BANNEDTHOUGHT.NET is a web site which is devoted to defending the freedom of speech about progressive ideas, ideas which have been suppressed in one way or another anywhere in the world. Where reactionary governments or their agents suppress such ideas we will attempt to draw attention to that fact, and to strenuously oppose it. And when possible, we will also try to post documents and publications that have been suppressed in some particular country, and make them available on the Internet for the people of that country and for the whole world.
BANNEDTHOUGHT.NET is completely independent and totally unaffiliated with any political party, organization, network, or alliance, anywhere in the world. While our sympathies are of course with the struggles of the oppressed and exploited peoples of the world, our goal is simply to expose attempts to censor or suppress progressive ideas and to make available publications and documents which have been suppressed in one or more countries.
Our posting of such documents and publications does not necessarily mean that we agree with what they say! In no way are we acting as the representatives of any party or organization when we post such materials. We do so purely in the defense of free speech and the right of the people of the world to hear the ideas that many governments would deny to them.
For the record, we want to make it absolutely clear that we are not under the direction of any foreign (or domestic!) organization whatsoever; we have no connections whatsoever with any other organization; and we in no way “coordinate” our work and postings here with any other organization or individual. We receive a large number of materials from a great many sources, and pick and choose what to post entirely by ourselves. In most cases we have no idea who the people sending us materials are, or what their own political ideas and beliefs are. And in no case are we acting in their behalf. We do not aid, promote, assist, support, or provide any sort of services or advice to any other organization or individual. Our efforts on BANNEDTHOUGHT.NET are entirely devoted to promoting free speech in the U.S. and around the world, and in posting news items and documents which are suppressed elsewhere.
From time to time there have been false or seriously misleading statements about the nature of BANNEDTHOUGHT.NET which have been published in newspapers in some countries or posted on the Internet. We do not know if specific instances of these false or misleading claims are the result of simple ignorance and failure to carefully read what we say about ourselves on our web site, or if in some cases, they may reflect outright lies or malicious intent. It is even possible that in some cases such false claims may be part of a disinformation campaign by some government agency of some reactionary government, which is designed as a prelude to an eventual blocking or suppression of BANNEDTHOUGHT.NET itself! Unfortunately, in today’s world such possibilities must be taken seriously.
Either way, whether from carelessness, ignorance or maliciousness, it is important to directly confront such false or misleading statements about our web site, and to correct the erroneous statements which have been made about us. From now on we will attempt to do so here, as such false statements come to our attention. If anyone knows of other claims of the sort we are mentioning and refuting here, please let us know as soon as possible! Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some Specific False Claims or Seriously Misleading Statements
- Comment on “Otto’s War Room” blog (March 9, 2013) — States as a preface to quoting some material from BannedThought.net:
“CPI(M)—Banned Thought--Suppression of news in the United States
Banned Thought (bannedthought.net) is a web site started by members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist). They had some of their sites shut down over the years, including People’s March.”
Corrections: First of all, BannedThought.net was not started by members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), nor by members of any other political party in India nor anywhere else. It is absolutely independent, and not related to any party whatsoever. It is not based in India, nor owned and maintained by people from India, nor with any connection whatsoever with the CPI(Maoist). The suppression of several publications including the magazine People’s March in India [which, we have heard, was not published by the CPI(Maoist)] were among the motivations for those of us watching this outrage against free speech from the U.S. to launch BANNEDTHOUGHT.NET. We have so much material on Banned Thought that has been suppressed in India only because the Indian government has suppressed so very much! And over time, BANNEDTHOUGHT.NET has developed an ever-broader international perspective, with information about the suppression of free speech in more and more countries.
- [Other false claims and mistatements to be refuted here as they come to our attention.]