The New American: Under the guise of battling the Islamic State (ISIS) and jihadists on the Internet, the European Union’s self-styled “police” force, dubbed “Europol,” is launching a new bureaucracy to supposedly combat “online propaganda” and “extremism” with censorship.
The so-called EU “Internet Referral Unit” (IRU) will be charged with monitoring the World Wide Web, taking down and flagging “extremist” material, providing information and analysis to EU member governments, and looking forward to the future. While details of the unit remain hazy, critics are expressing concerns — both about the EU usurpation of the awesome power to unilaterally censor the Internet, and with the constantly changing definition of “extremism” to cover increasingly broad swaths of the population.
The controversial EU censorship “unit” was formally born on July 1 to “combat terrorist propaganda and related violent extremist activities on the internet,” Europol said in a press release without defining “terrorist,” “propaganda,” or “extremist activities.”
Opinion: I did a little checking as to how the EU defines extremism: in a paper by europa.eu, the words extremism and populism both left and right are interchangeable:
|“Although populism is difficult to define, it shows several recurrent features:-
It’s those last two bullets that extend all the way to Christian anti-globalist websites like … gulp, this one.