Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Few Good Developments for Tommy Robinson and a Little Musing About What Prince Harry Would Have To Say About This Situation

The end of the week brought a little good news for Tommy Robinson.  After my last three posts on this topic, it is wonderful to be able to discuss some positive developments.

In a video interview, Caolan Robertson, a member of Tommy's core media team, announced that Tommy had been moved to solitary confinement.  This comes as a welcome development in light of the fact that he was moved from a low-risk prison environment to a high-risk one with active threats to his personal safety. 

It does not completely protect Tommy from harm while in prison, but it does lower the risk.  I have no doubt that this happened because of rising worldwide pressure against this egregious injustice as well as the fact that Tommy has switched his legal representation.

Which brings me to the next development.

Ezra Levant of Rebel Media, who Tommy has worked with in the past, released a video announcing that Tommy now has a much more suitable legal team for the kind of charge that he faced, in addition to opening up a new crowdfunding campaign to assist in Tommy's legal defense.

This change of legal representation addresses a glaring problem with the circumstances of Tommy's initial arrest, where the public solicitor assigned to his case was far from the ideal person to be handling and addressing a contempt of court situation.  Contempt of court is a more obscure and complex legal area, as opposed to more cut and dry legal territory like traffic violations or assault.  A higher-powered legal team is essential to taking on a situation like Tommy's and he now has that kind of representation in place.

The crowdfunding site, at www.savetommy.com , is designed to pay for Tommy's higher-powered legal team and any excess funds will go to the support of his family.  His family has full access to the records of the account, so there is 100% transparency with the family.

It does not post a running total like a GoFundMe or IndieGoGo campaign, and of course the anti-Tommy crowd was immediately howling about how this fact was "hiding" something.

Clearly, the anti-Tommy crowd has little knowledge or understanding of larger legal cases.  It is imperative that those working on Tommy's behalf do not divulge their financial strength or weakness in regard to this campaign.  An opposing legal team will make strategic changes in their approach if they know the relative strength or weakness of an opponent's financial situation.  To keep Tommy's situation hidden from the opposing legal team is smart, tactical, and a normal approach in a high profile case.

You simply do not "tip off" your opponents to your level of strength.  You keep them guessing.

So kudos to Ezra and the new legal team for taking that approach.  It is just one sign that Tommy is in much better hands now.

I also do not find it to be a total coincidence that Tommy was moved to solitary confinement during the same window that these other developments were happening.

I also see some positives in the few politicians and celebrities that have had the backbone to step forward over the past week and address this case in the right light; namely that it is not about whether or not you agree with Tommy's views, but rather that this is an egregious case of a suppression of rights to free speech and expression, in addition to a very disturbing, authoritarian-style handling of a private citizen.

Janice Atkinson, an MEP from the UK in the EU Parliament made an attempt to speak about the Tommy Robinson case in a session there, only to be shouted down AND have her mic cut off.  This is another instructive moment providing a look at the real face of the EU when it comes to dissent.  An elected member of the EU Parliament was denied even a chance to discuss the Tommy Robinson situation, which, whether one supports Tommy or not, is a major issue of concern to a large number of Europeans.  The video of her getting cut off has been shared in many outlets since and only adds to the travesty of the entire situation.

House Representative Paul Gosar in the United States wrote a very powerful official letter on the case in the light of it being a human rights issue (a view I share as well).  In doing so, he showed more concern for the rights of a citizen of the UK than British politicians themselves aside from the aforementioned Janice Atkinson.

The musical artist Morrissey spoke out about the Tommy Robinson situation, demonstrating intellectual honesty and consistency within a vapid world of celebrities that speak out only when it presents an easy virtue-signaling opportunity.

Performer Vanity Von Glow, who I should note does not share Tommy's views, released a video statement staunchly defending why Vanity participated in the Tommy Robinson rally in London on June 9th.  Vanity made the essential point that rights are not privileges, and that one must defend the rights of all, even those one may disagree with.

All of this brings me to some thoughts that I have regarding Prince Harry, the mention of whom may cause a few raised eyebrows until you step back and think about what I am about to illustrate.

I think it would be very interesting to learn Prince Harry's candid thoughts on this entire situation.  There is a very good reason for this.

Prince Harry has extensive active duty combat experience in the British military, engaging in lethal action against those who share the same ideological views as the individuals that Tommy has been confronting and spotlighting.  The more I research into Tommy's work as an activist and citizen journalist, the more it is clear that Tommy's fight is against extremist ideology and those who would work to raise Sharia Law into a place of authority in the UK; the same Sharia Law brutally enforced by the insurgents/Taliban that Prince Harry put his life on the line to fight against.  

