UN Plots War On Free Speech To Stop "Extremism" Online

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Submitted by Alex Newman via The new American (h/t Brandon Smith),

The United Nations Security Council wants a global “framework” for censoring the Internet, as well as for using government propaganda to “counter” what its apparatchiks call “online propaganda,” “hateful ideologies,” and “digital terrorism.” To that end, the UN Security Council this week ordered the UN “Counter-Terrorism Committee” — yes, that is a real bureaucracy — to draw up a plan by next year. From the Obama administration to the brutal Communist Chinese regime, everybody agreed that it was time for a UN-led crackdown on freedom of speech and thought online — all under the guise of fighting the transparently bogus terror war.

The UN, ridiculed by American critics as the “dictators club,” will reportedly be partnering with some of the world's largest Internet and technology companies in the plot. Among the firms involved in the scheme is Microsoft, which, in a speech before the Security Council on May 11, called for “public-private partnerships” between Big Business and Big Government to battle online propaganda. As this magazine has documented, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and other top tech giants have all publicly embraced the UN and its agenda for humanity. Many of the more than 70 speakers also said it was past time to censor the Internet, with help from the “private sector.”

At the UN meeting this week, the 15 members of the UN Security Council, including some of the most extreme and violent dictatorships on the planet, claimed they wanted to stop extremism and violence from spreading on the Internet. In particular, the governments pretended as if the effort was aimed at Islamist terror groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda, both of which have received crucial backing from leading members of the UN Security Council itself. Terrorism was not defined. Everybody agreed, though, that terror should not be associated with any particular religion, nationality, ethnicity, and so on, even though at least one delegation fingered the Israeli government.

In its “presidential statement” after the session, the UN Security Council claimed that “terrorism” could be defeated only with “international law” and through collaboration between the UN and emerging regional governments such as the various “unions” being imposed on Europe, Africa, Eurasia, South America, and beyond. “The Security Council stresses that terrorism can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach involving the active participation and collaboration of all States, international and regional organizations ... consistent with the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy,” it said. Of course, the UN still has no actual definition of terrorism, but it is in the process of usurping vast new powers under the guise of fighting this undefined nemesis.

However, the UN, in its ongoing war against free speech and actual human rights around the world, has offered some strong hints about its agenda. According to UN officials, the plan to regulate speech on the Internet will complement another, related UN plot known formally as the “Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism.” As The New American reported last year, the plan calls for a global war on “ideologies.” That crusade will include, among other components, planetary efforts to stamp out all “anti-Muslim bigotry,” anti-immigrant sentiments, and much more, the UN and Obama explained. So-called “non-violent extremism” is also in the UN's crosshairs, as is free speech generally.

It was not immediately clear how a UN-led war on “anti-Muslim bigotry” would stop ISIS. The savage terror group, which according to top U.S. officials was created and funded by Obama's anti-ISIS coalition, served as the crucial justification for the UN plan. However, based on the outlines of the UN extremism scheme released so far, it is clear that there will be no serious efforts to address the growing extremism of the UN or the violent extremism of many of its mostly autocratic member regimes. Instead, the “extremism” plan will serve as a pretext to impose a broad range of truly extremist policies at the national, regional, and international level.

Seemingly oblivious to the totalitarian absurdity of the comments, top UN officials called for safeguards against “excessive punishment” wielded against those who express their views on the Internet. “The protection of free media can be a defense against terrorist narratives,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council during the meeting this week in a stunning example of double-speak. “There must be no arbitrary or excessive punishment against people who are simply expressing their opinions.” It was not immediately clear what specific punishments for free speech would be considered non-excessive. But in the United States, despite UN claims about pseudo-“human rights” requiring censorship, any and all “punishment” for expressing one's views is strictly prohibited.

Separately, the Communist Chinese dictatorship, which now dominates various UN bureaucracies, enthusiastically embraced the UN's efforts. Speaking on behalf of the brutal regime, Liu Jieyi, Beijing's permanent representative to the UN, said that institutions promoting “extremist ideologies” needed to be "closed down." Apparently he was not referring to the “extremist ideology” of the Communist Party of China or its brutal regime, which has murdered more innocent human beings than any other in history. Beijing alone has killed more than 60 million people, not including those butchered in forced abortions. Other communist governments allied with Beijing have murdered tens of millions more, just in the last century.

