March 7, 2004
ZGram - Where Truth is Destiny
At long last! Things are looking up a bit!
It seems that our massive fax campaign to Canada's Prime
Minister, Paul Martin, has caught the attention of some strategically
important folks - and there is more to come. In fact, there is a red-hot
story percolating to the top involving CSIS's part in Ernst's abduction,
which I want to keep under wraps for the time being because we are on the
trail for additional details.
I thank all of you who took the trouble to send a fax on
Ernst's behalf - it really made a difference!
The other good news is that, finally, a powerful Canadian
paper, Canada's Globe and Mail, saw fit to bring not one, but two important
write-ups on the appalling situation of what one reporter called "the
world's premier thought criminal" held in the Canadian Gulag.
World-wide, in response to that exposure of the brazen tactics of CSIS with
their despicable "security certificate," there was cheering and
"thumbs up" - and hopes expressed that this might be, at long
last, the beginning of the end of Ernst's martyrdom.
If you want to dash off a quick letter to the editor,
thanking him for giving space to the Zundel story, here is the email address
The Internet, too, was alert and responsive to this tectonic
political shift. Especially the Globe and Mail article, titled "Ernst
Zundel: Civil Rights champion?" appeared on many prominent websites,
for instance, on www.rense.com and www.whatreallyhappened.com - at the
latter website with this editorial comment:
"Public opinion is beginning to turn towards Ernst and
away from his persecutors. Ernst has not been charged with a crime, let
alone convicted. The bottom line is that Ernst is being persecuted for
questioning dogma, exactly the same crime for which Galileo was tortured.
Truth needs no laws to support it. Throughout history, it is only lies that
required the force of the courts to mandate belief."
The second article the Globe and Mail saw fit to print is an
editorial, below. I read it to Ernst yesterday, apologizing for the
scurrilous phrases - the stock-in-trade for editors who keep an eye on their
Jewish advertisers with deep pockets - and Ernst said that, compared to
run-of-the-mill Zundel write-ups in the past in Canada, "this isn't
even all that bad."
I think it is, but I forgive the editor grudgingly because
of the headline, which is exactly what we need:
Zündel doesn't warrant a security certificate
ERNST Zündel has been in a Canadian jail for more than a
year. Seized at his Tennessee home by U.S. immigration agents and
delivered here, he is facing deportation to Germany on claims that he is a
danger to Canadian citizens. In the meantime, he languishes in a tiny cell
at Toronto's Metro West Detention Centre in solitary confinement.
Tough luck, many will say. Mr. Zündel is depressingly
well known to Canadians as a Holocaust-denier and extreme right-winger who
spent decades here spreading his noxious opinions about Jews. We would all
love to see the back of him. But is he dangerous? So dangerous, in fact,
that we need to pen him up in an isolation cell for 12 months and
The federal government is holding Mr. Zündel on a
national security certificate, a special procedure that allows it to
bypass many of the standard rules of due process to protect public safety.
Those cases almost always involve suspected terrorists. If two cabinet
ministers decide that an individual poses a risk, they can have him locked
up indefinitely pending deportation. The suspect is not allowed to see the
precise evidence against him, and his odds of overturning the order in
court are slim. The government must show only that it acted
"reasonably," a preposterously low legal hurdle.
These are extreme measures in a democratic society, and
Ottawa should use them only if it believes a suspect is likely to do
physical harm to people or property. Odious as he is, Mr. Zündel poses no
such risk. He has never been charged with a violent crime and does not
urge others to commit violence. He is a crank, not a terrorist.
It is hard to know exactly how Ottawa defends its decision
to jail Mr. Zündel, because, under the security-certificate process, it
can keep most of its evidence secret -- a provision that severely limits
Mr. Zündel's right to mount a defence. But a summary compiled by the
Canadian Security Intelligence Service argues that even if he doesn't
actually advocate violence, he is dangerous because of the influence he
exerts on his followers.
