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How We Could Wind Up Banned From Discussing An October Surprise On Social Media This Election

In what it calls an effort to make itself “a more reliable source for election-related news and information,” YouTube has announced  that it will be removing “content that contains hacked information, the disclosure of which may interfere with democratic processes, such as elections and censuses.”

“For example, videos that contain hacked information about a political candidate shared with the intent to interfere in an election,” adds the Google-owned video sharing platform.


This by itself is an alarming assault on human communication and press freedom. If there is authentic information out there about either of the candidates who are up for the most powerful elected position on the planet, the world is entitled to know about it, regardless of how that information was acquired. Monopolistic tech oligarchs have no business barring us from learning about and discussing that information.

Immensely powerful people should not be permitted to have secrets from the public anyway. The amount of power one has should be directly inverse to the amount of secrecy they are permitted to have. If you’re anywhere near the presidency of the United States of America, the secrecy you are entitled to should be zero.

If a hacker is able to get ahold of accurate information about Donald Trump or Joe Biden, that information is ours. We’re entitled to it. Anyone who tries to obstruct our access to that information is stealing from us. It’s absolutely ridiculous that we have a society where people are permitted to both rule over us and keep secrets from us as it is without government-aligned tech plutocrats silencing our attempts to learn what those secrets might be.

Moreover, no YouTube moderator will be in any position to definitively say whether most information that comes out is hacked. They’d only be able to do what the mass media did with the 2016 WikiLeaks drops and cite unproven assertions by opaque intelligence agencies who have a proven track record of lying, assertions which turned out to be far more dubious than most Americans realize. Documents or video could be leaked about a candidate and US intelligence agencies could just declare it a “hack” and have any YouTube videos about it immediately censored.

As Alan MacLeod explains for MintPress News:

“[T]he great majority of leaked information — the lifeblood of investigative journalism — is anonymous. Often, like in the cases of Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning or Reality Winner, whistleblowers face serious consequences if their names become attached to documents exposing government or corporate malfeasance. But without a name to go with a document, the difference between leaked data and hacked data is impossible to define. Thus, powerful people and organizations could claim data was hacked, rather than leaked, and simply block all discussion of the matter on the platform.”

So this in and of itself is an outrage. But the way things are playing out it could wind up being a lot worse if damning information about a candidate surfaces prior to the November election.

We already know from experience that social media giants tend to follow in each other’s footsteps whenever there’s a significant step in the direction of censorship, like their coordinated cross-platform removals of alternative media outlets, accounts from US-targeted nations, and people who have been labeled “conspiracy theorists“.

So there’s already reason to be concerned that YouTube’s new attack on press freedoms will spread to social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. Add in the fact that these platforms are openly coordinating with each other and with the US government to silence speech deemed “online meddling” and “election interference” and it looks a lot more likely.

The New York Times published an article on Wednesday titled “Google, Facebook and Others Form Tech Coalition to Secure U.S. Election”, later changed to “Google, Facebook and Others Broaden Group to Secure U.S. Election”.

“Facebook, Google and other major tech companies said on Wednesday that they had added new partners and met with government agencies in their efforts to secure the November election,” NYT reports. “The group, which is seeking to prevent the kind of online meddling and foreign interference that sullied the 2016 presidential election, previously consisted of some of the large social media firms, including Twitter and Microsoft in addition to Facebook and Google. Among the new participants is the Wikimedia Foundation.”

So if information emerges about a candidate in an “October surprise” in a way that can be credibly spun as a “hack” like the 2016 WikiLeaks drops were, it’s entirely likely that we will see some interference in people’s ability to communicate about it on not just one but multiple social media platforms. How much communication interference we’d be subjected to is unknown at this time, but it certainly looks like there are measures in place to at least implement some under certain circumstances.

Imagine if documents or video footage were posted online somewhere and we’d get blocked from sharing its URLs on Facebook or suspended for posting screenshots of it on Twitter. The way iron-fisted censorship practices are already unfolding, it’s a possibility that looks not at all remote.

Anyway, something to be on alert for.


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  • “This by itself is an alarming assault on human communication and press freedom. If there is authentic information out there about either of the candidates who are up for the most powerful elected position on the planet, the world is entitled to know about it, regardless of how that information was acquired. Monopolistic tech oligarchs have no business barring us from learning about and discussing that information.”

    Those monopolistic tech oligarchs are always leftists.

    • They are technocrats. They use the left to advance the neofeudalism agendas. Look up Technocracy News and Trends.

  • Plandemic II: Indoctornation is now available. This clearly shows massive fraud punishable under the RICO Act in the United States and international laws regarding crimes against humanity. Please watch and share it with your friends. If Trump and Biden don’t acknowledge this, they will be complicit in perpetuating the fraud. This video will go viral and corporate media will be forced to address the problem. Plandemic II: Indoctornation https://ise.media/video/plandemic-ii-indoctornation-23.html

  • Up here in ol Queensland town the gov has just put kybosh on anyone reporting on any candidate for the next state election that may have or had some dealings with those crime and misconduct thingys that exist in the big smoke. Just as well to, we cant have bloody journos upsetting the ranken file with stuff they just dont understand. If it wasnt for good ol paper bag democracy we wouldnt have the highway to the coast, that hotel at Ormeau, our fine tradition of prostitution, very well paid train drivers, world champion boxers, 8 km of rail line costing 8 billion dollars, compulsory preferential voting, a balls deep gerymander, Prime land for development at shut down suburban high schools, renters subsidizing home owners electricity bills, Millions for hollywood film companies and theme parks, Millionaire bureaucrats, exponential Wooloongabba , Dutton Park property prices, Solar panels for every c-nt except the poor, public private partnerships, Taxpayer funded toll roads, private toll road companies, tolls paid by the taxpayer, a taxpayer funded private investment company and complete transparency of the exec. Oh yeah Queenslander BABY.

