Japan Goes Full Goebbels: Government Cracks Down On Media Over Negative Economic Reporting

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Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg

Their imminent departure from evening news programmes is not just a loss to their profession; critics say they were forced out as part of a crackdown on media dissent by an increasingly intolerant prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and his supporters.

 

Only last week, the internal affairs minister, Sanae Takaichi, sent a clear message to media organizations. Broadcasters that repeatedly failed to show “fairness” in their political coverage, despite official warnings, could be taken off the air, she told MPs.

 

Momii caused consternation after his appointment when he suggested that NHK would toe the government line on key diplomatic issues, including Japan’s territorial dispute with China. “International broadcasting is different from domestic,” he said. “It would not do for us to say ‘left’ when the government is saying ‘right’.”

 

From the Guardian article: Japanese TV Anchors Lose Their Jobs Amid Claims of Political Pressure

I’ve commented on the spectacular failure of Japan’s “Abenomics” several times in the past, most recently in last summer’s post, Japan’s Economic Disaster – Real Wages Lowest Since 1990, Record Numbers Describe “Hard” Living Conditions. Here’s what we learned:

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power vowing to drag Japan out of deflation and stagnation. His logic was that rising prices would drive higher salaries and increased consumption. More than two years on, prices are rising, but wages adjusted for inflation have sunk to the lowest since at least 1990.

 

A record 62 percent of Japanese households described their livelihoods as “hard” last year in a survey on incomes. A sales-tax increase in 2014 helped drive up living costs faster than wage gains.  At the same time, the Bank of Japan’s quantitative easing drove down the currency, boosting the cost of imported energy.

Fast forward a few months and things aren’t getting any better.

Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported:

With Japan’s economy shrinking, the stock market in turmoil, and a stronger yen threatening export earnings, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s calculus on whether to call a snap general election this summer has suddenly grown more complicated.
 
Another win in the lower chamber along with an expected victory in the upper house vote set for the summer could allow Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party to stay in power until 2020, making him the longest-serving premier since the 1970s. With ministerial blunders and economic woes eroding his support, Abe risks the opposition Democratic Party of Japan gaining ground in any double vote.
 
Abe has fought and won three straight elections on a vow to revive the economy with his Abenomics plan of loose monetary policy, flexible spending and structural reform. Now with his signature policy in disarray, he may be hard-pressed to reuse his 2014 election pitch of “Economic recovery: this is the only way.” Instead, he may paint himself as an experienced, steady hand in difficult times.

Let’s take stock of what we just read. Shinzo Abe promised the Japanese people a glorious economic recovery, but the economy sucks. Nevertheless, Shinzo Abe wants to stay in power as long as possible and the best way for him to achieve this is to call for snap elections this summer. This presents quite the dilemma. How does Abe prevent his popularity from slipping further in order to give himself a chance of winning early elections?

It seems he found his answer. Crackdown on the media by ensuring anyone who dares criticize him or him idiotic, failed polices is fired.

As the Guardian reports:

Many British politicians would doubtless rejoice at the news that Andrew Marr, Emily Maitlis and Andrew Neil were to leave their jobs almost simultaneously.

 

That is the fate that has befallen what could loosely be described as their counterparts in Japan – Ichiro Furutachi, Hiroko Kuniya and Shigetada Kishii – three respected broadcasters with a reputation for asking tough questions.

 

Their imminent departure from evening news programmes is not just a loss to their profession; critics say they were forced out as part of a crackdown on media dissent by an increasingly intolerant prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and his supporters.

 

Only last week, the internal affairs minister, Sanae Takaichi, sent a clear message to media organizations. Broadcasters that repeatedly failed to show “fairness” in their political coverage, despite official warnings, could be taken off the air, she told MPs.

Americans should heed this warning, so we understand that whenever someone argues for enforced “fairness” in the media, it means only one thing. If you criticize the government, you’ll be fired. 

Under broadcast laws, the internal affairs minister has the power to suspend broadcasting that does not maintain political neutrality.

 

What passes for a probing interview in Japan would be unlikely to set political pulses racing in Britain. But the three Japanese anchors have all courted controversy for refusing to follow the anodyne approach many of their colleagues take towards political coverage.

 

As the host of Hodo Station, a popular evening news programme on TV Asahi, Ichiro Furutachi was at the centre of a row last spring over claims by one of the show’s regular pundits, Shigeaki Koga, that he had been forced to quit under pressure from government officials angered by his criticism of the Abe administration.

