Monday, May 18, 2009

Letter to radical free-expression advocate Michael Savage

Here is the language quoted from the Savage complaint.


[Sent via USPS]

Michael Savage
340 Townsend St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

16 May 2009

Dear Dr. Savage:

Re your run-in with the British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and her placing you on a list of individuals banned from Great Britain. In your case you have been banned because of your opinions, while others on the list have been banned because they are murderers, terrorists, and other authentically bad guys. You have the right to be incensed. I agree with you that it is the antithesis of a free society for it to be a crime to say what you think, to reveal to what is in your heart.

In your letter to Secretary Hillary Clinton, asking for her help, you draw her attention to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the right of freedom of expression and you quote Article 10(1) which provides in part: “Everyone has the right of freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinion and to receive and import information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.”

Your letter further notes: “The European Court of Human Rights (Case of Surek v. Turkey, NO. 1) has held that the ‘freedom of expression constitutes one [of] the essential foundations of a democratic society.’ The Court went on to say that this freedom of expression is not only applicable to information and ideas that are favorably received, but ‘also to those that offend shock or disturb.’”

Are you aware that at this moment men and women all over Europe are being arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned by the State for questioning one aspect or another of the Holocaust story? What do you think about that? If you believe you have a right to say what you think, do not those who question the gas-chamber story have a right to say they question it and give their reasons for questioning it?

Example: I have asked some 3,000 American professors if they can provide, with proof, the name of one person killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz. My understanding is that if I were to go to any of eleven countries in Europe, or to Israel, to ask that question that I would be arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned for expressing “doubt” about one aspect of the Holocaust story. Do you agree with these laws against free expression? Have you ever spoken out against them?

While I understand that such questions “offend, shock, or disturb” some, do you not believe that to prohibit such questions will further the liberal/fascist tyranny of State censorship throughout Western culture that you are battling right now?

I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

Bradley R. Smith, Founder
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
PO Box 439 016
San Ysidro, CA 92341

Tel: 209 682 5327

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