  • Just exactly WHY to do warmongers get elected election after election after election; and just exactly WHY will this once again be the case in November?
    The REAL answer to that question has absolutely NOTHING to do with brainwashing or “national defense” and absolutely everything to do with money and profit. I’ll use the patriotic voters of Virginia to prove that what I’m saying is true.
    Population of Virginia = 8.4 million
    Number of Registered Voters in Virginia = 5.7 million
    Dollar Amount of Defense Contracts Awarded to Contractors in Virginia in the year 2019 alone = $50.5 billion
    Dollar Amount of Defense Contracts Awarded to Contractors in Virginia from 2000 to 2019 = $781.6 billion
    Number of Defense Contracts Awarded to Contractors in Virginia from 2000 to 2019 = 1,291,034
    Number of Defense Contractors in Virginia = 17,877
    (To confirm my above statistics, Google “governmentcontractswon”, go to that site, select “contractors by state”on the right side of the page and select Virginia on the drop-down list.)
    What do you think the likelihood is that the vast majority of voters of Virginia are going to vote for a peacenik for POTUS in November? Here’s my answer.
    Ans what do you think the likelihood is that the vast majority of voters of Virginia are going to vote for an R or D warmonger for POTUS in November? Here’s my answer.
    Now, is the reason that voters in Virginia select warmongers for POTUS election after election after election, and will do so again in November, that they are brainwashed, or have not had their consciousness expanded enough, or have not smoked enough dope or taken enough LSD or ingested enough magic mushrooms or stared at the moon long enough; or is it because they vitally depend upon that yearly DoD injection of well over $50 billion dollars, literally forever, and that they do not want to lose their jobs and quite possibly their homes?
    It’s the $50 billion!
    The awful truth that the vast majority of Americans know, but are too afraid to say, is that Virginians know EXACTLY what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. And that as far as they’re concerned, Mr. Potato-Head or the Tangerine Jackass are both perfectly qualified to hold the title of POTUS because BOTH will increase the war budget from here to eternity. Virginia voters don’t give a shit how many people are killed by the weapons they help produce.
    The shocking truth is that as long as the present whatever-you-want-to-call-it “system” in the US remains the same — war-based– the voters in Virginia and the rest of the United In Warfare States of America are not going to elect a peacenik for the next thousand years!
    Virginia is a microcosm of the USA. AmeriKKKans say they want peace, but what they really want is perpetual war which justifies the annual DoD money-injection (which, in turn, requires the Fed to print literally “whatever it takes” amount of drone-standard USD out of thin air which will pay for those injections from now to eternity) …………… until the bombs drop on Main Street, USA. And only AFTER that INEVITABLY happens will there be a very serious, nearly-instantaneous, nation-wide “consciousness expansion”…… in the heads of those still “living”, of course.

    • The “Military Industrial Complex” systematically developed production facilities in every state so as to influence every member of Congress.


      • “They have pillaged the world. When the land has nothing left for men who ravage everything, they scour the sea. If an enemy is rich, they are greedy; if he is poor, they crave glory. Neither East nor West can sate their appetite. They are the only people on earth to covet wealth and poverty with equal craving. They plunder, they butcher, they ravish, and call it by the lying name of ’empire’. They make a desert and call it ‘peace’.”
        Publius Cornelius Tacitus – a historian of the Roman Empire

        “I spent thirty-three years in the Marines, most of my time being a hlgh class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.
        I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1910-1912. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City [Bank] boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the rape of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street.
        In China in 1927 l helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.
        I had a swell racket. l was rewarded with honors, medals, promotions. l might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate a racket in three city districts. The Marines operated on three continents.”
        General Smedley Butler, former US Marine Corps Commandant, 1935
        Author, “War Is A Racket”:

        “If you flip over the rock of American foreign policy of the past century, this is what crawls out… invasions … bombings … overthrowing governments … occupations … suppressing movements for social change … assassinating political leaders … perverting elections … manipulating labor unions … manufacturing “news” … death squads … torture … biological warfare … depleted uranium … drug trafficking … mercenaries … It’s not a pretty picture. It’s enough to give imperialism a bad name.”

        • Great links – know them well… Where I do have to wear a mask it’s a Government Mandated Muzzle get yours on ETSY…

  • People in high places are able to hide their evil deeds because their paid protectors remove damning news items and social platforms which expose them. Caitlin, please uphold complete freedom of speech. Don’t censor honest discussion of Z10 nist involvement in top levels of US politics, in global finance, and international spying networks.

  • Well, here it is! Everything you all wanted to know about election rigging but were afraid to ask. Here’s Millie Weaver’s full Shadow Gate documentary. It’s bigger than Snowden revelations!! Millie Weaver was arrested for doing the job the Fourth Estate should be doing, blowing the whistle on things like this.

    SHADOW GATE – FULL FILM https://banned.video/watch?id=5f37fcc2df77c4044ee2eb03

    • Holy mackerel! Can this be any more of a setup? I’m sure QAnons and other Trump fans are ravenously consuming this story. We all love a good conspiracy, but that doesn’t mean we should buy into those that are manufactured for us.

      So… apparently the power elite’s scope and membership have now been reduced to a mere faction among many independent factions. They’ve been designated the “deep state”. Trump and his allies are on the outside as part of another faction. And Trump supporters have swallowed this fabrication hook, line, and sinker.

      I’ve given up trying to understand why. After all, people spend their entire lives rooting for and voting for a particular party thinking their team will turn things around.

      Whether 100 years ago, or 50 years ago, or today with Trump, everyone thinks their team is different. This time their politics is truly special. Their man is the real deal. He will save us.

      Surprisingly America’s political system and election cycle remain a compelling strategy for controlling the masses. I find it amazing how they fool us year and year, election after election, President after President. Trump’s style and marketing are unique, but everyone thinks their candidate is unique. Wake up.

