categoryMenu_new
 
  Home
  EXTRAORDINARY AH Teaching from Spiritual Hierarchy
  AbundantHope
  NEW READERS! Read Here First
  Supporting AH
  Leadership of AbundantHope
  Announcements
  Regional AH Sites
  Other Sites with AH material
  Contact Us
  Becoming A Messiah
  OUR PUBLIC FORUM IS OPEN TOO ALL
  Mission Ideas
  System Busting
  Cleric Letter/English
  Translations of Cleric Letter
  AH Member Writings
  Candace
  Ron
  Rosie
  Jess
  Brian's Poetry
  James
  Giuseppe
  John Taylor
  Esteban
  Telepathic Messages
  Candace
  Jess Anthony
  Vince
  Leonette
  John
  Adam
  Bela
  Joyce
  Hazel
  Kibo
  Peter
  Rosie
  Johan
  Lucia
  Lucia G
  Rubens
  Shellee-Kim
  Ben
  Dorothea
  Solon
  Others
  Targeted Messages
  Hano
  Light Flower
  Changing The Face Of Religion
  - Phoenix Journals - PDF in German
  Candace on Religion
  Other Spiritual Pieces
  Spiritual Nuggets by the Masters
  Phoenix Journals
  Phoenix Journals - PDF
  Telepathic Messages PDF books
  Selections from the Urantia Book
  CMGSN Pieces
  THE WAVE
  David Crayford and the ITC
  Environment/Science
  Health and Nutrition
  Podcasts, Radio Shows, Video by AH
 
  Political Information
  True US History
  Human/Animal Rights
  The Miracle That Is Me
  Education
  Resources
  911 Material
  Books - eBooks
  government email/phone #'s
  Self Reliance
  Video
  Websites
  Alternative News Sources
  Art and Music
  Foreign Sites
  Health and Healing
  Human/Animal Rights
  Scientific
  Spiritual
  Vegan Recipes
  Translated Material
  Dutch
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Jess
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Candace
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Anderen
  Artikelen/berichten
  French
  Canal Jess
  Par Candace
  Other Channels
  Articles
  German
  Telepathische Nachrichten (Candace)
  Telepathische Nachrichten (Jess)
  Telepathische Nachrichten (div.)
  AH Mitgliederbeiträge (Candace)
  AH Mitgliederbeiträge (Jess)
  Spirituelle Schätze
  Italian
  Translations - Candace
  Translations - Jess
  Translations - Others
  Portuguese
  by Candace
  By Jess
  By Others
  Spanish
  Anfitriones Divinos
  Bitácoras Fénix
  Creadores-de-Alas (WingMakers/Lyricus)
  Escritos de Candace
  Escritos de Otros
  Monjoronsón
  Telemensajes de Candace
  Telemensajes de Jess Anthony
  Telemensajes de Otros
  Chinese
  By Candace
  By Jess
  By Others
  Korean Translations
  Hungarian Translations
  Swedish Translations

Search
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Political Information Last Updated: Jun 17, 2017 - 11:13:52 PM


Theresa May’s war on the internet
By Dan Glazebrook
Jun 17, 2017 - 11:06:57 PM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page Share/Bookmark

Get short URLTheresa May's war on the internetFrench President Emmanuel Macron and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May © Philippe Wojazer / Reuters

Last night, Theresa May was in France for a joint press conference with new French President Emmanuel Macron. As far as I could tell, it was only Al Jazeera that broadcast it live in Britain.TrendsBrexitGlobal terrorismTerrorism in Europe

The only time it was mentioned during BBC radio 4's flagship news show, the Today program, was during the five-minute religious slot Thought for the Day. It was not covered in the news section at all.

But this should be major, major news. This was Theresa May's first policy announcement since last week's election. And it wasn't on Brexit, the reason she supposedly called the election. It wasn't on austerity, which she apparently told her own MPs was over in a private session two days ago. No, her first major public policy announcement was - the end of internet freedom.

FollowRT UK ✔@RTUKnews

.@theresa_may meets France's @EmmanuelMacron to talk about online extremism & tightening internet security. https://www.rt.com/uk/392107-macron-may-terror-brexit/ ...

