As detailed in “Spy Agencies Threaten to ‘Take Out’ Mercola,” the Mercola website has been labeled a national security threat by British and American intelligence agencies that are collaborating to eliminate “anti-vaccine propaganda” from public discussion using sophisticated cyberwarfare tools.1,2,3
One of the public frontrunners in this comprehensive attack on freedom of speech is a U.K.-based group with opaque funding called the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), led by Imran Ahmed, a member of the Steering Committee on Countering Extremism Pilot Task Force under the British government’s Commission for Countering Extremism.
In its report, “The Anti-Vaxx Playbook,”4 the CCDH identifies Dr. Mercola as one of the six most influential “anti-vaxxers” online that must be silenced for good. The other five are Barbara Loe Fisher, Del Bigtree, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Sherri Tenpenny and Andrew Wakefield.
The CCDH also admits tracking and spying on 425 vaccine-related Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter accounts that, together, have 59.2 million followers.5
The CCDH has been one of the most vocal organizations calling for the deplatforming of anyone who might have the ability to influence public opinion about vaccines.6 This despite the fact that public discourse and debate is a requirement not only for a well-informed public but also to protect scientific integrity and public health.
Anti-Hate Group Publishes Digital Hit List
More recently, the CCDH published an updated hit list on Twitter,7 now listing the “Top 10 anti-vaxxers” it wants digital platforms to eradicate. The list shows, by way of crossing out names, which have already been successfully deplatformed, and from which social media.
As of March 3, 2021, Kennedy Jr. has been banned from Instagram, and the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), co-founded and led by Fisher, has been removed from Facebook.
“Facebook has removed the NVIC, another page spreading vaccine misinformation run by Barbara Loe Fisher,” CCDH said in its Tweet.8 “But Facebook has allowed the NVIC to carry on spreading misinformation on Instagram, which it owns. Facebook, it’s time for action across your platforms.”
Good News: People Are Seeing Through the Propaganda
The irony of an “anti-hate” group posting a hit list did not escape unnoticed, and that’s part of the good news. More and more people are indeed starting to see the 1984-style double-think propaganda for what it is.
As pointed out by one Twitter follower: “You’ve posted what appears to be a digital hit list. Do you not see anything ironic about this considering your brand is ‘countering digital hate’?” “Project much?” said another. A third replied back to the CCDH saying “You should be on this list,” and a fourth said “It appears that by the word ‘hate’ you include uncomfortable truths.” Other responders wrote to CCDH:
- “I have personally benefited from the free TRUE loving information that at least seven on your list have given me since 2011. I have only gratitude and love for them. No regular doctor could help me back then and thanks to the info I got I didn’t die and I have helped others too.”
- “’Misinformation’ … what a joke!! These people are putting their careers and livelihoods on the line to share the TRUTH, to empower us to take our health in our own hands and realize it’s the only way!! This is more a top list of who to follow!!!”
- “This is nonsense at the extreme. Censorship has gone mad and needs to be heavily questioned and stopped — this is what all dictators and extremists themselves do! How ironic! The CCDH are extremist dangerous hate criminals themselves for doing this!”
- “Stop the censorship! We are seeing through this failed attempt to spread valuable information from people.”
- “Congratulations to every hero on that list.”