The Silencing of Hans Schmidt
Hans Schmidt Was Thrown into Jail Simply for Displeasing the Wrong People
by Dr. William L. Pierce
PERHAPS YOU’VE NOTICED recently how pleased the news media have been to inform us that Mr. Clinton’s popularity with the electorate is rising. His so-called “approval rating” is higher than it’s ever been, largely because he is perceived as taking a decisive and principled stand to bring peace to Bosnia.
(ILLUSTRATION: German-American patriot Hans Schmidt)
It’s not that the American people are happy about the possibility of becoming involved in yet another war, but they are pleased to see their draft-dodging, pot-smoking President, who was in the streets with the Reds and the hippies chanting “Ho, ho, ho Chi Minh, the Viet-Cong’s gonna win” back during the Vietnam war, finally trying to act like a statesman by using American diplomacy and military power to end the butchery in Bosnia: finally trying to walk tall and carry a big stick. Probably that makes many Americans feel a little safer, feel that their President will stick up for them when they need him.
Well, let me tell you something else about Mr. Clinton’s supposed principles: about the way he walks tall and sticks up for Americans when they need the support of their government. Five months ago, in August 1995, an American was seized by the German secret police at the airport in Frankfurt as he was preparing to return to the United States after visiting his 93-year-old mother in Germany. He was thrown into a German prison, where he remained until very recently, without trial and without bond. His name is Hans Schmidt. He lives in Pensacola, Florida. He has been a U.S. citizen for 40 years. He committed no crime while he was in Germany. He has never done anything, either in Germany or the United States, which is a crime under U.S. law.
What he had done, however, was publish a newsletter in 1994 in the United States which displeased the Jews. You see, Mr. Schmidt heads the German-American National Political Action Committee, an organization dedicated to the interests of Americans of German descent, like Mr. Schmidt himself — and like 55 million other Americans. One topic which Mr. Schmidt often discusses in his newsletters is the Jews’ hate-propaganda campaign against Germany, especially their claim that the Germans gassed 6,000,000 of them to death during the Second World War, and therefore the Germans of today owe the Jews of today a free living. In particular, Mr. Schmidt criticized the anti-German hate film Schindler’s List, pointing out a number of Jewish propaganda lies in the film.
Now, in the United States it’s still not illegal to criticize a film — even a Jewish propaganda film. But in Germany it’s a different story. In Germany to contradict the Jewish party line about the so-called “Holocaust” is illegal. It’s what the Jews and their news media call a “hate crime.” Many Germans are in prison today simply because they have written or said something the Jews didn’t like.
That’s because the German government today is a continuation of the occupation government imposed on the German people 50 years ago by the communist and democratic Allies who conquered Germany in the Second World War. It is a government in which German patriots were forbidden to participate. It consists of traitors who were willing to serve the conquerors of their people — of ambitious traitors who understood that the way to power and privilege in conquered Germany lay in pleasing the Jews. And these traitors were happy to impose on their own people whatever laws the Jews demanded. They taxed the German people so that the German government could send tens of billions of dollars to Israel in so-called “war reparations” — even though Israel didn’t even exist during the war. And they enacted laws making it illegal for Germans to criticize or contradict Jews.
Now, of course, German laws are the business of the Germans. Until the German people rise up, hang their traitors, and form a patriotic government, they’ll have to do without freedom of speech and freedom of the press. They’ll have to obey the laws imposed on them by a government of traitors or pay the penalty for breaking those laws. But those laws cannot be imposed on Americans for what Americans do on American soil. The German government cannot. take away an American’s right to say or write what he wants in America.
Hans Schmidt has been a naturalized American citizen for 40 years. He has committed no crime in Germany. The German government has no jurisdiction over what he has written in America. And yet he has been arrested by the German secret police and imprisoned. How can that be? Why did that happen?
I’ll tell you. Hans Schmidt was arrested for two reasons. First, there are Jewish hate organizations in every country, including the United States and Germany, which not only make Jewish hate propaganda for the Jew-controlled media, but which also spy on the people of the country in which they are located. They compile hate lists of people who say or write things which displease them. They distribute these hate lists to their news media, and then the people on the lists are accused of “hate crimes” by the media. And they distribute these hate lists to the governments over which they have influence, and they demand that the governments take repressive action against the people on the lists. Hans Schmidt’s name is high on most of these Jewish hate lists. That’s one of the reasons he was arrested by the German secret police.
