“Vial Of Death”: Farrakhan’s Anti-Vaccine Statements Expose The Fallacy Of Internet Censorship Policies

We have been discussing the expanded censorship on the Internet and the threat to both free speech and free press rights. As stated recently in testimony before the House, I remain an unabashed “Internet Originalist,” favoring the free forum for speech that once defined these Big Tech companies. The expanding censorship of the Internet continues to show bias and contractions as Democratic members push for “robust modification” to silence opposing views of everything from climate change to social justice. A new controversy shows the contradictions as people spread the false claims of Rev. Louis Farrakhan that the Covid-19 vaccines are really the “vial of death.” The continued spreading of his views shows that speech like water has a way of finding a way out, even untrue and hateful speech. The proper response is not less but more (and better) speech.

We have previously discussed Farrakhan’s absurd and dangerous views as well as companies like Facebook blocking him.  His views will, of course, still be discussed by tens of thousands of his followers. His latest diatribe is an example. Farrakhan recorded a video late last month during the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day convention, that remained available via TwitterFacebook and YouTube  in which he called the vaccine was a “vial of death.” He declared “it is death itself” and compared it to the Kool-Aid from the Jim Jones mass-death tragedy in Guyana in 1978. He promised that “[b]y rushing so fast to get something out, bypassing normal steps in a true vaccine, now God is going to turn your vaccine into death in a hurry.”

In addition to people posting his views or his speech, Farrakhan’s words are also carried in news articles and general coverage. Thus, these companies are censoring direct postings but the message is still getting out.  The reason is that this is news and people want to discuss it.  While censors believe that people should adhere to their view of what can and cannot be discussed, there is a lingering desire of many to make that decision for themselves.

Democrats are pushing for greater censorship along the lines of Europe despite the utter failure of such policies in Europe. Germany has proven the fallacy of changing minds through threatened prosecution.  While I am certainly sympathetic to the Germans in seeking to end the scourge of fascism, I have long been a critic of the German laws prohibiting certain symbols and phrases, I view it as not just a violation of free speech but a futile effort to stamp but extremism by barring certain symbols. Instead, extremists have rallied around an underground culture and embraced symbols that closely resemble those banned by the government. I fail to see how arresting a man for a Hitler ringtone is achieving a meaningful level of deterrence, even if you ignore the free speech implications.

The greatest impact in Germany has not been on the reduction of hate speech but the reduction of free speech.  We discussed how decades of anti-free speech policies in Germany have reduced the expectations of citizens in that country to the level of an authoritarian regime. A survey, conducted by the Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach(and published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) found that only 18 percent of Germans feel free to express their views in public.

This is clearly a dangerous message for his followers but they will get the message in a variety of ways, including direct communications from the Nation of Islam. Instead of embracing censorship, we can let him speak freely and use our own free speech to counter his message of ignorance and hate. We are developing a huge apparatus for private censorship in this country that will succeed more in stopping free speech but not false or hateful speech.  Farrakhan’s greatest threat to this country is not as an influential leader but as an excuse for censorship.  We do not need free speech values to protect popular speech or popular individuals. Farrakhan is the price we pay for free speech.

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  1. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2021-03-08/cdc-about-be-canceled-google-and-facebook-covid-heresy

    “According to the CDC’s analysis, between March 1 and December 31 last year, statewide mask mandates were in effect in 2,313 of the 3,142 counties in the United States.

    And, looking at the county-by-county data, the CDC concludes that mask mandates were associated with an average 1.32% decrease in the growth rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths during the first 100 days after the mask policy was implemented.”

    Here’s the dead giveaway that the “experts” are liars:

    “the CDC reports that influenza cases in the United States have dropped to almost zero in the 2020-2021 flu season, down from 56 MILLION the previous year.

    It’s amazing they expect anyone to take this data seriously.

    Are we honestly supposed to believe that the flu has been eradicated? Or is it possible, that, maybe just maybe, at least some influenza cases have been misdiagnosed as COVID?

    If that’s the case, then the real impact of masks on COVID growth rates is potentially much lower than 1.32%.”

    Scared and stupid is no way to go through life.

    1. Indeed Walworth, and getting your opinions from crackpot cult leader wannabes selling secret paths to wealth is probably the 1st habit you should kick.

    2. Imagine that: wearing masks and social distancing helps reduce flu transmission too.

      “Almost zero”

      Don’t trust Zero Hedge. The CDC itself says “Between October 1, 2020, and February 27, 2021, FluSurv-NET sites in 14 states reported … an overall cumulative hospitalization rate of 0.7 per 100,000 population.” That translates to over 2000 people hospitalized nationally, and of course many people get the flu without being hospitalized.

      “Are we honestly supposed to believe that the flu has been eradicated?”

      Only you bizarrely believe that these numbers indicate eradication.

