They were thousands of people marching all over France for Freedom of Speech, chanting JE SUIS CHARLIE, after the killing of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. No surprise there. Arguing in France is a national sport, the French just love to discuss the pros and cons of such and such ideas and to defend their point of view in discussions that can last forever. However, some had doubts about the political exploitation of such a massive rally. It looks like they were right.
First, there was a political and mediatic outcry against whoever considered to be an anti-Charlie. That led to a string of arrests on the vague charge of “defending terrorism”.
But that was just the beginning. What we are seeing now, is the start of a smear campaign to denounce all “conspirationists” who dare to disagree with the official policy of the French government.
It started when president Hollande has assimilated what he calls “conspiracy theories“ to Nazism and called to prevent their dissemination on the Internet and social networks.
His speech at the Shoah Memorial on January 27, 2015 is crystal clear:
“[Anti-Semitism] maintains conspiracy theories that spread without limits. Conspiracy theories that have, in the past, led to the worst “(…)” [The] answer is to realize that conspiracy theories are disseminated through the Internet and social networks. Moreover, we must remember that it is words that have in the past prepared extermination. We need to act at the European level, and even internationally, so that a legal framework can be defined, and so that Internet platforms that manage social networks are held to account and that sanctions be imposed for failure to enforce” (source: Voltairenet.org)
He then asked the French Socialist Party to prepare new legislation to repress all dissident voices.
French presstitutes wasted no time to join in the dance.
The leftish weekly Marianne (that self-proclaim itself as fighting one track thinking) has published an in-depth review under the title “Conspiracy nuts”.
L’Express, another weekly, has created its own directory of “sites d’infaux” (literally “false news sites”), listing their name, their category (blogs, alternative info, parody) and what kind of “false news” they spread. Even worse, they invite their readers to submit their links, which is nothing less than encouraging them to act as stool pigeons (they’re bragging that they added 30 new sites thanks to their readers). Just imagine Newsweek doing the same in the US.
Left leaning Libération had less chance with its list of evil pro-russian sites, that was removed after howls of protest among its readers. The list include not only the French Saker and members of the French Saker Team (félicitation mes amis!!) but also the Original Saker Blog and a reference to our entire community.
A full fledged media campaign against “conspiracy theories” has just started, telling the good people of France that all Websites challenging the single worldview the French government want to impose are all nests of fascists, Nazis, terrorists, lunatics and anti-semitics. All this in the name of Freedom of Thought.
Next will come a law prohibiting all those sites, that could lead to forced closure and arrest of those who just question the official thinking.
In the meantime, many French are thanking those magazines for the opportunity to introduce them to informative Websites they were longing for. An eloquent proof that the French still believe in the plurality of views.
It’s the logical, if utterly mad, extension of “political correctness” that has been tightening its grip with widespread acceptance for may years now. It was only a matter of time before it acquired legal force and harsh penalties in pursuit of its societal emasculation objectives.
This has nothing to do with ‘political correctness’. This is a clear indication of just how far purportedly ‘democratic’ regimes in the West have descended into totalitarianism and Thought Control, as their economies crumble, and under the direct and utterly malevolent influence of the USA and Israel.
Dear The Saker,
As you predicted.
Very sad times. Do those people who act as informants not see what they are doing? – Vichy again. I see today they are after the FN via the EU just before local elections this month in France – they are very worried. I see the Pres. is dropping in the polls too. It is good to see that people are thanking the magazines for the sites ;) – oh the irony – 1 positive outcome. They have inadvertently opened their own can of worms….once people start waking up – the backlash. I think most of us here believe in peace and dialouge and are a very far from being Nazis (ridiculous).
(I wonder who gave them the French Saker and strangley members names?)
I am sure I am not the only one who has noticed that these AZ/elitist Govts. always seem to do something bad/a distraction when they want to pass legislation that restricts our freedoms.
I hear Harper is on a roll……….
“Vichy again” That says it all for most western governments. But this time it is the US that is the occupying power.
i don’t think they’re worried about the rise of the fn. actually, we see in france a huge propaganda for this party. if they had to pay for that exposure, it would take big contributors… bad or bad, every msm talks about the fn. as a possibility. a way to make things look as a free expression of popular discontent. when it’s a trap.
