Diversity vs. Freedom (contd.): European Thought Police Could Reach into U.S.
Great Britain and the United States
may not be quite prepared to crack down on dangerous
thinkers, but where those guardians of Anglo-Saxon
liberties fear to tread, the
European Union is ready to gallop.
This week the London Daily
Telegraph reported that the Union is even now
sprucing up new laws against "xenophobia and racism" to
make sure no one has any unusual thoughts at all—and
that British subjects will be extradited to the
continent if they violate them.
Scotland Yard investigation of journalist
Taki Theodoracopulos for violating
British laws against inciting "racial hatred" seems
to have gone nowhere, but Taki, as the wealthy jetsetter
journalist is known, may still not be safe.
Thought crimes that the British won`t prosecute
could still be punished if the EU bureaucracy can get
its claws on the culprits through the extradition
Moreover, if it works for British
Thought Criminals, it may also work for those in this
In an article in the Telegraph
last week, Home Affairs editor Philip Johnston reported
that the British government
undertaken that if such `offences` take place in Britain
the perpetrators would not be extradited—but it will be
for the courts to decide the location of the crime. This
opens up the prospect of a judge agreeing to extradite
someone whose observations, though made in Britain, were
broadcast exclusively in a country where they constitute
a crime. Legislation now before Parliament will make
`xenophobia and racism` one of 32 crimes for which the
European arrest warrant can be issued without the
existing safeguard of dual criminality. This requires
that an extraditable offence must also be a crime in the
UK. Alongside the arrest warrant, EU ministers are
negotiating a new directive to establish a common set of
offences to criminalize xenophobia and racism."
face extradition for `thought crime` on net,
By Philip Johnston, February 18, 2003]
Under current law, "Holocaust
denial," for example, is a criminal offense in some
European countries like Germany and Austria. A British
citizen who committed that "crime" in Germany and then
returned to Great Britain could not be extradited back
to Germany to stand trial. But under the proposed new
laws and directives, he could be—if
British judges so ruled.
What that means, presumably, is not
just that Britons who committed such offenses while
physically on the continent could be prosecuted. Also
subject to the
new laws would be those who merely broadcast or
published their criminal thoughts, including through the
"Holocaust denial" is one offense,
but new legislation against "xenophobia and racism"
could broaden state control over thought and expression
far more, even when those expressing verboten
ideas never left their own living rooms.
The Telegraph article quotes
Lord Filkin, a minister with the Home Office, as
saying that no British citizen would be extradited to
the continent "in respect of conduct which has
occurred here and which is legal here." But, asked
whether "comments originating in Britain but carried
abroad on television or through an internet chatroom
would be extraditable," he said, "It will be for
the courts to decide."
In other words, neither British law
as written nor constitutional tradition will protect the
British citizen from being hauled out of his own country
to face trial in a foreign state under laws to which he
never consented and possibly jailed merely for
expressing unconventional thoughts that are legal in his
Given the broad scope of existing
European laws that punish "Holocaust denial," there`s no
telling how far the new laws could reach, but clearly
they reach well beyond merely inciting racial violence.
Scientists who study racial
differences and come up with the wrong answers,
criticize Islam and other
non-Western religions, political leaders who object
mass immigration, and journalists who merely
political correctness and
double standards may all have good reason to shut up
and get jobs selling cars.
Could the laws reach into the
United States? This country recognizes the European
Union and generally extradites European criminals wanted
in its member states, as they do Americans wanted for
trial in this country.
Just this month immigration
authorities expelled alleged "Holocaust denier"
Ernst Zündel to
Canada, giving only the thinnest technical rationale
for kicking him out. Mr. Zündel, who broke no laws while
living in this country, may eventually wind up back in
his native Germany, where he
could go to jail for what he has written about Nazi
policies toward the Jews. [VDARE.COM
website is fairly
Mr. Zündel, of course, is not an
American citizen, but the parallel with what may well be
in the works is clear enough.
Any thought, any idea, any
statement that challenges the official egalitarian
ideology faces repression by the emerging global state,
and neither constitutions nor national borders will
protect those who question that ideology or the global
power it serves.
[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,
America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture, is now available
Americans For Immigration Control.]