The moving arc of Internet censorship

The moving arc of Internet censorship

by Jon Rappoport

March 14, 2013

On the home front, I’m happy to announce that my site,, is back up and running after a few days of technical problems. These glitches, as it turned out, stemmed from a hosting error that was finally fixed.

You can sign up for my free emails on the home page, and you can once again order products from my store.

As many of you know, the Facebook situation is still not resolved, and this is a clear act of censorship. People who try to share my articles and include the phrase “” are informed they can’t do it.

It seems this Facebook action was triggered by people who were put off by one or more of my articles and filed “abusive content” reports. For these people, free speech ranks a distant second to their own feelings. That’s where their courage stops.

The Facebook censorship began shortly after I posted an article headlined: “The hideous BAM in Obama…” It was about the president’s launch of a 10-year billion-dollar brain-mapping project, called B.A.M.

I excoriated Obama for forwarding the clear goal of using research to do what psychiatry does best: control brains.

Facebook states that their censorship, when triggered by abusive content reports, is only temporary. However, it is now almost a month since they laid on the block.

In their literature, they make it very easy to file these reports, but instructions on how to appeal them and have blocks removed are hard to find.

At any rate, when you share my articles, you can link people to and there they will find all recent headlines. Clicking on them, they’ll go right to my full articles.

Moving on, I have just read an alert from Alliance for Natural Health, which mentions a piece of Facebook insanity that can be laid at the door of the FDA.

The FDA has issued a warning letter to a supplement company, AMARC, because the company (or someone else) posted a Like on a testimonial.

The testimonial, written by a customer, described that he was using a company product “to keep cancer at bay.” And putting a Like on this comment is now considered an implied endorsement of a supplement as an unapproved drug.

This is so crazy it’s hard to follow. To sum up:

supplement company’s Facebook page carries a comment by a reader;

the comment basically says, “great product, I’m using it to keep cancer at bay”;

someone from the company (apparently) puts a Like next to this comment;

the FDA informs the company this Like is really a health claim for the supplement;

not only that, since the “claim” implies the supplement can help prevent a disease, the supplement is being advertised as a drug;

and no one can do that without prior FDA approval of the “drug.”

As I’ve written many times, the FDA routinely approves drugs that kill, like clockwork, 106,000 Americans every year—by a conservative estimate. That’s over a million killings a decade. (See, Barabara Starfield, JAMA, July 26, 2000, “Is US health really the best in the world?”)

But a thumbs-up Like on Facebook, for a supplement, triggers an FDA warning to remove the Facebook comment and the Like.

This involves, of course, a much wider problem (crime). As a reporter, over the last 20 years I’ve interviewed many people who have achieved astounding results by using various supplement protocols. These results were, in fact, no matter how you wanted to look at them, CURES. They were cures of conditions the FDA considers diseases.

Therefore, the cures are illegally obtained. It doesn’t matter that people are living new lives.

To be more precise, if people go public with their recovery, and in the process they name a supplement company and a product, or a practitioner who supplied them with the product, they could get that company or practitioner into hot water with the federal government.

Therefore, the public is robbed of the opportunity to understand just how effective natural health can be. These thousands of astounding and true stories are in the closet. Or they’re aired in very brief fashion, often anonymously. They could flood the public consciousness, but they don’t.

Instead, we’re fed countless lies in ads, in medical reports, in studies, in media stories about how drugs are doing wonderful things for everybody everywhere. And these lies are countenanced. They’re approved lies.

I have a suggestion. It would have to be implemented carefully and well. A website should be devoted entirely to natural health stories. With proper disclaimers, it might work in freedom. People explain in detail how they regained their health through natural means.

Products could be mentioned, but no company names, and no practitioner names. No ads on the site. Some legal advice would be needed up front, on such a project.

Of course, a discerning moderator would have to be at work here, to discount mere testimonials cooked up by unscrupulous people to sell products.

But when the legitimate stories of a few thousand people are posted on the site, recognition would spread.

I can’t emphasize too strongly that people’s futures and lives are at stake. It’s quite incredible to sit and talk to someone who was on the brink and then found his life again through natural means. It’s quite incredible to get the full story, not just a blurb. You’re looking at vitality, the electric and emotional essence of it. It’s right there, in front of your eyes. Restored. Instead of terrible suffering.

To censor that complete story is a crime against humanity. It’s death sold over life. It’s a a bureaucracy of death at work. And there it sits, in the center of the federal government.

This is truly Orwell’s 1984, and we have to use all possible means to beat it back.

I began working as a reporter because a health activist named Ida Honoroff, all blazing fight feet of her, all 60 years of her, walked up to me one day at a health expo with her arms full of reports about a horrendous pesticide called 2,4-D.

She didn’t know me. We’d never net. She just said, “You have to tell people that next weekend, which is a big summer camping weekend, they’re going to be spraying this in the Angeles National Forest.”

I was paralyzed. She had me in her spell.

After a few seconds, I came out of it and said, “Okay, I will.”

And I did. I managed to get some idiot talk-show host in LA to put it on the air. He called the warning a hoax, but at least it got out there. I did a few other things, too. Subversive things.