Yup it is a trap no doubt about it.
here is a good analysis on how Marine Le Pen is trumping the French on her intention to leave the European Union
another article from the same guy that predicted that Syriza in Greece wasn’t going to do anything arsh and would just fall in line because they were promoted by the oligarchy.
Another good reason to support Russia, as it may be the only country capable of countering the attack on free thinking and freedom of speech. Not so much because it does so at home, but because it may supply the means for us Westerners to keep alternative sources of information. It’s not by accident that Snowden lives in Russia.
Quite right. Free speech does not arise out of commitment to principle, or out of some newspaper’s editorial policy; it arises out competing sources of information and opinion. To the extent that that no longer really exists in the west, then the only ‘check’ on our own press would be another country’s.
Blogs like this are crucial. They give us a place to discuss and dissect the various competing claims being made, so that we each can arrive at our own conclusion.
Which is why the neo-fascists ruling the West for the exclusive benefit of the rich, are determined to close down truth-tellers. Not only is the Western MSM now almost entirely ‘tittietainment’, lies and hatemongering propaganda (particularly fawning adoration of Israel and vicious Islamophobia), but also many people, particularly those actually interested in the truth, are flocking to the alternatives, because they are free of the insane and undisguised bias and hypocrisy of the Western MSM, and produce discourse that is logical and rational. You really need to be an idiot or a crazed Rightwing ideologue to accept the Western MSM’s version of events, so plainly illogical, false and bizarre has it become.
The Je suis un Charlie campaign is clear hyprocisy as such, and the reverse side of the T-shirt is “It is now OK to be racist”.
But some 10 days after, how many noticed the Addidas “There will be haters” series of adverts. Plainly launched to cash in on I am a Charlie – and I gather actually a campaign slated for last summer but cancelled when star name Luis Suarez disgraced himself (again).
It seems to me France (and others in the West ,including most especially the US) is in need of a newspaper,TV channel,or nationally known website.Where a respected journalist,political figure, or renowned writer with the ba**s of an Emile Zola will post,publish,or read out,an article with a headline of “J’accuse”.and directly accuse the West of staging the coup in Ukraine and pushing the world towards dictatorship and war.I would recommend for the role in France Marie La Pen,a few days before the elections.Only,in the West,a stark choice must be presented to the public.A direct accusation must be brought forward.In Germany,I’d think ex-Chancellor’s Helmut Schmidt and Gerhard Schröder,singly,or in a join letter,would be the right choice.
Marine Le pen is an illusion just like syriza in Greece.
They are not really opposition party.they are look alike to lure people that want a change and contestants.
Marine Le pen got as much and sometimes even more media coverage than the other two big parties. Do you really think if she was against the system it would be so ?
Marine Le pen is alway associated with the delicate subject leaving Europe , Russia etc ….
IT is no luck it is meant to be so that when somebody say Europe it is bad for my country people automatically reply “you are a racist (far right guy) ” .
Or i am against Russia agression – > racist
A perfect system you don’t even have to argue.
Marine Le pen is a tool guys don’t be fooled. She talk about leaving Europe but it is never written in her official program because she will not do it if she is elected, she will fall in line like syriza in Greece.
I think the “J’accuse” idea is a good one.
During the McCarthy era it was an attorney, Joseph Welch, who finally stood up and challenged McCarthy:
“At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”
I can’t think of an American who has the gravitas and universal respect to pull this off now.
It cannot be a pol of any stripe.
Perhaps the Pope, or Desmond Tutu.
In a short speech, possibly beamed via the UN or something.
Stating the basic facts of the matter, and that this conflict, orchestrated by the USA, is driving the world to a nuclear confrontation.
Was Hollande drunk or is he insane?
Sometimes the US has to torture a few folks, and sometimes they have to twist a few arms?
He is just a good and loyal Zionist.
I repeat. Hollande’s remark is that of a man who is drunk or insane.
