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"It's Not About Trump": American CJ Hopkins, Charged Again In Germany...

• https://www.zerohedge.com, By Matt Taibbi

The German people are famous for putting everything in print, even things they shouldn't, and in this instance at least, American playwright and author CJ Hopkins is glad. "The irony," he says, laughing. "The Germans, always documenting everything."

In a letter from the Berlin Prosecutor's file on Hopkins, the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA, analogous to our FBI) acknowledges receipt of a document from a government office describing an effort to have tweets deleted. "The Hessen Gegen Hetze reporting office," the highlighted portion reads, "has already initiated measures to delete the relevant post on the social network":

Hopkins reached out to me after listening in disgust to the Murthy v. Missouri Supreme Court hearing Monday. Standing was a big issue: our government said plaintiffs like Drs. Jay Bhattacharya and Aaron Kheriaty lacked definite proof that the government was responsible for suppressing their speech. No such issue exists in CJ's case, as you can see.

Hopkins also wanted Americans who might be up in arms about the specter of legalized censorship in their own country to see that the phenomenon has also spread to virtually every Western democracy, often in more extreme forms than we've seen so far in the United States.

CJ's unique insight involves his ludicrous German case, which as you'll read in the Q&A below has taken bizarre turns since we last checked and will now go to trial yet again. As an expat following the American situation from afar, he's seen how the authoritarian tide is rising in similar or worse ways all around the globe.

Hopkins is facing the business end of the German version, among the worst. As detailed last June, he was charged with "disseminating propaganda, the contents of which are intended to further the aims of a former National Socialist organization." The crime? Using a barely detectible Swastika in the cover image of his book, The Rise of the New Normal Reich


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