I felt alive and I never looked back. I began to realize I could find out who the bastards were. Instead of harboring a generalized sense of outrage against the “bad guys,” I could make them emerge out of the fog. And not just in relation to 2,4-D.

When I was working for various newspapers and magazines, as a freelancer, I was always on the edge of being censored. Editors would say, “Haven’t you got another story idea?” They didn’t want the main course, they wanted the dessert.

That all stopped when I finally saw what the Internet was all about. I was a guy with a portable typewriter, so it took me awhile to get it. But when I did, I went off the reservation completely.

When censorship raises its ugly head here, online, I’m not happy. I’m motivated.

These days, I’m seeing more people who approach the federal government as if it were a holy church. This is their religion. They see the giant scummy octopus as a god. These people are horrendous little creatures who belong in a fantasy novel full of trolls and goblins and gargoyles. They exude putrid scents and energies wherever they go.

They love censorship. They are cousins to the distant folk who used to gather around at the Roman Church burnings and watch the show.

They’re fundamentalist government fanatics. If they had a Bible, it would be the millions of pages of regulations propagated by federal agencies.

The idea of more censorship and surveillance and inspection floats their secret boat of entitlement. They thrive in oxygen-free environments.

They find a way to exist in barnacle-like fashion attached to the State.

And yet, astonishingly, their self-image is that of a sword-waving revolutionary on the cutting edge of justice.

They make up multiple names for themselves and visit comments sections, where they spill little bits of bilge for their beloved leaders, their crime bosses. This they think of as activism.

If there were a Hell, they wouldn’t need it; they’re already in it.

So they cook up stories about themselves, to stave off the whirlwind that comes on the heels of knowing their souls are dead.

In a sense, they are the cutting edge, because this civilization is heading in the direction of more soulless machine death.

But that’s not where you and I are going. On our roads, we’re picking them off ourselves, now and then, like insects.

Jon Rappoport

The author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

12 comments on “The moving arc of Internet censorship

  1. tally says:

    It is my understanding that facebook and twitter are on a downward trend due to burnout by the users themselves. Also due to internet spying apparently it is recommended that everyone get off of facebook and twitter and for that matter google itself as well as anything to do with google is apparently a bad idea. I can tell you that the generation of children in the 14 and up group cannot be bothered with facebook or twitter so I have hope for the future. I do think that as more people of all ages understand what is happening to the internet and the spy network it contains they will do their research using books, yes the old fashioned way and why not, we can all read and share in person like our parents used to do, one on one with a really nice dinner and coffee afterward! The libraries are full of books, the university and college libraries are full of books, the libraries are also full of thinking people, who knows it might just be the best thing that ever happened in the long run. Maybe like minded people will find their humanity intact and take action to make the world a better place instead of being jealous of something someone is bragging about
    on the likes of facebook or twitter, it is all a lot of drivel and time wasting, not to mention it is so boring one could fall asleep looking at page after page of friends and their blather. Oh and in case you think I am old for the record I am in my 20’s, but I am disappointed in the high school flavor the world has embraced and enforced with peer pressure of all things extending to the entire US and UK populations. I often think that a great deal of us are still in high school in our minds and that is why the corporate nanny state has been able to override and overreach to our detriment! John start a new site with your own videos and teachings just like naturalnews!! I will share it everywhere.
    Have you ever heard of a wild place called lipstick alley, start a thread and post there, dr rima has a blog site as well with a social networking site, the skies the limit!

  2. C. Burkey says:

    When the Net goes people will be forced to find others in the three-dimensional space they actually occupy, that they can talk to.

    I keep looking for people, but they’ve all got their heads in their gadgets. Surrounded by zombies.

  3. Aloha Mr. Jon Rapopport !
    Liked this post, and wanted to delete my FB acct. ASAP. Jumped the gun though. LOL Need to stay on to fight the good fight!
    So I went onto FB and tried to only post this “Jon even without the http:// no posting… Here was my message to FB.
    “This is not a link. Only 3 words with 2 dots. The Neural Network needs to learn this is not a threat, only words to convey a message on internet censorship of not being able to post the link here. Facebook learns along the way just as humans do. Please allow posting of this article to scold and inform actions of the FDA to send letters of malfeasance to those who like what someone has to say or their stuff. I would also like to see instead of “liked your link; liked your stuff…Sounds more fun to me. After all isn’t Facebook supposed to fun? Fun sharing, caring and learning to forgive and go on. That is what life is. And to deny life for others because, a few do not want to have fun in a loving way with others, then I think a human needs to step in, and reprogram FBs nueral sensors, who fall for trollish censors…. Thanks Nice talking to Ya!”

    AS FOR THE FDA it can believe anything and that’s the law. Here is the law. (Sorry for all my commentary, but needed)
    People think that our courts will take care of it all in the end. (courts are all messed up…see Lawless America on FB…have put together 3tera bits of testemony from all over the country…Taking this to congress and editing for the Documentary now…Areal life Docu-Drama with all the thrills of defeat and very little victory for the people…check it out!))

