WordPress suspended the Stop NATO site at http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com from posting any new material earlier today, with this announcement:
“Warning: We have a concern about some of the content on your blog. Please click here to contact us as soon as possible to resolve the issue and re-enable posting.”
Repeated efforts to contact them have produced no result.
A year ago Military Times threatened the Stop NATO e-mail list with legal action and, after contacting them and assuming the matter resolved, they got Yahoo Groups to threaten to shut down the list and even cancel my personal e-mail account.
Material on the WordPress site has been backed up, and everything posted to date is still accessible, but it’s not certain for how long.
As everyone familiar with both the site and the list know, no incitement to violence or other illegal action, no attempt to solicit money and no derogatory statement toward any demograhic group have ever appeared on either the mailing list or the news site.
The sole “crime” of which both are guilty is of being anti-war and anti-militarist.
Yours for peace,
UPDATE September 4
After preventing the Stop NATO news site from posting new information because of alleged “concern for content,” WordPress lifted the suspension late on Saturday.
Their explanation, and it hardly qualifies as one, was identical to that offered another (unrelated) site in January of this year when it was also suspended.
The outpouring of support and offers of assistance from organizations and individuals throughout the world over the past two days were both exhilerating and humbling and may have played a key role in the suspension being cancelled.