The Coming Crackdown On Free Speech

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Submitted by Simon Black via,

It’s amazing what can happen in a week.

Before this publication went on hiatus last week, one of the last letters I wrote to you in 2016 was about the National Defense Authorization Act and its treasure trove of freedom-killing provisions.

Section 1287, for example, creates a new agency called the “Global Engagement Center”, aka Ministry of Truth.

It has one purpose: to combat fake news.

The Global Engagement Center will fund and train journalists around the world to push a never-ending flow of US propaganda and cripple any independent outlet that doesn’t conform to the official government narrative.

Sadly, this is not unusual.

Each year, Congress creates a new National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is essentially the military budget for the following year.

But without fail, each year’s NDAA is crammed full of horrific provisions which either waste taxpayer funds on corrupt pet projects, or destroy Americans’ civil liberties.

You may remember the 2012 NDAA, for example, which President Obama signed into law on New Years Eve 2011.

That year’s NDAA contained a section authorizing the military detention of US citizens on US soil.

Now we’re getting the Ministry of Truth.

President Obama signed this year’s NDAA into law on Christmas Day, which means that the Global Engagement Center will be live and operational within six months.

Four days later on December 29th, he issued an executive order intended to punish the Russian government for manipulating the US election.

The order contains some incredibly vague language targeting anyone engaged in “cyber-related activities” that are “reasonably likely” to pose some threat, including “activities to undermine democratic processes or institutions”.

The order also threatens anyone who provides “goods or services” to those engaged in the aforementioned cyber-related activities.

Anyone deemed by the US government to fit those incredibly broad definitions can have their assets frozen instantly.

Now, the spirit of the order is to go after all the Russians and Chinese they think are complicit in hacking the US government and US corporations.

(Mr. Obama also expelled a multitude of Russian diplomats that the FBI suspects of being spies, raising the question of why these people were in the US to begin with.)

Yet such broad and vague language can easily be applied to ensnare just about anyone they want.

If you just happen to have sold a used mobile phone over Craigslist to someone who ends up being a hacker, you can be targeted under this order.

Same with anyone who uses the Internet (engages in “cyber-related activities”) to express strong anti-government opinions (“undermine democratic . . . institutions”).

Now, clearly that’s not the intention with this order.

But when enough time passes, rules and regulations have a strong tendency to be used in ways that dramatically diverge from their original intent.

Case in point: the US government has wrongfully seized billions of dollars worth of cash and property over the years through what’s known as Civil Asset Forfeiture.

Civil Asset Forfeiture is essentially a form of theft.

But it’s perfectly legal for local, state, and federal police agencies to steal from you because of technicalities that were written in laws passed decades ago.

For example, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act was passed in 1979 with the intention of helping to preserve historic sites.

Buried in the law is some vague language authorizing the recovery of any property that was stolen from historic sites.

Now, decades later, police agencies abuse the vague language from that law, as well as dozens of other laws, to give themselves the authority to seize your property.
Their theft of your property has nothing to do with protecting archaeological sites, but they still have the legal authority thanks to a 37-year old law.

So no matter how good the intentions behind a law or executive order, there’s always strong potential for nasty, unforeseen consequences down the road.

And between the NDAA’s Global Engagement Center and the President’s incredibly vague executive order, there’s some serious anti-free speech potential.

By the way, this is NOT just a US phenomenon.

Israel’s government is close to passing a bill that authorizes them to demand Facebook (and other social media platforms) to remove content that they deem threatening.

Germany’s government is talking about passing a similar bill to stop “fake news” during the election cycle, even suggesting that Facebook could be fined if it does not remove certain content within 24 hours of being told by the government to do so.

Yeah, clearly there’s a lot of garbage on the Internet.

Someone can write a post that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is running a child prostitution ring, and it gets retweeted by mindless automatons who believe everything they read.

But at the same time, there’s a lot of independent, boutique journalism out there, and many of these sites are being labeled “fake” because they don’t conform to the official government narrative.

After a terrible year for the status quo, between Brexit and the Trump election, politicians are clearly terrified of any dissent that threatens their position.

And now they’re putting together all the tools they need to stamp it out and keep you in line.

Do you have a Plan B?