 

Shigetada Kishii, who appears on News 23 on the TBS network, angered government supporters last year after criticizing security legislation pushed through parliament by Abe’s Liberal Democratic party (LDP).

If you need to get up to speed on the “security legislation,” see:

Video of the Day – Brawl Breaks Out in Japanese Parliament Over “War Bill”

Unusually Massive Protests Erupt in Japan Against Forthcoming “War Legislation”

Perhaps most striking of all is the departure of Kuniya, the veteran presenter of Close-up Gendai, a current affairs programme on public broadcaster NHK.

 

Her “crime” had been to irritate Yoshihide Suga, the chief cabinet secretary and a close Abe ally, with an unscripted follow-up question during a discussion about the security legislation.

 

While the anchors themselves have refused to comment, experts say Abe and his allies had made their feelings known about the broadcasters during secretive dinners with top media executives.

 

“It was not their decision to leave,” said Sanae Fujita of the Human Rights Centre at Essex University. “But their bosses gave in to pressure from their senior colleagues, who are ‘friends’ with Abe.

 

When he called a snap election in late 2014, the LDP wrote to TV networks in Tokyo demanding that they “ensure fairness, neutrality and correctness” in their coverage.

 

Momii caused consternation after his appointment when he suggested that NHK would toe the government line on key diplomatic issues, including Japan’s territorial dispute with China. “International broadcasting is different from domestic,” he said. “It would not do for us to say ‘left’ when the government is saying ‘right’.”

I mean, wow.

Attempts to intimidate the media as well as the passage of a state secrets law in 2013 under which reporters can be imprisoned for up to five years have battered Japan’s international reputation.

 

Last year it came 61st out of 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ global press freedom rankings. That compares with 12th place in 2010.

As always, when all else fails, silence the press.

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iggenFlot (not verified) Feb 19, 2016 8:59 AM

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I've heard burning books always works...

 

Maybe build some camps and gas chambers...

 

Just sorta throwing some stuff out here.

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Burning books and banishing "intellectuals" to the labor farms to be "re-educated" a la Chairman Meow has proven to be a great way to cripple your country for decades. Look at China vs Japan.

The best Sun's picture

Economy in trouble?

Mismanagement and maladministration at the highest levels?

Or so we thought. Silly us!

We laughed and laughed as we plowed the fields with our bare hands at the re-education farm gulag.

 

 

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Goebbels would probably resent having his name associated with these clowns.

philipat's picture

Why ANYONE in Japan would not by now be holding 100% physical Gold, I can't understand. Except, I suppose if they can't even figure out how to procreate...........

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they are working on that for the updated version of virtual partner. 

 

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froze25's picture

Thats the problem, who decides what is politically "neutral". Take note, Japan is what happens to a people that are worked to death and given every incentive not to reproduce and have a stable family. Like a addict they will have to hit rock bottom before the healing can begin.

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Amen, Buckaroo.  Goebbels actually told the truth more often than not... especially about the international criminals.  That's why they hate and villify him incessantly.  A flashlight aimed at the cockroaches always sends them scurrying.

highly debtful's picture

You should read his diaries then. I did, several times over, because I wanted to try to understand what made him tick. My conclusion? How shall I put this delicately? He was a lying piece of shit, an ambitious, talented, utterly self-absorbed, highly intelligent, rancorous scumbag who on very rare occasions made an astute observation I could acually agree with.

In my view he was a snake, a particularly nasty piece of work. Most assuredly, the world would have been better off without him being born.

But that's just me of course. 

Zero Debt's picture

Weimar 2.0, coming to a town near you

Sparkey's picture

Not a critical mass of believers is the problem, just like Adibiotic Oil, things appear like majic to true believers!

herkomilchen's picture

The ruling class doesn't care.  They can extract 50% of the wealth from a languishing multi-billion dollar economy with controlled serfs for a population.  Or 0% of the wealth from of a burgeoning multi-trillion dollar economy with free markets among free people.  The ruling class chooses the former.  Just like in the U.S.

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"Burning books and banishing "intellectuals" to the labor farms to be "re-educated" a la Chairman Meow has proven to be a great way to cripple your country for decades. Look at China vs Japan."

Keeping zombie idiot fraudulent banks alive, pushing asset prices higher by carefully directing funny money towards the asset buyers, and refusing to let markets clear naturally after a credit-induced boom ends has also been shown conclusively to have exactly the same effect.

junction's picture

Even better than burning books is burning reporters, as Obama demonstrated when he put Michael Hastings on his "kill list" and, whoosh, Hastings' Mercedes blew up into a fireball that sent the car's engine 20 feet into the air.  C4 is great stuff.

