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Issue #1720      February 24, 2016


Pseudo-democracy to dictatorship

President François Hollande, whose legitimacy stems from nothing but a fraudulent multiparty electoral system, has repeatedly abused his authority since taking office in 2012 by waging illegal wars in foreign countries (i.e., Mali, Syria) without consulting his electors.

He recently failed to confer with them when his social democratic government responded to last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris by adopting Orwellian domestic policies – policies that have allowed the Hollande administration to spy on citizens, block websites containing “terrorist related content”, strip convicted “terrorists” of French citizenship, and criminalise activism against Israeli occupation.

These policies prevent the spread of information which may expose the government’s criminal activities. We should note, here, that the state of emergency greatly facilitates political corruption.

To put it briefly, the state of emergency law turns France into a totalitarian police state which can act for a maximum period of 12 days without requiring judicial oversight or search warrants. Given France’s compliance with Zionist interests, it is not surprising that Human Rights Watch recently exposed the French government’s “abusive and discriminatory raids and house arrests against Muslims under its sweeping new state of emergency law.” This discrimination is not coming to an end any time soon, for Hollande’s administration just voted in favour of extending its state of emergency for three months.

Since the government can use its extraordinary powers to force journalists (via fear tactics like law suits and heavy fines) to comply with policies which emphasise security over freedom (i.e., censorship, spying), the state of emergency ironically prevents any independent investigation into the criminal activities that triggered the emergency in the first place.

The state of emergency is part of a global campaign to prevent conspiracies from surfacing on the internet:

“In 2008 … the US government had decided to fund individuals, both at home and abroad, to disrupt the forum websites of conspiracy theorists and to create groups to contradict them.

“This not having sufficed, France is called upon to take authoritarian measures. As in the past, the French elites, of which the Socialist Party forms the pseudo-left wing, have placed themselves under the orders of the main military power of the time, in this case, the US.”

Sam Scheichner’s recent blog post for The Wall Street Journal confirms France’s intention of cooperating with America to clamp down on “terrorist content” on the internet:

“During his forthcoming visit [to the Silicon Valley in February 2016], Mr Cazeneuve [France’s Interior Minister] says he will meet with US firms to ‘update our level of cooperation,’ and also get together with US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to discuss their recent push to curb terrorist content on social media.

“ ‘The US now also wants to work with operators to counteract terrorist content on the Internet’ Mr Cazeneuve said. ‘Our audacity has paid off, and now we’re schooling others, and I’m very happy about that.’ ”

Cazeneuve’s optimism conveniently hides the fact that the US has used the NSA to spy on France’s last three presidents; that terrorism itself is an American-Israeli enterprise; that “terrorist content” can mean anything and therefore “to counteract terrorist content” might in the future imply a clampdown both on public information (i.e., conspiracy theories) and on encryption communications – a clampdown on internet privacy as a whole, of which the state of emergency can facilitate.

So France is doing everything in (and now outside of) its powers today to prevent the spread of information which may expose its criminal activities alongside America and its Zionist allies.

More people realise that the internet is the only place where they can freely debate such issues because it is the only tool capable of horizontalising the distribution of subversive information and creating a platform for community-building which cuts across class antagonisms during a banking crisis.

Since the people’s access to public information on the internet is itself their best tool for independent thinking, their best defence against misjudgement and misinformation because they gain a more objective understanding of things (insofar as they are less liable to the influences of the government), Hollande’s administration is now pressed to respond to this threat by extending the French state of emergency.

Next article – Turkey – Is Erdogan playing Washington?

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