      • Good points Lynn. Many people still think lame duck Donald Trump is their saviour. He is the Deep State’s controlled opposition. For decades agents of the Deep State have been devising and orchestrating all kinds of dirty tricks to control top politicians and government officials and smoke screens to fool the public.

      • Yes. The left and right are two wings of the same vulture. The puppet masters use Hegelian Dialectic strategies to divide and distract the masses. Trump is owned by Rothschild, Inc. Look up Getting Donald Out Of Debt: The 25-Year-Old Ties That Bind Trump and Wilbur Ross article on Forbes. Trump surrounded himself with swamp- creatures from day one of his administration. Yet, people still believe that Trump is a populist because they want it to be true. The truth is very clear. The USA is an oligarchy. Look up Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy article on Business Insider. The Princeton/Northwestern study was published in 2014. “Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex.” Frank Zappa

      • L.Charles Burch, I agree. And Trump never would have achieved his current position had he not been groomed for it from long ago.
        it seems Trump supporters in general have more than a hero and liberator like Obama was to his followers. Popular and well-liked is one thing, but the Trump people defend their champion with a degree of religious fervor that’s almost scary.
        What confuses me is the way they sit around waiting for him to make his big move. They bide the time, sustaining themselves by sharing and analyzing tidbits of news they surreptitiously gather from various enigmatic sources.
        “Patriots unite! Our savior is confidently moving forward. Soon, my good citizens. Soon. Trust the… well, you know.”
        It better be soon. The popcorn the qanons told me to make while I watched the show has gotten quite stale.

        • I predict that, by November 2nd, millions of displaced citizens will be rounded up into FEMA camps, UN Agenda 21 will be advanced, and nobody in their right mind would be left to vote for these clowns. The American electorate is too divided and distracted to come together as the 1.3 million Germans did in Berlin on August 1st.

      • Why did I get this 13 times in my inbox?

      • you know what?…..nobody, but nobody has said anything about the most important thing of all…..the influence and final word of the REAL controllers of the events on the earth and in the whole universe: Prime Source and the 9 Hidden Ones. Most of the causes and effects people are talking about are the material/mental manifestations of the subtle vibrations put out by them. All the observations we read about are made through the rational/intellectual faculties, forgetting about the vastly more influential, but slower moving, soul faculties. We are never, ever going to get a grasp on Reality this way. We are merely enunciating solutions which are part of the problem…..all caused by ego and its illusions.

    • Good luck getting CJ to pay attention to this, despite its obvious connection to the central theme of this site. She is absolutely adamant that the violent protests are a spontaneous grass-roots uprising by people who magically emerged from their propaganda programming, and that police should be defunded because, you know, social workers and racism. Does she have a blind spot, or is this site itself a psyops honey pot so its visitors can get plugged into an algorithm? That could explain Caitlin’s insistence on enforcing certain narrative limitations (see comment by TIRED AND NO LONGER ACTIVE REVOLUTIONARY, above).
      As Lynn (commenting to you) points out, it is also possible that the documentary itself is a psyops operation. However, Lynn’s comment almost implies that psyops is in fact in play, so that confirms the documentary’s thrust doesn’t it? On the other hand, I guess you can do your own research, because the documentary does mention lots of names and events.
      I’m perfectly aware this is stupid nonsense, and that I haven’t provided detailed evidence to prove my thoughts. I no longer care.

      • Hey Glen, I am a Patreon supporter of Caitlin but starting to wonder about her possible sponsors and agenda. Her work is good but has a bias.

      • “…I guess you can do your own research, because the documentary does mention lots of names and events.”

        That is all you should ever do!

        “De-fund the Police” is a Red Herring; as such, it is based-on some truth or legitimacy.
        However, the real issue is the “Militarization” of the Police; therefore, it seems to me, the issue got co-opted from the get-go to demand a non-starter: “De-fund”, i.e., stop paying to have the police.
        Whereas, it should have been: “De-Militarize” the Police, i.e., stop Federal subsidies of Military-grade weapons & equipment to state and local Law Enforcement, which was the truth/legitimacy and impetus, and it would have made sense to everyone; alas, it became a Red Herring, confused everybody and led to violence.
        See how it works.

        • “…alas, it became a Red Herring, confused everybody and led to SOCIAL DIVISION, DISCORD and violence.”

    • Hard to say what they are rigging for sure but they are. No doubt about that at all. I don’t care for Info-wars and having Millie described as ‘right’ is a turn off for me. But I am over halfway through the video and am please that this info is being put out there. As I was personally targeted and harassed just before Snowden skipped out. I appreciate you bringing this to our attention.

      Why is America going Fascist? This video explains what is going on. The American Stazi cuts dissent down and controls public opinion.

      (not directed at Mr.Burch) If you think there were tools that were only used against foreign targets and not on Americans you are a fool. And if you think legal procedures are respected you are wrong. The arrogance of the deep state has no checks.

      The idea that they know enough to control you I am proving wrong. They may have info but I am the boss of me.

      But are they the boss of you?

      • Most of the website traffic I get is from Ukraine. I have not found a proxy server that uses Ukraine as an access point. I figure it is the FBI. Once you get on their radar you don’t get off.

      • “Why is America going Fascist?”

        “Debunking Money –
        The Way The World Really Works”
        Lesson 5 – Where We’re Going:
        Lessons 1-5
        Full 112min:

      • Pretty sure what they are setting up for is just more of the same legacy Clinton/Obama/Biden…Trump was and probably still is pals with the Clintons, we was manufactured as controlled opposition which has divided the country to a point of electing Biden with a ‘big government’ styled cabinet that will continue along neo-liberal war jingoism abroad. You have career repubs openly endorsing Biden so they can get back to war-as-usual. Biden is a neo-con just like Obama and private defense is probably hurting from Trumps term. There’s been a slow coup happening since 2000 and the Patriot Act, increasing executive powers slowly. It’s simply a tactic to cause division and get the people to fervently support the corrupt two party system-everyone in fear and divided so they pick a side. It gives legitimacy to the sham system itself, as wealth inequality continues and the true rulers (Old money, big business, deep state) keep steering the ship.

