posted on Aug, 21 2013 @ 08:09 AM
reply to post by Springer
Mr Springer - You might recall a letter you sent to me some time ago in response to my inquiry regarding the notion of "freedom of speech" on your
website - actually the lack thereof. My inquiry had to do with the extreme nature of your 'T+C' as regards the stifling of 'speech' here on ATS, and
that there surely seemed to be a dearth of free expression here because of your restrictions, and I wanted to hear from you personally the reasons for
that. As much as I would like to reproduce here the contents of your response I am presuming that it would be in violation of your T+C, so I will
paraphrase the gist of your remarks.
While my particular emphasis was on the notion of "freedom of speech" as generally understood in the context of our inherited democratic traditions,
and the fact of being an 'American,' I never actually referred to the strict interpretation that the Bill of Rights provides for us in the first
amendment, but you did in saying to me quite strenuously, and in no uncertain terms that " ATS is a 'constitution free' zone; the Bill of Rights does
not apply here. This is private property, more specifically - this is 'sovereign territory' of which I am the owner who makes the rules, so your
so-called 'right of speech' ends at the front door. If you don't like my rules then leave. End of discussion." (para)
Now - based on your attitude towards me, and anyone else who comes here to ATS, I am wondering how you manage to muster the gall to post a thread such
as this wherein you are ranting about the governments heavy hand when you yourself are just as heavy-handed as they when it come to the notion of
"freedom of speech."
As you know Mr. Springer, I called you out recently on this very issue, comparing your actions against free speech to those of our oppressive
government, and challenged your position regarding freedom of expression here at ATS in a 2 pg. thread titled "ATS Moderators: Thank you
So, I would like to refer the interested reader especially to pg.2 of that
earlier thread wherein you mocked and ridiculed my legitimate concerns - shame on you for that!
When all is said and done, I think your being hypocritical in posting such a thread as this, and for making what amounts to a disingenuous rant
against the government and the NSA, and I don't mind telling you so.
edit on 21-8-2013 by YodHeVauHe because: (no reason given)