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I learned about Ernst Zundel one day while surfing the internet as I often do looking for stories to include on my blog. Cardura in us I became interested in learning more of the exact crimes reportedly being committed by those questioning historical accuracy. What I have found is frankly, cardura in us disturbing to me and sad. What I have found is those who engage in questioning historical accuracy and record are often labeled "extremists", cardura in us "Neo Nazis", cardura in us "white supremacists", cardura in us etc. Cardura in us and these days, cardura in us particularly when it comes to addressing WWII and the Holocaust. I'm trying to understand why such individuals are demonized to such an isolating extent in their own communities, cardura in us extradited from their own countries and their families, cardura in us their families/properties are threatened, cardura in us their homes are targets of arson and burned, cardura in us and on top of it they are placed on trial and then jailed for essentially holding and examining differing beliefs? I'm trying to understand why so few are discussing such an issue, cardura in us and why few, cardura in us especially in the United States are aware it is happening? Additionally I'm trying to understand what exactly was this man's, cardura in us Ernst Zundel's crime to keep him behind bars for seven years?Â Â If it was defined as a "hate crime", cardura in us is it then a "hate crime" to question historical accuracy?Â Who is it then who decides what is historically accurate, cardura in us and who then decides if other historical accounts then become illegal to discuss? The "hate crime" that Mr. Cardura in us Zundel was accused of engaging in, cardura in us forced him from his home in Tennessee to be extradited to Germany, cardura in us granted what could be viewed as a kangaroo trial and subsequentlyimprisoned for 7 years. Cardura in us Do you feel that this is an appropriate punishment for someone engaged in his own historical expedition for what is true? Additionally, cardura in us the attorney defending him, cardura in us Sylvia Stolz is in prison as well in Heidelburg for defending him.Â So much doesn't make sense these days. One thing I do know.Â We all have our own beliefs and experiences. And through those experiences, cardura in us we all have the opportunity to learn and grow. Cardura in us When such growth in learning and development is stifled, cardura in us blocked and/or threatened by incarceration and/or worse, cardura in us everyone on the planet becomes 'imprisoned' as well. Freedom is smothered and placed behind bars when our ability to communicate is silenced by those who are intolerant of such communication, cardura in us as is our spirit to live authentically, cardura in us truthfully and happily. Testing the Limits of Freedom of Speech: Ernst Zundel Speaks Out Ernst Zundel after his recent release (on the right), cardura in us with his lawyer and friend, cardura in us 87-year-old Herbert Schaller By Kourosh Ziabari | Foreign Policy Journal | April 30, cardura in us 2010 Ernst Zundel is a German author and historian who has spent seven years of his life behind bars as a result of expressing his controversial viewpoints and opinions. Cardura in us He is a revisionist who has disputed the Holocaust as described by most historians. Cardura in us He has been one of the most prominent political prisoners in Europe and has been jailed in three countries on two continents. After his arrest in the U.S. Cardura in us in 2003, cardura in us he was deported to Canada, cardura in us where he was kept in prison as â€œa threat to the national securityâ€ for two years. After deportation to Germany in March 2005, cardura in us he was convicted and sentenced in 2007 to five additional years of imprisonment on charges of holocaust denial.Â He was finally released on March 1, cardura in us 2010. This is the first interview Ernst Zundel has given since his release. Firstly, cardura in us I would like to extend my congratulations on your recent release. Cardura in us Were you ever mistreated or subject to any type of mental or physical punishment in breach of international conventions? My entire treatment these past seven years by those arresting me, cardura in us trying and convicting me, cardura in us and keeping me in prison has been in brutal breach of international conventions.