    • L. Charles Burch, your FEMA camp prediction might come true, but I think it’s much too soon for that. That would result in an all out civil war. I predict their next few moves will be more subtle. Here’s why:
      Lately I’m seeing what some might perceive as cracks in the media’s pandemic hoax stonewalling. For example, Peter Hitchens at the Daily Mail.
      These mainstream media outliers have started talking more about exaggerated pandemic numbers, fraudulent numbers, and even criticizing government overreactions and their ridiculous mask mandates… all topics that until very recently the MSM has carefully avoided, for the most part.
      However, note those breaking ranks make no mention of various elephants in the room. Wildly dubious beginnings to the pandemic. The virus has never been isolated. Never proven contagious. Germ theory and virus theory hoaxes. etc etc
      To think this is not being orchestrated is putting one’s head in the sand. They force their agenda to the point of ridiculousness, pushing the masses to the brink of total exhaustion, at which time (and this is the critical moment when people should pay attention) they roll out their “solution”. A vaccine? Maybe, but I suspect they have something else brewing. Anyway, their expectation is the weary masses will eagerly accept their plan with open arms. Anything to escape the current nightmare.
      These mainstream media “rebels” are harbingers of something “better” they have for us in the works. Watch out people…

      • Too little. Too late. The damage has already been done. 40 million people out of work. The latest stimulus package stalled. Congress went on vacation until September. 80% of the “nonessential” businesses that were shut down will never come back. People can’t make their rent or mortgage payments. They will become homeless very soon. The talking heads are just reacting to the alternative media reporting that I have been following for months. I knew this was a manufactured plandemic when it was rolled out last March. The numbers didn’t add up. The CDC came out and said that the cronyvirus was no more deadly than seasonal flu last June. The CDC and WHO came out and said masks don’t work last May. Yet our beloved Governor Tim Walz requires Minnesotans to wear masks in public now. Masks are already making people sick. A massive recall of Tim Walz for abuse of office failed in the Democrat controlled senate last week. Walz and other state governors have clearly abused their office. The madness marches on.

  • Ms Johnstone it makes my old bones very happy to read other writers articles that remind me of yours!
    Ever since at least the time of Thucydides in the 5th century BC, the wealthiest have ruled, and did it by conquest and plunder. The acquisition of exceptional wealth was by theft: it was coercion, which could be either physical against the body (violence), or mental against the mind (deception). Exceptional wealth was acquired by some form of theft. The wealthiest controlled the government, which then enforced that theft as legal “ownership.” That’s how the economy worked. The government is the ultimate authority on who owns what. None of this has changed over the millennia.
    This article can be read here:
    How Billionaires Took Over Liberalism and Destroyed It by Eric Zuesse!

    • Thanks for a damn good link. Zuesse is usually on the money, and he hits it big time with this piece. But speaking of money, something HAS changed over the millennia, picked up on, but not yet fully developed by, Modern Monetary Theory (MMT); namely, FIAT MONEY. The bribery of government officials, directly or indirectly, to further private interests at the expense of the public, has surely been going on since the first empire arose and likely long before. BUT, there was always a limited extent to which a government could hand out its largess in light of the limits of its currency. This was the case in the American Empire until the early 1970s, when Nixon eliminated the gold standard. From that point forward, ALL dollars became fiat dollars, tied to nothing more substantial than the points awarded in a basketball game. Suddenly, for the first time in recorded history, there were unlimited governmental resources that could be endlessly tapped by the criminal class, which, of course, had by then become the corporate class. This is what explains the all-pervasive, all-powerful corruption that not only affects the current governmental system but now IS the system. Yet the answer is not to return to the gold standard or some other limitation on the quantity of money. Why? Because humanity will need massive amounts of that same fiat money to attempt to undo the damage it has done to the environment (of which we’re obviously a part) AND to do all those other things we’ve dreamed about, such as eliminating poverty, ending hunger, ending homelessness, fostering universal health, enabling education, taking care of the young, old, and infirm, etc. MMT, properly understood, shows us precisely how we got into the overwhelming mess we’re in, but it also shows us that the way out is not back but through. That’s why I wince every time I hear someone on the left talk about wasting TAXPAYER dollars. Tax revenue, in a fiat money system, is simply erased, not spent, to control the volume of currency in the pockets of less-than-filthy rich people (the filthy rich always finding or creating avenues to avoid taxes), thereby hopefully keeping hyper-inflation at bay. We don’t need the money of the filthy rich to do wonderful and necessary things, but we do need to take away a hell of a lot of their money to reduce their ever-corrupting influence on government.

  • Truth can easily withstand any scrutiny, criticism, or argument. It neither needs nor requires protection by censorship. Lies do. The act of censorship displays the trembling fear of truth that lies hold.

  • Yes, and murdered without public trial if need be.

  • Caitlin, Hi great post While reading tony Cartalucci’s post coudn’t help but add this nugget which encapsulates the essence of most of the post you get on MSM inc Google ,Fakebook Twitt(s)er et al.
    SNIP “”Despotic French leader Napoleon Bonaparte once claimed, “A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.”

    In other words, feeding a soldier’s ego was at times better than paying him or threatening him to fight.

    Today it isn’t ribbons and medals. It’s likes and shares.””

    Article: https://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2020/08/weaponized-social-media-fuels-youth.html#more

    Thanks for what you do.