"By his comportment as a leader and an ideologue, the
service believes Zündel intends serious violence to be a consequence of
That, says Mr. Zündel, is guilt by association. He is
right. It is precisely the sort of argument that was used to lock up
leftists in the days of the Red Scare. You are a Communist and Communists
advocate violent revolution; therefore you are conspiring to commit
violence against the state. Guilty as charged.
If Mr. Zündel can be jailed and deported for his
"comportment" as an "ideologue," then every
Greenpeacer and anti-abortion activist must fear imprisonment. Their
rhetoric is pretty wild, too. Perhaps the anti-poverty campaigner with a
nose-ring handing out pamphlets at the mall also "intends serious
violence to be a consequence of his influence." Now that CSIS has the
power to read minds, who knows where it may stop?
The real danger to Canadians comes not from obnoxious nuts
like Ernst Zündel, but from a government that casually discards their
most precious Rights.
David Irving offers his thoughts on this editorial on his
IT is characteristic that, even when a powerful newspaper
like The Globe & Mail in Toronto perceives an injustice being done, if
it is being done in the name of the Traditional Enemies of Free Speech the
cowardly newspaper feels obliged to vilify the victim too -- just to be on
the safe side, since you never know. . .
What else explains the snivelling and gratuitous use by
the editor and his journalist of such phrases as "spreading his
noxious opinions," "odious as he is," and "obnoxious
Ordinary people, particularly those who have had the
privilege to meet and speak with Mr Ernst Zündel when he was a free man,
would prefer to state that it is this journalistic cowardice which is
noxious, odious, and obnoxious.
Finally, to round up a sunny Sunday morning with at least
some hope for freedom for Ernst on the horizon, I run a few comments from
the many, many I received who have responded to my plea to send their strong
objections to the Canadian powers that be:
_____ Editor: Kudos for having the hubris to break the ice
on telling the true story of a man who is being persecuted for his beliefs,
and is presently being held in a Canadian Dungeon! As an American citizen, I
am extremely ashamed of my government for performing such a dastardly deed
to one great man who has the testosterone to stand up to real tyrants, and
to not bend the knee to lickspittles in defense of himself. My prayers are
with Ernst Zundel, and I pray for his return to his wife in Tennessee as
fast as lightening can strike an object in it's path.
_____ "This smells good, doesn't it? I am delighted,
Ingrid, things seem to be brightening at long last! All the best to you and
to the hero of free speech!"
_____ "Ernst has turned out for his age to be a much
harder nut to crack than our enemies at first supposed... I worked in law
enforcement for twenty years and studied Psychology from age 12 or so. What
you are seeing is a tightening of the "sensory perception" to
which he has already endured so very much and better than most twenty year
olds could. This is nothing new, I spent 20+ months on the DMZ in Vietnam
and it was used then to break the "flakes" who could not take what
we were required to doThis honorable gentleman has shown some very
powerful people that he can take what they can dish out.....something which
I seriously doubt that they could take themselves. It appears to be getting
to show up or shutup time."
_____ "As the representatives of Russian society, let
us express our deep concern about Mr. Zundel's case unheard of in a
civilized world. Zundel's only crime was to question the official version of
some minor events of World War and ask who was behind 9/11 (there are no
sane persons today believing Mr. Bush's anecdotes).
If we tolerate that your government deports someone who has
been a legal resident for over 40 years and hasn't committed any crime, on
purely ideological reasons - this means Canada has nothing to do with
democracy at all - being a sort of totalitarian fascist state, and your
"non-interference" speaks only of your government's treacherous
attitude towards your own nation.
We'd like you to understand, there are people in Russia,
Ukraine, Belorussia, Serbia, Bosnia, Greece, Bulgaria and other places of
Eastern Europe who will hold Canadian and US authorities wholly liable for
that shameful abominable treatment of political prisoner of [conscience} and
American Refusenik Mr. Zundel"
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Help free Ernst Zundel, Prisoner of Conscience. His
prison sketches - now on-line and highly popular - help pay for his defence.
Take a look - and tell a friend.
Write to Canada's Immigration Minister and complain
over the unfair treatment Ernst Zündel has received.
Immigration Minister Denis Coderre
House of Commons
Telephone: (613) 995-6108
Fax: (613) 995-9755