Al Tinfoil's picture

i.e. "Abe goes Full Fukushima"

Never go Full Fukushima.

Son of Loki's picture

"The most transparent adminisitration ever."

 

~ Soweto Obama

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

They can't talk about the failing economy, nuclear meltdowns, marriage or sex. Tell me now. What's a Jap to yap?

True Blue's picture

Oh, I don't know; most 'intellectuals' I hear about these days are using their pulpit to advocate a ban on cash, calling for MOAR from the Fed to 'stimulate' somebody's something, calling for MOAR immigration into Western Nations (and only Western Nations) or simply whistling up some 'muscle' to deal with their detractors. Frankly, some re-education seems to be in order; preferably Chapter 5.56.

 

CPL's picture

Lampshade and soap factories!  Free Tattoo's for everyone!

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THE SOLUTION IS DEBT FREE MONEY CREATION (not verified) CPL Feb 19, 2016 9:35 AM

There were no human skin lampshades or soap factories. Please educate yourself about the holohoax. It is called atrocity propaganda.

CPL's picture

Slacker please...like there's any such thing as Jews.

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Strange, I have seen a picture of a lampshade allegedly made from human skin in a German concentration camp.  

US WW2 records state that General "Eisenhower saw Nazi artifacts made from humans, including a lampshade, when he toured Buchenwald, and was legitimately horrified."

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THE SOLUTION IS DEBT FREE MONEY CREATION (not verified) Al Tinfoil Feb 19, 2016 11:01 AM

Eisenhower's head of Psychological warfare Major General Robert Alexis McClure organised the display at Buchenwald: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnshyVtH98k&bpctr=1455899179

 

Evidence against the disappearing lampshades: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD1Pi8PctGw&bpctr=1455898764

 

Here is evidence against the soap: https://youtu.be/WmYFpiCo1-g?t=42m56s

 

Please do not rely on heavily controlled Wikipedia for accurate information about this issue.

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Okay so then my grandpa was just making it all up?...He has told the lampshade story at dinner many times and I know its true because of that.

Get your head out of your ass. Atrocity propoganda? You sir, are an atrocity. And we could do without your propaganda.

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THE SOLUTION IS DEBT FREE MONEY CREATION (not verified) Yung Saver Feb 19, 2016 1:10 PM

It is sad that you refuse to research for yourself and accept as fact second hand testimony. Perhaps your Grandpa was also a victim of this propaganda like I was until 4 years ago? All the best to you and your Grandpa.

"It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled" - Mark Twain

 

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THE SOLUTION IS DEBT FREE MONEY CREATION (not verified) VinceFostersGhost Feb 19, 2016 9:34 AM

There were no homicidal gas chambers. Educate yourself about the holohoax please.

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Do you see a sign in the yard that says "Welcome Nazis"?  Cause I don't see that sign. 

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THE SOLUTION IS DEBT FREE MONEY CREATION (not verified) Strelnikov Feb 19, 2016 11:12 AM

It is very sad that you are so programmed. I never said that the Nazis were good people. Don't project your feeble values onto me. I am merely pointing out to a supposedly "educated" audience the facts. Are you aware of the Swimming pool at Auschwitz? No? Are you aware that there are no gas chambers there other than those for delousing clothes? No? Are you aware of the Europe wide Typhus epidemic at the end of WWII? No? Have you read the Leuchter report?? No?

Do you have a concept of cyanide chemistry?? Do you understand what Prussian blue is?? Do you understand the physics of cremation??? No? Do you understand that no hydrogen cyanide has been found in the walls of the "gas chambers" some of which were built by the Soviets after the liberation??? With chimmneys to nowhere? No?

Do you understand that the Truth does not need thoughtcrime laws to enforce it??? As seen across the EU to this day??

Have you read the contemperory Red cross reports listing known casualties in the 200000-300000 range?? Are you aware that the Nuremberg "trial" evidence was garnered under torture? Are you aware that the Holocaust Museum in Auschwitz has itself reduced the causalties over the last decades consistently?? No? Have you seen the documentary by the Jewish! man David Cole showing the fabricated "gas chambers in Auschwitz that are not even air tight and have windows"FFS??!!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHzWo79dCHs 

Educate yourself and take your programmed nonsense elsewhere until you have educated yourself. Everything you believe is false, deprogramming yourself is difficult. I was indoctrinated as a child as well but you have to judge the evidence yourself. Use your brain please. That is what it is there for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSbGaux3kYU&list=PLb2DIwBP5sxHtm7OTq5msP...