Â I was arrested in broad daylight on American soil by officials of the U.S. Cardura in us government who acted as hit squads for a nefarious lobby. Cardura in us There was no arrest warrant. Cardura in us I was not read my rights. Cardura in us I was whisked away in handcuffs without being allowed to get my wallet, cardura in us to call my attorney, cardura in us to be allowed to make my case before an American Immigration Judge or even hug my wife goodbye. I was incarcerated in six different prisons on two continents in three countriesâ€”the USA, cardura in us Canada, cardura in us and Germanyâ€”without relief of any kind. Cardura in us In effect, cardura in us I have had 10 percent of my life stolen from me â€“ and for what â€œcrimeâ€? For having â€œoverstayed my U.S. Cardura in us visaâ€? Throughout my imprisonment, cardura in us basic human rights principles were trampled underfoot repeatedly and with impunity. Cardura in us The worst prisons were the Canadian detention centers at Thorold, cardura in us Ontario and at Toronto West, cardura in us where I was held for two long years in isolation cells, cardura in us ice-cold in the winter, cardura in us no shoes or socks allowed. Cardura in us The electric light in these cells, cardura in us bright enough to be able to read, cardura in us was kept on 24 hours a day. Cardura in us Through a glass slot in the door I was checked every 20 minutes, cardura in us and my activities were meticulously noted by the guards: one sheet for every day.Â No dignity, cardura in us no privacy. Cardura in us My toothbrush was kept in a plastic bin in a hall. Cardura in us I was not allowed to speak to other prisoners. Cardura in us Bed sheets were changed only after three months. Cardura in us No pillows. Cardura in us No chairs. Cardura in us When I wrote to my wife or to my attorneys, cardura in us I had to sit on a makeshift pile of my court transcripts. Cardura in us No radio, cardura in us no television, cardura in us not even an electrical outlet to sharpen my pencils. Cardura in us No ball point pens, cardura in us only pencil stubs, cardura in us cut in half with a saw. Cardura in us No spoons, cardura in us forks, cardura in us or knives were permitted; only a white plastic spoon with a fork called a â€œsporkâ€ that had to be returned every time at the end of the meal. Cardura in us With very few exceptions when furtive guards showed me some kindness away from the surveillance cameras, cardura in us I was treated as though I was the worst of criminals. Cardura in us Thatâ€™s Canada for you, cardura in us where I have lived and worked without a criminal record for more than 40 years. It was somewhat better, cardura in us but not much, cardura in us in the United States. Cardura in us In Germany, cardura in us it was quite a bit better in terms of the basic necessities, cardura in us but personal mail was routinely withheld â€“ 1, cardura in us700 letters for up to five years â€“ even after I forced a court to order that it be given to me. Cardura in us My so-called trial in Mannheim was a political show trial in the Stalinist mode in that my guilt was a foregone conclusion. Cardura in us I requested that exculpatory exhibits be allowed as validation for what I believed and had written and said. Cardura in us No meaningful defense was allowed. Cardura in us I could not put on record any forensic evidence, cardura in us any historical documents, cardura in us or even expert witnesses, cardura in us That very request to be allowed to offer evidence was held to be a new offense of criminal behavior and could have resulted in new criminal charges â€“ as were, cardura in us in fact, cardura in us lodged against my lawyers during that very trial who tried to overcome these restrictions. Along with the rest of EU members, cardura in us Germany regularly criticizes other countries for violations of free speech and human rights. Cardura in us However, cardura in us your case demonstrated the emptiness of such claims within Europe. Cardura in us Whatâ€™s your take on that? Is Europe really a utopia of liberty and freedom of speech? Most European countries have only selected free speech for officially approved and sanctioned views on history. Cardura in us Almost all EU countries have laws in place that restrict freedom of speech under the guise of one fig leaf or other, cardura in us such as the prevention of racist or neo-Nazi activities. Cardura in us The state decides selectively who is and what is racist.Â These laws are hypocritical, cardura in us in Germanyâ€™s case superseding even their own Basic Law. Dissidents are allowed very little opportunity to be read or heard in the mainstream corporate media channels of the West. Cardura in us The control mechanisms of the press are many, cardura in us often subtle but widely understood and obeyed â€“ fear of loss of jobs, cardura in us diminished circulation, cardura in us the withholding of government advertisements etc. Cardura in us There is no longer unrestricted freedom in any Western country, cardura in us not even in the U.S. Cardura in us with its wonderful Constitution and Amendments such as the Bill of Rights. Allow me here to point out to your readers the outline of a censorship practice known by its neutral term â€œrenditionâ€, cardura in us but more honestly defined as political kidnappings to force the silencing of dissident speech or alternate thoughts.