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Scrubbing the “Protocols of the Elders of Ron Paul”

How Paul's Campaign for Liberty website dropped a post promoting The Protocols of the Elders of Zion down the Internet memory hole.

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Patrick Poole

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January 26, 2012 - 8:23 pm
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Ron Paul lackeys forgot a cardinal rule of politics: It’s always the cover-up that gets you in the end.

That was the case when Roger L. Simon called attention to a blog post on the Campaign for Liberty’s (C4L) website promoting the sale of the viciously anti-Jewish The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The item was apparently first noted by Adam Holland earlier this month, and then picked up by Adam Taxin of the NY Jewish Culture Examiner.

The Wikipedia entry for C4L states:

Campaign for Liberty is a political organization founded by twelve-term United States Congressman Ron Paul. The Campaign for Liberty focuses on educating elected officials and the general public about constitutional issues, and currently provides a membership program. Its legal status is that of a 501(c)(4) nonprofit.[2] It is also known as C4L.

The Campaign for Liberty was announced on June 12, 2008 as a way of continuing the grassroots support involved in Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential run, and corresponded with the suspension of that campaign. Paul formally announced during the Texas Republican Convention that he had created this new organization known as the “Campaign for Liberty”.[3]

But no sooner did the story get traction than C4L began to take action.

The first response was to scrub the offending blog post from the C4L website. Commenter JoshInHB accused Roger L. Simon of slander for not verifying the information. But not only was the offending C4L blog post still available in Google cache, but I had taken a screenshot of the entire page, which we promptly added as an update to Roger’s post. The post is also available on the Internet Archive.

Over at Taxin’s Examiner post, commenter TJ Riordan claimed that while the campaignforlibery.com URL had previously belonged to Ron Paul’s C4L, they had moved to a new domain. But a quick check of the WHOIS database showed that campaignforliberty.com is still owned and maintained by C4L, which I noted in the comments of Roger’s post:

Registrant:
Campaign for Liberty

5211 Port Royal Road, Suite 310
Springfield, Virginia 22151
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, LLC (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: CAMPAIGNFORLIBERTY.COM
Created on: 30-May-08
Expires on: 30-May-13
Last Updated on: 16-May-11

Administrative Contact:
Administrator, Site frank@campaignforliberty.com
Campaign for Liberty
5211 Port Royal Road, Suite 310
Springfield, Virginia 22151
United States
+1.7038657162

Technical Contact:
Administrator, Site frank@campaignforliberty.com
Campaign for Liberty
5211 Port Royal Road, Suite 310
Springfield, Virginia 22151
United States
+1.7038657162

Domain servers in listed order:
DNS1.STABLETRANSIT.COM
DNS2.STABLETRANSIT.COM

Registry Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Registry Status: clientRenewProhibited
Registry Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registry Status: clientUpdateProhibited

And then more information related to the offending blog post began to disappear.

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