Random Quotations – Free Speech – June 30th, 2019

Eight items in total…

“Prosecutors said Jones shared Islamic State videos that depicted the deaths of people who were beheaded by a child soldier, drowned in a cage, and blown up by a rocket-propelled grenade while locked inside a vehicle. Another video demonstrated various ways to stab someone. It was titled, ‘Some of the deadly stabbing ways: Do not forget to poison the knife’… Still, their lawyers argued, ‘this is all protected speech, [no] matter how morally objectionable it may seem. Supporting distasteful, objectionably horrible groups is in and of itself not a crime. In fact, it is protected by the Constitution’.” – Jon Seidel, “Two suburban men guilty of providing support to Islamic State” – Chicago Sun-Times, June 20th, 2019.

“…the new law will allow the government to seize anyone, just for a tweet or a post on Facebook, and send a person for 18 months to ‘preventive imprisonment’, even before he comes to a court. The judge will sanction him on the basis of ‘intimate conviction’ of his ‘hidden intentions’.” – Israel Shamir, “Protecting the Jews” – The Unz Review, June 25th, 2019.

“In his message, Mr. Vaughan alleges that we are extremists, and in turn, the journalists which cover us should misspell our names, and never provide links to our site… In effect, the Liberal MP appears to be arguing for a special kind of world where the people you trust to inform actively decide to hide information. As an individual who left Iran in hopes of the freedoms provided in Canada, seeing this sort of rhetoric makes it feel like I never left.” – Ali Taghva,
“Liberal MP suggests that journalists should misinform Canadians” – The Post Millennial, June 28th, 2019.

“Still, the IHRA definition has not been universally embraced. Last week, just days before the anti-racism strategy was released, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) released a statement saying the definition is ‘extremely vague,’ ‘open to misinterpretation’ and could undermine Charter rights to free speech. ‘We fear that if adopted, the IHRA definition will serve to severely chill political expressions of criticism of Israel as well as support for Palestinian rights,’ the association said.” – Maura Forrest, “There’s a debate over Canada’s new definition of anti-Semitism, and it might sound strangely familiar” – National Post, June 27th, 2019.

“Let me tell you, they’re trying to rig the election… That’s what we should be looking at… I tell you what, they should be sued, because what’s happening with the bias, and you see it with that executive from Google, the hatred for the Republicans… It’s not even like, ‘Gee let’s lean Democrat,’ the hatred… You may need legislation to create competition… We should be suing Google and Facebook, perhaps we will… These people are all Democrats, it’s totally biased toward Democrats… Twitter is just terrible what they do” – Donald Trump, quoted by Charlie Spiering in “Donald Trump: Google trying to rig the election” – Breitbart, June 26th, 2019.

“At the beginning of June Mark Steyn, Lindsay Shepherd and John Robson spoke at a justice committee on free speech and online hate where all the MPs – including Conservatives – voted to kill the video feed of the three free speech defenders… Former Rebel Media journalist and right-wing vlogger Lauren Southern was booted from crowdfunding platform Patreon in 2017 after a left-wing advocacy group lobbied it… In mid-May Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a digital charter to regulate the internet and crackdown on hate speech.” – Graeme Gordon, “Big tech censors: Social media continues to gag conservative voices” – Toronto Sun, June 24th, 2019.

“In practice, Sec. 13 meant certain groups were virtually immune from criticism. While hatred is a very strong emotion, contempt is merely the result of negative commentary. To take a neutral example, were I to say smokers had bad breath, discoloured teeth, stained fingers, smelled and ran added risks of cancer or strokes, I would not be exposing smokers to hatred. I wouldn’t be asking anyone to hate smokers but I would certainly be creating an unfavourable impression of them, and, thus, exposing them to contempt. Thus, were smokers a privileged group, I’d risk a conviction under Sec. 13.” – Paul Fromm, “CAFE calls on Minister of Justice not to reintroduce Sec 13 – Internet censorship” – Canadian Assoc. for Free Expression, June 23rd, 2019. (This letter to the Minister of Justice is highly informative, you can read it here.)

“In fact… the AI algorithms are designed to filter (censor) content in such a way so that Google can single-handedly prevent the ‘next Trump situation’ – that is, his reelection next year… ‘We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, it was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we’re rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again,’ said longtime Google employee and head of ‘Responsible Innovation,’ Jen Gennai… How? ‘We’re also training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?’ she added.” – Roger Williams, “Project Veritas bombshell reveals that GOOGLE has done more to ‘meddle’ in U.S. elections than Russia ever did: Will there be charges?” – The Patriot Hill, June 25th, 2019.