(AP) – WARSAW, Poland – Police have arrested a second man suspected of helping run the Web site of a banned extreme right group espousing Nazi ideology, a police spokeswoman said Monday.
The man, identified under Poland’s privacy law only as 21-year-old Bartosz B., from the northern city of Slupsk, faces charges of disseminating Nazi ideas, xenophobia and participation in an illegal group, spokeswoman Beata Tobiasz said.
Police suspect he translated Polish texts into English for the international “Redwatch” Web site, allied with the far-right Blood and Honor [bonehead gang], and helped the managers keep in touch with its administrators [DreamHost] in the United States.
He was detained on Friday and can be held for two months as the charges are investigated further. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.
Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz said Monday he hopes that police actions will prevent any kind of dissemination of Nazi ideology in Poland.
Poland lost [sic] 6 million citizens, half of them Jews, under Nazi occupation during World War II.
Last week, police arrested a man suspected of being the Polish administrator of the Web site.
The arrests came after a woman told the police that her name and picture are on a list of “antifascists” posted on the Redwatch Web site[?] Redwatch is an international far-right group based in Britain. [Redwatch is a project of Blood and Honour — an international gang of boneheads.] Its Web site posts names, photos and addresses of human rights activists, gays and left-wing journalists under the slogan: “Remember places, traitors’ faces, they all pay for their crimes.”
Last month, a man on the same list was stabbed in the back and seriously wounded in Warsaw.
In reaction, Poland has asked the U.S. government to help it shut down [DreamHost] the American-based server hosting the Web site.
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As discussed previously, the California-based Internet company DreamHost justifies its support for such seemingly illegal activities as described above on the basis of a supposedly noble adherence to ‘freedom of speech’ (especially as this concept is codified in the First Amendment to the US Constitution). However, DreamHost does acknowledge the existence of concepts and practices — especially legal ones — which conflict with their apparent interpretation of this Amendment; an interpretation which is, in any case, a quite transparent discursive device used to rationalise their basic purpose: commerce. DreamHost therefore has as much (or as little) commitment to the First Amendment and to ‘freedom of speech’ as is thought necessary to the pursuit of its only real function: to be as profitable as possible without landing in court. Thus:
1. Customer may only use DreamHost Webhosting’s Server for lawful purpose. Transmission of any material in violation of any [US] Country, Federal, State or Local regulation is prohibited. To this effect, child pornography is strictly prohibited as well as housing any copyrighted information (to which the customer does not hold the copyright) on DreamHost Webhosting’s Server.
2. Customer agrees to not have any content on their site that advocates, sells or in any way makes available tools or methods to send unsolicited e-mail or usenet postings (spam), or to use DreamHost Webhosting’s Servers for relaying unsolicited e-mail or usenet postings, or to use unsolicited e-mail or usenet postings to advertise for their site hosted at dreamhost. Any complaint we receive about a violation of this or the preceding two points will be taken very seriously and will result in immediate account cancellation without a refund.
Spam is a deadly serious business, apparently.
Facilitating assaults upon Jews, homosexuals, anarchists, leftists and non-whites, on the other hand, is not.
It therefore appears that only legal action will terminate DreamHost’s role in facilitating international terrorism.
In Auschwitz we asked ourselves questions: Did the outside world know what was happening in Auschwitz? Was it possible that the world did not know that people were being systematically exterminated? Today, in hindsight, we know that the outside world did have knowledge of the widespread organized slaughter of the Jews, and that by the time I arrived in Auschwitz what was taking place there was known in considerable detail.
Auschwitz was really an immense series of camps and I was in the part known as the Zigeunerlager, or Gypsy camp. The name derived from the fact that earlier, before they were gassed, the previous inmates of this section had been Gypsies. One of the crematoria was destroyed with the help of four Jewish girls, who, as prisoners working in the nearby German chemical factory IG Farben, which was part of the Auschwitz complex, stole the explosives used to blow up the crematorium. These unarmed prisoners succeeded in destroying at least one crematorium on their own, but the free world, with its armies of millions of soldiers, was unable to destroy anything. We, the prisoners of Auschwitz, wondered at the time: Is it possible that no one cares about us? Are we really forgotten by God and our fellow men?
On 12 May 1943, an event took place in London which attempted to focus attention on the plight of the Jews. Two Jews, Ignacy Schwarzbart and Arthur Zygelboym, were members of the Polish National Council in London. After desperate but futile efforts to get the British government to act to save the Jews, Zygelboym committed suicide. In a farewell letter, Zygelboym wrote: “I cannot be silent. I cannot live while the remnants of the Jewish population of Poland, of whom I am a representative, are perishing… By my death I wish to make my final protest against the passivity with which the world is looking on and permitting the extermination of the Jewish people.”
This is how Zygelboym died. He died, giving his life voluntarily, hoping to shake the conscience of the free world. But the conscience of the world was not shaken.
A similar reaction of indifference to information about the murder of the Jews had occurred in February 1943. A German embassy official in Switzerland sent reports to the American embassy, reports which the Americans were not interested in receiving. In response to a final telegram the state department ordered, “Do not use our diplomatic telegraph anymore for personal information.” Thus, reports about what was happening to the Jews were seen as being merely “personal information”. The Jews were not important, they were not part of the war effort, they were not recognized as a people. (Only the Germans identified the Jews as a people, a people to be annihilated.)
Well, at least the Nazis didn’t stoop to using spam, right DreamHost?