3:52 AM - 14 Jun 2017Photo published for Tale of two leaders: victorious Macron meets enfeebled May - RT UK

Tale of two leaders: victorious Macron meets enfeebled May - RT UK

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is in Paris meeting French President Emmanuel Macron, whose La République en Marche looks set to win by a landslide in the parliamentary election. His mandate couldn't...

rt.com

Twitter Ads info and privacy

Specifically, what was announced was that both countries would be introducing heavy fines for internet companies that failed to remove what they, very loosely, defined as "extremist content."

Now, taken at face value, this might seem to be referring to ISIS [Islamic State, formerly ISIL] recruitment videos or online suicide bombing training videos, or whatever. But the direct encouragement of violence is already illegal. So, what exactly is being proposed? Who exactly will be targeted?

It was former PM David Cameron who originally came up with the idea that "nonviolent extremism" should be criminalized alongside violent extremism. Intriguingly, as an example of what he meant, he included the idea that the "West is bad," as well as elsewhere arguing that the promotion of "wild conspiracy theories" would also qualify.

Well, the collusion between, for example, British intelligence and Al-Qaeda might sound like a wild conspiracy theory. But, in the context of Britain and Al-Qaeda's shared enemies in the form of Gaddafi and Assad, this collusion actually did take place. MI5 was facilitating the passage of fighters between Britain, Syria, and Libya, the SAS were training them, and MI6 was equipping them. Indeed, this collusion is not even secret: as late as 2016 the British government openly pledged to send more British troops to Syria to train rebel groups that even the BBC admitted were likely to be allied with Al-Qaeda.

So, is the publication of this information going to be barred now as extremist? Will YouTube and Facebook and Google and Twitter pull these revelations in fear of getting fined for promoting the "wild conspiracy theories" that, according to Cameron, qualify as extremism?

It is clear why the British state is so keen to clampdown on the internet once this kind of information starts going viral. But the election just gone has raised the stakes even further, demonstrating that, if the government does not reassert its authority over the internet, it may well have lost control of the political narrative for good. Let's review what's just happened:

A month ago, almost everybody was predicting a wipeout for the Labour party, a repeat of the disastrous 1983 election in which Margaret Thatcher really did win the landslide Theresa May had been predicting. Oh, how times have changed.

Back in 1983, pretty much everyone got their political information from either the newspapers or the BBC. In other words, between them, the big press barons - about 4 or 5 of them - and the British state had total monopoly control of political information.

This meant that when they portrayed Labour leader Michael Foot as a bumbling Oaf, that became the abiding image of him. A tiny handful of millionaire Tories effectively had total control over the public image of every politician in the land.

This time around, it's a different story. The newspapers and the TV threw everything they could at Corbyn - ‘he's a terror-supporting, magic money tree-mongering, Brexit-frustrating Remainiac' - but people weren't buying. And why weren't they buying? Because they're not reading the newspapers, and they're not watching terrestrial TV. This time around, people, young people in particular, were increasingly getting their political information from social media - and on social media, the conservatives did not control the narrative.

FollowRT UK ✔@RTUKnews

.@jeremycorbyn's anti-austerity agenda killed the @Conservatives' manifesto. https://on.rt.com/8eig

10:15 PM - 13 Jun 2017Photo published for Corbyn's vote-winning anti-austerity agenda killed the Tory manifesto - RT UK

Corbyn's vote-winning anti-austerity agenda killed the Tory manifesto - RT UK

Prime Minister Theresa May has apologized to Tory MPs for the humiliating general election result. In order to win back support among voters, she says the Conservatives' much-hated austerity program...

rt.com

Twitter Ads info and privacy

For example, an RT interview I did about British collusion with terrorism shortly before the election got over one and half million views on Facebook - higher than the daily readership of the Daily Mail. Jonathan Pie's fantastic piece tearing apart the Tory's ‘strong and stable' nonsense, got 11 million views. That is two and half million more than the combined circulation of the Daily Mail, Daily Express, Guardian, Sun, Daily Star, Times, Telegraph, Evening Standard, and the Mirror and Metro - the country's ten leading newspapers.  And hilariously, when I had just watched one of Theresa May's speeches on YouTube during the campaign, immediately afterwards, YouTube automatically playedLiar Liar, the anti-May anthem that reached number four in the UK pop charts last week. And I suspect YouTube auto played that video after anyone watched anything about Theresa May due to the algorithms that they employ.