  • One mans hack is another mans fact so anything goes. I found out about Google censorship when we had the Gulf Oil Spill. I was writing about the spill quite a bit. My Google ‘hits’ went from the first page of Google Matches to 5 pages deep. Buried as soon as British Petroleum paid for the repression. I had been listed in the top ten hits for over a week and then POW instantly buried. I hope I was expensive for BP.

    These days I am proud of the fact that of 9 short videos I posted on my You Tube channel 2 were taken down within 5 minutes. One of them had not even been listed as public when it was removed and I was not given any chance to download that one first. (It is the Naked Athena Video.) Not that I needed to download it since I had the video to start with but the first time I violated community standards I was given a chance to save my video. I’d be angry about Google shenanigans but since I was able to post them in the sidebar of my webpage I can deal with the affront.

    Hacking would certainly apply to the Trump video I mixed with the ending of Thelma and Louise. I am hosting that one on You Tube but this could change.

    The best thing to do is use alternatives. Google and their government helpers will not be changing their ways.

    Getting overly pissed about Google would be a waste. They are a corporation and they are doing what the American government has told them to do. Sort of anyway since it is Homeland Security that is really doing Google repression behind the scenes. Having everyone get pissed at Google is a coup for the deep state. They are the real perpetrators.

    Not that anyone cares. You should care but I know you don’t. Dealing with the reality of surveillance and ‘corrective action’ is a reality that is too much for most people. Just imagining our government watches 24-7 is hard enough and understanding that people actually get messed with if need be will push 95 out of 100 people into a deep denial they won’t ever escape from. Escape is too painful. We prefer having the illusion that we have some power over our destiny but the reality is your freedom is a total illusion. Media is managed and your popularity and ability to communicate if need be will be managed as well. This is how it has been since the internet became a fact of life.

    Google is not your friend.

    • “[Google is] a corporation and they are doing what the American government has told them to do.”
      I think it might be the other way around at this point.
      Furthermore, Google is doing what moneypower (banks) ask/tell/want them to do.

      It’s a pyramid:
      1. Banks, et al. .00001% (top)
      2. Google, et al.
      3. Governments
      4. Elites
      5. Middle Class
      6. Working Class
      7. The Poor 99% (bottom)

      Note: I think the current geopolitical, biological & economic events are designed to eliminate #s 5 & 6 so the “West” World (“Order”) is equal throughout, for the sake of global production and trade parity, profit and control. Just a thought.
      This 9min explains it pretty well:
      Full 112min:

  • what did you expect – you still maintain accounts on the platforms you mention – encourage participation on them, obtain funding through them and their methods. I imagine this crosses your mind at times. Kind regards

  • Lol I can already see youtube trying to get rid of videos that mention a headline in the nyt brilliant job moronms.

    • They can do it, and they will. Are you going to stop them? They announce the rules ahead of time to seed the public’s impressions. Oh thank you Twitter for protecting me from hackers. Watch https://banned.video/watch?id=5f37fcc2df77c4044ee2eb03. `Hacked’ is just a word that gets used. It doesn’t mean what you think it means.

  • Why do you think there is so much bruhaha about weichat and tictoc. An alternative avenue has been closed. All part of the plan. Message control. 2 octogenarians wh o have no clue about the modern world with the backing of the senate which is also filled with octogenarians telling everybody what is good for them. NOT.

  • First thing is wise up and don’t plan on receiving any reliable info for those sources. Better than that wise up and stop using the shit to begin with!
    You whine about how bad they are and how they’re planning to screw you out of information that doesn’t fit the narrative they are pushing, yet you give no options except to lay down and take it like a good drone!
    Whining little drones are acceptable,fighting back in anyway is not right?
    Wake up! Fight back!
    This goes for all your whinny little bitch followers who get triggered by the truth as well!

  • I understand that many folks will be censored, particularly due to the majority of certain Americans making unproved violent diatribes, – commonly called Asseverations, that will flood the airways, – can you organise a filter to remove those, – ask for proof, – call on peer approved articles etc eg. – “no troops performed killing”, would not have passed Peer Review. cheers,

    • Please censor anything that hurts poor wittle geoff’s feelings!
      Please be advised instead of your sheep diaper you should pull a garbarge bag over your head and tie it tightly around your neck to protect you from the world. Mommy lied , your are not special…at least not in a good way…LOL

  • There is no free speech on social media sites. That train left the station long ago. I was documenting the censorship occurring on MySpace twelve years ago! The censorship has gotten progressively worse, especially since the ADL was given free reign to police Google search results and YouTube videos for “hate speech” starting in January 2019. Censorship exploded after that. It got so bad that I had to save important new YouTube videos on a private server to keep from losing them permanently, as they were being scrubbed not only from YouTube but from the entire Internet. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered you were censoring my comments here! I am hoping you are learning to be more tolerant of people whose beliefs run contrary to yours, as this is no different than what you just wrote about. You either support free speech or you censor. Social media sites censor. That’s why it is vital for all of us to have access to public websites where we can speak freely and don’t have to fear being silenced.

      • Lol. Ditto.

      • I used to comment often on your articles, as you know the Mafia controls almost everything in the U.S., and you must also know who that Mafia is and who puts it to what end, they own or control almost all medical facilities in the U.S. including all major pharmacy chains. I already knew that they carried tainted medications for the sole purpose of killing undesirables, but what I didn’t know was if every such pharmacy kept these tainted medications in their personal stock, I can happily announce that following the survival of the latest attempt on my life that in fact they do. The Mafia prefers that assignations appear to be due to death by natural causes, possibly the reason why the U.S. health system appears to be a failure, with such high mortality rates despite the costs. At the moment I’ve gone missing under alliases.

      • Tell him what you really think, Caitlin.

      • Prove that it’s bullshit.

