From the September 2007 Idaho Observer:

Thought crimes

The cornerstone of western civilization is the process whereby we conduct research, publish our findings and make them available to others so findings can be supported or refuted. In either event, the goal is to advance, rather than retard, our understanding. Even if we do not like what is proven to be true by this process, we are obligated to accept that which is actually proven. Itís called "intellectual honesty." Perhaps the most heinous crime a society can commit is to tolerate the criminalization of thoughts and ideas. Several Holocaust historians have been prosecuted for research that challenges the official story. Ernst Zundel happens to be one of them.

Is it a crime to do research, investigate a phenomena, and publish your discoveries? Yes, in America, Canada and Germany. Ernst Zundel did just that many years ago and, could be locked away for the rest of his life, because the truth, or even an opinion, is a crime in these countries of the "free world."

The highest court in Germany, the Bundesgerichtsamt, is now being asked by the Bundesanwalt, the equivalent of our U.S. Attorney General, to deny Zundelís appeal of his speech crime as "superfluous."

Ernst Zundel investigated the facilities at Nazi concentration camps, analyzed the methods used to exterminate the prisoners there and did the math. His conclusion was that far less people were murdered there by the Nazis than the official "6 million Jews" story. It is, however a crime in Germany to speak or publish anything contrary to the official holocaust story. Even if you are not in Germany when you do so.

Zundel does not deny that a holocaust took place; he merely asserts that the numbers are incorrect.

After years of harassment, wiretapping, mail interference and other criminal government activity when Ernst lived in Canada, he moved to the U.S. The "crime?" Ernst published a little booklet detailing his discoveries, how he came to his conclusions, and the good newsóat least five million more Jews survived the holocaust than was originally thought.

But that is a crime in Germany. Never mind that he was in either the U.S. or Canada when he published his findings.

How did he find himself in a German prison cell awaiting trial for a "crime" committed elsewhere, in a country where the "crime" isnít a crime? U.S. federal agents abducted and kidnapped him, unlawfully deporting him to Canada where he was jailed. After spending considerable time in a Canadian jail (without chargesóbecause he hadnít committed a crime), Zundel was extradited to Germany for "trial." Ernst was convicted because German courts are apparently similar to U.S. courts where only the prosecution is given the leeway to present a case and the option of defense is subject to the prerogative of the judge. Ernstís Appeal appears to be headed for the same kind of "justice."

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