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Gab CEO: German ‘Hate Speech’ Laws Dictating U.S. Internet Censorship

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Renowned political reporter Mike Cernovich interviewed Gab co-founder and CEO Andrew Torba today on CERNO News, and Torba dropped a bombshell.

Torba’s site Gab, an alternative social network to Twitter, was recently threatened with having their domain stolen if they did not comply with their domain registrar’s demand to remove a user’s post. According to Torba, the censorship stems from German “hate speech” laws.

“All of this is really stemming out of Germany. What’s happening is Silicon Valley, and indeed the entire internet, is allowing one foreign country, which is Germany, to dictate the rules of the internet,” said Torba. “This ‘hate speech’ law coming out of Germany, which has been now adapted by the EU, if a social network does not delete ‘hate speech’ within 24 hours, then Germany and the EU can fine them up to 54 million euros or something like this, per post!”

Torba pointed out that these laws should only be enforced in Europe, not in the U.S.

“If they want to enforce these hate speech policies, do it in Germany, do it in the EU, do it where it’s required and you’re going to get fined,” said Torba. “Don’t blanket these hate speech policies across the entirety of the internet, including the United States of America, where our citizens have the First Amendment right to be able to speak freely, and to have different opinions that maybe politically incorrect.”

Again, Torba was threatened by his domain registrar with losing his entire website if he did not comply with their draconian demand, which Torba believes is pushed by EU regulations.

“We set out to build Gab – very simple premise. Build a website that supports First Amendment protected, legally protected freedom of speech for everybody. And apparently, as you have noted, that is not possible because there are several gatekeepers, including at the domain registrar level,” said Torba. “My choice was very simple. It was, do I ask one user to remove one individual post that our domain registrar has requested, or do we lose our domain and the entire website for 260,000 plus people. To me, that decision was very clear. The post had to come down. And that’s why we were very transparent about this as well in saying this isn’t us forcing you to do this, this is the shadow hand of our domain registrar that is telling us this post needs to come down within 48 hours or your domain and your URL is going to be seized.”

Torba vowed to build entirely new web systems if that is what it takes to ensure the freedom of speech on the internet.

“If we have to rebuild the entire internet from the ground up, if we have to rebuild new domain registrars, new hosting systems, new DDOS protection systems, new payment processors that’s what we are going to do,” said Torba. “To people saying that, ‘Oh you should have just fought back against the domain registrar, you should have let them take the site down,’ I think that’s very ignorant and I don’t think that’s the best decision and I don’t think that would have been the most pragmatic business decision either, to destroy the site for over 260,000 people over one meme.”

Torba also blamed former President Obama for helping create the new culture of censorship on the internet.

“President Obama signed over ICANN to the UN. Previously ICANN was protected as a U.S. located entity by the First Amendment,” said Torba. “Now it is no longer protected by that, it is governed by these shadow figures in the UN. And who knows? Even if we do build a ‘free speech registrar’ who knows if ICANN will allow that registrar to be approved?”

Silicon Valley’s major players are also working against free speech, according to Torba, who called Apple and Google “mobile device gatekeepers.”

“Apple and Google have a duopoly on mobile device hardware but also software distribution and if you’re not allowed to participate in that free market, then that market is no longer free. And that’s we have learned, is that the market is rigged,” said Torba. “At minimum, its anti-competitive behavior, and at minimum it demonstrates that the mobile device market is another gatekeeper, if you will, to building alternative platforms, building pro-free speech anti-censorship platforms.”

Making the case that companies like Google and Apple should be regulated as public utilities like the telephone companies, which can not discriminate based on the content of speech, Torba said, “It can easily be argued that these companies, these corporations are a public utility, especially when they have two billion plus users every month.”

In addition to refusing to approve Gab on their app store, Apple refused to approve Breitbart News’s app months ago, while YouTube has been frantically removing advertisements from independent news channels, including even moderate-minded channels owned by creators like Dave Rubin and Tim Pool.

With or without government intervention, Torba predicted legal action against the anti-competitive Silicon Valley censors. “There will be antitrust suits, there will be First Amendment suits, there will be class action lawsuits,” said Torba. “We can’t allow the rules from the Germans, the rules from the EU to dictate the entire internet.”

Germany’s Angela Merkel was caught colluding with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in 2015 about censoring posts from users upset at the mass import of radical Muslim migrants.

Regarding Gab, Torba said, “We actually cite Supreme Court cases in our guidelines. In terms of content, we’re neutral. As long as you’re following the law…we don’t care what you’re saying. We want people to be able to express themselves, because I believe that free speech and open discourse and dialogue are a much better alternative to violence.

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Leftist Hero Valerie Plame-Wilson Apologizes For Promoting Article Blaming Jews For America’s Problems

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Earlier today, obscure left-wing starlet, Valerie Plame-Wilson, retweeted a bizarre anti-semitic article from Philip Giraldi at UNZ.com, which suggested that Jewish media personalities should be identified whenever they are making comments on TV — like a warning label on a bottle of rat poison — so that the public can be aware of their dangerous ulterior motives of promoting Zionism.

In case you’re suffering from “Gosh-that-name-sounds-familiar” syndrome let’s review a bit about Mrs. Plame-Wilson.

Valerie Plame-Wilson was once a relatively unremarkable CIA analyst who had been thrust into Left-wing stardom after her cover was blown by a Washington Post article by Robert Novak in 2004. The Left quickly blamed the Bush Administration for leaking her name as retribution for her husband, Joe Wilson’s, New York Times op ed piece in which he claimed to have debunked Bush’s assertion that Iraq had been seeking “yellow-cake” uranium from Niger and therefore the whole Iraq war was based on a lie.

