11 Jun 2010 A Better Flotilla for Freedom
Washington, DC – The following is a statement by David A. Ridenour, vice president of the National Center for Public Policy Research:
Now that both Turkey and Iran are on the record supporting the violation of another nation’s waters so long as the ships doing so are providing humanitarian relief, a huge impediment to two ideas of mine – the Free Turkey Movement and the Free Iran Movement – has now been lifted.
The main project of both groups would be “Free Minds Flotillas,” collections of ships loaded with sufficient servers and broadcast equipment to ensure that the citizens of Turkey and Iran have full access to Google, YouTube and Facebook.
Both countries have been running blockades of these services.
Earlier this week – and with the “Freedom Flotilla” incident still fresh in our minds – Turkey banned YouTube and blocked access to than 30 Google websites.
Iran permanently suspended Google’s email service this past February and YouTube and Facebook have frequently been filtered or blocked by the Iranian regime.
Unfettered communication between people is a basic human right and people of Turkey and Iran are crying out for the world’s help.
The “Free Minds Flotilla” can now respond now that both Turkey and Iran have given the green light for such operations.
We’ll need substantial funding for these two projects, of course, if we’re to be successful. And it is unlikely we’ll be able to count on the kind of support Weather Underground leaders William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, Code Pink founder Jodie Evans and Noam Chomsky provided to the Free Gaza Movement.
But plenty of support should be forthcoming…
To the executives of Google, Facebook, and YouTube: I await your calls.