      • Caitlin, Why not use your journalist skills to influence the discussion. Open your forum, do some in-depth research with an open mind and if you find that allegations against political Z10 nists are unsubstantiated, unfair and slanderous, then present your facts and shame anyone who falsely accuses them.

      • The public comment section is your own personal space? So no dissenting opinions are to be tolerated in the public comment section? Wouldn’t that select for public comments that are a reflection of your own personal beliefs, essentially creating an echo chamber for your own self-gratification?

        • Lately I’ve had some comments blocked. Too much plandemic-lockdown conspiracy talk I suspect, despite its supreme significance on everyone here’s life. A topic Caitlin hasn’t shown much interest in. She runs a tight ship.

    • If one wants to take on the responsibility of “correcting” people on their knowledge of history, that is going to be a very difficult task. I’m not certain it’s even possible to “know” all history with 100% accuracy. From what little research I’ve done, all of “documented” history is up for debate.

      Why would one be motivated to target a specific historical misconception? Because it’s underrepresented or underreported? Because it’s negatively impacting events today? Or simply because this particular chronicled dishonesty sticks in one’s craw?

      Over time focusing one’s attention on the current moment allows the mind to release unnecessary preoccupations. Letting go of pet peeves can be one of our biggest challenges in life.

      • Useful advice. We can’t move anywhere without letting go. Which is not to say that we shouldn’t be aware of the reasons for letting go and beginning to lurch or stumble in a new direction. I suspect that as more and more of us follow this advice, which many others have also given us, our initial lurching or stumbling will evolve into a strong, steady walk–a venture/adventure for our entire species, as we learn for the first time in some 10,000 years to co-exist with the rest of creation. And YES, we can do this because we must.

        • It is impossible to “know” all history with 100% accuracy. But let us at least delete all the bullshit “history.” My years of in-depth historical research shows that much if not most of our “textbook history” is in fact mostly “tall stories.” But one must first discover where to find hidden history.

  • VACCINATION NEWS FOR MUMS! NO JAB NO PAY!: “WA Premier tells concerned parents to “Bugger off”


    • Attent Caitlin,
      Three times trying to post this, finally had to use TOR. Google is blocking my posts!

  • wussup Caitlin. when YouTube banned PressTV and Google started filtering search results, i knew we were fukt. FYI: i know RT posts some of your articles, but they’ve become the Russian version of tabloidish news. and yes, they also censor and ban. sadly. a long time ago, i had hopes for RT. i’ve come to the conclusion, all govt is corrupt. i firmly believe in “Live and Let Live”. fuk all govt. i was born a free man. i don’t need govt granting me freedom.

    Love from Philadelphia, USA. 🙂

      • i subscribed to Adbusters years ago, back when GuerillaNews was fresh & online. they’re now defunct 🙁 but they lead me to “Toxic Sludge is Good For You” and Adbusters. i only recieved a few issues but it’s all good. they were brand new and just starting up. FYI: you can still find a few of GuerillaNews’s cool political videos on YouTube.

        @ Caitlin.. you’re awesome. thanks for providing us a space.

        • Reading Adbusters in a cafe (late 80’s thru 90’s) is one of my favorite memories of pre-internet life.
          I miss it.
          I’ll look at GN – thanks.

    • So, what do we do??? Boycott youtube? as youtube has become a primary resource for information gathering that will be difficult. They are all becoming the same, Googles, Facebook, Twitter, etc. If another resource became available it too would probably be swallowed up by the deepstate corporate board rooms. Integrity is soon forgotten when buyers knock on your door, sad, but I’m afraid true. If our only means of communication and research is the internet then it too will become prey to the deepstate. The internet will be limited to those with good marks, like China is doing with its social credits system. once we become total reliant on the “systems” it will be impossible the break away. Going totally off the grid is not really an option unless you want total isolation. No way to share your thoughts, your ideas, your love, etc. With Bill Gates and his evil minions want us all to be chipped and turned into automatons what options are opened to us. If we don’t immediately take action to prevent this dystopia, this 1984, these horrifying predictions, we will be lost forever into the zombie like world we see on the “video nasties”. We are currently victims to the worse crime against humanity ever perpetrated on the human race. Most people are under the spell of deepstate propaganda and refuse to wake up. And most will go to their grave never “knowing”, never finding enlightenment, and never knowing what the result of their apathy, their silence, and their ignorance. They will be born into the matrix and will die in the matrix. To break free of the matrix will demand courage, ingenuity, intellect, and above all a limitless Will to escape. Conformity seems to be the word of the day, fall in line, do what you are told, because they wear a white coat and the TV told you so. Our only savior, to be our own master, many will die in the process, but by the sheer numbers we represent, we shall overcome. The greatest weapon we have is truth and love and that shall never be taken from us. So, before they turn us irreversibly into automatons act, act, and act. We can do it! Remember the great masters/gurus of the past; the one thing they all had in common – the most important moment, is the “NOW”. The past, the future is all in the NOW – use it now… I’m making a list of other resources, thoughts and ideas, so please comment….. Take care and be FREE.

      • you’re right. thanks for the meaningful reply. these days, i don’t post anything important on YouTube, only music. as for Google, i don’t use them for research. (i uninstalled Chrome & now use Firefox) i scower alternative media like Caitlin’s, CorbettReport, GlobalNews.ca, etc. i truly admire Prof Michel Chaussodovsky. he’s an asset for humanity.

        • Thanks Caitlin – please keep doing what you do – you are an inspiration…..
          Take care and be FREE, Robert

          • I, too, am greatly disturbed by the ever-increasing internet censorship. But let us also remember that here we are right now, reading and commenting on Caitlin’s challenging, cutting-edge blog. We ain’t dead yet, not by a long shot. I’m not even sure that the bastards can kill this tenacious thing that has already been born and begun to grow. Is there a vaccine or “effective” treatment to stop the spread of the “virus” of truth (as best we can see it)?