I think it would be very, very interesting to get Prince Harry's thoughts on the matter of Tommy's imprisonment, and what it is that Tommy confronts.  I have a hunch that he would have a stance very similar to Tommy and anyone who has an understanding of Sharia Law and extremist ideology, in that it is incompatible with a truly free society and should never have any genuine legal authority in the UK (or the USA for that matter, but our Constitution is a bulwark against something like that happening here).

Sharia Law is a threat to the rights of women, people of other faiths, the LGBT community, and others (and things like the rules for halal should anger any animal rights advocate).  It is simply that the anti-Tommy crowd has failed to do its homework in researching Sharia Law for themselves.  I think they would be quite surprised to discover all the unpleasant things it contains.

That is perhaps what irritates me the most when I hear some sling the usual insults of "nazi", "xenophobic", "hate", "racist", and "intolerant" toward Tommy and those supporting him. In confronting extremist ideology and spotlighting things like Sharia Law, Tommy is working to protect the rights of each and every one of us.

That is what makes this entire situation regarding his imprisonment so utterly malign and vicious in nature.  That is also why everyone must continue to work hard to raise awareness, educate, and bring growing attention to this grave injustice.

Personally, I think that if he were able to do so, Prince Harry would advocate very strongly for freeing Tommy Robinson.

#FreeTommyRobinson
#FreeTommy
#IAmTommy

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

When a Government Shows Its Malignant Nature, the People's Voice Must Grow Louder

It was reported earlier today that Tommy Robinson has been moved to a much more dangerous prison environment that will put him at tremendous risk of personal harm; to the extent that there is a very real fear that he could be killed while incarcerated.

A government with any shred of moral essence provides for the security of those that it incarcerates.  In this instance, the order to move Tommy ultimately falls under the responsibility of Justice Minister David Gauke, as it is under his ministry's authority that such moves are made.

This order not only fails to provide for Tommy's security, it actively forces him into a much more dangerous environment.

At this point, the malignant nature of the entire situation is abundantly clear.  From the nature of his "crime" (reporting public information on a public street on a matter of grave interest and importance to the general public), to the kangaroo court that took a defendant from arrest to sentencing in a matter of hours (and only minutes in terms of the courtroom hearing.), to this newest development involving his transfer to a much more dangerous prison environment, there is only one reasonable conclusion that can be reached.

Tommy's incarceration is an abomination, in any way that you look at it.

What has happened to Tommy is immoral.  It is unjust. It is egregious.  It continues to worsen in all those respects.

In my previous two posts I have outlined my thoughts regarding Tommy's arrest.  It exposes a very authoritarian nature to the legal system in the UK and begs for massive reform bringing about things like the First Amendment (and others) that are enshrined here in the United States.

Anything less leaves the overwhelming majority of the population vulnerable to suffering the same kind of fate as Tommy, at any time, and for whatever reason the legal system there conjures up.  Keep in mind that all authoritarian regimes in history put forth structure, statues, and documents to support their tyranny.

If ever there was a wake-up call for the people, then this is it.

The moving of Tommy to a much more dangerous prison environment raises a more troubling issue.  It is almost as if the system WANTS to see Tommy harmed or killed while in custody, when they know fully well it will set off a backlash that can get out of control in a hurry.

Some may raise an eyebrow at that statement, but the facts are clear.

They have made no provisions for Tommy's security since the beginning, despite knowing he has suffered harm while incarcerated previously.  Further, they have taken Tommy from a lower-risk prison environment to a much higher one, on the week following the massive rallies in London.  This move was not necessary.

Either they are very stupid or they know precisely what they are doing in putting him at greater risk.  My instincts tell me it is the latter explanation.

This must be kept in mind going forward.  If Tommy comes to harm while in their hands, the blame entirely rests with the powers that whisked him from the street, sentenced, and incarcerated him in a few hours.

The people in the UK continue to deal with a government that is running roughshod over natural rights, a mainstream media that refuses to engage in true journalism, and a legion of quislings who have no problem with authoritarian behavior directed at British citizens .

It is not going to be an easy struggle ahead, but the people must stand together, organize, and speak ever louder.