    “things” like in our basic codes and laws; instead of death or serious harm it will be changed to belief by these people of Monsanto. Seizures will begin 190 days after signing…Seizures of organics for sure, they are already raiding farms in confidence. Wake up, and doubt this people…That factory chicken farm is one of many they know harms people, and have done nothing.


    (a) In General- Section 304(h)(1)(A) (21 U.S.C. 334(h)(1)(A)) is amended by–

    (1) striking `credible evidence or information indicating’ and inserting `reason to believe’; and

    (2) striking `presents a threat of serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals’ and inserting `is adulterated or misbranded under section 403(w)’.

    (b) Regulations- Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue an interim final rule amending subpart K of part 1 of title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, to implement the amendment made by this section.

    (c) Effective Date- The amendment made by this section shall take effect 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

    Why does this matter?..

    .When you are affected by something in the bill and take it to court you can’t win because the law says the governments position is always correct, and you can show all the proof in the world the damages but it is not allowed to stand because the Government does not believe.

    Here we see our inability to remedy the situation.

    The Feast Act (house) and Food Safety Bill (dsenate) There is an ammendment in it to change our basic laws in the United States Code and The Federal Laws making the rules by opinion . The opinions of the revolving door Monsanto people who are inbedded in our government. AND THEY DO NOT TAKE PRISONERS. Write your reps now cause it will be voted on this week.

    Wondering why this part of the bill is intriging?

  4. Chris says:

    I just started school (community college) and I’m gonna be 21 in May so I guess you can say I sat around being a bum for a few years before deciding to get into school.. Point is.. Im sitting in class and all I see are kids on their iPhones. On Facebook. Scrolling hopelessly. Mine is away, theirs is on their desk. I think.. Why pay for classes just to sit like a statute glued to Facebook? Then go home and get on Facebook? It’s slavery. I deleted mine a few years ago, sick of all the memes and idiots posting inspirational posts after a good sh*t. Also, it irks me that kids rather sit on their phone than strike a conversation… Zombies, indeed.

  5. Chris says:

    What trips me out about twitter is that mega celebs use it, all of them. Or damn near. But why? To me, they don’t need or wanna sit around and tweet. They’re rich! They’re working! (doing drugs, partying) so why do they need twitter?! I really think its because millions and millions of robots actually care about what cereal labron James just munched on. It’s a global distraction. Or a nation wide hey look! While they steal a fry from our plate (all our damn money).

  6. JerseyCynic says:

    “The Likes data are public information.”

    be careful what you like!!

    help me….I’m falling further down the sink, I mean rabbit hole!!


    “On Facebook, people can share the things they like—like bands, brands, sports teams, public figures, etc. By using Login with Facebook on third party sites, people can take their Likes and interests with them around the web—to have more personalized experiences.”

    Like – means you like “it” – what “is” “it” about “it” that you “like”

    let’s see…..

    what is “is”?

    oh no – DON’T GET ME STARTED

    nice reporting jon. makes me want to get rid of the FB account also.
    makes me just want to shut everything off. I think I will.

  7. Bill F. says:

    Perhaps I’m just being defensive because I use Twitter and Facebook to fill my info addiction, but to think that you’re out of the Matrix by not using Twitter and Facebook is extreme wishful thinking. Better get off the internet all together, throw the smart phone into the river, as well as anything else connecting you to the digital database of modern society. And if it’s not possible to get out of the Matrix, what’s the point of making symbolic gestures of boycotting Facebook and such? Certainly one should limit themselves and refrain from becoming one of the Borg, but as evidenced by my typing this right now, Big Brother is more ubiquitous than even Orwell’s imagination predicted.

  8. Gudrun B says:

    i post a few lines from your blogs here and there on fb and take out part of the name… fill in …. and ad the missing parts at the end
    my “brain friends” will know what to do – the others would not know what happened if they read your stuff 🙂
    natural selection?
    but i get warnings when trying to open especially natural healing web sites It is not just fb censorship !

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  10. Serin says:

    Deleted my FB account in 2008. Really deleted it. Not just “deactivated” (with all the info intact). No, deleted every friend, every wall post etc (this was before FB became INSANE with nonsense info – was mostly just photos & the wall and occasional groups).

    Never been happier.

    Now I am forced to interact with people face to face if they want to have a conversation. And you know what? It’s completely awesome.
    You want to tell me about all the new stuff going on in your life? Tell me in person.

    And yes, google is just as fucked privacy wise. I’ve had my gmail account broken into before and e-mails spread publicly so watch out for that bull. I know googles “selling point” is how you _never_ have to delete anything. (which completely fucked me over). So I only keep necessary emails and delete the rest.

    About google mail – I signed up for a conference for work with my work e-mail & work credit card.
    Received an email in my GMAIL account – addressed to my _Boss_ with all confirmation info including address & credit card number.
    I never ONCE mentioned the word “gmail” anywhere on the application for the conference (I checked). So the company decided to send all this private information to a random gmail account because it happened to contain my name.

    Honestly…..I don’t even know anymore.

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