      • I think the (good, near) future will be independent journalists, educators, etc. with their own servers — being their own platforms — and an independent “server and funding/donation network” will evolve organically so everyone who produces good work is known and seen. It will require we-the-people to be autonomous (reject push media, ads, etc.) in our news & info. consumption.
        This is the way I already am (never used Twit/FB, etc., consume content at the source whenever possible, ignore all push notifications, etc., etc.), so I know it’s possible, and from my pov way better.

        • Tadig-op-dlktw, Yes, this I believe will be the future – it will be our only way to communicate and stay in touch. How do I create my own platform so I can get away from this stranglehold on my comments etc. AI is now so advanced FB/Twt and their cohorts don’t need people they automatically censor and shadow ban. Though the idea of misspelling is ingenious – I think numbers and symbols also work. Yes, we must let as many as we can to alternative ways to communicate. I gather from Dane Wiggington that only 1% wants to know…

      • From my previous comment:
        “I think the (good, near) future will be independent journalists, educators, etc. with their own servers — being their own platforms…”
        Two Examples:


  • Watch this before it gets taken down; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMVtOXh9AOI
    The reporter has been arrested.

  • The plan to ensure there was no repeat of Pres Donald Trump began immediately after the 2016 election. Big Tech folks came to believe that they had either enabled his election or had not done enough to prevent it. Over the period of this presidency, Big Tech has learned how much influence they are able to wield when it comes to swaying public opinion, and they fully intend to use that information to keep Pres Trump out of office. To do so, they are purging as many dissident and pro-Trump voices from the internet as they possibly can. Watch for this to accelerate to warp speed before October, when the internet as we know it will become its own echo chamber.

  • It’s high time for progressive voices to abandon YouTube. Do not support it. No matter how one wants to rationalize it away as a means of ‘reaching others’, legitimizing the deep state needlessly is a fool’s errand.

    • Not just YouTube, all corporate social media should be boycotted. That idea is unpalatable to many, and impractical for those who make a living off of networking (such as Caitlin), but it’s the only way to express outrage at the abuses these companies perpetrate. Block them all, the supercookies, the normal cookies, the scripts, the tracking pixels, the ubiquitous share/like buttons, the CDNs that host their content, the ads that make their money. We could starve these dogs into submission if we had the will to

    • Yes, yes, and yes EVERYONE DO IT!

  • I left Farcebook just before the Great Purge. Google Plus shut down not long after that. There are plenty of alternatives to choose from now. Minds. BitChute. Flote. Hive Blog. Remind. Lbry.tv Telegram. They can’t control all of us. It’s like trying to squeeze Jello. Once again, the DNC nominates a scumbag about to be investigated in his dealings with Ukraine and Hunter Biden”s involvement. Crazy Uncle Joe is also well known for groping women and little girls. If there is an October surprise, it may be Trump’s involvement with Jeffrey Epstein. The debates should be fun to watch. Imagine two senile old men making fools of themselves while the whole world is watching.

  • Under somewhat similar restrictions, Chinese have become experts at misspelling things to avoid censorship.

    The method is simple, probably already obvious. You spell the word or words many ways, and humans can read them, whereas computer algorithms have trouble. It should probably be done many ways. However, aoccdrnig to rscheearch, it deosn’t mttaer the oredr of ltteers if frist and lsat be at the rghit pclae.

    • I have noticed this in Internet advertising where the same ad that you told them never to show again reappears with a slightly differently spelled name. I have reported this multiple times, but it still happens.

    • The spell checker in my browser figured out all but two of the mis-spelled words in your last sentence. The NSA algorithms would figure them all out.

  • Thank you, Caitlin. This is important information you are sharing. As for me, I liberated myself from the ankle bracelet of social media over a year ago — the open space is surprisingly refreshing, and I can count on one hand information that I missed that I would have liked to receive earlier. The trade-off evaluation is clearly that the absence is beneficial.

    • I saw the evil of social media when it first came out. I have abstained successfully. I dont think I am missing anything. I also seldom use my camera on my phone. I would rather live life than record it to view later.

      • Retreating from technology is no way to make that technology work for you. Being a troglodyte is retrograde nonsense.

        • Stop living on social media endlessly taking selfies. Its depressing. Refusing to fall for the allure of certain portions of technology is wise. I have better things to do with my time than spending it on facebook, instagram, youtube and tiktok.

      • Yes, I chucked my phone into the sea a long tome ago, though Kent still has one for emergencies. Leave your cell phone at home or in the car as they can track you for “contact tracing”. Also blank out your camera on the computer and switch off your electronics at night. 5G is truly evil so live as far from the antenna’s as possible.

  • Ms Johnstone keeps pouring out these great articles and I just can not keep up with her amazing output. This article is relevant to this disclosure by Ms Johnstone.
    After years of calling President Trump a dictator he finally gave the people what they wanted, with his administration taking a page right out of the Communist Party textbook on how to run the internet inside of one’s own country. Mike Pompeo recently rolled out a press release detailing the “Clean Network to Safeguard America’s (online) Assets” which is essentially going be a sort of anti Great Firewall of China keeping their companies’ and government influence far away from American eyes. So is this unusual program a sign of dictatorship or just “Making America Great Again”?
    A Possible Multipolar Moment thanks to Donald Trump? This great article can be read here:
    The Great Firewall of Washington and Its Consequences by Tim Kirby!

    • In this comment blog some say Trump isctgr evil dictator responsible for all. Others say the true shadow government is trying to get rid of him. You cant have it both ways. I lean towards he being a rogue wild card outside the system. Not an evil dictator.

