From the Sacramento Bee (April 15, 2004):
The weekend of April 24-25, is billed as the first publicly held International Revisionist Conference to be held in Sacramento at the Turn Verein Hall, a German cultural center in the 3300 block of J Street that rents out its facilities for seminars, wedding and other events.
Walter F. Mueller, chairman of the European American Culture Council, said people from around the world who attend will be "Holocaust-refuters" but that they are not Nazis or Neo-Nazis.
"There are no documents, there never have been," Mueller said. He
contended the gas chambers in Auschwitz were built after the war.
The Zionist enterprise on the land of Palestine succeeded by means of lies and myths, from the myth of the 'Chosen People' and the 'Promised Land' to the lie about the burning of the Jews in the Nazi gas chambers during World War II. When these means were scientifically examined, it was proven that they were untrue, that their reasoning was weak, and that they cannot withstand the test of solid fact.
What interests us here is that this lie [about] the burning of the Jews in the Nazi crematoria has been disseminated throughout the world until our time in order to extort the West and make it easier for the Jews of Europe to hunt [sic] Palestine and establish a state on it, in disregard of the most basic principles of international law and the right of peoples to independent life without occupation. [This lie] was raised [also] so that [the Jews] would receive financial, technological, and economic aid from the West.
During the past 50 years, Germany alone gave a total of some $100 billion. Many European countries began to amend their laws so that they would be compatible with the Holocaust myth … and they toughened the regulations, resolutions, and laws convicting anyone who mocks this lie or tries to [state that] the number of victims was smaller – as happened to Muslim philosopher Roger Garaudy in France.
This entire situation has turned the Holocaust – that is, Hitler's operation of burning the Jews in gas chambers – into a drawn sword at the necks of historians and serious researchers in the West, and even in the East. At the same time, [the Holocaust] became profitable goods for the Zionist entity…
Steven Aftergood, in the newsletter of the FAS Project on Government Secrecy (Volume 2004, Issue No. 47 May 26, 2004):
In a splendid example of its dysfunctional information policies, the Central Intelligence Agency this month denied a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of a CD-ROM collection of documents that it had declassified and provided to the National Archives years ago.
The request for the CD-ROM was filed by Tim Brown of GlobalSecurity.org in May 2001.
The CIA has declassified millions of historical documents in recent years, but the Agency makes access to most of them about as burdensome as possible.
The entire collection that was requested by Mr. Brown is available to researchers who are able to visit the National Archives, but only paper copies of the documents may be obtained.
Why not provide a complete set in soft copy?
This option was mandated by Congress when it amended the FOIA in
1996 to state: "An agency shall provide the record in any form
or format requested by the person if the record is readily reproducible by the agency in that form or format."
But incredibly, the CIA says that to release the documents on CD-ROM would damage national security.
"After due consideration, we have determined that the requested material must be denied on the basis of FOIA exemption (b)(1) [which exempts properly classified information]," wrote Alan W.
Tate, the Acting Information and Privacy Coordinator at CIA, in a May 12 letter to Mr. Brown:
It is doubtful that the requested CD-ROM meets even the most lenient standards for classification, particularly since all of the component documents are in the public domain and could be manually compiled into a softcopy collection, with some effort and expense.
But the denial highlights the radical defects in CIA information policy, as well as the Agency's seeming inability to accurately assess threats to national security.
Mr. Brown of GlobalSecurity.org said he will appeal the decision.
Dan Rodricks, in the Baltimore Sun (May 13, 2004):
"THERE is no such thing as a multicultural society that can sustain itself, in my view, and I think history teaches us this lesson." Thus spake the lettered historian, Robert Ehrlich, in his denunciation of what angry white males like to dress up as a profound threat to the American way of life and our precious bodily fluids -- multiculturalism. The governor of Maryland called it [multiculturalism] "crap" and "bunk," getting down with his right-wing pals on the radio show of a man who a few years ago referred to Hispanic immigrants as "wetbacks" and refused to apologize for it.
It's a great country, no? Our governor attended Gilman and Princeton. Schoolchildren see his name on the bumpers of their parents' SUVs. A new generation of young, engaged Republicans looks to him for leadership and even progressive thinking. And he'll be on national television Saturday at the Preakness. But any time he wants, he can sound like just another Joe Sixpack, letting off steam about America being overrun with people who no speaky the English. No need for a lot of intellectualizing here; when Bobby Governor feels the need to shore up his conservative bona fides he goes on a radio talk show and preaches to the choir. Crap! Bunk! Pow!
He can say, "There is no such thing as a multicultural society that can sustain itself, in my view, and I think history teaches us this lesson," in the face of two centuries of American experience to the contrary, and probably feel downright serene about the whole thing. The choir will say, "Yeah, right on, Bob," and never mind how one particularly grand experiment in the "nonmulticultural society" (the Third Reich) stands as modern history's most stunning travesty.
"Every time you walk into this church," Father Joe Muth has been known to tell his parishioners at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Northeast Baltimore, "you stand against the threat of what Germany was becoming in World War II, the homogenization of a society."
Muth's parish has families from 40 countries. The church has an immigration center, providing counseling and legal services to men and women who are new to the United States.
The center grew out of parish development talks about seven years ago. The people of St. Matthew's recognized Baltimore's growing immigrant population and heard many of its new parishioners speak of the fears they experienced as they stepped into American culture and tried to make a living and learn a new language. "That fear was revealed to us, exposed, and it was profound," Muth says. "It was decided that the church needs to be in the middle of that fear, to walk with (immigrants) and to break them of that fear."
Fear is an interesting dynamic in this discussion. It seems to be what fuels the anti-multiculturalists, those who believe "diversity" is a dangerous word and multicultural education a grave threat to the society.
But who knows? I don't think Ehrlich even knows what he's denouncing. I suspect he has an idea of multiculturalism, probably garnered from talk radio, as some kind of liberal conspiracy to balkanize the provinces by encouraging Americans to celebrate their ethnic and racial diversity to an extreme and to refrain from assimilating into the culture.
Even as the economy becomes more global, as young Americans embrace a new world of opportunity created by the Internet, as more and more people cross ethnic and racial lines to marry, as new immigrants take low-paying jobs many Americans refuse to take, we have grouches complaining about -- what? -- bilingual signage at fast-food joints?
This started last week with classic, attention-grabbing babblings of William Donald Schaefer. He supposedly ran into an employee at a McDonald's -- supposedly the McDonald's at Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road in Severna Park -- who he said didn't speak English. And apparently this created some sort of inconvenience for the easily annoyed state comptroller and delayed his Happy Meal...
So Schaefer has another tirade, gets some supportive e-mail and, within a day or so, Bobby Governor is calling multiculturalism "crap" and "bunk." The talk-radio crowd loved it. But to the rest of us out here, who grew up in immigrant families and who still believe ethnic diversity is one of the coolest aspects of American life, this sounds like old-fashioned immigrant bashing.
Lesson for Bobby Governor: A young, promising Republican shouldn't take his cues from a cranky Democrat past his political prime and out of touch with a changing world.