Â Renditions in the West are ever more frequently practiced not only against alleged â€œterrorist suspectsâ€ but against ordinary political activists and writers whose viewpoints are frowned upon by such outfits as AIPAC and similar Zionist lobby and interest groups, cardura in us Bâ€™nai Brith, cardura in us the Canadian Jewish Congress etc. In order to spell out what I can only describe to you in broad strokes, cardura in us Iâ€™d like to briefly shed light on the period preceding my arrest in the U.S. Cardura in us and Canada, cardura in us the conniving and the similarity in other cases like mine, cardura in us where an innocuous or alleged infraction is used as a fig leaf to silence a political opponent. Viet Dinh, cardura in us a Georgetown University law professor and director of their Asian Law and Policy Studies Program who helped craft the Patriot Act, cardura in us put it succinctly, cardura in us as reported in an American publication called Wired that deals with freedom of speech on the net. Cardura in us That interview reads: Wired News: An estimated 5, cardura in us000 people have been subjected to detention since 9/11. Cardura in us Of those, cardura in us only five â€” three non-citizens and two citizens â€” were charged with terrorism-related crimes and one was convicted. Cardura in us How do we justify such broad-sweeping legislation that has resulted in very few terrorist-related convictions? Dinh: Iâ€™ve heard the 5, cardura in us000 number. Cardura in us The official numbers released from the Department of Justice indicate approximately 500 persons have been charged with immigration violations and have been deported who have been of interest to the 9/11 investigation. It may well be that a number of citizens were not charged with terrorism-related crimes, cardura in us but they need not be. Cardura in us Where the department has suspected people of terrorism, cardura in us it will prosecute those persons for other violations of law, cardura in us rather than wait for a terrorist conspiracy to fully develop and risk the potential that that conspiracy will be missed and thereby sacrificing innocent American lives in the process. This is exactly what happened to me. Cardura in us The initial reason given was an alleged immigration infraction â€“ namely a â€œvisa overstayâ€. Cardura in us I was no terrorist; I was a dissident writer. Cardura in us My political detractors knew perfectly well that I was in America legally, cardura in us awaiting adjustment of status due to my marriage to an American citizen. Cardura in us I was in Immigration Adjustment of Status proceedings, cardura in us meticulously following all the prerequisite steps. I was living openly in a rural area in Tennessee and was listed by address in the local telephone book. Cardura in us The U.S. Cardura in us government had given me a Social Security number, cardura in us a work permit, cardura in us a document that allowed me to leave the country and return unmolested. Cardura in us I had undergone and passed an FBI check and a health clearance.Â The only last step missing was a personal interview by an immigration official to ascertain a valid marriage to my American citizen wife. We had been notified in writing that this interview could take as long as three years, cardura in us and that no status report would be given. Cardura in us We were patiently waiting for that last step, cardura in us a routine interview with an immigration official. Cardura in us Our immigration attorney had requested such an interview in writing â€“ twice!Â Under oath, cardura in us he testified that he had written those letters.Â These letters have mysteriously disappeared from our immigration file.Â When I was arrested, cardura in us it was claimed that I had negligently â€œmissed a hearingâ€ which gave them grounds for an arrest due to a visa overstay. Cardura in us In other words, cardura in us a simple bureaucratic loophole was found or fabricated that has cost me seven years of my life. What happened to me in the context of a deliberate state policy of deception has also happened to others.Â Similar ruses via false accusations were used in cases like Germar Rudolf, cardura in us likewise married to an American citizen, cardura in us El Masri of Germany, cardura in us Maher Arar of Canada, cardura in us Gerd Honsik of Spain, cardura in us Siegfried Verbeke of Belgium, cardura in us David Irving, cardura in us and now Bishop Williamson of England, cardura in us to name only a few individuals who were caught between the grind stones of a criminal policy possible only under the Patriot Act in the U.S. Cardura in us and similar legal instruments in other countries. Cardura in us Embedded in that background of a widespread covert policy and practice to force political conformity, cardura in us my case makes eminent sense. Cardura in us We are no longer