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Have you ever visited one of those camps yourself in Germany or elsewhere in Europe, my fearless youtube warrior? No? You should, you know, because I did and it's a bit more educational than publishing some random links. I have come to understand that one can prove anything with the internet these days: that the earth is flat as a pancake, that I am a Bugatti Veyron trapped in a man's body and that Deutsche bank is as solid as a rock and will be issuing loans long after our sun has gone supernova.

O, and before you ask: I'm not jewish and I don't have any particular affinities with the jewish people. 

But it's like you said: "you have to judge the evidence yourself". 

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THE SOLUTION IS DEBT FREE MONEY CREATION (not verified) highly debtful Feb 19, 2016 2:56 PM

I gave you an upvote because that is a good question. I have not personally travelled to Auschwitz. I am glad you have. However, 3 months ago a personal friend of mine went to Poland and visited the camp. I deliberately asked her to check if there was really a swimming pool there because frankly I couldn't believe it!! And as you say the internet is rife with disinformation. I asked her to take photos for me and she did. I was as shocked as anyone to discover that it is right there (all be it with a sign in front saying that it is a "fire fighting reservoir")...yet in all my life I have never seen a fire fighting reservoir with a diving board...

I have no love for Nazis or hatred for Jewish people. In fact it is undeniable that Jewish people have made very important contributions to mankind and indeed many of my favorite comedians are Jewish!

However, I do not like being lied to on such a frankly fantastical scale and it seriously bothers me that the otherwise well informed fellows I find on Zerohedge are just as badly informed as I was less than 4 years ago. I also find it tragic that this evidence is supressed and so I try in my little way to help others see both sides. Good luck to you.

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"There were no homicidal gas chambers. Educate yourself about the holohoax please."

Riiiiight.  There were only delousing showers for incoming guests. And Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Treblinka and the other camps were summer holiday camps.  And the einsatzgruppen were travelling comedy shows for the entertainment of the Jewish peoples of eastern Europe and Russia.  And the whole Nuremburg trial proceess involved faked evidence invented by the Allies to justify their takedown of innocent Germany.  And the Holocaust is a hoax perpetrated upon mankind by Zionists to justify... blah, blah, blah....

The number of victims killed, or worked or starved to death in the German concentration camps remains controversial, partly because the camp operators sought to destroy their records as the advancing Allied armies neared the camp locations, but there is an overwhelming record of evidence in surviving German documentation and from eyewitnesses to show the existence of the German concentration camps and their agenda of extermination.  

William  L. Shirer, a journalist and historian who witnessed firsthand the rise Hitler and the Nazis in Germany from 1925 onward in his work as a foreign correspondent, and wrote the great opus "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich"  reported at page 967 of this book on "The Extermination Camps": 

"All of the thirty odd principal Nazi concentration camps were death camps and millions of tortured, starved inmates perished in them. Though the authorities kept records - each camp had its official Totenbuch (death book) - they were incomplete and in many cases were destroyed as the victorious Allies closed in. Part of one Totenbuch that survived at Mauthausen listed 35,318 deaths from January 1939 to April 1945.  At the end of 1942 when the need for slave labor began to be acute, Himmler ordered that the death rate in the concentration camps "must be reduced."  Because of the labor shortage he had been displeased at a report received in his office that of the 136,700 commitments to concentration camps between June and November 1942, some 70,610 had died and that in addition 9,267 had been executed and 27,846 "transferred." To the gas chamber, that is.  This did not leave many for labor duties.

"But it was in the extermination camps, the Vernichtungslager, where most progress was made toward the "final solution".  The greatest and most renowned of these was Auschwitz, whose four huge gas chambers and adjoining crematoria gave it a capacity for death and burial far beyond that of the others -Treblinka, Belsec, Sibibor and Chelmno, all in Poland.  There were other minor concentration camps near Riga, Vilna, Minsk, Kaunas and Lwow, but they were distinguished from the main ones in that they killed by shooting rather than by gas.  

