Update: Concerning Rachel Ehrenfeld’s book Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed — and How to Stop It (Hardcover) — here is a review on Amazon from a reader calling himself “Concerned Kafir”:
If a Saudi royal is spending millions on muzzling the author of this book, you better believe it has some good stuff inside! This is a must-read for any non-Muslim, and it is important to purchase this book to support the brave, idealistic, sacrificing author, who is in the same righteous league as other heroes like Robert Spencer, Andrew Bostom, Ibn Warraq, Ali Sina, Walid Shoebat, Brigitte Gabriel, Bat Ye’or, and a few others. Buy a copy for yourself. If you have a relative or friend who works in any capacity for DHS, buy him or her a copy, too. This is especially important because of infiltration of Muslims into our government…
Not only is this book banned in Britain, this Amazon reviewer would be up on charges by a fervently dhimmified Crown Prosecutor.
As many of our readers already know, a quiet but relentless effort is underway in the United States to circumvent our First Amendment rights and introduce a European-style “defamation of religion” restriction on free speech. A parallel effort, known as “libel tourism”, involves libel lawsuits filed through the British courts with the aim of silencing American authors who criticize Islam and expose terrorist financing.
These are stealth projects designed and supported by the various front groups of the Muslim Brotherhood, which have spread petrodollars around in a bipartisan fashion in an attempt to corrupt the political system.
It’s interesting that news of the effort to resist the suppression of free speech in the USA comes from Europe News. Maybe the Europeans — with their greater proximity to the endgame of Islamization — feel the danger more acutely than we do.
Europe News is urging their American readers to protect their First Amendment, also because The Free Speech Protection Act could advance free speech rights in other countries.
If free speech is important to you, PLEASE copy the letter below and paste into the contacts (below) and send it to Members and staff on the Judiciary Committees in the House and Senate (listed below). Please forward this petition to your list, encourage them to sign and forward to their lists (More info on YouTube and American Center for Democracy).
The Free Speech Protection Act of 2008 ( S-2977 & H.R. 5814), was introduced by U.S. Rep. Pete King (R., N.Y.) and co-sponsored by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.), and a Senate companion bill by Senator Arlen Specter (R., PA) and Joseph Lieberman (I- CT), and co-sponsored by NY senior Senator Chuck Schumer. With Schumer on board, and others joining, the Free Speech Protection Act can be adopted before Congress adjourns this summer.
It’s important to take immediate measures to defend our ability to inform the public and protect our free speech rights — now under attack by Saudis using the British legal system. I can’t think of a more important and urgent law Congress and you can be proud of than the Free Speech Protection Act.
This legislation builds on New York State’s “Libel Terrorism Protection Act, aka “Rachel’s Law.” The NY law, and the proposed federal legislation grew from the court battles of New York journalist and terrorism investigator, Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, whom a Saudi billionaire sued in Great Britain for Funding Evil; How Terrorism is Financed — And How to Stop It — although she is American and her book sold here, not in the U.K. But plaintiff-friendly British libel laws have made London a Mecca for libel tourists wishing to intimidate authors worldwide.
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The suit against Dr. Ehrenfeld — like 40 previous cases that silenced many other American and New York authors — is an obvious attempt to dilute First Amendment protections of free press, and prevent investigations of terror-financing.
The British Guardian wrote on July 15, “English libel law is an international menace, a national disgrace, a pre-democratic anachronism. It defends crooks, terrorists and tyrants from investigation. It threatens the free speech of people all over the world and causes untold damage to the reputation of this country.”
In a tremendous victory for free speech rights and to provide legal protections from “libel terrorism” to New York authors and publishers, the Libel Terrorism Protection Act, aka “Rachel’s Law,” was adopted unanimously — in less than 3 months(!) by the NY legislature and signed into law by Gov. David Patterson on April 30, 2008.
Pat Schroder, President of the Association of American publishers stated: “We’ve supported Rachel Ehrenfeld in her court battles…. Now we’d like to see the fight taken to another level with enactment of federal legislation.”
Senators Specter and Lieberman note that the English Libel Laws threaten the “free-flowing marketplace of ideas” which “enables the ideals of democracy to defeat the totalitarian vision of al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations”. Free speech in the U.S. “is under sharp attack through foreign courts, where dozens of mendacious libel suits have intimidated and silenced American authors and U.S. publishers.”
The new legislation would not shield those who recklessly or maliciously print false information. It would ensure that Americans are held to and protected by American standards,
wrote Senators Specter and Lieberman. The new Free Speech Act bars U.S. courts from enforcing libel judgments issued in foreign courts against U.S. residents, if the speech would not be libelous under American law.
The bill also permits American authors and publishers to countersue if the material is protected by the First Amendment. If a jury finds that the foreign suit is part of a scheme to suppress free speech rights, it may award damages.
PLEASE, Help vote the Free Speech Act into Law. American Writers need it to be able to unearth the truth, and publish it without ant censorship by foreign courts.
Below is contact information for the Senatorial Judiciary Committee, the Congressional Judiciary Committee, and Staff. Click on each link for details on the web, or use the phone numbers.
|Staff Majority Communications Director
|Tel (202) 225-3951|
|Majority Press Secretary/
Spokesperson Melanie Roussell
|Tel (202) 225-3951|
|Majority Staff Director/
Chief Counsel Perry Apelbaum
|Tel (202) 225-3951|
|Minority Chief of Staff/
|Tel (202) 226-0002|
|Minority Communications Director
|Tel (202) 225-6906|
Senators on Committee
|Press Secretary Brian Fallon: (202) 224-7433
|VT||Patrick J. Leahy|
|Press Secretary Erica Chabot: (202) 224-2154
|Press Secretary Melissa Wagoner: (202) 224-2633
|Press Secretary Elizabeth Alexander: Tel (202) 224-2154
|Press Secretary Lynn Becker: (202) 224-2240
|Press Secretary Zach Lowe: (202) 224-8657
|Press Secretary Scott Gerber: (202) 224-8657
|Press Secretary Joe Shoemaker: (202) 224-7028
|Press Secretary Sue Walitsky: (202) 224-7433
|RI||Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse|
|Press Secretary Alex Swartsel: (202) 224-7433
|Press Secretary Chris Gindlesperger: (202) 224-5225
|Press Secretary Mark Eddington: (202) 224-5251
|Press Secretary Beth Levine: (202) 224-6197
|Press Secretary Andrew Wilder: (202) 224-4521
|Press Secretary Michael Brumas: (202) 224-4124
|Press Secretary Wes Hickman: (202) 224-5972
|Press Secretary Brian Walsh: (202) 224-2934
|Press Secretary John Rankin: (202) 224-6521
|Press Secretary John Hart: (202) 224-5754|
|NY-8th||Jerrold Nadler Tel: 202-225-5635|
|MI 14th||John Conyers (Chair)|
|FL-20th||Debbie Wasserman Schultz|
|TX-21st||Lamar S. Smith|
|TX-18th||Sheila Jackson Lee|
|WI-5th||F. James Sensenbrenner|