While the UN has a major role to play, governments also need to help out in censoring the Internet and abolishing free speech, the communist regime said. “States must shut down some social media networks,” Liu continued, calling for the UN and its members to “cut off the channels for spreading terrorist ideologies.” He also touted terror decrees adopted recently by Beijing that target the Internet and purport to authorize the deployment of the communist dictatorship's armed enforcers all over the world. As The New American has documented previously, the Chinese dictatorship will be playing a major role in the UN's anti-freedom of speech crusade. In fact, the regime currently has its agents embedded all throughout the UN, and even at the top of the UN agency that globalists are working to empower as the global Internet regulator. He claims censorship is all in the eye of the beholder.

Even as Communist China and other overtly dictatorial UN members emphasized censorship and regulation to stop ideologies and “propaganda” they dislike, the Obama administration, the European Union, and some of its formerly sovereign member states instead touted government propaganda to counter extremist propaganda. However, speaking for the EU, Alain Le Roy also celebrated the unaccountable super-state's own efforts to censor the Internet as something to be emulated. As this magazine reported last year, the EU's self-styled police force, Europol, even launched a whole unit aimed at censoring “extremist” content on the Internet. The EU spokesman pointed to, among other schemes, ongoing EU efforts to remove “propaganda materials” from the Internet, as well as EU propaganda efforts to “spread alternative messages.”

The representative of Syria's brutal dictatorship, Bashar Jaafari, showed up to crash the party. He pointed out that multiple UN member states had used terrorist fighters and mercenaries in their quest to destroy Syria. And he is right. Indeed, as far back as 2012, U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency documents show that the Obama administration knew the “moderate Syrian rebels” it was supporting were led by al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. The administration and its allies were also working to create what they described as a “Salafist principality in Eastern Syria” — today the principality is known as the Islamic State, or ISIS — in order to destabilize the Assad regime. Even top U.S. officials have openly admitted that Obama's “anti-ISIS” coalition was responsible for creating, arming, and funding ISIS. What role the Internet and “propaganda” may have played in that, if any, was not made clear at the UN meeting.

In Libya, a similar situation occurred. The Obama administration, under the guise of enforcing an illegitimate UN resolution, openly partnered with self-declared al-Qaeda leaders to overthrow former U.S. terror-war ally and brutal dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Congress was never consulted, making Obama's war illegal and unconstitutional, in addition to the serious crime of providing aid to designated terror organizations. Today, thanks to that extremism, Libya is a failed state awash in heavy military weaponry and terror training camps. Much of the Obama administration-supplied aid for terror groups in Libya was transferred to supporting terror groups in Syria following the fall of Gadhafi's regime.

Aside from governments, dictators, and international bureaucrats, Big Technology was also represented at the UN meeting. Microsoft Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel Steve Crown told the assembled representatives of governments and tyrants that there was no “silver bullet” to prevent terrorists and extremists from using the Internet. “If there were an elegant solution, industry would have adopted it,” he claimed, adding that Google, Facebook, and Twitter were coming together to prevent the Internet from being abused. Facebook was exposed just this week censoring conservative media outlets from its “trending” news section. And earlier this year, Google was exposed for having helping the U.S. government foment jihadist-led revolution in Syria.

Echoing the UN's rhetoric, Crown claimed “international law” and fascist-style “public-private partnerships,” in which governments and Big Business join forces, were the appropriate response. He also said the “international community,” a deceptive term generally used to refer to the UN and its member governments, needed to “work together in a coordinated and transparent way.” The UN Security Council agreed, saying in its final declaration that there needed to be “more effective ways for governments to partner with ... private sector industry partners.” It is hardly a new agenda.

As The New American reported previously, the technology giants — all of which are regularly represented at the globalist Bilderberg summits — have also emerged as enthusiastic supporters of the UN's radical “Agenda 2030.” According to the agreement, the goal is “transforming our world,” redistributing wealth at the international level, empowering the institutions of global governance, and more. Among the mega-corporations proudly backing the scheme are the world’s top three search engines: Google, Microsoft’s Bing, and Yahoo. It was not immediately clear whether those corporations’ support for the deeply controversial UN agenda would affect the supposed impartiality of their search results. But critics of the UN plan expressed alarm nonetheless.

