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US Speaker of House silenced foreign news site
Seen and gasped at numbers of time before, frailty has been unmasked again by disclosure of American politicians breaching their oath of service to their country. This time no less players than Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House and April Foley, U.S ambassador to Hungary managed to deserve above dubious kudos. These individuals violated their oath for upholding the US Constitution by getting involved in a cynical game in collaboration
Yet another rightophobic server hosting company, Layeredtech, Inc. decided to pull the plug on a Hungarian patriotic website. Newsportal kuruc.info is one of the most popular websites in Hungary and is known to be the harshest opposition to the pro-communist government led by Socialist PM Gyurcsany. There have already been numerous attempts by the Hungarian Socialist government to silence the patriotic newsportal, including a claim by PM Gyurcsany for judicial aid from the US government that was rejected by the US Department of Justice. Until last week troubled newsportal kuruc.info had been successfully manouvering and evading closure, but mounting pressure from the pro-communist Hungarian government and left-fascist lobby groups resulted in suspension of their site. US server hosting companies Softlayer and then LayeredTech Inc. decided to suspend the server where kuruc.info resided without valid US court warrants or any further explanation. There is a growing concern that other Hungarian patriotic and opposition websites will be the targets of the rightophobic Socialist Liberal government in a crackdown of any criticising voices or parties. The Communist-style censorship and closure of the newsportal Kuruc.info might have been supported and aided by other lobby groups as kuruc.info stepping on toes by being the first newsportal to report Israeli PM Simon Peres' infamous speech: "We [Israel] are buying up Manhattan, Poland and Hungary". The closures could result in legal claims for damages being brought against the companies.
After Softlayer illegally having shut down our server without a Court order or a legal process LayeredTech decided to follow the foul example. LayeredTech was not able to prove the libelous accusations – just like its predecessor, they only made a general allusion to some kind of "violation of AUP of an Upstream Provider of Layered Technologies."
They were probably able to conclude this after a four days Hungarian quicky, although we had informed them at the very beginning that Kuruc.info was a harsh, sincere, factfinding right wing nationalist
news site. We have also assured them that we respect the American law and constitution, and we do not instigate, set up people or groups against other persons – as do some liberal, postcommunist papers and channels in Hungary. This fact was confirmed by the US Department of Justice as well last year when they rejected the claim for judicial aid of the Hungarian prime minister concerning Kuruc.info. The
Hungarian prime minister, Ferenc Gyurcsány ordered among others the police to shoot at peaceful Hungarian demonstrators on October 23rd 2006 in Budapest wounding hundreds and semiblinding 14 people with rubber bullets. Besides he confessed in a secret speech to his party leaders in Balatonőszöd, that he and his government was doing nothing but lying and rigging statistics before the elections. The infamous speech was recorded and some month later leaked by someone (party
rivals perhaps, but nobody knows) leading to unrest and political instability in Hungary.
The sales representative of LayeredTech, Hallie Weaver had in advance asked permission from her boss to make a contract with us, and later she said she didn't understand Softlayer's procedure. She has also promised us in writing that they would not proceed this way, especially not disconnecting our server without prior notice.
The prime minister's commissioner for Roma affairs László Teleki thanked to U.S. ambassador April H. Foley on Wednesday that the U.S. authorities had closed down a Hungarian far-right news portal that was run on an American server. The Hungarian authorities had repeatedly asked the U.S. to clamp down on kuruc.info, infamous for inciting hatred against Hungary's Roma and Jewish communities and violating personal rights and the fundamental values of the democratic republic. Traffic on the site, which had been registered in Arizona at the end of 2005, was first cut off on July 5. A few days later, the site was back again on a server in Arizona but the U.S. authorities had closed it down again. Teleki and Foley discussed the situation of the Roma in Hungary, as well as government efforts to integrate the Roma into mainstream society and fight against discrimination. Teleki also thanked Foley for her work to promote Roma organisations and improve their social status.