Think most of us here believe in peace and dialouge and are a very far from being Nazis (ridiculous).
I showed up here because I was horrified at the EU’s active support of Nazi-revival in Ukraine ( The US-instigation of same didn’t raise an eyebrow) .
This is the old reverse blame-game.
Demonize dissent, extinguish argument .
But it’s too late for the Thought Police – the genie is out of the bottle.
@ Eimar Clark,
Mr. Hollande’s reference to the holocaust in conjunction with the dilapidated state of conspiracy theories is an abhorrent fallacy, the size of Manhattan.
Mr. Hollande would have
a) labeled Galileo Galilei a cosmological conspiracy nut and held his feet to the fire to make him see the light.
b) nailed Jesus to the cross for being an opportunistic, venture capital interventionist, who couldn’t even swim and
c) knighted Genghis Khan for being a highly mobile, Eco-friendly, pan-Asian peace envoy.
1) – a coherent group of tested general propositions, commonly regarded as correct, that can be used as principles of explanation and prediction for a class of phenomena:
2) – a proposed explanation whose status is still conjectural and subject to experimentation, in contrast to well-established propositions that are regarded as reporting matters of actual fact.
‘Conspiracy theorist’ and ‘antisemite’ are 2 branches of a very dead and very lifeless tree, no matter how hard they keep flogging it.
To see what would have happened to the French cop’s head see this youtube video where, at about 3,05 minutes into it, they make a comparison between the impact of a M-16 bullet and an AK47 one.
The blood would’ve been everywhere and it wasn’t. Period. Here’s Liveleak evidence of the incident.
Please draw your own conclusions.
Amazing to come across this while looking for unrelated things.
Looks like Saddam still can’t get any peace.
Article claims Iran’s RG general commanding taking back of Tikrit from ISIS/ISIL, & not one word from ABC about who/what is directly behind funding ISIS. They are gaming it as a Shiite/Sunni fight.
The extremist Islamic State group has controlled Tikrit since June, when it waged its lightning offensive that saw Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, come under their control. The Islamic State was helped in its conquest of northern Iraq by Saddam loyalists, including military veterans, who appealed to Sunnis who felt victimized by Baghdad’s Shiite-dominated government.
What is happening in Iraq is the direct outcome of the imposition of Oded Yinon’s Zionist Plan for the Middle East, that outlined its first priority to be the desire to destroy Iraq and break it into three powerless statelets, along sectarian lines. The USA set out to achieve that end immediately it conquered the country in its illegal aggression in 2003. It abolished the Baath Party, it abolished the Army, it recruited Saddam’s secret police to form death-squads to terrorise the populace in the infamous ‘Salvador Option’, it attacked Shia militias, it ethnically cleansed Baghdad, forcing the inhabitants to live in segregated areas when they were formerly living amongst other communities and freely inter-marrying and it granted the Kurds’ de facto independence. Then in accordance with the next phase of the Oded Yinon Plan, the dismemberment of Syria, the USA created the Daash death-squad, recruiting only the most crazed psychopaths, arming, training and financing them, and setting them loose. Evil incarnate, as it has been since 1620.
Interesting. Internet has taken the monopoly on information away from the world’s rulers…
They still fully own what used to be the only sources of mass information. First those were the newspapers (almost since Gutenberg one might say?). Then the radio (pioneering Dr. Göbbels’ lectures to the Germans; then Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, BBC and alike were brainwashing the entire world in all imaginable languages) plus the obligatory movie newsreels (Die Deutsche Wochenschau, US Army Newsreels, etc., for domestic sheep). And finally – came the television – up to now completely zombifying entire nations (U.S.A.).
And the Internet is spoiling it all. You bet the rulers “would like to do something about it”, but they might have very hard times ahead. What do you think?