"For a time there was quite a bit of rivalry among the S.S. leaders as to which was the most efficient gas to speed the Jews to their death. Speed was an important factor, especially at Auschwitz, where toward the end the camp was setting records by gassing 6,000 victims a day.  One of the camp's commanders was Rudolf Hoess, an ex-convict once found guilty of murder, who deposed at Nuremberg on the superiority of the gas he employed: "The "Final Solution" of the Jewish question meant the complete extermination of all the Jews in Europe.  I was ordered to establish extermination facilities at Auschwitz in June, 1941.  At that time there were already in the General Government of Poland three other extermination camps: Belzec, Treblinka, and Wolzek...  I visited Treblinka to find out how they carried out their extermination.  The camp commandant at Trebilinka told me that he had liquidated 80,000 in the course of half a year.  He was principally concerned with liquidating all the Jews from the Warsaw ghetto.  He used monoxide gas and I did not think his methods were very efficient.  So, when I set up the extermination building at Auschwitz, I used Zyklon B, which was a crystallized prussic acid which we dropped into the death chamber from a small opening.  It took from three to fifteen minutes to kill the people in the death chamber, depending upon climatic conditions.....Another improvement we made over Treblinka was that we built our gas chambers to accommodate 2,000 people at one time, whereas at Trebilinka their ten gas chambers only accommodated 200 people each...."

  Hoess' deposition went on to explain that incoming prisoners were separated into those who were fit to work and sent to the camp, and those sent immediately for killing (which included children of tender years, since they were seen as too young to work, who were taken from their mothers sent to the camp to join the ranks of slave laborers).  Sometimes, Hoess explained, "special prisoners" - apparently Russian prisoners of war, were simply killed by injections of benzene...."

Among the footnotes to page 967: As to the total number killed in the death camps "Kogon estimates the number at 7,125,000 out of a total of 7,820,000 inmates, the figure is undoubtedly too high."

Another footnote as to the number killed at Mauthausen: "The camp commander, Franz Ziereis, put the total number at 65,000" (not the 35,318 listed in the surviving part of the Totenbuch).

So  the total number killed in the Nazi camps was difficult to determine exactly, and the numbers killed by the various means cannot be distinguished exactly, although there is little doubt that the total killed in the camps is in the millions.  But the attempts to maintain that none were killed in the gas chambers are nonsense, contradicted by German contemporary records and testimony by camp commanders such as Hoess.  But that will not, I suspect, stop revisionists and hoaxers from denying that the Holocaust ever happened.  

What will come next from revisionist history?  WW2 never happened?  Atomic bombs were not dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?  No GIs died in WW2?  Hitler never invaded Russia?  The Germans were not defeated at Stalingrad? 

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THE SOLUTION IS DEBT FREE MONEY CREATION (not verified) Al Tinfoil Feb 19, 2016 2:06 PM

One verbose source. No rebuttal of my evidence or any attempt to even read it. William L. Shirer was a life long "journalist" for CBS (owned and run by William S. Paley who happened to be Jewish). You might as well quote Bill O'Reilly or Anderson Cooper on 9/11 in my humble opinion... I do not think presstitutes during war time should be given that much credence. However, please feel free to provide objective physical evidence in a peer reviewed article for the presence of homicidal gas chambers as I would be very interested to read it.

Ultimately, the best "proof" that the Holocaust as described to NATO children is less than accurate is simply the presense of thoughtcrime laws on the books of NATO countries...Why is it illegal to question this historical event above all others if it is indisputably true?? Germany recently just put an 87-year-old grandmother, Ursula Haverbeck in prison for 10 months for denying that Auschwitz was a "death camp"....This is objectively not the behavior of a state with right and truth on its side. It is the behaviour of a state desperate to supress the truth.

Please keep researching as I am sure you will find the truth eventually. It will set you free. P.S. Your hyperbole at the end does your argument no favours. Do not attach strawman arguments to my mild claims that the Holocaust as described to NATO children is objectively and demonstrably false.

 

 

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It appears that the "smoking gun" that Holocaust questioners cite for the position that fewer than 300,000 people died in the German concentration camps during WW2 is a report that allegedly surfaced in 1979 ("Sealed and guarded since the end of WWII at Arolson, Germany, the Official IRC records reveal the actual Concentration Camp total death toll was 271,301") with an alleged scanned copy of a ICRC document showing the deaths at 13 German camps, with total deaths shown as 271,301. This has  been widely trumpeted as exposing a criminal fraud and conspiracy to fabricate and grossly exagerate the number killed in the German camps.  

An example of a report on the alleged ICRC document can be found at the site True Democracy Party under the title "Red Cross Exposes Holocaust Hoax". The report on this site features interviews of Fred Leuchter ("American Gas Chamber Expert") and David Irving (discussed below). 