      1. flue has not been eradicated but our immune system is able to deal with it especially when we are not having to wear masks isolate and get poison dropped on us and our soil from the skies. There is not one thing that these globalist are not poisoning our medicine our food our water our make up shampoo soap clothing etc. This virus was not a threat it was politicised deliberately by the media the scam was pre-planned 20 years ago by those behind it to make a shed load of money and cull the population at the same time . However; the people were not supposed to get murdered/culled and disabled quite so fast it was supposed to happen a bit up the line to stop people from correlating their death or injury with the kill shot that way they could accuse the virus not the bioweapon they created and used on the population as the reason when thousands start dropping down dead up the line .

        There are lots of treatment that deal with Covid and viruses very effectively we did not even need a vaccine and this vaccine that is not even a vaccine is completely useless it does nothing to protect you and nothing to stop the spread but it does a nice line in strokes convulsions your skin falling off your foot blowing up giving you a heart condition and so much more including damaging your blood and giving you fatal clots.

        The government has made laws protecting the vaccine producers and makers and themselves from liability deliberately countering all necessary checks & balances needed for the safety of the people thus allowing these racketeers and eugenicists many of which hold high office in government to get off scot free with genocide and crimes against humanity . Had they been made responsible and liable as it should be to protect the people and had it been the governments main concern to protect the people that product would have been pulled right off the market and likely not been allowed to go forward. because there are so many cases of death and injury that they would have been rushed with claims for compensation and not be able to hide it as they are now that would have alerted the public not to go near it with a barge pole. The government is also ensuring airtight censorship to prevent people knowing the truth and speaking the truth which all adds up to a conspiracy against the people with malfeasance.

        What is required now is for the army to step up to protect the people of this country to come in and arrest the government and the globalist responsible for this crime put them out of office because they are unfit to govern and a danger the the people. The issue is not about flue being eradicated the real issue is that the government is a law unto itself it is 100% rogue as is the the medical industrial organisations behind this and we the people need the army to take action on it NOW to protect us . People are dying and being injured and appear to be too cowed to say no to any of this. I DEMAND THAT THE ARMY TAKES ACTION NOW TO SORT THESE PEOPLE OUT AND GET THIS POISON OFF THE MARKET AND THESE PEOPLE ON TRIAL.

  2. @JonathanTurley said, “A new controversy shows the contradictions as people spread the false claims of Rev. Louis Farrakhan that the Covid-19 vaccines are really the “vial of death.””

    Just to be hypertechnically correct, people have died after being vaccinated, and while authorities have downplayed this or sought to sluff the causation to other factors, they have not disproved the Rev. Farrakhan’s assertion this vaxx kills. But even then, we still have no idea what the long-term outcome might be, so Rev. Farrakhan’s assertion cannot at this point be assumed to be false or true.

    All vaccines have killed and maimed at some point, which is why Big Pharma is indemnified for vaxx mishaps. This “vaccination” isn’t even fully approved, having been put into mass use well before clinical trials have concluded and long-term safety has been established.

    This is a medical experiment on a public that has been terrorized into making the choice to take it without being given sufficient information to give informed consent. That is a crime against humanity.

    1. If you feel that you have insufficient information to give informed consent, no one is forcing you to be vaccinated. But your personal opinion doesn’t determine anyone else’s. I don’t feel terrorized, and I’m able to read to my satisfaction. Keep in mind that people also choose to participate in medical experiments. That’s what clinical trials are. The key issue there too is informed consent.

          1. Jill didn’t say federal law, but expect state law to have some informed consent . At least one federal case, Canterbury v Spence requires informed consent in medical procedures. How it can play out if there are known severe side effects I am not sure, but it would be risky to give it without providing information.

            1. I expect that state laws vary. I have no reason to take Jill’s word for anything. You and she are welcome to present some actual evidence. From what I’ve read, medical consent often isn’t truly informed.

          2. Anonymous the Stupid, the vaccines are being given through the states. Along with copying you also have to engage your brain.

          3. Because we are signatories to the Geneva Convention. Informed consent is mandatory and failing to give it opens a provider to crimes against humanity. The Geneva Convention is the law of the land and there is a good reason for that, see Nazi Germany and human experimentation.

            1. The Geneva Conventions don’t even apply to civilians in non-wartime settings.

              1. I am sorry anon. I meant the Nuremberg Code. This is the law of the land and specifically requires informed consent. I apologize for getting my terms mixed up. It is forbidden to do experimental medical procedures w/o informed consent.

                Other than that, all else applies, see Nazi Germany. I will also let you know that Nuremberg trials are coming to the US and other nations. JT does not allow the names of the attys. involved to be mentioned on his free speech blog but you can look up Nuremberg 2 to get that information.

                1. No country is a signatory of the Nuremberg Code. It’s certainly not the law of the land in the US. In addition, the Nuremberg Code addresses medical experimentation and not therapeutic treatment or therapeutic preventive care. The clinical trials for the various vaccines were experiments; the current vaccinations using vaccines that have been granted EUAs are therapeutic preventive care.

                    1. I’m not sure what you’re trying to say by posting that link. It has no connection to my comment.

                    2. You people are running around doing/promoting injecting, (shooting people/assaulting/injuring/ corrupting humans DNA forever, killing), with a GMO, another piece to a “Gain of Function” binary Bio-Weapon.

                      But so did the Fascist Nazi Germans & Japs in WW2.