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Lost in translation's picture

"Do you have a Plan B?"

Yes. Not a very good one, but yes. I have one.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Yes also, but how do you mitigate against the rise of Neo-Feudalism on a Global scale, where Oligarchs R Us are uniting against their own People, because the Globalist Banksters / Moneychangers have duped them with their satanic deception -- where they themselves will also be ruled by "One Coin To Rule Them All".

SixIsNinE's picture

plan B ?   free speech smee speech -

wake up guys, Glamour's Woman of the Year last year has some new makeup - try not to get too excited :

Bruce is lookin' pretty hot, eh? 

Glow for the gold! Caitlyn Jenner shows off her ample cleavage in a low-cut golden gown as her latest make-up collection with MAC is revealed

  • This is the second time that Caitlyn, 67, has collaborated with MAC
  • The new, 15-piece collection will be available on January 5 

Hot on the heels of her limited-edition lipstick partnership with MAC, Caitlyn Jenner is now fronting an entire collection for the make-up brand.

MAC released the first campaign image of the 67-year-old transgender reality star earlier today.

In it, Caitlyn wears a low-cut gold dress that shows off her cleavage. On one side, a strap falls halfway down her shoulder, while her long, wavy brown hair cascades down the other.

Bay of Pigs's picture

God Almighty!

Please strike some of these people dead....

BobEore's picture

Not gonna happen Pigsy!

GOD(tm) is so pissed off with the christian-sionist wingnuts on sites like silver-doctors(of proctology) passing off bogus version of His writ, he's gone and left us all on our own. That small pirate principality in the s. e. Med still be worshipping the golden calf, big time... and their dream of poisoning things for the rest of us are proceeding apace, via their dupes and agents of the "metals media mafiya!" Them who the Christic One called accurately the - Synagogue of Satan!

Bin preaching the "new" gospel for years now...PLAN B? Get outta Dodge, with a saddlebag o shiny, then regroup and take back our homelands one spear's throw at a time. No apostles, no battalion of beserkers ready to take pike n claymore to the moneypower yet, but sure feels good to be at large and outta Gulagistan[yes saw yur msg... late next day; we still "world's apart" - geographically speakin!]

brain_glitch's picture

Now I will have to poke my eyes out. Thanks.

Gead's picture

Never - EVER - thought I'd quote Steven Tyler; but,..............

Shoot them all - just shoot them all.

SoDamnMad's picture

from ABC Wide World of Sport

Caitlyn prepares for her-ize second sh0t put but first stops to put on another application of lip gloss. OK , now she-hee steps into the circle AND What a Put putting her into first place.  

Shez , and we banned the whole Russian team  for doping allegations when they should have accused us for having women in the men's decathalon event.

Badsamm's picture

The boomerang will be glorious.

lucitanian's picture

Your absolutely right, but this is already a boomerang. First, an education, media and social system system where people are dissuaded from thinking for themselves. Then propaganda and "fake news" from the powers that be, and now this.

Surely, for a society to progress with the vastly increased information systems the users have to develop or evolve "filters" to discern the true from the false and the valuable from the useless, and that is already happening. The problem is the origin of the "false" information is the same people who are pretending to regulate against disseminating said false info.

And there is the rub.

The idea is and has always been in this neo-feudalism to "keep  the plebs ignorant".

The results "Fuck White People" and "Fuck Donald Trump" video on social media, and the poor minds that created it.

Golden Showers's picture

Fuck the Government.

----_-'s picture

the problem is not the government.

the people in the minestry of jew will be sinky kikes or some fags who work for kikes.




VWAndy's picture

 The war on truth never ends well.

SixIsNinE's picture

another way to look at it though, is this :  it's said that truth is the first casualty of war; ergo if the war on truth actually ends, then we might actually end the War.  And start anew.  

just a thought ...



OverTheHedge's picture

I read this as Simon saying "I'm a good boy -there is no pizzagate! Don't disappear me: take the other guy, he's much worse at fake news!" Unfortunately, anyone who advocates removing wealth/assets from the reach of Uncle Sam is too high up the list to avoid the black helicopter extraction system. Better move your black ass (can I say that in a non-racist way, if his name is "Black"?) to somewhere safe. North Korea?


are we there yet's picture

Hillary has already moved moved her Clinton foundation assets, about 1.2 billion dollars, to Dubai in the Middle East, outside of the reach of Us law. As reported already in ZH about a month ago.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Jan 5, 2017 3:06 AM

When sites like this one, Breitbart, Drudge, and Infowars go dark that will be a huge red flag that shit is getting real.