Another of the "smoking guns" often used by those who would dismiss the story of the Nazi attempt to eradicate Jews from lands that they occupied in WW2 isa pamphlet written by British National Front member Richard Verrall under the pseudonym Richard E. Harwood entitled "Did Six Million Really Die", published by Canadian Ernst Zundel in 1974.  For his trouble, Zundel was prosecuted in Canada and convicted for the offence of "spreading false news".  His conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court of Canada on the basis that the section of the Criminal Code that set out the offence was unconstitutional.  The Supreme court analyzed the Harwood report and found that its denial of the Holocaust was based upon false allegations of fact.

In his defence, Zundell used an "Engineering" report prepared by Fred A Leuchter which stated that samples taken at Auschwitz and Majdanek camps did not substantiate the claims that Zyklon B cyanide was used there, and claimed to have received copies of camp blueprints that substantiated his conclusions denying that the camp facilities operated as killing chambers.  When he testified at Zundel's trial in Ontario, Leuchter was shown to have a Bahelor of Arts in History and no qualifications as an engineer or toxicologist, and his report and testimony were thrown out by the judge.  A Wikipedia report on the Leuchter Report dismisses it as follows:

The Leuchter report is a pseudoscientific[1] document authored by American execution technician Fred A. Leuchter, who was commissioned by Ernst Zündel to defend him at his trial in Canada for distributing false news, namely Holocaust denial material. Leuchter compiled the report in 1988 with the intention of investigating the feasibility of mass homicidal gassings at Nazi extermination camps, specifically at Auschwitz. He travelled to the camp, collected multiple pieces of brick from the remains of the crematoria and gas chambers (without the camp's permission), brought them back to the United States, and submitted them for chemical analysis. At the trial, Leuchter was required to defend the report in his capacity as expert witness; however he was dismissed because during the proceedings it became apparent that he had neither the qualifications nor experience to act in such a position.

Leuchter chiefly cited the absence of Prussian blue in the homicidal gas chambers in support of his view that they could not have functioned that way. However, residual iron-based cyanide compounds are not a categorical consequence of cyanide exposure. By not discriminating against that, Leuchter introduced an unreliable factor into his experiment, and the outcome was seriously flawed as a result. In contrast, scientifically respectable tests conducted by Polish forensic scientists (who discriminated against iron-based compounds) confirmed the presence of cyanide in the locations and manner in accordance with where and how it was used in the Holocaust. In addition, the report also showed that Leuchter overlooked critical evidence, such as documents in the SS architectural office which directly contradicted him, indicating the mechanical operation of the gas chambers, and verifying the rate at which the Nazis could burn the bodies of those gassed.

 Another prominent denier of the alleged Holocaust is David Irving.  The Wikipedia report on Irving is as follows:

David John Cawdell Irving (born 24 March 1938) is an English author who has written on the military and political history of World War II, with a focus on Nazi Germany, and who is primarily known for his Holocaust denial.[2] His works include The Destruction of Dresden (1963), Hitler's War (1977), Churchill's War (1987), and Goebbels: Mastermind of the Third Reich (1996). Though Irving's revisionist views of World War II were never taken seriously by mainstream historians, he was once recognized for his knowledge of Nazi Germany and his ability to unearth new historical documents. Irving marginalized himself in 1988 when, based on his reading of the pseudoscientific[3] Leuchter report, he began to espouse Holocaust denial.

Irving's reputation as a historian was discredited[4] when, in the course of an unsuccessful libelcase he filed against the American historian Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books, he was shown to have deliberately misrepresented historical evidence in order to promote Holocaust denial.[5] The English court found that Irving was an active Holocaust denier, antisemite, andracist,[6] who "for his own ideological reasons persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence".[6][7] In addition, the court found that Irving's books had distorted the history of Adolf Hitler's role in the Holocaust in order to depict Hitler in a favourable light. 

The alleged ICRC pamphlet and its figures appear to have become notorious among those who question the story of the Holocaust on various bases, including: 1. The number alleged to have been killed, usually given as "6 Million" was false and hugely exagerated; 2. Whether the Nazis embarked on a campaign of extermination of Jews at all; 3. The concentration camps were not extermination camps but camps for laborers, variously reported as slave labor camps, safe haven camps, and camps for voluntarily employed labor paid for at free market rates; 4. The whole Holocaust story was invented by Zionist Jews to gain post-war advantages and to justify their occupation of Palestine and ethnic cleansing of Palestine of the indigenous people; 5. Figures for pre- and post-war Jewish population in Europe do not show a decrease in Jewish population sufficient to make the 6 Million figure credible; 6. etc.