dealing with an aberration. Cardura in us These extrajudicial renditions give 9/11 and the Patriot Act a new light as a global policy instrument of brutal censorship of unpopular thinkers and writers. The thrust of a prestigious publication such as yours would normally deal with the policies of foreign governments, cardura in us renditions, cardura in us kidnappings, cardura in us and incarcerations not only of foreign enemies but, cardura in us as in the case of Vanunu, cardura in us an Israeli-born- and-raised atomic scientist. Cardura in us He was no neo-Nazi, cardura in us no racist, cardura in us no Holocaust Denier, cardura in us yet he was relentlessly pursued by the Mossad and ultimately kidnapped and jailed for 18 years. The patterns of the breaking of international law and conventions, cardura in us the use of false identities, cardura in us and the brazen practice of breaking and entering by spy and intelligence agencies, cardura in us etc. Cardura in us â€“ these criminal activities are daily in the news. Cardura in us This sets the stage and makes my case a logical progression of an old, cardura in us established policy, cardura in us with this one difference: we are no longer talking about hunting and kidnapping alleged â€œNazi war criminalsâ€ like Eichmann or stone-throwing Palestinians or even â€œArab terroristsâ€, cardura in us but instead the targeting of writers and other political dissidents in Western countries calling themselves â€œdemocraciesâ€. My story does not even end there. Cardura in us In my case, cardura in us my â€œHolocaust Denierâ€ profile was convenient, cardura in us but passÃ©. Cardura in us It was not even, cardura in us as is so commonly and falsely claimed, cardura in us â€œDenial of the Holocaustâ€ or even more bizarre, cardura in us my â€œvisa overstayâ€!Â I was told what actually happened by a friend of ours with high-level UN connections. Cardura in us In his own words: â€œIt was the Blue Booklet that did it! Thatâ€™s when it was decided at the very highest level to take you out for good!â€ Here is what happened, cardura in us briefly: In the early months post-9/11 my wife, cardura in us an avid Internetter, cardura in us discovered a compelling research document entitled Stranger than Fiction: An Independent Investigation of 9/11 and the War on Terrorism by Anonymous, cardura in us 11-11-2. Cardura in us She gave it to me over breakfast. Cardura in us I read it, cardura in us found it interesting, cardura in us and ran a few copies off on my printer for people on my mailing list. Cardura in us I did not write that lavishly footnoted paper. Cardura in us I did not research it. Cardura in us I merely copied it.Â Somebody must have concluded that I, cardura in us with my background of thorough forensic investigations in other areas, cardura in us showed more than ordinary interest in 9/11 as a potential political false flag common in intelligence agency operations! During my trial in Mannheim, cardura in us ostensibly for â€œHolocaust Denialâ€, cardura in us portions of my monthly newsletter, cardura in us where I mentioned this booklet and the 9/11 topic, cardura in us were referenced by the prosecution as criminal offenses. Cardura in us Only after it became clear that I welcomed the opportunity to have my attorneys present forensic evidence of a potential 9/11 cover-up were those portions of the accusation against me hastily dropped, cardura in us and my trial became a â€œHolocaust Denialâ€ show trial in the traditional Stalinist mode, cardura in us â€œâ€¦ accuse wildly but donâ€™t allow a defense!â€ As we later found out through various freedom of information requests in various countries, cardura in us there was in place for years a deliberate, cardura in us convoluted plan to arrest and detain me under false pretenses so as to take me out and put me behind bars. I mention this only as an overarching, cardura in us logical example as to how diabolically clever my political opponents are in using the accusation of â€œHolocaust Denialâ€ and persecution of Holocaust Revisionists as arrows in their arsenal of weaponry to shore up, cardura in us consolidate, cardura in us and protect their deceptively acquired power and influence. Whatâ€™s the reality behind Holocaust? Didnâ€™t it happen at all? What about people such as Elie Wiesel, cardura in us Thomas Blatt, cardura in us Wladyslaw Bartoszewski and Leopold Engleitner who are Holocaust survivors and describe their own accounts of those painful days, cardura in us when they personally witnessed the heart-rending demise of their parents in concentration camps and bone-crushing machines. Cardura in us How should we resolve these contradictions? I will not answer this question.