January 9, 2018
By Craig McKee
These are tough times for truth.
YouTube accounts, Facebook pages, and websites are being deleted for no more reason than they deviate from the mainstream construction of reality. Google algorithms now make it much more difficult to find content that offers alternative analysis of political crimes like 9/11 and the war on terror. Whether Google considers a site to be credible and reliable is now determined by how closely its content mimics what mainstream media sites publish. If you challenge what the MSM says about anything, you are, by their definition, “fake news.”
The more courageous a person is and the more risks they are prepared to take to speak unpopular truths, the more they will be attacked and even silenced. “Thought crimes” are being punished under the guise of combating “conspiracy theories” and “hate speech.” The world is upside down. And no, this didn’t just happen in November 2016.
The assault on truth requires supporting lies for it to succeed. Without deceptive propaganda, the clampdown on free speech would have to be justified on its own merits. And I still have enough faith in human beings that I don’t believe they would stand for it unless they were being tricked. But that’s what propaganda is, isn’t it?
Back in August of 2018 – in the wake of Alex Jones having his pages and accounts suspended by a number of social media platforms – the “content managers” at WordPress started deleting websites. This flew in the face of their previous claims to be champions of free speech. The sites deleted include those operated by 9/11 truthers like Ken Doc and Scott Creighton (who created the American Everyman site, formerly found under the URL willyloman.wordpress.com). Also deleted was the rethink911.org site, created by Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.
When this happened, I knew my own site could be next. I took steps to backup all my articles and all the comments that went with them. Then nothing happened. I wondered if I might have been spared from the purge. But I was just living on borrowed time. The end of the first phase of this blog’s life came on Oct. 31, 2018 when I received an email from WordPress labelled “Abuse reports.” (Was someone complaining to WordPress that they were being “abused” by me? I wonder.)
Because I was aware of what had happened to other sites, I knew immediately what this message meant. The body of the email confirmed this. I was told that my blog no longer “aligns” with their terms of service and user guidelines and that my site had been “suspended and would not be returned.” Given that to “suspend” means to “temporarily prevent from continuing or being in force or effect,” I’m not sure how WordPress can suspend my blog permanently. But they did.
They gave me a short time to export my data without saying how long a short time would be. Two weeks? Two hours? I took no chances.
WordPress very generously offered to help me migrate my data to a new site. For the low price of $169, they would provide me with the help of one of their “happiness engineers.” I can only imagine what George Carlin would have had to say about this twisted nod to Orwell. As I was not in the best of moods after seeing eight years and 222 posts go down the drain, the idea of paying one of these grinning bastards to remove my content from their online garbage dumpster – where they had tossed it without the slightest hesitation or compassion – did not appeal to me in the least.
(As I sit here watching Casino for the eighth time, I can’t help but fantasize about a happiness engineer getting whacked and then buried in the desert by Joe Pesci. But then I remind myself that these people are just soldiers for the family, cogs in a corrupt system.)
Important editor’s note: Any resemblance between this fantasy and any actual mob hit is purely coincidental. We at Truth and Shadows wish only the best for happiness engineers everywhere as they diligently work to keep us safe from all that nasty “free speech.”
I was given the opportunity to appeal the decision in the event that I thought an “error” had been made. Of course, I didn’t think it was an error; I knew they did exactly what they wanted to do – or exactly what they had been told to do. But I “appealed” anyway. I had no real hope that this would change anything, but I had to find out how they would justify the claim that I had violated their terms of service.
With the lowest of expectations, I received an answer to my appeal, which just referred me back to the original email. Talk about circular logic. Further attempts to ask for an actual reason that they killed my site have been met with silence. More irony.
So I took another route. With the help of someone who knows much more about this sort of thing that I ever will, the data was migrated to a new site no longer under the control of WordPress. I feel more secure than I did despite this ominous warning at the bottom of the WordPress email: “Please keep in mind that other hosts may have similar policies regarding this type of content.”
This type of content…
From the beginning I was determined that Truth and Shadows would rise again in one form or another. But the process has not been without glitches. For example, the vast majority of the photographs that I had used to accompany my articles did not make the trip. So this means that I will have to re-import each and every missing photo, one at a time. This will take a while, but I will do it. Also, the many links in my articles to other Truth and Shadows articles will have to be replaced. Another big job. But I will do that, too. As long as it takes.
Sorry for the mess, but we just moved in …
The worst thing about losing the site as I did is that every link to one of my articles anywhere on the Internet has been severed. Thousands of links on other websites no longer bring readers to my work. Google searches for “Pentagon” and “9/11” used to bring up my article “How we KNOW an airliner did NOT hit the Pentagon on 9/11” on the first page. Millions of results, and my article was in the top 10. After the algorithm changes you’d be lucky to find the article in the first 10 pages. Now, of course, you won’t find it at all. But I see this as a temporary setback.
According to Alexa, a program that ranks websites according to traffic (not to be confused with the Amazon device that records everything you say in your home), Truth and Shadows was the most visited 9/11 blog (at least among those that I have heard of) – and second among sites that focus mainly on 9/11 behind ae911truth.org. When I entered the Truth Movement the big site was 9/11 Blogger, but Truth and Shadows surpassed that by a considerable margin quite a while back. On one very memorable day, 100,000 people visited the site thanks to what has become the most read Truth and Shadows piece of all time: “Martin Luther King was murdered in hospital: an interview with William Pepper.”
Now, it’s back to square one.
The articles are all there but all the search engine rankings they built up over eight years are gone.
I had thought about creating my own website for at least a couple of years before I actually did in 2010. I assumed at the time that it would cost money to have it designed and activated. I had no idea how to do this myself. At the time I was writing content for a company that did Search Engine Optimization, and I was asked to tutor a client in how to write a business blog. This required me to figure out how to do this before I could explain it to someone else. In doing my research, I found out that there were two blogging platforms that provided ready-to-post templates. And the whole thing was free!
So that is when I created Truth and Shadows, choosing WordPress over the Google-owned Blogger. And that was terrific for more than eight years. But I did not count on just how bad censorship of alternative voices would get. I won’t make that mistake again. And I loudly urge anyone who is considering creating their own blog to skip the free hosting platforms and pay for hosting. This is no guarantee, as WordPress warned, but it gives the creator much more control over their content.
I’m delighted to be able resume speaking out for what I believe in. My passion for exposing the lies in the official story of 9/11 – and many other false flag operations – has not diminished. But just because the site is back up again does not mean there aren’t those who continue to work behind the scenes to undermine what I am trying to do.
But that’s a topic for another day.
The real secrets being kept from all of us are not just bad for “democracy,” they actually lead to misery and death for millions, including those who have the nerve to live in countries that empires want for their own. And those who wield serious power in this world are able to do so because their actions and motives are hidden in the shadows. Truth seekers, and truth speakers, have to do all they can to make it impossible for that to continue.
In the meantime, suck it, WordPress.