Of course Joe Wilson’s story was later itself debunked as Bush had based his statement on British intelligence (which the British still stand by). But in the aftermath, Plame-Wilson and her husband found fame and fortune and lucrative book deals and movies.

These days, Plame-Wilson is desperately trying to keep herself relevant. She has a website and a Twitter account in which she loves to opine on any number of left-wing causes.

Which brings us to her current fifteen minutes of fame.

When she was quickly criticized for today’s tweet, she defended it by tweeting that “re-tweeting doesn’t mean endorsement.”

She then tweeted a few more tweets defending the basic argument of the article itself: that wealthy and well-connected American Jews are pushing political policies that will get the U.S. into a War with Iran.

“Put aside your biases and think clearly,” she lectured in one tweet.

But then reality set in and two hours later, she tweeted an apology, saying she had “missed the gross undercurrents to this article” and didn’t do her “homework on the platform this piece came from.”

She also tweeted that there was “so much there that’s problematic” (in the UNZ article) and that her mistake was “a doozy” and that she had merely “skimmed” the article and “zeroed in on the neocon criticism and shared it without seeing and considering the rest.”

But the Washington Examiner points out that Plame’s claim to have been unfamiliar with the platform of the article—that is UNZ.com—seems a little disingenuous since she has re-tweeted several articles from them over the past few years.

Articles, for example, about Israelis dancing for joy on 9/11 and articles titled “Why I Still Dislike Israel.”

She must have missed the undercurrents on those articles as well.

If this is the quality of research and discernment Mrs. Plame-Wilson is only capable of, we should all thank God that she’s no longer working in the CIA.

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Bombshell: Imran Awan Allegedly Threatened, Abused At Least 3 Women

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In an article posted by The Daily Caller yesterday, the news site linked to Fairfax County Police reports obtained under Virginia’s freedom of information act. The reports indicate a number of disturbing details about Imran Awan, the recently indicted former IT aid for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

At least three woman are officially are listed in the reports as having alleged physical abuse by Awan. The first alleged victim stated “I just wanted to leave.”

The second indicated she felt like a “slave.”

“The third woman is Awan’s stepmother, Samina Gilani, who said in court documents that Awan invoked his authority as a congressional employee to intimidate immigrant women, in part by telling them he had the power to have people kidnapped,” The Daily Caller reports.

Here is the investigation report from the FCPD. The Daily Caller continued “Neither of the other two women who complained are married to Awan, though both were apparently in relationships with him. Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, worked as an IT aide for dozens of members of Congress, including Wasserman Schultz. The two women who called the police both lived in the same Alexandria, Va., complex but in different apartments for which Imran paid.”

The second reported incident took place in July of 2016.

This report has the victim listed as a female named Samara Sidique. In the narrative the responding investigator stated that Ms. Sidique reported that she felt “like a slave to this man.”

Sidique also requested information on how to obtain a restraining order against Awan.

Police had responded to altercations between Sidique and Awan reportedly three times in less than 12 months, once finding “small cut[s] on stomach and arm.”

The third incident was reported in this court document and congruent third police report filed in April of 2017 Gilani Samina,

“Imran Awan showed up and threatened me for calling the police. Mr. Shahid Imran Awan threatened that he is very powerful and if I ever call the police [he] will do harm to me and my family members back in Pakistan and one of my cousins here in Baltimore.”

Given the current legal trouble for Imran Awan and the scandals within the DNC, the situation doesn’t look good at all for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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8-Year-Old Football Players From St. Louis Kneel For The National Anthem

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While it’s easy to dismiss unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a washed-up never-was that is seriously detached from reality, there’s more than meets the eye.

Kaepernick has succeeded in becoming a Leftist darling by starting the trend of disrespecting the National Anthem for unclear reasons. The mainstream media has lapped up his actions like a dehydrated camel that comes across a body of water, and the end result has been a warped interpretation that he’s some kind of hero.

That too is also easy to dismiss as just the viewpoint of deranged Leftists, but the unfortunate reality is that Kaepernick and his fawning coverage have an effect on impressionable young minds. While it’s ultimately on the kids parents to set them straight, sometimes the parents don’t see it that way.

As such, Johnny and Jennifer are allowed to express themselves as they see fit, and there are other adults out there that encourage them to do so. We have another disturbing example of that, courtesy of this youth football coach from suburban St. Louis.

Orlando Gooden coaches a youth football team comprised of eight-year-olds. He claims that the kids came to him to talk about the riots that have happened in St. Louis. This is how he handled it.

“One of the kids asked me if I saw [people] protesting and rioting in St. Louis,” Gooden explained, according to Breitbart. “I said yes. I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?’”

According to Gooden, one of the kids said that it was “Because black people are getting killed and nobody’s going to jail,” Breitbart notes.

Then one of the kids suggested that they should handle it like Kaepernick would. Gooden gave his blessing, and disturbing images of the kids kneeling and disrespecting the anthem have been making the rounds.

Gooden noted that it was a “good teaching moment,” but he seems oblivious to the fact that he completely dropped the ball.

“What I teach my kids is love, integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and boundaries,” he added, according to Breitbart. “As long as I have support of my parents and team, I’m perfectly fine, and I’m covered under the First Amendment to peacefully protest and assemble.”

Perfectly fine is not a phrase that we would use to describe this youth football coach, who would be doing the rest of America a great favor by staying as far away from impressionable young minds as possible.

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