                      I give them/you credit though for the PR this time, putting theirfascist ground troops in White Lab Coats & showing them night & day on media.

                    3. Get rid of the big drug dealer’s indemnification pushing this mRNA crap & problems will all but disappear.

                      BTW: WTF did they put Jelly Fish genes in their love shot? Is it so we cansee you Zombies at night?

                    4. I’ll try to clarify this phrase: ” this mRNA crap”

                      I need to be saying that this “Warp Speed/Twisted mRNA crap”.

                      mRNA treatments may prove in other cases, after appropriate testing, may well be shown to be “Safe & Effective” & just as important (Efficacious).

                      These Warp Speed mRNA BS are just to risky as even the mfg’s don’t know the short term or long effectiveness/efficacious other the it can kill, permanently injury, melts guys balls off & permanently ruin a gal’s reproductive organs.

                      WTH: Bill Gates family still carrying on eugenics & world wide genocide? Looks just like it to me.

          4. “(ii)Appropriate conditions designed to ensure that individuals to whom the product is administered are informed—
            (I)that the Secretary has authorized the emergency use of the product;
            (II)of the significant known and potential benefits and risks of such use, and of the extent to which such benefits and risks are unknown; and
            (III)of the option to accept or refuse administration of the product, of the consequences, if any, of refusing administration of the product, and of the alternatives to the product that are available and of their benefits and risks.” UScode

            1. You said “this is a crime against humanity. The law requires informed consent be given before injection. It is not being given.” What’s your evidence that people in the US are being vaccinated without being provided with information satisfying 21 U.S. Code § 360bbb–3(e)(1)(A)(ii)?

              Here’s an example of the information provided to people getting the Pfizer vaccine –

    2. Yes, this is a crime against humanity. The law requires informed consent be given before injection. It is not being given.
      This is a requirement placed on all providers. Everything you said is correct.

      Further their is video and whistleblower testimony from around the world about forced injections followed by death in nursing homes in Germany and other nations. Some nations have stopped giving the vaccines to the elderly as so many have died after receiving it.

      Also note that Pfizer is demanding military bases and embassies as collateral before they will deliver their injections to Brazil and Argentina. Both nations have refused this kind offer. And I thought they were safe and effective even though Pfizer’s trial ends in 2023 and Modern’s ends in 2022. Israel has a secret contract w/Pfizer, I guess so the virus won’t read it and take appropriate counter measures?

      Does nothing about this raise alarm bells for you JT?

      1. Informed consent evolved from our common law. Any unauthorized touching is a battery, a tort. If you obtain ‘authorization’ with misinformation or withheld information it is not valid and you are back in battery territory. In most jurisdictions this has evolved into a standard of care for practitioners.

  3. One of the most convincing theories about why Covid-19 seems to be hitting persons of color more than white folk in the non-tropical or sub-tropical climes is that more melanin in the skin means that less sunlight UV is able to pass through, decreasing the amount of vitamin D produced in the body. As vitamin D is a crucial hormone involved in the human immune system, reduced vitamin D level impacts the efficacy of the immune system to deal with viruses such as sars-cov-2, and people with dark skin living farther from the equator will receive weaker sunlight than in tropical regions as well as filtering out the UV rays to begin with.
    Before immediately jumping to a vaccine, it would be beneficial to do as much as possible to strengthen the immune system, by taking vitamin D3 supplement as well as vitamin C etc. as needed—this, along with exposure to outdoor sunlight and fresh air, as well as nutritious meals and exercise, give the immune system a boost, so it can naturally deal better with any virus invasion.
    Note that even during the “Spanish” flu pandemic, Army doctors treating patients in the tent hospitals eventually realized that rather than keeping the patients in enclosed spaces, moving them outside into the fresh air and sunlight had a beneficial effect, and contributed to their survivability.

  4. Yes, we absolutely need free speech to include an open, honest discussion of injections. Here is a really good start: “The goal of this Family Financial Form is to ensure that an adverse event or death of one family member does not translate into long-lived or permanent financial destruction for the entire family.

    This form was created to assist families to communicate regarding and to prepare for the family-wide financial impact of adverse events, if any, resulting from a Covid-19 injection. Examples of adverse events from Covid-19 injections include Covid-19 infection; anaphylaxis; neurological disorders; autoimmune disorders; other long-term chronic diseases; blindness and deafness; infertility, fetal damage, miscarriage, and stillbirth; and death (see Table 1 for examples of each).

    Traditionally, informed consent forms for vaccination do not provide disclosure or statistics related to financial costs of possible injury, disability, or death, nor do they discuss the impact on family time, resources, health, and wealth—impacts that may include reduced career potential, divorce, and effects on siblings’ education and future plans.

    Consequently, it is essential that prior to receiving a Covid-19 injection, parents and family members with financial responsibility for children and spouses not only perform thorough due diligence—providing adequate disclosures to their families regarding the potential costs to family members of adverse events or death—but also take steps to protect themselves and family members from the material adverse financial consequences of an adverse event or death…”


      1. The problem is not with warped views by Judith rather the fact that you are warped.

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