Freedom of Speech Comes to an End in Germany

by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics: The most anti-democratic law perhaps ever to pass any western government just passed in the German Bundestag last week. Even the opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) votes to suppress free speech and it is all geared to end criticism of government. This new law obligates the operators of social networks to block off anything that they themselves view “might be” criminal within 24 hours of receipt of the complaint. Other illegal content must be “deleted” or “blocked” within seven days.

The problem is rather simple. It boils down to there is no judicial determination as to what might be criminal and there is nothing specifically deemed to be criminal in the act. The word “criminal” is left totally undefined. Traditionally, the foundation of law in a free society is known as DUE PROCESS. This concept comes from the Bible. When Cain kills Abel, God knew what he had done. Nevertheless, he (1) summoned him, (2) asked him his side of the story, (3) judged him, and (4) sentenced him. It is presumed that God knew what took place, yet he still allowed Cain to explain and defend himself – i.e. Due Process of Law.

“Where is Abel your brother? And he said, “I do not know: am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? Listen! your brother’s blood cries out to me from the soil. And so, cursed shall you be by the soil that gaped with its mouth to take your brother’s blood from your hand. If you till the soil, it will no longer give you strength. A restless wanderer shall you be on the earth.”

This is Due Process of Law, which is increasingly under attack by all governments. The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a prime example of how the U.S. government is violating international law and the foundation of Due Process. The so-called terrorists they keep there are never provided the right in court to defend themselves. There is no evidence to put them on trial, so the government just keeps them locked-up with no Due Process of Law because they will not admit what they have done.

Lindsey Graham, ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, is an outright traitor to everything held to be fundamental to freedom. He sponsored the bill to indefinitely imprison people, deny them a lawyer, and deny them any right to defend themselves whatsoever. Graham has rejected the very principle of Due Process of Law that even God provided to Cain when he knew what took place.

The Bundestag has just opened the door to the same violation of international law all because there is a major pension crisis in Germany that the politicians are attempting to hide prior to the election. Thus, exactly what is a “criminal” is left to the imagination. There is no right to be charged, no right defend oneself, you are summarily silenced. Private companies are now replacing courts of law. It is their decision what is now criminality. There is no right to be heard in a court of law anymore. They can now arbitrarily shut down anyone speaking content they “think” the government would not like. Now we have third parties acting as judges and juries all because the government does not like social media networks. These private companies must also decide on their view of what is “criminality” of the reported content within seven days.

Then these private network operators are required by this law to now provide users with a directly accessible procedure for transmitting complaints. Therefore, anyone who disagrees with what is being said can now file a complaint, the network must fear if the government would not like it, and judge the provider within 7 days and shut them down.

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