It appears that Activist Post is back on with Google-owned Blogger hosting, but they will soon be switching over to a different, independent platform for hosting. Activist Post has this statement this morning on the issue. Supposedly, an “engineer” at Blogger claimed that the taking down of Activist Post was caused by an “automated process.” Kurt Nimmo at Infowars has more on this:
Blogger censorship is nothing new. The blogging platform owned by Google has a history of taking out blogs and websites it does not like or that are uncomfortable for the establishment.
Google worked closely with the authoritarian government in China to censor the internet. It’s video platform Youtube continually receives complaints that it removes controversial videos, especially politically controversial videos.
So it came as no surprise when the popular political website Activist Post suddenly disappeared and it turned out that Blogger had pulled the plug. It was eventually restored after a ground swell of complaints and criticism.
It is now a familiar pattern. A site suddenly disappears without explanation and after a couple days of news coverage it reappears. Blogger’s explanation for the Activist Post takedown – technical issues. Google has offered the same explanation after it has restored videos at Youtube.
Google usually backs down if the outrage is vocal and public enough, as it was in the case of the Activist Post takedown. Less popular sites that offend the elite and Google – a documented CIA front company – usually disappear forever.
Hmmm. I guess MY website is “less popular.” Does that mean that it will be taken down by the People With Power who don’t like to hear or see criticism of government officials? What is this, the Soviet Union? (Oh yeah, that’s right. This IS the Soviet Union, but called “Soviet America.” Oh well.)
Some similar news that goes with this latest censorship fiasco is that, according to Ars Technica, the FCC’s net neutrality rules will go into effect on November 20th. Expect lawsuits upon lawsuits. Its only the beginning, if censorship fascist and regulatory czar Cass Sunshine has his way.
Related to all this, Nimmo has this piece on the CIA-Facebook connection, in which Facebook places spyware cookies on your browser, so that, even when you are logged out of Facebook, Facebook can still track your browsing history. And apparently, there really is a CIA-Facebook connection, so I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Facebook is giving CIA that tracking info. (Helpful hint: after using Facebook, delete Facebook cookies in your browser.)
There’s even MORE spying and tracking, and political harassment going on now — from the paranoids and crackpots of the Federal Reserve, of all places! The Economic Collapse Blog has this piece now on that. The piece begins,
The Federal Reserve wants to know what you are saying about it. In fact, the Federal Reserve has announced plans to identify “key bloggers” and to monitor “billions of conversations” about the Fed on Facebook, Twitter, forums and blogs. This is yet another sign that the alternative media is having a dramatic impact. As first reported on Zero Hedge, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has issued a “Request for Proposal” to suppliers who may be interested in participating in the development of a “Sentiment Analysis And Social Media Monitoring Solution”. In other words, the Federal Reserve wants to develop a highly sophisticated system that will gather everything that you and I say about the Federal Reserve on the Internet and that will analyze what our feelings about the Fed are.
Obviously, if government officials feel the need to spy on us civilians and attempt to harass and intimidate us and especially those who dissent, and if such government officials have such a need to get private sector tech and Internet people to help them, then these government officials are showing that they indeed have something to hide. They know that the kinds of things they are engaged in are wrong, and criminal, and they are trying to find ways to hide their criminality, and ways to suppress that information from being brought to the public’s attention.
Also, regarding how the mainstream media are complicit with government crimes these days, Glenn Greenwald has this piece up today on how the media are suppressing the criticism of U.S. foreign policy from the freed American hikers from the Iranian prison:
What we find here yet again is that government-serving American establish media outlets relish the opportunity to report negatively on enemies and other adversaries of the U.S. government (that is the same mindset that accounts for the predicable, trite condescension by the New York Times toward the Wall Street protests, the same way they constantly downplayed Iraq War protests). But to exactly the same extent that they love depicting America’s Enemies as Bad, they hate reporting facts that make the U.S. Government look the same.
That’s why Fattal and Bauer receive so much attention while victims of America’s ongoing lawless detention scheme are ignored. It’s why media stars bravely denounce the conditions of Iran’s “notorious prison” while ignoring America’s own inhumane prison regime on both foreign and U.S. soil. It’s why imprisonment via sham trials in Iran stir such outrage while due-process-free imprisonment (and assassinations) by the U.S. stir so little. And it’s why so many Americans know Roxana Saberi but so few know Sami al-Haj.
An actual watchdog press is, first and foremost, eager to expose the corruption and wrongdoing of their own government. By contrast, a propaganda establishment press is eager to suppress that, and there is no better way of doing so than by obsessing on the sins of nations on the other side of the world while ignoring the ones at home. If only establishment media outlets displayed a fraction of the bravery and integrity of Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, who had a good excuse to focus exclusively on Iran’s sins but — a mere few days after being released from a horrible, unjust ordeal — chose instead to present the full picture.