Of course, a handful of the more than 70 people who spoke at the Security Council confab paid lip service to freedom of speech and freedom of thought. The Iraqi government's delegation, for example, emphasized differentiating between “freedom of thought and extremist ideologies.” Others said the war on extremism could not be used to justify persecuting critics of governments. Some of the speakers no doubt had good intentions, too.

However, putting the UN in charge of fighting extremism and dangerous ideologies would be like putting a mafia boss in charge of fighting crime — it is patently absurd, even grotesque. Most of the UN's member regimes are undemocratic, to be generous, and many of them are led by genocidal psychopaths who murder with impunity. Among other UN member states, those enslaving North Korea, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Sudan, China, and many more are run by criminals and mass-murderers who epitomize terrorism and violent extremism. Plus, virtually every terror group on earth today has its roots in state-sponsorship, including ISIS and al-Qaeda.

The real solution to terror, then, is neither a stronger UN nor a global war on ideologies, extreme or otherwise. Empowering the UN to wage a global war on ideas, ideologies, propaganda, and speech is itself an extremist proposition riddled with extreme dangers. A far simpler answer to the scourge of terrorism would be to defund the UN, arrest those supporting terror groups, and stop propping up dictators and terrorists with taxpayer money. Anything else is a dangerous fraud.

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Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Fuck that.  Bring it bitches, I'm ready.

Radical Marijuana's picture

Radical truths which I articulate shall be criminal.

palmereldritch's picture

No surprise considering what they think about The Second Amendment:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d0/Non-Violence_sculptu...

Added bonus. Check-out the country that hosts the greatest number of the sculptures:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-Violence_%28sculpture%29

How’s that Non-violence workin’ out for ya these days Sweden?

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The Saint (not verified) palmereldritch May 20, 2016 11:00 PM

Trump will defund the U.N. and that will be the end of that.

Jayda1850's picture

Keep sipping that kool aid. Meanwhile Sheldon Adelson is planning Trump's trip to Israel.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/20/donald-trump-sheldon-adel...

BuddyEffed's picture

Terrorism includes humor and poems as we have recently seen.

"Of course, the UN still has no actual definition of terrorism, "

Jayda1850's picture

With all these thin skinned leaders, any true journalist is asking themselves whether to retire and get the fuck outta dodge or open myself up to ever more expanding risk of prosecution for bullshit trumped up charges.

Bumpo's picture

The Unwashed Masses may be done with Globalism, but the Globalists aren't Done with the Unwashed Masses.

Question: Hey UN, is that enough to be thrown into a FEMA camp?

CuttingEdge's picture

Free speech will probably die about 30 minutes before the US goes nuclear against the Russians.

Or rather, the ability to speak freely will be lost as they shut down the net and gag online malcontedness. Only temporarily, of course, and justfied as for the sheeples "own good" due to "security concerns".

Kinda like the PPT shutting down the NYSE "temporarily" every time it looks like the shit is about to hit the fan.

So in advance (because ZH will be one of the first casualties), its been a real privilege mixing it with you guys for the past 5 years or so and up until that point.

AVmaster's picture

The internet is practically a living breathing entity...

 

When a threat comes along like this, it will evade, adapt, and conquer....

 

These politicians are pissing in the wind... If they really wanted to shutdown the internet, their last chance was back in 99'.........

Kissy Ass's picture

Put you free speech into the blockchain and let them try to sensor that bitchez!

MalteseFalcon's picture

Raze the UN building in Manhattan and erect a playground in its place.

The children like playgrounds.

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and other top tech giants need to be split up.

They are anti-social monopolies.

Arnold's picture

Youse guys need to experimint on the Digital.alt currencies foist.

CheapBastard's picture

How about a UN "framework" for stopping illegal invasion/interference with other countries?

Dental Floss Tycoon's picture

No one at the UN to speak for liberty.  The  one thing that all governments can agree on is their wish to control their people.

 

 

 

cheka's picture

more people are getting wise to the duals every day

they better do something pronto

0b1knob's picture

At least it will have no effect on zero hedge.

We here at zero hedge always treat faggots, joos, knee grows, Canadians, banksters, pale ass tinians, and goat phuckers with the respect they deserve.

RiverRoad's picture

Maltese Falcon

+100

The UN itself is a "transparently bogus" entity. I have called many times here on ZH for moving it to Yemen where they could sincerely (cough, cough) work at doing the world some real good for a change rather than partying their heads off in restaurants and penthouses in NYC.

beemasters's picture

It's probably just another way to help their circle of friends to riches to police the internet.