Enforcement will be a problem – particularly if guys like the recently-appointed head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Robert Paulson have to do the enforcing:
(from CBC News)
The new commissioner was also asked about allegations of bullying.Robert Fowler, the former Canadian diplomat who was held hostage in Niger by al-Qaeda, has said in recent interviews to promote his book about his ordeal that his wife was bullied by senior RCMP officers while he was in captivity.Fowler says that during a meeting with his wife, a senior RCMP officer said “not one red cent will be paid for the release of these high mucky mucks.”Paulson was asked if he knew who that officer was and whether the comment was appropriate. “As for whether I know who that person is, I’m going to be cute and say no, because I think he’s talking about me and I didn’t say that,” the commissioner said. Paulson said if those comments were made by someone, they would qualify as bullying. He said the RCMP worked shoulder to shoulder with the Department of Foreign Affairs to help get Fowler released. He also said the meeting he had with Fowler’s wife was documented as a “very professional, cordial and respectful engagement.” Fowler’s wife, Mary Fowler, said she stands by her husband’s account of her meeting.”I was deeply offended by Mr. Paulson’s remarks in the meeting at DFAIT in February 2009 when he referred to Bob and Louis as muckity-mucks,” she told CBC News on Wednesday.”If the comments attributed to [Paulson] today have been correctly reported, he has offended me again. My husband’s account of this meeting as written in his book is accurate.”
His name was Robert Paulson? Bullshit.
A law reflecting the exact same technique is being protested in Canada and America just passed some FCC law and we remember Cameron’s attack on free speech not so long ago. The false Western narrative just can’t bear critical analysis or the truth for that matter.
The problem with these protests in Canada and the US is they accomplish nothing. All they do is make people think they have a say in decision making.But the next day,the real powers pass their rules and do what they want.While the public are left thinking “well we had our say”.The governments know the people won’t revolt if they think they are free to protest.So knowing the protests won’t be strong enough to be able to stop them,they let protesters protest.Protests that really upset them,like “occupy” or Ferguson are restricted whenever possible.
Capitalism, in its final, neoplastic stage of extreme exploitation and inequality, must transmute into totalitarianism, to ‘keep the rabble in line’. Brainwashing by an entirely propagandistic MSM no longer works, particularly for the intelligentsia like us, so repression and suppression of the non-conformists must, and surely will, follow.
I see in Reuters headlines,
“Kerry says Syrian transition would have to be negotiated with Assad
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a political transition in Syria and was exploring ways with other countries to pressure him into agreeing to talks.”
What world is the US media living in?
The lunatics are in charge of the asylum.
Chez Hollande, on parle collaborateur.
Well, there it is – the best evidence that the Charlie Hebdo charade was a Zionist created hoax. I also think it was a Gladio style message to the French lest they fail to tow the line against Russia.
The Charlie Hebdo hoax was a tad difficult to follow closely for anyone (me) who doesn’t speak French, as there wasn’t any great effort at translating information like with Ukraine. However, in addition to my default settings screaming “HOAX!”, I was able to pick up a few facts that confirmed it was:
The day after the big event, a woman named Bouchard (worked in Sarkozy’s administration, I believe) was interviewed on Sky News. She claimed to be Charb’s widow, i.e., wife. She was not in the least distressed, never shed a tear and talked about “free speech”. Right after that I found out that Charb was a homosexual and she was not his wife or even girlfriend.
Then I read an article where Charb’s family demanded she STFU and they said she had no close relationship with Charb. Surely the French public must know all this! That was followed by Israel announcing that the bodies of the alleged murdered from the kosher market had been flown to Israel for burial.
Ha! WTF? Why wouldn’t they be buried in France where they were from? Well, never mind they aren’t dead but whatever. Then I read that Charlie Hebdo had fired a cartoonist who made a remark that Sarkozy’s son married a Jew to secure himself financially. Charlie Hebdo said that was “anti semitic” and gave him the axe. So much for the free speech facade.
It was clear to me that Charlie Hebdo was a Zionist, atheist, neoliberal operation. The only thing I’d like to know is where the alleged dead have been relocated while they live it up on the money they were paid to take part in this fraud. I have to assume that a whole lot of French people have the exact same questions and have burned up the internet with them. Hence the absurd statements from Hollande.
What you say makes sense.
Where did you get the info that Charb was gay?
And you didn’t even mention the “suicided” investigator.