Â I would risk five more years in jail if I answered these questions honestly and truthfully. Cardura in us However, cardura in us in the age of the Internet, cardura in us others less known than I am find ways to simplify a painful, cardura in us multifaceted problem, cardura in us as the cartoon below makes plain: Many people of other countries have come to the categorical conclusion that the Western world is a beacon of liberty and unrestricted freedom of speech. Cardura in us But it sometimes seems that the reality is something else, cardura in us and that people can be easily prosecuted merely for publishing views that are disliked. Cardura in us The booklet you published, cardura in us Did Six Million Really Die?, cardura in us is an example. Cardura in us What do you think? Here is just one more example of what I already outlined above: We have faxes and other documents that prove on official embassy letterhead that the much vaunted and propagandized U.S. Cardura in us Judiciary has run interference for these kidnappers and renditioners via behind-the-scenes ex parte communication, cardura in us thus engaging in a cover-up and whitewash worse than the ones practiced by those the U.S. Cardura in us government always blames for human rights violations in their hypocritical press campaigns, cardura in us like against China in Tibet, cardura in us Lukashenko in Belarus, cardura in us Putin in Moscow and, cardura in us of course, cardura in us Iran during the recent so-called Green Revolution. Many Zionist websites have introduced you as a white supremacist. Cardura in us Is that a fair characterization? This claim is a convenient character assassination technique. Cardura in us I have never been a white supremacist and have stated so for decades, cardura in us publicly, cardura in us in countless interviews, cardura in us newsletters, cardura in us speeches, cardura in us broadcasts, cardura in us etc. Cardura in us It is my opponentsâ€™ modus operandi to broad-brush complex issues by politically expedient demonization. Youâ€™re opposed to the regime of Israel because of its discriminatory and atrocious approach against the nation of Palestine. Cardura in us You consider yourself a pacifist who advocates stability and peace; arenâ€™t these beliefs incompatible with your viewpoint regarding Hitler, cardura in us who is internationally considered to be a notorious dictator and relentless killer? How can your peace-seeking stance come together with your approval of Hitler? I cannot answer this question due to legal restraints.Â An honest and complete answer would land me in jail as a re-offender very quickly. Cardura in us Implicit in your question is the toxic image of me that my detractors would like you to have.Â To be called a Nazi is worse than being called a leper. Cardura in us For decades I have been on the receiving end of just such a targeted character assassination campaign. I have been jailed many times not for advocating an ideology but for expressing a dissident, cardura in us alternative viewpoint on many topics, cardura in us including Adolf Hitlerâ€™s role in history.Â Revisionism is not an ideology.Â It is merely a scientific method of re-examining historical events and of trying to understand the movers and shakers who made history a footnote to their personalities. Let me answer your question this way:Â I have always abhorred any kind of violence in the pursuit of political goals.Â By anyone! Politically, cardura in us I was and am a pacifist, cardura in us much in the Gandhi style. Cardura in us I advocate a sober, cardura in us neutral look at history, cardura in us including the period known as the Third Reich. Cardura in us The peoples of the world, cardura in us regardless of what system of government they live under, cardura in us owe it to themselves to emancipate themselves of the simplistic images of propaganda and deceit posing as history. On May 1995, cardura in us your Toronto residence was the target of an arson attack which resulted in $400, cardura in us000 worth of damage. Cardura in us A few days later, cardura in us some of your extremist opponents were caught trying to break into your property. Cardura in us Again a few days later, cardura in us you received a parcel bomb which the Toronto police detonated. Cardura in us Have you ever tried to lodge a complaint against them? Have they ever been lawfully sentenced? This is the flip side of some of the questions above. Cardura in us While I have never advocated or engaged in violence, cardura in us egregious acts of violence have been repeatedly practiced on me, cardura in us of which the political kidnapping in 2003 was merely the latest. Cardura in us As to the fire and the bomb, cardura in us no, cardura in us nothing was ever resolved. Cardura in us The police apprehended the bomb builders and senders, cardura in us but the charges laid were stayed. Cardura in us There seems to have been no political will at the highest levels of the Canadian government. Cardura in us There was no political coin to be garnered by prosecuting Jewish arsonists, cardura