Here is part of the Wikipedia report on the matter of the alleged Red Cross death toll total and its use by those who deny the Holocaust:

International Committee of the Red Cross Holocaust deniers misrepresent and omit information contained in ICRC reports that contradict their claims.[81] Critics argue that Richard Harwood in his "Did Six Million Really Die?" pamphlet could only claim that the ICRC had found no evidence of a policy to exterminate Jews by ignoring key sections of the 1948 report, where the ICRC explicitly states that the systematic extermination of Jews was Nazi policy.[82]

Harwood disputed the notion that homicidal gas chambers were disguised as shower facilities by citing references in the report where ICRC officials inspected bathing facilities. He used their responses to argue that showers functioned as showers and were not part of a killing installation. However this is considered misrepresentation by critics, as the passage Harwood cited is in reference to Allied camps for civilians in Egypt and thus had nothing to do with Nazi concentration camps.[83]


A letter from the Bad ArolsenInternational Tracing Service regarding only registered deaths at Nazi concentration camps. This and similar correspondence is frequently misrepresented as the absolute death toll of the Holocaust by deniers.

Harwood also claimed that Die Tat, a Swiss tabloid newspaper, published statistics that concluded the number of people who died in Nazi prisons and camps from 1939 to 1945 based on ICRC statistics was "300,000, not all of whom were Jews".[84] The January 19, 1955 edition of Die Tat did indeed give a 300,000 figure, but this was only in reference to "Germans and German Jews" and not nationals of other countries.[85] In the 1978 official bulletin, entitled "False Propaganda", the ICRC denounced Holocaust denial and confirmed that the agency "Never published—or even compiled—statistics of this kind which are being falsely attributed to it" and stated that its mission was "to help war victims, not to count them",[86][87][88] and questioned how they would have even been able to obtain such statistics had they wanted to, given that they were "only able to enter only a few concentration camps...in the final days of the war".[86][88] The agency states that the figures used are "the number of deaths recorded by the International Tracing Service on the basis of documents found when the camps were closed",[86][88] and accordingly bear no relation to the total death tolls, since the Nazis destroyed much documentation, and that many deaths occurred in camps where prisoners were generally not registered.[86][88] The ICRC considers this misrepresentation as "propaganda",[86][88] and because these claims regarding the ICRC were used for the defense of Ernst Zündel at his trial in 1985, critics state that despite the agency's attempts to demonstrate the truth, Holocaust deniers have continued to rely on ICRC based disinformation.[85] Archives of the International Tracing Service (located in Bad Arolsen) responding to such misrepresentation can be found here.[89] In 1979, the ICRC stated a second time that they have "never tried to compile statistics on the victims of the war",[90] nor "certified the accuracy of the statistics produced by a third party",[90] and state that the authors of such material have "falsified" both claims that the document originates from the ICRC and refers exclusively to Jews.[90]

As well as in personal correspondence, the ICRC has also addressed this misrepresentation by several other means. In 1975, the ICRC wrote to the Board of Deputies of British Jews in London regarding Harwood's citations, stating:

The figures cited by the author of the booklet are based upon statistics falsely attributed to us, evidently for the purpose of giving them credibility, despite the fact that we never publish information of this kind.[91]

— Françoise Perret, Comité International de la Croix-Rouge, to Jacob Gerwitz, August 22, 1975.
Baseler Nachrichten[edit]

Similarly, Harwood wrote that the June 4, 1946 edition of Baseler Nachrichten, another Swiss newspaper, reported that “a maximum of only one and a half million Jews could be numbered as casualties.[92] Harwood fails to mention that a later article in a later edition of the newspaper acknowledges that the previous article was incorrect, and 5,800,000 was an accurate number of victims.[93] Critics cite this as an example of deniers using partial information to distort legitimate sources.[94] 

The Wikipedia report goes on to the question of whether the Jewish population numbers for Europe before and after the war showed a decrease that was in the same range as the number alleged to have died in the Holocaust and states that the most reliable figures do appear to confirm a decrease in Jewish population of about 5.5 Million.