Handful of Dust's picture

" The most transparent administration eva! "

 

~ King Soweto

fleur de lis's picture

@Jayda1850 -- Trump is running for US Prez, the Israelis have their own. And if he travels there he will have to kowtow to some agreement.

Better to leave things like that until after the election when he has the authority to say/do whatever.

Overflow-admin's picture

Free speech will NEVER die, particularly on internet.

More and more people might need to resort to obfuscation to communicate freely, but in absolute terms only the sheeple will be censored. So maybe that's not so bad? /S

Paveway IV's picture

So you really think it will take WWIII to shut down ZH? 

You may want to read the article again very slowly. These anti-terror efforts have taken a very bizarre turn as of late.

When these censorship effort supposedly against 'terrorism' pop up nowadays, they always seem to have overly-broad provisions against anyone inciting violence or hatred. In other words, they end up really being to punish anyone criticizing Israel or it's policies. Think that's a bit tin-foil-hat? Watch how the U.N. will eventually craft their anti-terrorism bullshit rules. It will really be anti-free-speech. Radical extremism will be the focus, but they'll sneak in enough rules to enforce the following:

  • Cite Boycott-divest-sanction movement against Israel? Sorry, U.N. censored. Post will be deleted.
  • Mentioning U.S. Liberty slaughter by Israel? Don't even think about it. Site taken down. Servers confiscated by U.N.
  • Any mention of Oded-Yinon plan? Not allowed, U.N. censored word list. Post auto-deleted.
  • Criticizing U.S. $40 billion free give-away to apartheid Israel? Hate speech. Blue beret goons will kick in your door and confiscate computer.
  • Pointing out illegal annexation of Golan (per U.N.) and oil theft? No chance. Site taken down, domain name sacrificed.
  • Mentioning Israeli medical aid to Syrian al Nusra terrorists? Anti-Semitic. Entire thread deleted.
  • Any criticism of AIPAC or Big Jew Congressional bribery? Hate-speech. User banned. Account deleted.
  • Criticize neocon/PNAC/Team Chaos involvement to Yinonize the Middle East? Anti-Semitic Israeli hater. Go to U.N. prison.
  • Calling out Trump's clear Israeli-firster bias and Adelson 'servicing'? OK for now, but banned after he is elected.

The U.N. is Israel's last resort when the anti-Semitic fuckers in the U.S. refuse to change their laws per Israeli-firster congressional demands to do so. Israel will not let your fucking Constitution stand in it's way to control you. You fucking goyim will obey somebody with regards to promoting Israeli-firster views. The U.N. looks like a convenient tool.

Kayman's picture

Pave

The U.N. is hardly made up of a collection of Israel firsters.

But I get your point.

Paveway IV's picture

"...The U.N. is hardly made up of a collection of Israel firsters..."

For the most part, I agree. For all the parts that really matter to Israel, they make sure to have plenty of influence. I'll believe no Israel bias as soon as I see the sanctions against Israel for annexing the Golan. 

This particular effort comes from the U.N. Security Council - probably THE most Israeli-firster body in the U.N. with the U.S. carrying water for Israel, of course. Neither China nor Russia want's the burden of the predictable anti-Semitism charge if they veto some pro-Israeli clownfuckery. They mostly remain silent, so Israeli interests win out in the end.

peddling-fiction's picture

And it is the U.N. Security Council that has the power to rip a country to pieces.

SixIsNinE's picture

Florida Governor Scott recently signed an Israeli First law to punish any BDS actions of organizations in Floriday by not doing any business with them.  

Again, it's time we All turned JOO and leave the goy duties to the robots !  end the war.  with none left around but Jooos, no one to fight. 

Let's get this OneWorldParty Started ! 

Last one to Epstein's house is a rotten egg ! 

 

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Jubal Early's picture

Zerohedge is already blocked in many countries, including France.

peddling-fiction's picture

How do you know it is blocked in France?

Maybe this ZH article and our posts upset France.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-08/france-just-enshrined-its-state...

Our views on climate change and summits seem to irk them.

Jubal, do you know what other countries ban ZH?

Jubal Early's picture

I am using a VPN that allows connecting over servers all over the world (Ivacy, special offer $22/year). I have noticed a few times that I can't get ZH from France.  There are other countries as well but I can't remember them.

peddling-fiction's picture

Thanks.

