Press TV has conducted an interview with Dr. Kevin Barrett,
with the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance from Wisconsin, to share his
thoughts on the West’s double standards on freedom of speech. The
following is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Dr. Barrett, you heard our guest there [talking about Intelsat "complying with sanctions against Iran"], your reaction.
Barrett: That was the most vague and nonsensical
bunch of gibberish I have heard in a long time and I’ve been up against
some pretty goofy people on this show before. “It is not a breach of
freedom of speech” (he says) even though what we are talking about here
is shutting down a major TV channel because somebody might be worried
about being in breach of sanctions or something like this. This is
Let’s face the facts here, the office of asset control of the US
Treasury Department was handed over to a bunch of hard-line
neoconservative arch Zionist Likudnik radical Israeli partisans and
those people have been given carte blanche by the US government for some
ungodly reason to go after Iran in an all-out monetary war, and an
ideological war. They are trying to shut down Iran’s economy.
They are also trying to shut down the free flow of ideas back and
forth between the West and Iran. If they had nothing to fear from the
ideas that are coming across on Press TV, al-Alam and the other Iranian
channels, this wouldn’t be a problem.
So, it’s a case of egregious hypocrisy; these people endlessly blabber on about free speech and democracy.
Before the Iranian elections, they were claiming that Iran is not
really a democracy, that the elections there are always stolen. And
guess what, every media outlet that I read in the Western
Zionist-controlled press said that there was absolutely no chance that
the new president [elect Hassan] Rohani would win because “the
hardliners are in absolute dictatorial control of Iran and there are no
free elections in Iran,” and all this kind of nonsense.
They were proven wrong. The Reformist candidate was elected and one
would think that this would lead to a rethinking of policy towards Iran
and a willingness to engage in this exchange of ideas, which is exactly
what President Rohani has called for in the debates leading up to the
elections. President Rohani was calling for dialog and he was calling
for a shift towards soft power.
In other words, he is not interested in militarily threatening
anyone. He wants a war of ideas in which the better ideas will prevail.
Obviously, the hardline Zionists in the West know very well that if
there is a free flow of ideas, they will lose. And that is why they are
shutting down the last bastion of free speech in major international
Press TV: What about the laws…, if you want to talk
about laws, we have other laws. You have the European Convention on
Human rights, you have the US Constitution and you have Article 19 of
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that promotes media freedoms.
Dr. Barrett, obviously that is not what the US government, through their
office OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control), is going by.
Barrett: Well, of course not, and the reason I think
is that the Iranian channels, in particular Press TV but I think
al-Alam is doing the same thing in the Arab world, are having a big
effect on public opinion. Because the fact is that the media in the West
has become less and less free. We have less and less freedom of speech
every year here in the West, and there has developed a robust
alternative media on the Internet, which tells the truth about many of
the most contentious and controversial issues, including the loss of
freedom, including the really hardline, sort of red line issues that you
are just not allowed to talk about – such as the coup d’état on
September 11, 2001 and the domination of power here in the US by
hardline pro-Israeli Zionists. These are things that nobody is allowed
to talk about in polite company in the West or they will lose their
careers, they will be targeted one way or another and in a few cases
people even get killed.
So, in the face of this loss of freedom in the West and the reaction
to it in the form of the development of alternative media, which is
getting out there presenting a wide spectrum of viewpoints including
those that are much more accurate than anything mainstream will ever
tell you. Those people (in Iran’s international media) have started to
get more and more professional. It is quite wonderful that they have a
policy to provide better English language information in a high
production value format than anything you can find in the West.
This is a threat (to the powers that be). If you try to start
something like Press TV here in the US, you will be squashed. The powers
that be will find a way to stop you and shut you down – or buy you out,
which is what they mostly do. But, then Iran is not for sale, so Press
TV is going to keep providing this outlet to American intellectuals and
dissidents who are shut out from the mainstream media in the West. And
it is going to keep presenting a broader spectrum of opinion (than the
mainstream) including these accurate views on extremely controversial
This is a tremendous threat to certain aspects of the powers that be;
particularly these hard line Zionists and particularly people who are
trying to keep the US throwing billions of dollars in the direction of
The truth about September 2011 is of course a tremendous weapon in
this struggle against the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Press
TV has been open to this as have a few other international outlets and
the alternative media here in the West.