I never thought that the country of my birth, the country I love, would go full fucking retard and end up infested with goddamned communists. Fucking assholes.

SixIsNinE's picture

the deceptions & lies went into full speed ahead mode on 22 November 1963. 

Fortunately there was still plenty of wholesomeness in the USA throughout the 70s & 80s to make growing up a great and wonderful experience here.   Oliver Stone's JFK was very important. 

i remember our jr. high history book with the VERY short page about the assassination.  I thought it quite odd there would be such a short description of the event.  Even vietnam was presented as being another war, gone in history, even though it had officially ended just a few years before that.  black & white photos helped that.   folding papers everymorning as the Iran hostage crisis unfolded, and the John Lennon murder, presented evidence of serious problems going on. 

I heard rumors that the wikileaks coming out soon are going to show the Moon landings were faked (*as if anyone who has bothered to look into that by now didn't already figure out) & the complete space hoax.




OverTheHedge's picture

I was two and a half when the Apollo mission went to the moon, and I can remember my parents waking me up and insist I watch television history in the making. The fuzzy pictures made no impression, but my parents in insistence that it was important did. I therefore resent the implication that the landings are fake, despite all the evidence. It is a conspiracy theory too far, and I just won't hear of it. Looks like I may have to finally pull my head out of my arse. Hey ho.

Clashfan's picture

I, too, was a paperboy during the hostage crisis. The newspapers counted the days. I remember folding them, looking at those numbers.

lucitanian's picture

The country you love did:

massacres of native indigenous populations, slavery, massacres in the Philippines, financed the Japan-Russia war, WW I, WWII (both sides), blanket bombing of German cities, Nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, provoked and financed countless civil wars in Central and South America, the disappearance and murder of over a million in Indonesia, Wars killing millions in S.E. Asia, and the M.E, while supporting an apartheid state there to maintain there to keep up their good works. Not to mention Conitelpro, Operation, Claudio, 9/11, Financing and supporting, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, and god only knows how many other shenanigans at home and around the world (too long to list).

And you just now realized that it's retarded beyond help? And you love it?

Um, what goes around, buddy.

I guess it takes some people longer to wake up.  It's never too late. Keep thinking! 

lucitanian's picture

To the down voter: kindly elaborate in a comment, what it is you find to deny. Or are you just in the denial faze of realization?

TheReplacement's picture

That's just it.  They won't go dark.  They will be taken over and safe-ish content published as if it is just another slow news day while they round up the troublemakers and execute them.  At least that is how I would do it.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Plan A:  Survive, Adapt, Endure in own country or region.

Plan B:  Survive via Evasion & Escape, i.e. leave for another country.

Note that, in the final analysis, our core allegiance is not to a piece of favorite dirt, but to our DNA line (ancestors and descendants).  This will drive the decision point of when we need to switch from Plan A to Plan B.

If you won't or can't deal with this reality, then you may be a good candidate for the Darwin Award.

VWAndy's picture

 You do understand that we were not only delt a losing hand but that they know what cards they delt us.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Kirk2NCC1701 Jan 5, 2017 4:07 AM

I agree. There is a reason we were endowed with a brain and the capacity to use it.

I don't want to have to leave the US. However, if that becomes necessary I will. There is no way in hell I am going to end up living in a shithole like Nazi Germany or like modern Venezuela or like Rhodesia (before it was renamed). No fucking way am I going down with the ship. Someone has to survive.

If anyone needs a good motivator and has any doubts about what a future in the new USSA might look like I suggest reading the series written by Matt Bracken: Enemies Foreign and Domestic. Not for those with a weak stomach. Honest writing. I love Matt. And that series is almost 10 years old at this point. Scary.

GreatUncle's picture

Can understand the feeling, I live on a poxy island ... where do you run too?

Bear in mind their tentacles will reach out everywhere.

All that energy to escape, a bit like a migrant fleeing from some proxy war elsewhere.

