


Strange that ZH is going to the BBC for news mind; for the BBC is a bastard creation of the Foreign Office, inspired by Joseph Goebbels!


Turkey, like many developing economies are nothing more than pawns to be played with by current and former empires.  


I normally thank my lucky stars for ZH and most of its readership (i.e. their respective comments), but getting articles from the BBC scares me.



.... and what is the "truth about turkey" anyway?  Erdogan = Hitler, therefore anti-erdogan is good?  When did the world become so clear?




Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:08 | 4408074 TBT or not TBT
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Does "fascism" work better for you? "nationalist socialism" perhaps!

BTW you can find the origin of the ban on comparing anything to Hitler on leftists focus on Hitler as the definition of unspeakable, incomparable ultra evil. Why the ultra vilification of Hitler above all murdering tyrants?

Precisely to distract from leftists own type of murderers, numerically more performant, alive and well at the head of brutal tyrannies(Stalin and Mao, when our leftist intelligentsia was so busy defining the nazis as incomparably evil).

So, fuck that. When you see a proto fascist regime (ie nationalist socialism) doing tyrannical stuff, compare all you want to Mussolini and Hitler's fascist party tactics as they grabbed and consolidated power on the way up.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:25 | 4408133 StandardDeviant
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Quite right.  Why is it that posh Bond Street art galleries feel that it's perfectly all right to sell overpriced pop art pictures of Chairman Mao, but get bent out of shape if you ask them whether they have anything similar featuring Adolf Hitler?

("Or maybe something a bit less expensive -- say, Idi Amin, or Pol Pot?  No?  A Charles Manson, perhaps?")

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:39 | 4408190 TBT or not TBT
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The El Che image everybody knows still makes money for the artist. El Che was a murdering socialist psychopath of the inter-nationalist variety, so not to be compared with the ultra evil nationalist socialist tyrannical murdering psychos.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:56 | 4408265 The.Harmless.Who
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you crack me up TBT... 


ok, "socialsim is evil" according to you, but if you're an american then it is likely that you've never seen it (unless you were around during the days of the founding fathers!), for Obama isn't a socialist - he's Zionist uncle irving wannabe.  


I get what you're trying to say, but I do wonder if you keep a hitler-blowup doll in your attick, that you bring down on those "special times"! 


Obviously I hope not, but we live in strange world.



Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:10 | 4407893 stant
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faked a attack by poland on a cell phone/ wifi tower to kick off www.2

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:04 | 4408079 emersonreturn
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are we there yet?



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