This is such a threat that they are using their assets to try to shut it down.
Press TV: Dr. Barrett, go ahead [and comment on our
other guest’s comments on the West’s point of view on Iranian policies
and their reasons for blocking Iranian TV channels - namely, that Iran
supposedly wants to "wipe Israel off the map," and that it is building
nuclear weapons to do so.]
Barrett: What we have just heard are these Zionist
talking points. They are designed to brainwash the lowest common
denominator in public opinion. This is the sort of thing they repeat
endlessly on the Hannity and O’Reilly shows over at Fox News (a US news
network) because they think their audience is stupid enough to believe
But, the fact is that Iran is in full compliance with the
Non-Proliferation Treaty – unlike Israel, which is an outlaw rogue
nation that has torn up that treaty and burned it and built 400 nuclear
weapons, with which it is threatening every capital in the Middle East.
Iran’s official policy, as dictated by its Supreme Leader, is to
absolutely under no circumstances ever build a nuclear weapon because
that is haram, that is forbidden. And there is not a shred of evidence
that Iran is working on a nuclear weapon as the CIA has certified
repeatedly just most recently, a year and a half – two years ago.
So, as far as wiping Israel off the map, I am sure Richard [Millet]
(the guest in London) knows that he is lying. That that was a quote from
the Ayatollah Khomeini that was repeated by the recent ex-President
[Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad and that quote is simply calling for regime change
in occupied Jerusalem.
It said that the regime that is occupying Jerusalem should vanish
from the pages of time, it didn’t say anything about wiping anybody off
the map and certainly not militarily. It wasn’t talking about military
regime change; it was talking about changing this genocidal regime that
is killing and expelling and ethnically cleansing the indigenous people
of Palestine, and has been doing so for more than the last half-century.
That regime does need to change just like the apartheid regime in South Africa needed to change.
Everyone in the Middle East agrees with this. Try, Richard, to find
me one Middle Easterner outside of the hardline Jews of Israel who
doesn’t agree with that quote from Ayatollah Khomeini.
So, there is no wiping off the map, there is no nuclear weapon issue; everybody knows this, these are talking points for idiots.
The real issue is that Iran is using its soft power, like these TV
channels, to get the truth out to the people of the West and the
Zionists are mortally threatened by the truth and they have to kill the
Press TV: Dr. Barrett, before this program ends, I
would like to get your explanation about why the US right before Iran’s
successful, over 70 percent turnout, 11th presidential election had
sanctions removed on telecommunications.
What’s interesting is that the US says that people should be able to
communicate and access information without being subjected to reprisals
by the government and they said to help facilitate the free flow of
information in Iran. So, they removed sanctions on that, but then they
ban Iranian channels including Press TV. That’s ironic isn’t it?
Barrett: Well it sure is. What they are saying is
that we are going to pick up this megaphone and yell in your ear, but we
are going to put earplugs in our ears and we are not going to
listen to you and we are not going to allow you to speak, and if you try
to speak we are going to put a gag over your mouth. That’s what this
opening after the election amounts to.
It is really sad because one would have thought that the election of a
reformist president, which everyone in the West was saying was
completely impossible because Iran wasn’t a democracy – and we know that
that is not true; Iran has actually hand counted paper ballots unlike
the US. Iran is probably more democratic in terms of its honesty of its
elections than the US is – and one would expect that after such an
election the West would want to hear what kind of viewpoints are coming
out of Iran in order to have a frank dialog and resolve all of these
outstanding issues. But, there are forces here in the West that don’t
want a dialog. (Those forces are) led by the hardline Likudnik Zionists
of Israel, who have a real problem with the ideas that are coming out of
Iran and the ideas that are coming out of the rest of the Middle East,
but are suppressed by puppet governments. And they just don’t want to
allow those ideas to be heard in the West.
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