Thursday, August 24, 2017

Robert Spencer: PayPal blocks German counterjihad site PI News

About Robert Spencer

ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of seventeen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Coming in November 2017 is Confessions of an Islamophobe (Bombardier Books).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning NewsFox News OpinionNational ReviewThe Hill, the Detroit NewsTownHall.comReal Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National PostMiddle East QuarterlyWorldNet DailyFirst ThingsInsight in the NewsAleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation.
Spencer has appeared on the BBC, ABC News, CNN, FoxNews’s Tucker Carlson Show, the O’Reilly Factor, Megyn Kelly’s The Kelly File, the Sean Hannity Show, Geraldo Rivera Reports, the Glenn Beck Show, Fox and Friends, America’s News HQ and many other Fox programs, PBS, MSNBC, CNBC, C-Span, CTV News, Bill O’Reilly’s No Spin News, France24, Voice of Russia and Croatia National Television (HTV), as well as on numerous radio programs including The Sean Hannity Show, Bill O’Reilly’s Radio Factor, The Mark Levin Show, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Herman Cain Show, The Joe Piscopo Show, The Howie Carr Show, The Curt Schilling Show, Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, Michael Savage’s Savage Nation, The Alan Colmes Show, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Neal Boortz Show, The Michael Medved Show, The Michael Reagan Show, The Rusty Humphries Show, The Larry Elder Show, The Peter Boyles Show, Vatican Radio, and many others.
Robert Spencer has been a featured speaker at the University of California-Irvine, Temple University, Dartmouth College, Penn State University, the University of California-Los Angeles, Stanford University, New York University, Brown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, State University of New York-Binghamton, State University of New York-Stony Brook, Florida State University, DePaul University, the College of William and Mary, Washington University of St. Louis, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Boise State University, Cal Poly, Portland State University, and many other colleges and universities. He has also addressed the Heritage Foundation, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in New York City, the Hudson Institute, the Temple of the Arts in Los Angeles, the San Diego Jewish Book Fair, the Young Presidents’ Organization, Calvary Chapel Pacific Coast, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), FreedomFest, Young America’s Foundation, Hershey’s Sweet Retreat, the John W. Pope Civitas Institute, the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley, Train the Trainer, and many other audiences.

PayPal blocks German counterjihad site PI News

This is why I didn’t restore the PayPal button on the sidebar when they unblocked the Jihad Watch account. Clearly this was a concerted, organized effort to choke off funding for counterjihad sites not just in the U.S., but all over the world, and many of these groups have not had their accounts restored. Moreover, the effort to choke us off continues.
“PayPal blocks account for PI donations,” translated from “PayPal sperrt Konto für PI-Spenden,” PI News, August 23, 2017 (thanks to Andrew):
Islam is terrorizing the whole world. The blood of “unbelievers” is shed in a unique trail of hatred and murder.
Whoever does not want to play this cruel game at the edge of a genocide, who says what he sees, calls the truth by name, is fought by this unholy alliance. Now this fight is really going on.
It was first the deletion teams in social networks, the controlling and systematic readjusting of the algorithms of search engines, and the merciless criminalization of simple citizens and their opinions.
Now the monetary bleeding shall begin
In an apparently worldwide concerted action, PayPal is currently systematically blocking the accounts of, above all, Islam-critical blogs and individuals. Within a few days, two of the sharpest Islamic-critical US websites received a letter from the group, and PI is now affected. The PI donation account has been blocked to PI because of its “type of activity.”
The wording is apparently the same for all, with only different addressees:
We have recently reviewed your usage of PayPal’s services, as reflected in
our records and on your website .. Due to
the nature of your activities, we have chosen to discontinue service to you
in accordance with PayPal’s User Agreement. As a result, we have placed a
permanent limitation on your account.
We ask that you please remove all references to PayPal from your website.
This includes removing PayPal as a payment option, as well as the PayPal
logo and/or shopping cart.
If you have a remaining balance, you may withdraw the money to your bank
account. Information on how to withdraw money from your PayPal account can
be found via our Help Center.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions or
need our support, please contact the PayPal Brand Risk Management
Department at
PayPal Brand Risk Management
Pamela Geller, who not only runs a website, but also repeatedly takes effective media actions against Islam (PI-NEWS reported here and here), which have up to now been protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which guarantees freedom of the press and freedom of opinion, was also sent a letter of the same wording, as was Robert Spencer, who runs the site Jihad Watch.
Islam and the Left against People
Obviously, Islam takes more control of the world every day. There are more than ambitious helpers here: left-wing ethicists and their own people-hating groups and individuals, such as George Soros. Jihad Watch reported that, among others, ProPublica, funded by George Soros, had been called to classify and block sites like Jihad Watch as hate sites.
PI is also affected. We received the message last week. The truth is a dangerous warrior and the word her sharp sword. This weapon and others is to be beaten from our hand – obviously by all means, because this action is presumably still one of the more harmless, and more is likely to come…