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AOL Leads Political Censorship in U.S.A.

MIDDLEEAST.ORG - MER - Washington - 6 October:
Months ago AOL censorship of MER was ended after many people contacted AOL protesting and threatened legal action.
AOL has since recently resumed censorship of MER and is blocking many articles from reaching those who have subscribed to MER.
It is believed this has been done by persons at AOL who are doing so in coordination with Jewish Zionist groups who have long worked to censor MER -- as have others, far less effective however, who are connected with Arab regimes. With regard to AOL there appear to be specific Jewish groups and Jewish individuals possibly employed by AOL who are believed to be responsible for the censorship.


Note: If you have friends who use AOL please forward this to them as MER articles are censored by AOL from reaching them. MER articles are sent only to those who have subscribed for free from their own individual email accounts and are fully verified to have done so.


AOL Leads Political Censorship in U.S.A.


The following messages were received yesterday from persons using America On Line (AOL) after they were individually contacted with information that it was believed their AOL email from MER was being blocked and censored by AOL:



Subject:
Re: AOL Is Censoring MER
From:
...@aol.com
Date:
Tue, 5 Oct 2004

Yes, AOL has blocked things from MER for at least a month, perhaps two. I receive MER on Yahoo, so I haven't missed anything.
Anthony D. Heaner




Subject:
Re: AOL Is Censoring MER
From:
...@aol.com
Date:
Tue, 5 Oct 2004

They have been blocking you from my computer again for a month now. Please try and get me back on your list again. Thank you,




Subject:
Re: AOL Is Censoring MER
From:
...@aol.com
Date:
Tue, 5 Oct 2004


[Copy of email to AOL Headquarters]

I subscribe to the newsletter Mid-East Realities, MER, which I normally receive by e-mail regularly every day. If AOL has blocked MER again I request that AOL unblock it immediately.
I hope that AOL is not deliberately blocking MER again on the pretext that it is Spam, because some politically motivate groups do not want the interested American people to read the truth in MER about events that concern them, as was done before earlier this year. Reportedly, earlier this year a particular group in America supportive of Israel which did not like what was in the MER Newsletter about Israel, demanded that AOL block MER in America...
I have not received one single e-mail from MER for some time now...
I have checked with friend who use AOL and live in my hometown Walnut Creek, California and they also are not receiving the MER Newsletter.
I have contacted a friend in Canada and they are receiving the MER Newsletter.
Earlier this year AOL Censored, blocked and deleted the same Mid-East Realities newsletter for a long period of time. I called AOL about this to find out why I was not receiving by e-mail the Mid-East Realities newsletter. I was passed from one AOL department to another , such as CAT, the Postmaster, etc. Everyone I talked to professed ignorance regarding the action taken by AOL against MER. I persisted for an answer and eventualy was told by AOL personnel that they had received complaints about Mid-East Realities being Spam and or containing Viruses and the group of people complaining had asked that Mid-East Realities be blocked.
I informed AOL Personnel that this was absolutely untrue because because you have to request from MER to have the the Mid-East Realities Newsletter sent to you. I also told AOL that in all of the years I have been receiving MER it never contained any viruses.
I requested of AOL that Mid-East realites be unblocked. AOL refused to do so telling me to have the publisher of Mid-East Realites call AOL. I was even arrogantly told that AOL can delete, censor and block anything AOL wants without any justification. I refuse to believe that even the mighty AOL can do that without probable cause at it would violate my Constitutionally guaranteed rights and those rights of other Americans using AOL.
I then contacted the Publisher of Mid-East Realites and discussed the situation with him. He informed me that many other AOL subscribers in America had complained that they also were not receving MER. He had contacted AOL requesting that MER be unblocked but was rebuffed by AOL.
I believe that AOL eventually unblocked MER only after receiving many complaints from AOL subscribers.
Please un block MER and stop censoring it if indeed that is what you are doing again.
With best regards,
<>Dr. Arthur F. Billy





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