in us who even confessed to the deed. Do you differentiate between the ZionistsÂ and Jews as the followers of a divine, cardura in us monotheistic religion? Yes, cardura in us the two are totally different. Cardura in us Some Orthodox Jews who are united against Zionism, cardura in us such as the Neturei Karta, cardura in us believe that also. Cardura in us They know the godfathers of Communism and Zionism followed identical policies. Cardura in us The guiding spirit behind the two systems is the same. Cardura in us Neturei Karta rabbis attended the 2006 Teheran Conference sponsored by your President in an attempt to distance themselves from what they consider to be a dangerous atheist clique in the pursuit of illegal politics of conquest of which they want no part. The mainstream corporate media, cardura in us while having already vilified you, cardura in us remained silent about your release. Cardura in us What do you think about this? Are you going to continue your ideological path or would you prefer to keep a low profile and forget about the intellectual activities? Ironically, cardura in us that was exactly what I intended to do when I moved to Tennessee and married Ingrid; keeping a low profile and turning to private endeavors such as my love for art and music.Â I felt that my revisionist outreach was finished, cardura in us concluded to my inner satisfaction. Cardura in us Let others read both sides and then judge for themselves. Cardura in us All the arguments, cardura in us all the information needed on the Holocaust is out there, cardura in us on the Internet, cardura in us in tens of thousands of websites, cardura in us all for the taking. Cardura in us How often do you have to dig up an archeological site to find yet one more bone, cardura in us yet one more implicating shard? My wife likes to say that you donâ€™t have to eat a camel to know what a cutlet tastes like. Cardura in us I was quite ready to retire and satisfy my creative needs and desires. Cardura in us I could leave the political mopping-up activities for others to complete. Cardura in us But could my political opponents bring themselves, cardura in us as rational people might have, cardura in us to likewise call it quits? No; that is simply not in their nature. As you point out so cogently, cardura in us a powerful vilification campaign is still going full blast. Cardura in us It keeps my name in the media for people to decide for themselves who I am. Cardura in us Upon my release, cardura in us my wife has collected thousands and thousands of letters from readers, cardura in us only three of which were negative! Not a bad record, cardura in us of the millions of dollars spent and millions of words dispersed in an attempt to paint me as as a devil with horns. Let me ask you â€“ would your prestigious publication have cared to interview me if you thought that I deserved the label of Evil Incarnate? Original source: http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2010/04/30/testing-the-limits-of-freedom-of-speech-ernst-zundel-speaks-out/ [Editor's note: The views and beliefs of Ernst Zundel are his own, cardura in us and not those of Foreign Policy Journal. Cardura in us It is the policy of FPJ to uphold the principle of freedom of speech, cardura in us which means freedom to say things that others may find despicable. Cardura in us It is otherwise a meaningless principle. Cardura in us It is also the position of FPJ that both sides to a story deserve to be heard. Cardura in us It's up to readers to draw their own conclusions and make their own judgments.] Kourosh Ziabari is an Iranian media correspondent, cardura in us freelance journalist and the author of Book 7+1. Cardura in us He is a contributing writer for websites and magazines in the Netherlands, cardura in us Canada, cardura in us Italy, cardura in us Hong Kong, cardura in us Bulgaria, cardura in us South Korea, cardura in us Belgium, cardura in us Germany, cardura in us the U.K. Cardura in us and the U.S. Cardura in us He is a member of Stony Brook University Publicationsâ€™ editorial team and Media Left magazineâ€™s board of editors, cardura in us as well as a contributing editor for Finlandâ€™s Award-winning Ovi Magazine. Cardura in us As a young Iranian journalist, cardura in us he has been interviewed and quoted by several mainstream mediums, cardura in us including BBC World Service, cardura in us PBS Media Shift, cardura in us the Media Line network, cardura in us Deutsch Financial Times, cardura in us L.A. Cardura in us Times and Sky News. Cardura in us He is a contributing writer of Tehran Times newspaper. Cardura in us His articles and interviews have been translated into numerous languages, cardura in us including Spanish, cardura in us Italian, cardura in us German and Arabic. Cardura in us Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.Â Â Â Read more articles by Kourosh Ziabari.