What was that all about, the French must be wondering.
Yeah, the French are a curious crew. I reckon their speculations are discomfiting the powerful.
More likely, in my opinion, is that the Charlie hatemongers were indeed sacrificed to ‘the Cause’, by professionals, and that the ‘Islamist’ patsies were killed to provide the necessarily dead villains of the piece. There are plenty more loyal Islamophobe an Russophobe and Sinophobe scum available to peddle the Empire’s hate, so no need to flinch from ‘termination with extreme prejudice’.
Sounds like the zionazis have exactly the sort of no dissidents allowed police state regime they wanted in France. Their Charlie Hebdo false flag appears to have worked as well as their 9/11 WTC false flag did.
Exactly! Like shelling peas. But you need a deaf, dumb, blind and villainous MSM propaganda system to get away with it, over and over again, hence Hollande’s nakedly totalitarian impulses, all in the name of combating ‘antisemitism’, that omnipresent, phantasmagorical, menace.
Talk about hypocrisy.
Though, the purpise of this even was fairly obvious frome the beginning.
The CIA Coined the Term Conspiracy Theorist In 1967
That all changed in the 1960s.
Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” … and recommended methods for discrediting such theories. The dispatch was marked “psych” – short for “psychological operations” or disinformation – and “CS” for the CIA’s “Clandestine Services” unit.
The dispatch was produced in responses to a Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times in 1976.
The dispatch states:
2. This trend of opinion is a matter of concern to the U.S. government, including our organization.
The aim of this dispatch is to provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries. Background information is supplied in a classified section and in a number of unclassified attachments.
3. Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the [conspiracy] question be initiated where it is not already taking place. Where discussion is active addresses are requested:
a. To discuss the publicity problem with and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors) , pointing out that the [official investigation of the relevant event] made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by … propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.
The French is rotten to its core and shows this every day.
Their treson to the Palestinians rightfull cause is even more despecable, hiding it behind mooronic babbelings about Holohoax and even to mention USURY is deemed as to be Anti_semitic hate speace.
I must clarify one thing first and foremoust before I give you this to read, I have not under any circumstances what so ever indended to justify or to want any violence done to any living begin, what so ever.
I dont hate nor despice Jews in generall at all, Herbrews is an old Religious way, and have been there since the Torah come along, not the oldest, but old.
But the Zionists have a different religion in all sense, and thats a relic of an old babylonian religious practising called Mirthandism, and their Haddit a word used by islamaphobic to say something withc means just an “explanation” to the original text, and nothing more than that.
Rearly spoken of, right.
ANd there is a reason for the facts its realy spoken of, and here is it why.
From a Genuine Jew.
About Khazars and Israel/Jews.
This The Tribe dont like you to know, because its the truth.
Berried into this is another tale, with is dugg down deep away, and not widely know, the story of the north incl Russia.
I dont know what will be moust controversiale, hehe, of the two links, but use your time on this one.
Have a nice day.
it is true that you can’t make joke on jews in France, see for example the comic Dieudonné that had multiple court trial because of this. He does make fun of every religion but he only go to court on the jew jokes.
The French prime minister really went on a crusade against him, trying to tie his foot by financial sanctions and fines and even taking arbitrary justice decision outside of normal justice procedure (decision du conseille d’états)
The french prime minister said on TV that he is eternally tied to Israel and to the jew community because of his wife.
But when a old nothing to lose (93 yo) minister from the 1980s say “i think Valls (french prime minister) might be under jew influence ” it create a tsunami of protestations and indignations.
Also most presentator are jew on french TV .
I have nothing against jews although i would not say the same of Israel government but still this isn’t a normal peaceful situation something is very wrong here.
The manner in which Jews infiltrate then dominate elite institutions through vigorous nepotistic preference is pretty plain. They do, in fact, control Western politics, MSM and finance, all easily demonstrable by exposing ownership, personnel and policies to the light, but all simply ignored by the MSM vermin, or actively denied, or screechingly denounced as ‘antisemitism’. The only questions left really, is how long will they get away with it, what damage will it wrought on the host societies, and how will it end?
