Update: After this comic was published, the government made some reforms in response to a federal court ruling that the process to challenge inclusion on the No Fly List is unconstitutional. The government has now committed to telling U.S. citizens and permanent residents whether they are on the No Fly List, and it established a revised redress system. Those reforms, however, are not enough. The government still refuses to provide meaningful notice of the reasons our clients are blacklisted, the basis for those reasons, and a hearing before a neutral decision-maker. We’re still fighting for our clients’ due process rights. Read more.
Picture this: You arrive at the airport, full of good spirits ahead of a work trip to visit to a client. You wait in line to check in for your flight, but when you reach the counter, you’re told you won’t be able to board. Suddenly you’re surrounded by security guards and hauled off for questioning, with everyone gawking at you. You learn that you’re banned from flying – INDEFINITELY – to, from, or over the United States, even though you’ve never been charged with a crime.
You’re not told why. And there’s very little you can do about it.
That is the reality of the No Fly List, a secret government watch list being challenged by the ACLU and its affiliates in Oregon, Southern California, Northern California, and New Mexico. To help illustrate the unfairness and devastating human cost exacted by the No Fly List, we enlisted the talents of award-winning comic artist Jen Sorensen.
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Video appears to show any question critical of the LGBTQ movement being deleted in real time.
A few weeks ago, when social conservative college students in California attended a Zoom Q&A session with Former Director of National Security Richard Grenell hosted by the USC College Republicans, they found themselves not allowed to ask him tough questions about social conservatism and the proliferation of LGBT politics and policy in the Republican party. When some dared to ask these questions, they found themselves kicked from the zoom call.
In clips from a video recorded by an attendee who’s a member of the College Republicans, it appears questioners were silenced and removed from the Zoom call for asking questions on these issues. “It was so controlled it was a joke,” one attendee told National File. “They deleted questions we asked from being displayed and outright refused to even bring up anything other than softballs,” despite the fact that that the event was marketed as an open Q&A opportunity.
The attendee provided videos that appear to show their comments being removed in real time, only for them to eventually be removed from the call. After the attendee rejoined, those hosting the Zoom call refused to explain why he was removed.
Grenell, who is reported to be considering a run for California Governor, has a history of attacking social conservatives in his pwn party for their views. Several weeks ago, he attacked former US Senate Candidate Lauren Witzke for her open opposition to LGBT ideology permeating within the Republican Party. Additionally, many conservatives have accused Grenell of helping to cancel America First hip hop artist Bryson Gray for his commitment to social conservatism and family values.
The USC College Republicans are part of the California Federation of College Republicans, an establishment GOP group that broke away from the more pro-Trump California College Republicans in 2019. Thus, having Rick Grenell speak at an event hosted by such a group as the USC CR’s is rather telling as to where his loyalties lie, as if his blacklisting of real social conservatives was not proof enough.
Some of the questions asked included the following:
“It has been widely agreed by political analysts, that the forces which carried Donald Trump to victory in the 2016 election were the incorporation of voters which felt previously alienated from electoral politics. These new voters were mostly working-class poor white men who are economically populist, hawkish on immigration, and socially conservative. Seeing as how your most recent thrust into political influence is a direct consequence of the Trump victory, isn’t your using of intelligence authority to promote homosexuality and transgenderism not completely contradictory to the views of the base that allowed you to have that job in the first place?”
“A fundamental position for conservatives is supporting traditional marriage and the nuclear family. Recognizing that Gay Marriage, transgenderism, and other LGBT policies degrade and are mutually exclusive to traditional values, how can you say that you are a Republican and a conservative?”
Grenell did not acknowledge either question. In fact, National File was told no actual audience questions were taken, according to publicly displayed ones documented by the attendees. The USC CR’s did not respond for comment.
JTA — Idaho and West Virginia have joined the growing list of states that over the past several years have passed anti-Israel boycott legislation aimed at outlawing businesses that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
The bills passed this week bring the number of states with similar laws to 33.
Idaho’s Anti-Boycott Against Israel Act states that public entities cannot do business over a total of $100,000 with companies that do not expressly oppose the BDS movement. West Virginia’s bill stipulates the same.
“The State of West Virginia has an economic and a humanitarian obligation to denounce and reject the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement against Israel, and to prevent the state or any of its instrumentalities from contracting with companies that engage in the movement,” the measure reads.
Since 2015, anti-BDS laws have gained momentum, but also hit bumps along the way in the form of high-profile critics who argue the legislation hampers free speech. In 2019, the US Senate, then controlled by the Republican Party, passed a bill by a vote of 77-23 that gave states legal cover to continue to introduce anti-BDS legislation.
Some states and specific institutions have found themselves embroiled in free speech lawsuits over the laws.
As I’m sure Steyn himself won’t need telling, two trusty weapons in the armoury of the perverted discourser are suppressio veri and suggestio falsi. In the first, you mislead by suppressing what is true; in the second, you mislead by suggesting what is false. Steyn used both in his article. Here he is skilfully wielding suggestio falsi: “Jonathan Greenblatt, the Obama hack who now runs the Anti-Defamation League, demanded that Fox fire Tucker.” Steyn is falsely suggesting, first, that Greenblatt is an essentially minor figure corrupted through his association with the big bad goy Barack Obama; and second, that Greenblatt has in his turn corrupted the formerly pure ADL.
Excellent rhetorical analysis in this Unz article:
The idea that Muslims are not a threat to Jews, especially when Whites regularly enable baser Muslim behaviors (think the recent capitulation in Batley over the Mohammed cartoons), is laughable.