No matter the source of the violence, no matter the politics or
casualties or the location, it seems the reaction of governments in the
face of “terrorism” is virtually always the same – clamp down, hard, on
This grand tradition goes back hundreds of years, from James I’s
crackdown on Catholics after the Gunpowder Plot, through to the despot’s
charter that is the Patriot Act,
passed within six weeks of 9/11. Just last year, famously, gab.com was
heavily targeted in the wake of the “Magabomber” (fake) bombings. (Our article predicted that further purges were on the horizon).
The pattern is established: The state will always – ALWAYS – use a
crisis, real or invented, to enhance their power. Most of the time this
is done at the cost of individual liberty.
The Christchurch mosque shootings are proving no exception to this
rule. NZ police are currently threatening people with 10 years in prison
for sharing the live-streamed footage, and other punishments just for
owning a copy of the recording.
This crackdown is, simply put, crazy. You can’t charge people for
owning a copy of a video that was live-streamed over the internet to
millions of people, and you certainly can’t make it illegal to even watch
the video. (Further, we as a people, must strongly resist the idea that
being “objectionable” could ever be considered a crime. That is
In 2014 the Metropolitan police suggested the same thing of the ISIS video where James Foley is apparently beheaded. (That was dismissed as ridiculous by a lawyer in this article).
(NOTE: Why some violent videos are deemed “criminal” to even
watch, and others aren’t, is an interesting question. Is it just control
for control’s sake? Or something more sinister?)
Of course not a shooting goes by in the US that doesn’t result in an
outraged chorus of people railing against the 2nd amendment, demanding
their government take the dramatic step of removing civilian ownership
of guns. (This is somewhat quieter under Trump, because not even the
liberal establishment can seriously insist Trump is a fascist on the
one-hand, and then insist he take away civilian guns with the other.
They do their best though.)
New Zealand are already “tightening” their gun ownership laws.
But New Zealand are going further even than that – blocking sites and
services that have literally no connection to the video – they are just
8chan is where the alleged gunman made his “announcement”, but 4chan
was not involved. Both are banned in both Australia and New Zealand.
Alternative video hosting sites Liveleak and BitChute have both been
blocked, despite neither hosting the video. LiveLeak even released a
statement saying they refused to host it. Dissenters, gab’s discussion platform, was also blocked. They have no connection to the arrested man, or the crime itself.
Even ZeroHedge are apparently blocked – their crime? Posting excerpts from the shooter’s “manifesto”...
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