As to the confirmation of the numbers killed and the means by which they were killed, including by use of gas chambers, the Wikipedia cites a number of sources including Rudolf Hoess (Hoss) and other former SS officers.  As to Hoss, his evidence is stated to be not only a signed confession but two volumes of memoirs he wrote.  The part of the Wikipedia report dealing with witness evidence is as follows:

Testimonies[edit]

There are voluminous amounts of testimony from thousands of survivors of the Holocaust[citation needed], as well as the testimony of captured Nazi officers at the Nuremberg Trials and other times[citation needed]. Holocaust deniers discount the testimony of officers claiming that these witnesses were tortured[citation needed], or that Rudolf Höss allegedly signed a confession written in a language he did not understand (English) or that the Nuremberg Trial did not follow proper judicial procedures. However, Höss's testimony did not consist of merely a signed confession; while in jail he also wrote two volumes of memoirs[97] and gave extensive testimony outside of the Nuremberg proceedings.[98][99] Further, his testimony agrees with that of other contemporary written accounts by Auschwitz officials, such as Pery Broad,[100] an SS man stationed at Auschwitz while Höss was the commandant and the diary kept by SS physician at Auschwitz Johann Kremer, as well as the testimony of hundreds of camp guards and victims.[101] In addition, former SS personnel have criticised Holocaust denial. SS-Oberscharführer Josef Klehrhas said that anyone who maintains that nobody was gassed at Auschwitz must be "crazy or on the wrong".[102] SS-Unterscharführer Oswald Kaduk has stated that he does not consider those who maintain such a thing as normal people.[103] Hearing about Holocaust denial compelled former SS-Rottenführer Oskar Gröning to publicly speak about what he witnessed at Auschwitz, and denounce Holocaust deniers,[104] stating:

I would like you to believe me. I saw the gas chambers. I saw the crematoria. I saw the open fires. I was on the ramp when the selections took place. I would like you to believe that these atrocities happened because I was there.[105]

Sonderkommandos provide another key piece of testimony. There were Jewish prisoners who helped march Jews to the gas chambers, and later dragged the bodies to the crematoria. Since they witnessed the entire process, their testimony is vital in confirming that the gas chambers were used for murderous purposes and the scale to which they were used.[106]

Other key testimony comes from non-Jewish survivors of the camps such as Catholic French Resistance member André Rogerie who was held in seven different camps, and who as a member of the Resistance was not targeted for extermination but for hard labor and survived. After the war Rogerie wrote and testified extensively about his experiences in the camps including Auschwitz-Birkenau[107] where he viewed and produced the oldest contemporary sketch of a camp crematorium.[108]

LordBuckFast's picture

The elite really have lost the plot if they think that NIRP will just be embraced by the masses without protest!

This lays out the their psychopathic agenda in minute detail......

http://beforeitsnews.com/global-unrest/2016/02/ww3-2016-obama-putin-isis...

semperfi's picture

right - if the elite were so smart then why is their world on fire - why are they so desparate if they are so smart - all of their schemes are doomed

cheech_wizard's picture

Did you lose your "T"rain of thought?

Standard Disclaimer: No, let's go straight to the gutter on this one... It's got to be hard to type while getting "T"-bagged.

 

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Feb 19, 2016 8:59 AM

War on Peddling Fiction

peddling-fiction's picture

I knew it was going to come down to this. /lol

No fear. Be well.

vq1's picture

they are just emulating what has worked so well in US "market" news

cossack55's picture

I'm sure Fuku needs some more reporters to not report anything

Bay Area Guy's picture

I believe I've read other articles that say it's already illegal to write anything bad about Fuku, and has been for a few years now.  I think I saw that both here on the Hedge and on ENENews.

cossack55's picture

True, but one needs to bring it up from time-to-time to remind the folks

Son of Loki's picture

So many un-PC things to talk about yet the gubmints try to silence their people. However, look at China where they block a yuuuuuge portion of the internet ... yet thru social media and such, the news of all sorts spreads extremely fast.

 

When the gubmint tries to block something, it just makes them look worse.

E.F. Mutton's picture

The Media Style Guide around the world is being replaced with this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVM1nUmDHHc

 

stant's picture

Broadband 451*

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) stant Feb 19, 2016 9:10 AM

NY is setting up free wifi hotspots for people to use.  All you need to do is provide them with an email address for you.  

Government has smartened up, realized they need to cut out the middleman (phone companies) in trying to get your information, now they can monitor your activity in real time.  Free to you of course. Coming soon "Search Crime", search something the govt doesn't like and its off to jail.

froze25's picture

The muni I live in also offers "free" wifi, its not as diabolical as you think. Its more for propaganda/free political advertising , you join the network and see an nice splash page with the head of the township taking credit for it. Other than that no data is mined. There is always the option of using a VPN connection to keep your searching private.