Letter to US Legislators: #DefundTheThoughtPolice, by Margaret Anna Alice

No society in which the government has any role in deciding what can and cannot be said, written, and disseminated can call itself free. From Margaret Anna Alice at margaretannaalice.substack.com:

“In 1946 the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution reading in part, ‘freedom of information is a fundamental human right, and the touchstone of all the freedoms to which the United Nations is consecrated.’ This is our touchstone as well. This is the code of the Voice of America. We welcome the view of others. We seek a free flow of information across national boundaries and oceans, across iron curtains and stone walls. We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

—President John F. Kennedy, Address on the 20th Anniversary of the Voice of America, February 26, 1962

“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”

—CIA Director William Casey, February 1981

I am calling on you to reject S.3737 (Promoting Public Health Information Act introduced by Senators Ben Ray Luján and Chris Murphy) and every other instrument of censorship under consideration now and in the future.

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One response to “Letter to US Legislators: #DefundTheThoughtPolice, by Margaret Anna Alice

  1. I was (pleasantly) stunned to find out as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa during the Reagan years that the Voice of America was doing exactly what President Kennedy had set them up to do. They were a platform of multiple voices, discussing real world history. The VOA was in stark contrast to the American news services on Armed Forces Radio that carried a stultifying corporate/deep state party line.


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