I use SaferVPN. I will test in the countries I have access to.

peddling-fiction's picture

Ivacy looks like a good deal with lots of VPN countries.

Jubal, how is the performance for online streaming?

Jubal Early's picture

I don't stream much, but it has loads of options for streaming.  I am too cheap to pay for bandwidth, so I can't really say.  I am very satisfied with the service.

Colonel Klink's picture

They're gonna need a lot more baby blue berets!

Zero Point's picture

Hope those berets repel buckshot.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"The United Nations Security Council wants a global “framework” for censoring the Internet, as well as for using government propaganda to “counter” what its apparatchiks call “online propaganda,” “hateful ideologies,” and “digital terrorism.”"~

Here is my reply to the entire United Nations, the Chinese and Barack Hussein Obama:

"Fuck you, you can't have it."

My American Constitution will never bow to your censorship without a full blown war. Go and collectively fuck yourselves.

vollderlerby's picture

Those UN metrosexuals are so inept and removed from reality, they couldn't organize a spaghetti dinner if their lives depended on it.

CheapBastard's picture

This is a subtle jab at climate change deniers and folks who want to keep female bathrooms for females only and patriots who want to keep their wives and dauighters safe from getting attacked and raped in the streets by The Invaders.

TradingTroll's picture

Funny how Obama  has trashed most of the Constitution yet all we get is 'I will huff and I'll puff and blow your house down' on sites like ZH. Even the Patriots don't know when is enuf. But just like 'we will know an extremist when we see one' elites have no idea when patriots will act.

Radical Marijuana's picture

Bumpo, good paraphrase of Paricles, an Athenian leader noted for advancing democracy in Athens and for ordering the construction of the Parthenon:

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you."


-- Pericles

TEOTWAIKI's picture

Terroism is hard to define, but I know it when I see it.

TradingTroll's picture

Wow lots of downvoters.  Must be 'keeping the dream alive'. Now what was the name of that ex Soros ex Goldman fundraiser  Trump  hired?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Trump should be careful, and avoid going to Israel altogether.

All US politicians who go there, come back changed men. It's as though they've been brainwashed, and turned into Likud puppets.

War Machine's picture

"Sheldon Adelson said in an email on Monday that Donald Trump will be a ‘tremendous president when it comes to the safety and security of Israel’."

 

So Trump will make the obligatory trip to a tiny foreign state of 8 million people to run for Presidency of the world's sole superpower of 320 million people.

 

If you are surprised, you simply haven't been paying attention to the hijacking of your government by various foreign and international interests.

 

G-R-U-N-T's picture

What we have here are a small group who have a perverted sense of self importance. These tiny little minds have a desire to make the masses believe that they are superior in economics and society, when in reality they're everything to the contrary. They swim around in their delusional manufactured convoluted cesspool minds busily concocting schemes to control the world. Accepting limited control is exactly what they cannot come to grips with. For them their is no guilt, no pity, no mercy, no shame. They look to the masses as objects to abuse subjugating them to their maligned sense of grandiosity fueling their inner thirst to feel important and have full control. 

Free speech is a death knell to their schemes, for free speech interferes with their witch doctor programming of the naive and ignorant to abandon reason. They know those who have critical thinking skills and a reasonable understanding of world history can see through them with complete transparency, just like our Forefathers and all those, in their own blood, sacrificing their lives to prevent this tyranny of the individual and society in general.

Horror to them are those who scrutinize their motives, their brain dead schemes pulling their covers for the whole world to see in FREE SPEECH! 

 

Jubal Early's picture

"These tiny little minds have a desire to make the masses believe that they are superior in economics and society, when in reality they're everything to the contrary. They swim around in their delusional manufactured convoluted cesspool minds busily concocting schemes to control the world."

Wow, that describes Ghordius to a Tee!

If Ghordius was presented with an EU cock and a UN cock, I wonder which one he would suck off first.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Simple: One would receive his oral attention, the other would receive his anal attention.

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Bangin7PoundCocks (not verified) The Saint May 21, 2016 8:24 AM

Do you know how many luxury apartments Trump can put in that building! The views! The land! The giant hall that can be rented out to concert promoters! I bet he has already commissioned the giant golden Trump sign for the roof.

Restorative_Ally's picture

Notice how it's an American handgun and not a battle rifle? Need the civilians disarmed, but need the armies at the ready to fight the bankers wars.