A movement is underway and it can bring about the kind of change that benefits and empowers every single individual there.  Free speech and expression are essential to liberty.  The people of the UK must work to wake others up and join the effort to bring about lasting reform.

#FreeTommyRobinson
#FreeTommy
#IAmTommy


Update:  Found out after posting this article that the YouTube video Tommy had posted in March warning that he might not be around much longer was scrubbed from YouTube.  Interesting "coincidence" that the scrubbing of this video happened during the same time window as his prison transfer discussed above.



Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Few Thoughts on the Huge Rallies in the UK for Tommy Robinson and the Online Responses I Received and Saw

A big step in a good direction was taken today in the UK. Thousands upon thousands marched and protested on behalf of Tommy Robinson, an activist recently arrested and imprisoned after reporting on a major child grooming gang case while outside the court building.

The images coming back from today are very inspiring. So many came together to stand up for free expression, free speech, and true journalism.



You didn't hear about this on the mainstream/corporate media, of course.  It doesn't fit their narrative.

But it does show how derelict and biased they are when it comes to true journalism; a dereliction surpassed only by their utter failure to put a spotlight on the rising prevalence and danger of child grooming gangs that prey upon young women and underage girls across the UK.

A serious question looms. A massive London protest involving thousands upon thousands doesn't warrant ANY genuine mainstream coverage?  This is definitely a teaching moment when it comes to today's media and why independent media is vital and increasingly relied upon.

The fact remains that Tommy was arrested while working to fill that journalistic void and spread awareness of these monstrous individuals and their ongoing existence (and increasing presence) in UK communities.

In order to proceed directly to my thoughts on the rallies and responses today, I won't go over all the details of the case, but my last post covers a lot of ground in explaining why the entire issue is of great importance to those who value freedom, free thought, and free expression and speech.

You can find that post right here: https://stephenzimmer.blogspot.com/2018/06/why-tommy-robinson-case-in-uk-is.html

Now, let us begin with the responses I received and saw concerning the #FreeTommyRobinson movement.

In response to one of my posts on Twitter in support of #FreeTommyRobinson, I received a snarky comment back from a self-described feminist that indicated there was nothing to defend when it comes to Tommy.  It made me wonder if it ever crossed her mind that Tommy was arrested while trying to bring greater exposure to child grooming gangs whose main victims are young women and underage girls, such as an 11 year old in the case that Tommy did the Facebook Live stream about. 

You would think a self-described feminist would at least be a little sympathetic to Tommy, no matter what they thought of the legalities, in that he was raising awareness of serious and heinous violations of the rights of women. 

That was just the tip of the iceberg.

A great many of the anti-Tommy comments that I received in online engagements sought to advocate a quick dismissal of the issue by simply calling Tommy a criminal.

Apparently, all of these folks are just fine and of good conscience with five hour long arrest/court appearance/sentencing period involving only a handful of minutes in the courtroom.

Of course, they don't mention that more information is emerging that Tommy was led to believe that a guilty plea would result in a fine, which I think will come to light, but even if not how could any defendant have any time to answer the charges/circumstances of the arrest? Especially when the judge in this kangaroo court admitted openly to barely listening to the Facebook Live stream that was used as main evidence against him.

I did find one common thread among all these folks after taking a look at their twitter pages, numbering about 30 or so.  Every single one of those who were quick to malign Tommy as a criminal didn't have so much as a single, solitary peep on their pages about the participants of grooming gangs and the monstrous crimes they commit against young women and underage girls.

It begs the question.  Who are the real criminals?

Just maybe the kinds of fellows in the child grooming gang case?


Tommy is a working class guy from the streets.  He's rough around the edges, gotten into some rumbles, and he is confrontational in style, but a look at his offenses pale in comparison to the ones listed above.  

Here's the list spread around by the anti-Tommy crowd.

2005 12 months for assault
2010 arrested for a public order offense
2011 convicted for football hooliganism
2011 jailed for breaching bail conditions
2011 convicted for assault
2011 jailed for a rooftop protest in Switzerland
2014 jailed for mortgage fraud
2014 Convicted for public order offenses
2015 recalled to prison
2017 convicted for contempt of court

Looking over it, several of these are not exactly major crimes.  Breaching bail conditions, public order offenses and the like can often be very minor actions that run afoul of legalities.  They tend to be more minor offenses in nature and judging by the punishments Tommy received for most of these incidents, that appears to be the case.  

The two assaults are more serious in nature, and to be fair in this analysis they warrant a closer look.  