      • Trump’s actions and documented affiliations are pretty damning. Look’em up. Trump supporters’ are deluding themselves with their repeated justification that “he’s just playing along for now”. So he’s been “playing along” for the last 30+ years? Please. And he cares about people evidenced by his fight against human trafficking, and yet he does nothing to stop America’s ongoing bombing and destruction of poor nations. (Estimates have Trump averaging over 100 bombs dropped per day, year after year.) Think about it.

        How do the people in Yemen and other countries we’re bombing and shooting up feel about Trump’s “playing along”? (He vetoed a congressional bill last year that would have stopped our support in Yemen.) How about those poor souls in Afghanistan where last year Trump set a new record on bombs dropped? And Iraq? Somolia? How many supporters in those nations agree with his “playing along”? (Those still alive, that is.) How about the millions of Americans in this fake pandemic after losing their livelihoods and freedoms? They remain good with him “playing along”?

        How much more “playing along” can the people of the world endure? How many years until we no longer “trust the plan”?

        • On the other hand, Clinton and Biden are saints.

          • Sorry, forgot to mention Obama. He’s good, that guy. He’s really good.

          • Clinton, Bush, and Obama’s bombing days are all over. Trump is the fall guy right now. Someday another “elected” leader will feign responsibility. Biden maybe. Then we’ll have another figurehead to argue about.

            Neither Clinton, nor Obama, nor even Biden…
            It’s just The Powers Be, a-hidin’

            • Agreed.
              But I don’t understand your reaction to SHADOW GATE – FULL FILM https://banned.video/watch?id=5f37fcc2df77c4044ee2eb03
              One of the people interviewed was a Trump supporter. So what? Why go on about QAnons and other Trump fans and claim the documentary is bullshit? You say all the presidents are just puppets, but then you go on about how dreadful Trump is/has been. What gives?

          • 1. I’m not running into any Clinton, Bush, or Biden supporters here.
            2.Trump is our current president, making him most relevant for discussion.
            3. If I’m guilty of violating equal opportunity bashing guidelines, well, so be it.

  • William Binney is the former technical director of the United States National Security Agency who worked at the agency for 30 years. He is a respected independent critic of how American intelligence services abuse their powers to illegally spy on private communications of United States citizens and around the globe. Given his expert inside knowledge, it is worth paying attention to what Mr. Binney says.
    The American public are being played by their own intelligence agencies and corporate media with covert agendas that are deeply anti-democratic.
    This revealing article can be read here:
    Central Intelligence Agency Behind Guccifer & Russiagate – a Plausible Scenario

  • Social media oligarchs and the government. A perfect-for-everyone (except the people) marriage.

  • Logic dictates that unvarnished truth is a relatively rare item in today’s media. Selective reporting, biased reporting and outright contrivances prevail. Any job as a professional journalist is going to require such “skills” and mass media employers will not keep anyone who does not follow their template. It would also appear that fairness and professional ethics must be forsworn in favor of total fealty to the owl god of all things media. Edward Bernays touted the idea that the “masses” are driven by factors outside their conscious understanding, and therefore that their minds can and should be manipulated by the capable few.


  • We must be cognizant of the fact that MSM including social media is totally under the control of the deepstate. America has become what Russia was under Pravda, the only difference is that the Russian’s knew Pravda was propaganda, unfortunately, the American public is still unaware that they are being totally manipulated by MSM, social media, and the government/CIA.

  • Can we please stop using the term “Social Media”? There is nothing social about censorship. It is anti-social.

    Furthermore, I think we ought to spend less time moaning about Censor Media platforms for its own sake. Rather the reliable grassroots alternatives need to be actively promoted for them to build enough critical mass to be effective.

    • Technologically, there can be and indeed are potential alternatives to Youtube, Facebook, and so on. There doesn’t seem to be much interest in them, but as the boss media become more and more censored and propagandistic, in other words, boring, that might change. But are any of you working on it, or even looking for it? Be the change you want to see.

      • Yes. With all this computer-related knowledge out there, when precocious twelve-year-olds are able to hack their way into the most securely protected data bases, we should be able to come up with a way to circumvent the internet censorship already stifling our right to the free flow of information. This geezer knows just enough to put up comments on websites, create and maintain (haphazardly) a little blog, and do some internet research, but we desperately need the gifted young, who grew up with computers and take to them as if they were parts of their bodies, to get one step ahead of the tech and media giants and then maintain that interval. Why do I have an uplifting feeling that this is already happening (as Caitlin indicates) and that it can’t be stopped, short of the end of civilization or the human species, all of which is, of course, interconnected?

        • The young, who grew up with computers, are already fully programmed by now.

    • Good point Leif. “Anti-social media'” and “anti-social distancing” are accurate terms to use.

      As for mainstream media, with just about everything they say, the opposite is likely to be true.

      I’ve recently cancelled my account with facebook. They hang on to you for 30 days, ‘just in case you change your mind’. No doubt they will keep all your data for future profit and blackmailing use. anti-social indeed!

  • What about the Queensland government back flip on threatening journalists with prison if they reveal corrupt candidates during an election cycle. Speaks volumes in today’s climate.

  • We are just too stupid to properly process all this information. It will confuse us. Thank you google and facebook for deciding which information we should see. Please let me know who I should vote for.

    • I am, and it does.
      In an ideal society, you could vote for either candidate, and the result will be the same.
      There’s already an app that will help you out. It’s like GPS, “Vote left at the next election. Please follow all the social media rules.” It’s very popular amongst young people. It also helps you find your way to the nearest spontaneous non-violent protest.

  • Meher Baba:
    Light can penetrate any amount of darkness but no amount of darkness can penetrate light.

    • Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

  • Yeah we’re fucked: the US Western PR world spends countless money on staff and robots to shape info while 40 plus % still rely on oldstream broadcast “news” and now they openly admit to limiting non conforming info…

  • “Secure” the election?
    They already run 2/2 candidates, so the word takes on it’s secondary meaning of “seize”
    Somebody is clearly getting out of hand…

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