VISA/MASTERCARD AND THE ASSAULT ON CIVIL RIGHTS

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Front Page Mag: It is as simple and as faceless as a lethal injection: An individual who wants to support an organization online makes the digital donation and is then informed that Visa/Mastercard will not process it.  Neither the individual nor the organization he wishes to support are told that it is on a blacklist, let alone informed how it got there or how to get off.  The donor is denied his right to put his money where his mouth is.  The organization he supports is condemned to death by strangulation in the dark in a world designed by Kafka.

The Freedom Center had such an experience a few months ago when online donations were overnight peremptorily refused by Visa/Mastercard with no reason given and no protest accepted.  We were able to create enough noise about this injustice—in the media and with the threat of legislative attention—that the credit card giants turned the power back on just as capriciously as they had turned it off.

We were lucky. Robert Spencer, whose jihadwatch.org is one of the indispensable sites for understanding the intentions and the threat of Islamic terrorism, has been shut down from receiving supporters’ donations for several weeks now, and is forced to try to keep jihadwatch going on a shoestring while Visa/Mastercard imperiously ignores demand letters and threats of court action from his attorneys.

The anti-Semitic Nation of Islam’s credit card donations are processed; the anti Islamist jihadwatch’s are not. more …

Opinion: – “It’s Just a Matter of Time” was a #1 hit song in 1959. The song title keeps playing in my head as I write this.

When considering the tech masters of the universe eight companies, five are from the US (Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook), two are Chinese (Alibaba and Tencent) and one is South Korean (Samsung). Their net worth is somewhere between 3.5 and 4.5 trillion depending on the stock market on any given day.

In 2015, the last year I could find data, there were 69.5 billion MasterCard/Visa debit card payments with a value of $2.56 trillion, and 33.8 billion credit card payments with a value of $3.16 trillion–together adding up to around 6 trillion. In an economy of 19 trillion, MasterCard and Visa are even more powerful than the tech giants.

Many conservative websites and especially Christian/Bible prophecy websites depend heavily on donations form readers. The cost of operating is skyrocketing. We, so far, thanks to our tech engineer Lee, have been able to go it alone, and prefer to stay under the radar for as long as we can.

“Someday, some way, you’ll realize that you’ve been blind
Yes, darling, you’re going to need me again
It’s just a matter of time”.

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