No escape, it is either slavery or freedom this time for all humanity.

No fucker twigged WW2 was just a strategy for them in their plan for world domination wet dreams.

The Gun Is Good's picture

I respect people's need to preserve their own DNA and thus their desire to escape (flee).

I will, however, stay and combat the cancer. Being child-free, I have the luxury (or curse?) of being able to fight and die for an idea... even if that idea was never properly implemented from the beginning.

To those of you who are compelled to leave for greener pastures (Good luck with the pursuit of freedom elsewhere, btw; I think you'll discover it's much like a rainbow or mirage.): Please support those of us who remain behind. We may just save your country and recreate a place to which you will want to return....

iLLivaniLLi's picture

The singular pursuit of Freedom will always result in less than desirable results. There is no such thing as freedom. We are slaves to our biology, egos, and peculiarities even without governments. The people who claim to be the most free have a tendeancy to display the greatest amounts of self destruction. We should seek an honest account of our inter-relations and design systems of Just(optional) servitude. People are happy to serve when the fruits of their servitude come back to their community.

Dr. Spin's picture

Actually Kirk, we're doing plan B first. We're expatting to a place waaay south of the equator and far from the maddening crowds.

This, the (formerly United) States is just too messed up.


The Gun Is Good's picture

Look out. Bush Clan is down in one of those 'guays... buying up aquifer rights and such....

Clashfan's picture

Paraguay, near the Uruguay border.

GreatUncle's picture

Or choose plan B, then return to plan A, defining any plan of the two in a fully known world is to leave your actions predictable.

When being chased by a few people, run, to escape no? To weaken their combined strategy before the fight.

At the moment the number of people speaking out, realising the game is up, overwhelms the system.

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

I have one word for the NDAA and The Ministry of Truth.


HRH Feant's picture

I have these special words for them: fuck off and die you apparatchik commie bitches.

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Jan 5, 2017 3:39 AM

It is too late.Too many people are awake now,they left it the internet alone too long.

FlKeysFisherman's picture

It is too late.Too many people are awake now,they left it the internet alone too long.


I think you're right. There is no "blue pill."

GreatUncle's picture

Yep once you took the red pill? How do you reverse it?

What happens and they did not see it coming is you eventually end up with the following in bold by more and more people.

Tto suppress is to suppress a person from birth, no less a person than any elite child and in many cases may be more able than they are. Yet they run a society of entitlement to the detriment of any not of their class and not yet born forever for thier own.

Get out of that shit! Far worse than some poxy vote to represent a voice,  the birth and entitlement by class is coming real soon.

Born for war to maintain your right to perish as a free human being, elites being the enslavers or die a fucking slave.


Flocking swans's picture

No "crackdown" coming...
Also, love it that ZH calls the pizzapeople 'mindless automatons'

Hey pizzapeople, ur favorite site just called you a foolish tool.

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Flocking swans Jan 5, 2017 4:10 AM

ZH is an aggregater and they are trying to get the record today for most stories.

quadraspleen's picture

"Someone can write a post that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is running a child prostitution ring, and it gets retweeted by mindless automatons who believe everything they read."

See what he did there?


Farmer Joe in Brooklyn's picture

I guarantee that bitch is involved and so is the Clinton Foundation.

George Webb, in the YouTube series "Where is Eric Braverman" (must watch!) touches on how human trafficking ties into the Clinton Foundation and their global web of destruction and pillaging.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Busy day at the gun range ysterday.


Go figure.

Lost in translation's picture


I don't know.

Like I said, my Plan B isn't a very good one... = (

----_-'s picture
----_- (not verified) Jan 5, 2017 4:29 AM

the freedom allows the jews to be free.

and jew will will use your freedom against you.

they will hijack all your ideologies, religions, concepts and ideas and play them against you.


you dont get the ministry of truth,

you will get the ministry of jew

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) ----_- Jan 5, 2017 4:43 AM

You see the way they were carrying on over that dude that walked up to that palestinian lying on the ground motionless and executed him in cold blood like a dog.They were treating him like a hero and that fucked up rep of them the demented netyahoo was saying he should be pardoned.These people are the most fucked up vile scum on this planet and they should be eliminated for the better for this planet.