Congress officially adopts Adolf Hitler’s tactics – federal government violates the First Amendment of the US Constitution by censoring Backpage
Washington, DC — Among the tenets of fascism, most (if not all) of which were used by Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, are the disdain for human rights, identification of enemies, rampant sexism, censorship, obsession with crime and election fraud.
All of these things have happened in the United States within the last ten months.
The latest being censorship, which we feared would happen if the Republican Party have their way.
Photographed above, is the censorship of all of Backpage by the GOP-controlled Senate by using the exact same tactics that Hitler used to censor mediums that government does not like.
In this case, a 21st century Hitler-style censorship of an entire web site that has actively fought human trafficking for past 13 years.
Backpage issued this statement.
As the direct result of unconstitutional government censorship, Backpage has removed its Adult content section from the highly popular classified website, effective immediately. For years, the legal system protecting freedom of speech prevailed, but new government tactics, including pressuring credit card companies to cease doing business with Backpage, have left the company with no other choice but to remove the content in the United States.
As federal appeals court Judge Richard Posner has described, the goal is either to “suffocate” Backpage out of existence or use the awesome powers of the government to force Backpage to follow in the footsteps of Craigslist and abandon its Adult advertising section. Judge Posner described such tactics as “a formula for permitting unauthorized, unregulated, foolproof, lawless government coercion.”
“It’s a sad day for America’s children victimized by prostitution,” said Dr. Lois Lee, Founder and President, Children of the Night, a leading national hotline and shelter program for victims of sex trafficking based in Los Angeles. “Backpage.com was a critical investigative tool depended on by America’s vice detectives and agents in the field to locate and recover missing children and to arrest and successfully prosecute the pimps who prostitute children.” She added, “The ability to search for and track potentially exploited children on a website and have the website bend over backwards to help and cooperate with police the way Backpage did was totally unique. It not only made law enforcement’s job easier, it made them much more effective at rescuing kids and convicting pimps.”
Backpage.com was created thirteen years ago by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, through their newspaper company, New Times Media, to compete with Craigslist, the nation’s largest online classified ad platform. Larkin and Lacey were pioneers in independent journalism, establishing Village Voice Media in 1970 to provide alternative news coverage of the Vietnam war and later served as editor and publisher of twenty weekly newspapers.
As The Center for Democracy and Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have observed, the Senate subcommittee has engaged in an “invasive, burdensome inquiry into Backpage.com’s editorial practices [that] creates an intense chilling effect, not only for Backpage but for any website operator seeking to define their own editorial viewpoint and moderation procedures for the third-party content they host.”
This will not end the fight for online freedom of speech. Backpage will continue to pursue its efforts in court to vindicate its First Amendment rights and those of other online platforms for third party expression.
This is where we are headed now, folks. Backpage is now being forced to shut down its entire site in the United States by a bunch of un-American fascists under the false guise of human trafficking, all in direct violation of the First Amendment. Nothing in the First Amendment allows for any government on US soil to shut down a webpage because of fake hysteria that was drummed up by Ken Paxton and (later) by new US Senator Kamala Harris.
If they can force the complete shut down of Backpage, they can force Feministing and other sites that they do not like to shut down too.
This is the Hitler-style tactics you were warned about. You just did not listen to us.
Update at 23:23: Sex Workers Outreach Project has now released a statement of their own.
Tonight, January 9th, Backpage.com has removed its Adult content section as the result of ongoing legal and congressional pressure and unconstitutional censorship.
As we and our chapters have previously written, this closure has deeply impacted our communities, removing a unique, low-cost and low-barrier way for some of the most marginalized individuals in the adult industry who otherwise might have relied on a third-party or riskier street-based sex work to earn a living.
It is hard to put into words the intense anxiety, stress, and sense of oppression our community is currently experiencing. Right now, thousands of individuals are wondering where they are going to go to earn money they need to pay rent, buy their family’s clothes and food, and fill their metro card or gas tank. This was shocking and sudden (although not without warning). We, like many of you all, are at a loss for words.
We and our chapters want to fight back. Let us know what you need from us, or ideas you have.
We are here with you.
If more statements are released, we will continue to update.