One involved a drunken argument with a guy that led to a fistfight, and the guy turned out to be an off-duty police officer.  Not a good thing, but arguments and fistfights between guys, especially with booze involved, are anything but uncommon. 

The other assault stems from when Tommy was in the EDL group and got into a verbal exchange with a fellow EDL member who he was irate at for putting messages online about police informers.  He was arrested, and then convicted of assault, after head-butting the guy. 

Note that neither case was a racially-motivated incident.

The assaults were needless and wrongful, and in those instances the arrests and punishments are, of course, justified. But in no way, shape, or form do those instances come anywhere close to the level of crimes committed by those that Tommy has been highlighting and raising awareness of. 

Being a journalist and reporting on a case that is squarely in the public interest to know about from outside the courtroom, in a way that can have zero impact on jurors (unless they are all tuned into Tommy on their phones inside the courtroom), should NEVER be a crime worthy of arrest. 

No peace was being breached, in any way, shape or form.  He did not report anything that was not of public record and any rational, unbiased person watching the video of the arrest or Tommy's FB stream can attest that Tommy behaved in a civil manner, and he cooperated fully with the law enforcement officers. 

Again, Tommy was simply raising awareness about a topic that the mainstream media there has failed to address in any meaningful way.

Of course, as can be expected these days, other anti-Tommy comments fall into the usual tired cliche of name-calling.  According to these folks, Tommy's supporters are all "far right", "racist", "extremist", "intolerant", and a person of "hate".

These labels mystified me, as none of them, using their previously accepted definitions, apply to the overwhelming majority of individuals I watched on all the live streams, interviews, online posts, and other areas where the #FreeTommyRobinson supporters expressed themselves.

It appears to be the case that the definitions for these words has changed.

Looking at the overwhelming majority of the #FreeTommyRobinson supporters that I have observed, interacted with, and read posts from, the definitions below are apparently the modern definitions of these labels when hurled about by the anti-Tommy crowd.

It is hard to come to any other conclusion, because the people labeled as such overwhelmingly fit the updated definitions I reflect here.

Far right = A person who disagrees with the prevailing mainstream media, pop culture, and government-approved narrative. A person labeled as "far right" has also likely been called a fascist by those who actually are engaging in fascist behavior. In many instances, "far right" now means that the one labeled as such is an advocate of Judeo-Christian faiths.

Extremist = A person who is patriotic.  In Britain, it means that the person puts the interests of Britain first.  An "extremist" now is apparently a person who stands for the well-being, security and betterment of their family, friends, and local community. An "extremist", as the term seems to indicate now, exercises an independent mind and freewill versus engaging in group-think. An "extremist" nowadays is apparently a person who defends natural rights.

Intolerant = When a person is now accused of being "intolerant", it now means that the person making that accusation is truly intolerant of the accused's views, values, and beliefs.  The person hurling that label about is also letting the accused know that they will be tolerant of them, as long as the accused agrees with everything they say and believe.

Hate = An accusation of "hate" now means that the person labeled simply has different opinions than those hurling the label about.  They are also indicating that the person doing the labeling is at a loss to counter the labeled-person's rational, substantiated, reality-based arguments.

Racist =  Similar to the definition of "hate", being called a racist now simply means that the person doing the labeling has nothing of substance to bring to a discussion or debate.  The labeled person simply has a different perspective that has nothing to do with another person's skin color or ethnicity.  Often, the different perspective involves criticism and opposition to religious teachings, practices, and beliefs.  Most often, the person doing the labeling is unable to comprehend that a religion is not a race.

Or, perhaps, the anti-Tommy crowd and their cohorts have hijacked language. It's something to consider.

It has been an eye opener for sure.  There is no question that there are a significant number of people out there who would do nothing to oppose or, even worse, support a totalitarian state.  They have plenty of support in this among wealthy elites, major corporations and big corporate media.

Nevertheless, they all underestimate the power within individuals who come together for the cause of freedom.

As a writer and filmmaker, free speech and expression are of the utmost importance to me. They are also natural rights for all. Open journalism is also essential to a truly free and informed society.

This is why I, as an individual, support those in the #FreeTommyMovement and was elated to see so many thousands of individuals stepping forward.

I see the potential for a real flame of liberty to be lit and my wish is for the people of the UK to see that it burns stronger and brighter every day going forward.  When individual liberty thrives, including free speech and expression, a great future is made possible for the greatest number of individuals in a society.

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#IAmTommy

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