Less than one day after launching TracyvFAU documentary The Conspiracy Theorist Facebook abruptly withdrew MemoryHoleBlog’s posting privileges. The reason? A 30 month old post to the social media platform included the email of Sandy Hook Parent “Lenny Pozner” (AKA Reuben Vabner).
In March 2016 MHB shared an article on its Facebook page written by Independent Media Solidarity’s Peter Klein describing how a party using Pozner’s email broke into IMS’s Google Drive. The lead paragraph to that piece included the party’s “personal information,” blacked out above.
Unlike Facebook’s purge of several hundred alternative news sites, this merely represents a “slap on the wrist.” Still, the instance represents the type of targeted harassment that has plagued countless citizen journalists and researchers who’ve sought to more closely examine the 2012 event.
On or around October 11 Facebook summarily eliminated 800 pages for allegedly exhibiting “inauthentic behaviour” and violating Facebook’s policy against spam. Twitter followed suit on accounts of writers for prominent alt-news outlets including The Anti-Media and Dan Dicks’ Press For Truth.
I’ve been memory holed from FaceBook! 350k followers poof gone! There is a dangerous precedent being set here where the big tech companies have appointed themselves as the gate keepers of political thought and opinion! Retweet this if you care about free-speech! #FreeDicks pic.twitter.com/LsnZvaJyOL
— Dan Dicks (@DanDicksPFT) October 11, 2018
As New Zealand based attorney Darius Shahtahmasebi observes,
The first thing you need to know about this purge is that we can be relatively sure who is behind it. Facebook openlyannounced it was working with the NATO-funded Atlantic Council to prevent Facebook’s service “from being abused during elections” (what’s that I hear about the midterms coming up?) The Atlantic Council directors list is no less than a who’s who of well-established war criminals, including Henry Kissinger.
But it gets even better than that. Most of the 800 pages removed by Facebook last Thursday were honourable mentions in a blacklist published by the Washington Post in November 2016, including and especially The Anti-Media. The Post relied upon the findings of a shadowy and questionable outfit known as PropOrNot, which compiled a list of media organizations it claimed were part of a “sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign.”
— PropOrNot ID Service 🇺🇸 (@propornot) October 12, 2018
MemoryHoleBlog.com was one of the sites included on “ProporNot’s” 2016 Orwellian list, perhaps because we periodically repost and reTweet articles from RT and Sputnik. A few weeks after ProporNot’s list was published BlueHost and WordPress.com shutdown MHB, and a few weeks after that (December 22) our residence was burglarized.
3 weeks after @wordpressdotcom shut down MHB & 7 days after #TracyvFAU was allowed to proceed in 2016 our house was burglarized/computers stolen. Other valuables untouched. #FAU actually argued in court I robbed myself to destroy evidence. Police investigation closed w no leads.
— James Tracy (@memoryholeblog) October 13, 2018
There is an outright campaign to censor truth-tellers in the US that has grown to a crescendo after Donald Trump’s election, the phony Russia-meddling-in-US-elections propaganda campaign to destabilize the Trump administration, and the imminent 2018 midterm elections that provides the possibility for the opposition party to retake some national power.
Yet the seeds for the present era of “fake news” and untruths were sown long ago. Major media’s failure to honestly come to terms with the 9/11 massacre and subsequent “war on terror” have rendered severe blows to the nation’s collective psyche and conscience, allowing for the broader public to rationalize and ultimately accept the type of censorship that was forbidden over two centuries ago in its own government charter.