Where Online Hate Speech Can Bring the Police to Your Door (including glamour shots of the Gestapo thugs terrorizing people)
When the police pounded the door before dawn at a home in northwest Germany, a bleary-eyed young man in his boxer shorts answered. The officers asked for his father, who was at work.
A common tactic of the Gestapo was to knock at people's door in the middle of the night, in order to inspire maximum fear and terror both in the victim and the neighbors. The current terror regime in Germany has adopted the same, because trappings aside, they are the same (except with enmity towards Germans rather than Jews).
They told him that his 51-year-old father was accused of violating laws against online hate speech, insults and misinformation. He had shared an image on Facebook with an inflammatory statement about immigration falsely attributed to a German politician. “Just because someone rapes, robs or is a serious criminal is not a reason for deportation,” the fake remark said.
The police then scoured the home for about 30 minutes, seizing a laptop and tablet as evidence, prosecutors said.
So this was in defense of a politician. In other words, they rule over you, take your freedom, take your earnings and then use your own money to terrorize and oppress you.
At that exact moment in March, a similar scene was playing out at about 100 other homes across Germany, part of a coordinated nationwide crackdown that continues to this day. After sharing images circulating on Facebook that carried a fake statement, the perpetrators had devices confiscated and some were fined.
You are terrorized for merely sharing a meme that they do not like. Later on in the article, they say that not having mens rea is not a defense.
And it was that post that eventually led to the raid of that 51-year-old father’s house in northwest Germany. The father, whose name was not shared by authorities because of Germany’s strict privacy laws, is still under investigation in Lower Saxony as police examine the contents of his devices. Even if he did not know the comment attributed to Ms. Bause was fake, he still faces punishment because “the accused bears the risk of spreading a false quote without checking it,” prosecutors said.
Only they are allowed to spread lies.
But the people behind the most toxic online behavior typically avoid any personal major real-world consequences.
“There has to be a line you cannot cross,” said Svenja Meininghaus, a state prosecutor who attended the raid of the father’s house. “There has to be consequences.”
Jawhol mein Fuehrerin. Es ist Zeit fuer Raeuch!
But in a review of German state records, The New York Times found more than 8,500 cases. Overall, more than 1,000 people have been charged or punished since 2018, a figure many experts said is probably much higher.
Fully 1 in 10,000 German "citizens" (subjects) have been targeted by these Gestapo thugs.
Authorities in Lower Saxony raid homes up to multiple times per month, sometimes with a local television crew in tow.
My apologies to the Gestapo for making the comparison. The Gestapo never sunk so low as to make the media into a weapon for the regime. And one wonders why the media is making itself an instrument for the persecution of regime opponents. Such a free press!
When people refuse to give access to their smartphones for evidence, Mr. Laue said, the device can be sent to a lab operated by the federal government that uses software that can bypass passwords. Made by a company called Cellebrite, it is the same kind of software used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States.
Be you aware of this.
Swen Weiland, a software developer turned internet hate speech investigator, is in charge of unmasking people behind anonymous accounts...After an unknown Twitter user compared Covid restrictions to the Holocaust, he used an online registry of licensed architects to help identify the culprit as a middle-aged woman.
“I try to find out what they do in their normal life,” Mr. Weiland said. “If I find where they live or their relatives then I can get the real person. The internet does not forget.”
Now bear in mind that they posted the picture of this mad dog of the regime. And yet the people they're going after are supposedly very dangerous. Clearly, they - and he - do not think so, or they would not publish his name, nor post a glamor shot of his balding, neckbeard, bugman ass.
Police officers and prosecutors say that detective work is required because social media companies rarely turn over user information unless there is an imminent threat of violence. Meta, Google and Twitter recently won a court challenge to stop an expansion of the Network Enforcement Act that would have required the companies to notify the government when they detected online hate speech and other illicit content, a rule that could have led to thousands of new cases per year.
Google said in a statement that it provided information in 85 percent of requests from authorities, but that the proposed law to provide authorities user data without a legal order “undermines fundamental rights.”
The Nazi country is so extreme, that even far-left American countries are going: ho there, Adolf, control yourself a bit.
*Journalist gets man convicted for calling him 'stupid' and 'mentally ill'
Last year, Christian Endt, a journalist in Berlin whose coverage of Covid drew a steady stream of insults online, reached a breaking point. After an anonymous Twitter user had called him “stupid” and mentally ill, he embarked on a mission to see if he could get the person prosecuted.
The person’s account did not include a real name, but it had a photo on the profile page. That allowed Mr. Endt to perform an image search to see where else on the internet the image could be found. It led him to a LinkedIn page of a small-business owner. From there, he found the individual’s company website, phone number and home address.
Mr. Endt compiled his finding in a memo and sent it to the local district attorney. In December, the case landed with the online hate unit in Lower Saxony, where the culprit lived. After reviewing the evidence, they sent the man a fine worth about €1,000.
“I was not even sure if what this guy wrote was a crime or not,” Mr. Endt said. “In the end, I’m happy they did something about it and this person got a signal that there are some limits on free speech.”
I don't know if it's a crime, but it's nice that someone got convicted for calling me stupid, so there are 'some limits'. None for me though, obviously.
You are such a penis
Last year, Andy Grote, a city senator responsible for public safety and the police in Hamburg, broke the local social distancing rules — which he was in charge of enforcing — by hosting a small election party in a downtown bar.
After Mr. Grote later made remarks admonishing others for hosting parties during the pandemic, a Twitter user wrote: “Du bist so 1 Pimmel” (“You are such a penis”).
Three months later, six police officers raided the house of the man who had posted the insult, looking for his electronic devices. The incident caused an uproar.
These 'laws' exist to protect the ruling class from you. Already you could do nothing against them, now you can not even say anything about them.
In June, in the town of Kassel in central Germany, a 49-year-old man was on trial for comments made on Facebook that said Mr. Lübcke, the politician murdered in 2019, had “himself to blame.”
Dirk B., the defendant whose full name is being withheld because of Germany’s strict privacy laws, told a judge that the comments were taken out of context. His Facebook post, he said, had been about Mr. Lübcke’s refusal of police protection and that he had, in the same comments, expressed condolences for Mr. Lübcke’s family.
“This falls under the freedom of expression in our free democratic state,” the defendant said. He added that he would post the same thing again.
The judge disagreed. At the end of the two-hour hearing, she said he had effectively condoned Mr. Lübcke’s murder. He was ordered to pay a fine of €2,400.
This is the only one I'm remotely conflicted about whether it was a good thing to say, although he clearly should not have been prosecuted.
There are no worse people in the world than those responsible for this. It is these people who are enemy of civilians in the West, for their part at least, as much as they keep telling us that their Emmanuel Goldsteins are our enemy.
This is what they call 'democracy'. This is what they call 'freedom of speech'. This is what they call 'liberalism'. There are some friendly Americans here (one in particular I'm thinking of) who unironically call European countries 'democracies'. They're anything but, same as the US. They're oligarchic tyrannies, same as the US.