I live in France and it is true that we had many intervention on msm by the prime or minister of education for example.
The official line is that conspiracy theory could be believed by children (and only by children aka if you are an adult an believe something else than what we say you are a moron) and are dangerous.
So here we are all children apparently ^^
In France the MSM is so powerfull it really feel like 1984, today news article on “Poutine” was that he was ready to use atomic means to annex Crimea.
Altough the general population don’t thrust the media as they used to a lot of people still fall for it. I would say 60% of French believe what MSM say about Ukraine whereas 99% believe MSM on ISIS .
People are that are against European Union and NATO (not marine le pen) , or in other word for France to take decision on our own for our interest, are absolutely censored and never ever appear on msm.
Whereas we have ton of propaganada documentary on how UE is so great our how leaving the Euro would be the worst catastrophe ever.
Hilarious! SOTT.net made the list too! We should be jumping for joy that we are doing something right! Plus, our experience has been that such placement on lists just drives more readers to a site. Since some of us do live in France, obviously we must obey the law. But the site is owned by a US non-profit and its editors are all around the world so not much France can do about that. What astonished me was the rapidity with which that whole thing went down and how the French appear to have been totally mind-programmed in a single-day. Amazing what an authoritarian school system run on archaic Freudian principles will do…
Remembers me a jingle from Vichy years :
Radio-Paris est allemand…
Today the media is no longer Radio-Paris, you can quote any TV or newspaper.
Today the occupying alien power is no longer Germany, it’s the AngloZionist BAO.
Today the felonious french chief is no longer Philippe Pétain, but François Hollande…
And we can no longer wait for AngloAmericans to bring us back liberty, I hope Russians will come this time.
It is pretty easy to see where this, plainly totalitarian, campaign of Thought Control gets its inspiration. Hollande’s (a Jew) invocation of the all-purpose smear ‘antisemitism’, and the choice of Holocaust Day, where we are expected to commemorate only one of the multitudinous genocides of human history, that of the European Jews by the Nazis and their allies, and ignore all the others, in an orgy of near compulsory philosemitic worship (not to lessen in any way the horror of the Judeocide, but it pales in comparison to the Nazi murders of Soviet citizens, which are NEVER commemorated in the West, and explicitly establishes a hierarchy of victims of human evil, with, naturally, the Jews way above the rest), indicate clearly that this is an off-shoot of the Zionazi campaign to outlaw criticism of Israel.
For a long time now, various Zionazi bully-boys have been inciting Israel’s slaves in Western parliaments to outlaw criticism of Zionism and Israel’s monstrous barbarity, as ‘antisemitism’. Oddly enough, Bernard-Henry Levy, a man who in my opinion is a toxic pustule of that type of antigoyite hatred that the very worst Rightwing Jews so freely display, and who I believe has blood on his paws up to his shoulders for his role in the Libyan mass murders, argued a few years ago that anti-Americanism was, in fact, antisemitism. A truly revealing statement.
That Hollande’s deranged totalitarianism came right in the midst of the Je uis Charlie viciousness, where sordid hatemongers were raised up as heroes, and any speech, whatsoever, even the vilest and most hateful (so long, of course, as the targets were untermenschen like Moslems)was praised as an absolute good, illustrates an hypocrisy that is truly extreme, so extreme as to be quite mentally and morally deranged. That the vermin of the Western MSM do not even dare to notice this insane duplicity, and, in fact, fresh from their Je Suis Charlie gambols, get right on board with Big Brother style totalitarianism, shows you, if you needed any further proof, that the Western ruling elites and their propaganda stooges are both evil incarnate, and barking mad.
France is such a hypocrite. When the psy ops of Charlie Hebdo went down it was touted as a blow to free speech, but as we know, France is not interested in free speech, it only wants speech that is politically correct and does not challenge the status quo. It is fine and dandy to vilify Christians and Muslims but say one word about Israel and you get what one of their columnists got … the door.
France has reneged on it’s own national moto and stands wanting. L’hypocrisy est en bonne forme en France.
Media is the plural of medium. “Medias” is not a real word.