Title: "A Cathedral to High Speed Rail."
Major International Transport Hub Censors Political Websites
While media accuses China of blacklisting sensitive information, censorship is taking place right here at home
Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, August 4, 2008
While establishment media outlets in the UK spent most of last week reporting on China's censorship of political websites in anticipation of the Olympic games, they ignored the fact that London's St. Pancras International, one of the biggest transport hubs in the west, has already implemented stringent filters that block users of their wi-fi service from accessing even mildly political websites.
Traveling through St. Pancras in order to board the Eurostar on my way to Switzerland, I had an extra couple of hours that I thought I would fill by checking in on some of my favorite alternative news websites.
Upon clicking on my favorites menu and selecting prison planet.com, I was quickly met with a white screen and bold black text informing me that the website in question was blocked and could not be accessed.
Was this some kind of a technical error? No, as I was soon to discover that all websites affiliated with Alex Jones are blocked in St. Pancras.
Not only that, but even far milder left-leaning commentary websites like thinkprogress.org were on the same blacklist. In fact, every non-mainstream news website was inaccessible.
By the way, when I visited Communist China last summer, which filters every website through a government blacklist, prison planet.com was not blocked and neither were any other English language alternative news websites.
Internet censorship of alternative news websites is worse in London than it is in Communist China. The hypocrisy was painfully evident as I sat reading newspaper headlines about how evil China is for censoring anti-government material while London's biggest transport network, which recently underwent a Â£300 million regeneration, did exactly the same thing with not so much of a peep out of London's broadsheets or tabloids.
St. Pancras connects to Kings Cross station and the London Underground. Perhaps it was our exposÃ© of the fraud of the official story behind the 2005 London bombings that irked the censors, yet there is little explanation for also blocking a website like thinkprogress.org, which doesn't even cover UK-related issues.
This is another precursor to Internet 2, where only government-approved websites that have obtained permission by means of an accepted registration application are allowed to be seen by web users.
It's also a stark reminder about how our media has diverted all attention concerning Internet censorship towards what is happening in China when the exact same control measures are being put in place right here at home.
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