Photos - German Embassy

On Sunday afternoon, May 6, 2007, Robert Heid, our favorite in-house “Future Quake” libertarian, intellectual and show fan favorite, placed a fateful call to a drowsy Dr. Future, imploring him to join him on an immediate, 30 hour adventure.  It turns out Robert, in Louisville KY at the time, was planning to head to Washington, DC by car within minutes, in an overnight drive to attend and participate in a protest in front of the German Embassy in downtown Washington.  A very controversial gentleman, Ernst Zundel, who has questioned some of the facts and data of the Holocaust as recorded in our history books, fell victim to laws in Germany that permit authorities to imprison individuals who question anything about the official storyline of the Holocaust details, even if they have not threatened or assaulted anyone – laws presumably a result of their extreme sensitivity to their Nazi past.  Regardless what one's opinion is on this issue, or even if one feels comfortable discussing or debating some of these details of this horrible event, one must admit that this is indeed imprisonment based upon “thought crime”, and stifles any search for truth on any controversial matter, even if it means sloshing through hocum and deceptive data in the meantime.  In fact, Mr. Zundel was convicted based upon statements made while in North America, and had not been in Germany (per my research) since the 1950s previously.  He was handed over to the German government by our own U.S government.  I have been told that current German legislation can even result in the arrest of citizens of other countries like the U.S. if they appear on German soil sometime in the future, if they have made “questionable” comments even while just in the United States!  (I must look into this further).  Robert Heid sees this as a clear issue of freedom of speech, and I think he sees we must defend those with all types of ideas, so we can later protect our own, because in the turbulent days ahead, many difficult things may need to be said about a lot of important topics, and a lot of assumptions and “facts” we have held for generations in many areas may need to be debunked.  Robert caught me off-guard with his request, and not being aware of a good excuse otherwise, I reluctantly agreed to go.  He arrived in Nashville by 7 PM to join me, and we were to Roanoke by 2 AM for a quick nap and shower, then on to Washington Monday morning for the 11 AM protest.  Robert picked up a sign and joined the protest, while I interviewed some of the participants and took pictures, including the “counter-protesters”.  The following are some pictures taken from the event; a show pertaining to this event, and the threat to free speech worldwide, will be covered in a new “Future Quake” show airing live on 22 May, including a live discussion with an interesting attendee of the event, with a unique experience with these laws, and some audio from other participants at the event.  No matter how we feel about this specific subject matter, the issue of free speech in general should be something of concern to all of us now, and as Noam Chomsky has said, “If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all”.  Think about it.

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These are some of the protesters in front of the German Embassy in DC.  It is interesting to see so many senior citizens protesting there, coming to his defense.  I am amazed that more seniors don't get involved in more protests like this (many do already).  They have the time and modest resources to make a real difference. This is a picture of Ernst Zundel – imprisoned for five years for questioning some information about the Holocaust while in North America.  Read some more about him at Wikipedia and elsewhere on the Web.
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I guess this is the big question. Obviously many protesters see this a part of something much bigger.  I was able to briefly interview this man, and the audio should be on our 29 May 2007 show.  (Picture 4)
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Another interesting point. The collaboration of the German Embassy and U.S. Government in wisking Mr. Zundel away from the U.S. to prison in Germany is why this protest was held outside the German Embassy.
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The gentleman in Picture 4 that I
interviewed is on the right.
Robert Heid, talking with Ingrid Zundel, wife of Mr. Zundel.
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Robert Heid talking with protester Michael Collins Piper, popular radio show host on the Republic Broadcast Network and author; Robert Heid said that his book that uncovered the true conspirators of the JFK assassination was”one of the most important books I have ever read”. The “counter-protestors” on the other side of the peaceful, residential street.  These young people carried signs with “Nazis” and other unprintable words, if you can make them out. I attempted to interview them and sincerely get their perspective, but each of them declined to talk to me (is Dr. Future now “the Establishment”?).  I did eavesdrop on their conversation with the young man that will be on our show 29 May 2007, and they confessed to him that they did not know anything really about Ernst Zundel or the German law, and could not comment on what effect this imprisonment would have on free speech in general.
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