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Important free speech case filed against Twitter

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 05:23 AM PST

And, it all started when Twitter banned Jared Taylor and American Renaissance from its platform.

Breitbart has a long report on the case.  I think Taylor has a good case, but you know how our court system has become (too often these days) the place where Leftwing ideology has found its home and Constitutional protections are lost, so I won’t dare to predict how this could turn out.

Here is Ian Mason writing at Breitbart about the case filed last week in California:

A group of free-speech lawyers filed the most serious legal challenge yet to Twitter's censorship policies Tuesday in San Francisco County Superior Court, seeking a ruling preventing Twitter from banning users purely on the basis of their views and political associations.

Jared Taylor

Twitter made a big mistake taking on Taylor! Taylor’s case has a good chance of prevailing if the California judge is not a Leftwing ideologue.  And, if he/she is, could Jared Taylor v. Twitter go all the way to the Supreme Court?

The 29-page complaint contends that, under a California legal doctrine that recognizes some private facilities as "public forums," Twitter may not discriminate against speech on their platform based purely on viewpoint. If successful, it would be the first extension of that doctrine to internet social media platforms and could transform the way free speech is treated online. The suit became all the more relevant Wednesday as Twitter stood accused of locking out thousands of conservatives under the guise of cracking down on "Russian bots."

The genesis of the suit is Twitter's November 2017 announcement that they would start banning and sanctioning users based on their offline behavior and associations.

On December 18, 2017, Twitter, five years after their top British executive described the company as "the free speech wing of the free speech party," made good on this threat, "purging" hundreds of mostly right-wing users. Twitter's new policy refers to association with "violent extremist groups," and a company blog post claimed, "If an account's profile information includes a violent threat or multiple slurs, epithets, racist or sexist tropes, incites fear, or reduces someone to less than human, it will be permanently suspended."

One of those purged is Jared Taylor, founder and editor of "American Renaissance," a fringe-right journal on race and immigration. He is frequently described as an "extremist" and a "white supremacist" by left-wing groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the latter of which sits on Twitter's "Trust and Safety Council," the largely leftist group of activists and non-profits Twitter assembled in 2016 to help decide which speech to censor.

Taylor is a graduate of Yale University and Paris's Sciences Po, the former West Coast editor of PC Magazine, and author of several books. He describes himself as a "white advocate" or "race realist" and condemns Nazism and antisemitism.

According to the complaint, in his more than six years on Twitter, Taylor never made threats, harassed anyone, or otherwise came under scrutiny for his behavior on the platform. Even the SPLC notes Taylor "scrupulously avoided racist epithets [and] employed the language of academic journals" in his writings, and Taylor once wrote an article urging people to be more civil on Twitter.

[….]

Yet both Taylor's personal account and that of American Renaissance were permanently banned. The only explanation Twitter gave was that the accounts were "affiliated with a violent extremist group." Twitter refused to offer Taylor any further details including to which "violent extremist group" he was affiliated.

There is much more here.

The SPLC and me….

You might also want to know that the SPLC has gone on another of its media hit campaigns.  See that the Baltimore Sun has listed me as a “hate group” (taking the SPLC’s word for it!) without ever checking to find out that I am a journalist blogger and have no group!

How many more one-person ‘groups’ are on SPLC’s “hate group” list?

LOL! The Sun says Maryland hate groups are “on the rise” as Maryland gains one “hate group” since the SPLC’s list last year.

The SPLC aimed its big-money guns at me after the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society directed them to my work. Of course HIAS didn’t like anyone questioning their federal funding and their refugee resettlement program.

Australia: Iranian refugees charged in major drug bust, so much for gratitude

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 04:04 AM PST

Were they simply greedy criminals looking to live high by destroying Australia’s youth, or is there more to Middle Eastern drug dealing?  Is it a form of warfare on the West?

I don’t know the answer, but I thought about it when reader Jon sent this link from the Daily Mail:

An Iranian couple who arrived to Australia by boat five years ago have allegedly been flooding the streets of Sydney with the deadly drug ‘ice’.

By the way, they must have gotten in just before Australia lowered the boom on boat people and sent them to detention in Papua New Guinea or on Nauru (where Trump’s State Department is vetting them for movement to Any Town, USA.).

Australian drug dealers

Just your everyday Iranian refugees. Photo from the Daily Mail

Ali Maleki and Yosra Rabieh, from the city’s north-west, are two of several Iranians in Australia on temporary protection visas recently arrested over alleged meth trafficking, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The couple, who share two young daughters, were arrested last week after police allegedly seized more than 36kg of ice, over $260,000 in cash, three luxury cars and more than 100 ampules of steroids at homes in Hornsby and Asquith.

Maleki and Rabieh have each been charged with supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drugs and participate in a criminal enterprise.

A third Iranian has been charged with being an accessory after the fact of supplying drugs.

In a separate bust last week, two Iranian nationals were arrested in Sydney, allegedly trying to import almost 10 kilograms of ice hidden in honey jars on a cargo flight to Australia.

Go here for more from the Daily Mail.  If guilty they should hope for Australian prison rather than deportation.

See my ‘Australia’ category by clicking here.