So, you can see why the Tories are furious about the internet. They, and the British state more generally, have totally lost control of the narrative. And that's what cost them this election.

So that's what this new crackdown on the internet is really about; it's about regaining control of that narrative. It's about turning the CEOs of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Google into the Rupert Murdochs of the 21st century - the political allies and mouthpieces of the British state and the capitalist class, and doing this by forging a new relationship that explicitly punishes them if they refuse to play ball.

Even the government's own ‘reviewer of terrorism laws', Max Hill, has come out against the move, explaining that "my view is that... we do have the appropriate laws in place, and that essentially the police and security services, and those whose job it is to keep us safe, do have the powers at their disposal."

He noted that, in his experience, the police unit responsible for identifying online extremist material receive full co-operation from the tech companies already.



FollowRT UK ✔@RTUKnews

blaze: Terrifying videos as 120 apartments engulfed in , people still feared trapped inside https://on.rt.com/8el3

4:30 PM - 14 Jun 2017

Twitter Ads info and privacy

Similarly, The Open Rights Group has warned that "to push on with these extreme proposals for internet clampdowns would appear to be a distraction from the current political situation and from effective measures against terror."

"The government already has extensive surveillance powers. Conservative proposals for automated censorship of the internet would see decisions about what British citizens can see online being placed in the hands of computer algorithms, with judgments ultimately made by private companies rather than courts. Home Office plans to force companies to weaken the security of their communications products could put all of us at a greater risk of crime."

Those who are worried about extremism should be calling for an end to the British intelligence services' collaboration and facilitation of terrorism and the extradition of those who have carried out or facilitated attacks abroad, as well as an international investigation and prosecutions of all those involved.

Theresa May's new proposals do nothing to end the impunity of her own government in the grooming and facilitation of terrorism. Rather, they serve to extend this impunity. They must be resisted.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/392701-uk-may-tories-internet/




All writings by members of AbundantHope are copyrighted by
©2005-2017 AbundantHope - All rights reserved

Detailed explanation of AbundantHope's Copyrights are found here


Top of Page

Political Information
Latest Headlines
Gaddafi's Prophecy, 2011 - "Europe will turn black"
Trump Decisively Wins battle of the ‘travel ban’ Executive Orders in the Supreme Court
Philadelphia Turns into Heroin Wasteland:
Germany Secretly Passed the Total Surveillance of Everything
EU Refugee Crisis To Escalate – 30 million Expected, Just 17 Per Cent Employable
Former Israel Chief Rabbi Reproaches ‘Greedy’ Jews for Breaking the Sabbath
Italian Banking – Domino’s Just Started Falling
Our Grand American Delusion
GRENFELL TOWER: Boris Johnson Gives Millions to Fake White Helmets in Syria, Makes Savage Cuts to London Fire Service
House of Saudi Cards: The Inside Story
Sanctions or Not, Crimea Wants to Be Part of Bigger World Together With Russia
Successful Attack On USS Fitzgerald Proves US Navy No Longer Controls Seven Seas
Obama Secretly Set A War With Russia Into Action Before He Left Office
Russia SITREP June 25, 2017
NATO’s Latest Exercise…is an Exercise in Futility
Locked Into Al-Tanf U.S. Military Concedes It Lost The Race To Occupy South-East Syria
War Coming in the Gulf? Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Sarajevo moment with Qatar
Israel Targets Syrian Artillery positions & ammunitions truck in 2nd Incident in 2 Days
McDonalds Is Replacing 2,500 Human Cashiers With Digital Kiosks: Here Is Its Math
"They Can And Should Do More" Australian State Slams Banks With $280 Million Tax