A second reason is that the German secret police knew ahead of time that the United States government would not protest Hans Schmidt’s arrest. More important, they knew that the Jew-controlled news media would remain silent — that there would be no headlines in the New York Times or the Washington Post or the Wall Street Journal or any other Jewish newspaper.
They knew that the U.S. government would not protest, because the head of the secret police in the United States, Mr. Clinton’s FBI Director Louis Freeh, has pledged to them repeatedly during the past two years that he would do everything he could to help them silence Americans who are saying things the Jews don’t like. He has publicly lamented the fact that the United States does not have repressive laws like those in Germany, which prohibit Politically Incorrect speech. He has publicly lamented the fact that the FBI cannot arrest people like Hans Schmidt — and me and many other Americans on the Jews’ hate lists — but he has pledged that he would help the German secret police arrest them.
And that’s exactly what he has done. Mr. Freeh is a politically ambitious little man, and he knows which side his bread is buttered on. He knows whom he must please in order to remain in favor in the Clinton government. And so when Americans on a Jewish hate list travel to another country, Mr. Freeh’s secret police in Washington tip off the secret police in the other country. They collaborate in punishing American citizens for exercising their Constitutional rights.
And of course, it’s not just Mr. Freeh who is engaged in this subversive, anti-American activity. The whole Clinton government is composed of people who want to abolish the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights, so that they can usher in the New World Order, where no one will be permitted to say or write anything which is not Politically Correct. They want a New World Order governed by “hate laws,” where anyone who doesn’t toe the line can be thrown into prison for a “hate crime.” They take their lead from Jews who already have succeeded in imposing such laws on the people of Germany, of Canada, of Britain, and of many other European countries. The Clinton government could not silence Hans Schmidt while he was in America, but they did collaborate with the German government in silencing him, and they continue to collaborate with the German government by failing to protest its imprisonment of an American citizen.
Contrast this despicable, treasonous behavior of the Clinton government in Hans Schmidt’s case with its behavior in the case of the Chinese dissident, Harry Wu. We’ve all heard about Harry Wu, because the controlled news media in America made a celebrity of him when he was arrested by the Chinese government a few months ago. The Clintonistas became his champions and protectors. Mrs. Clinton wouldn’t attend an international feminist conference in China, because the Chinese had Harry Wu in jail. And Harry Wu had quite clearly broken Chinese law in China by illegally sneaking into the country with a forged passport. We may sympathize with Mr. Wu’s anti-Communism, but we cannot honestly pretend to be outraged when the Chinese government arrests him for entering China with a forged passport. That’s illegal everywhere.
Hans Schmidt, on the other hand, did nothing illegal in either Germany or the United States. He was arrested solely because the Jews demanded it, and because their lackeys in the German government knew that their lackeys in the U.S. government wouldn’t protest. That is something to be outraged about.
Now, I’ve known Hans Schmidt for 15 years. He’s a personal friend. At a time when I was even poorer than I am today, he gave me an automobile. It’s an automobile which my wife still drives. I’ve spoken often with him over the years and shared important information with him. So I have a personal reason for being outraged at what has been done to Hans Schmidt. But you should be just as outraged as I am. The attack on Hans Schmidt’s rights and freedom is an attack on the rights and freedom of every American. If Hans Schmidt can be silenced, so can I — or you — or anyone. If we don’t express our outrage now about what has been done to Hans Schmidt, who will speak up for us when we are silenced?
There’s not much point in directing our outrage against the German government. That’s something for German patriots to concern themselves with. And I’m sure that one day they will rise up and settle matters over there, if they have enough rope and lampposts for the job. But we have a job to do over here. We Americans should direct our outrage against the subversives and criminals in our own government who have conspired with the German government to silence Hans Schmidt. We should direct our outrage against the Clintonistas and all of the other collaborators. We should direct our outrage at the hate organizations which compile the hate lists and whisper in the ears of the politicians and provide hate propaganda for the controlled media: organizations like the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and the so-called Southern Poverty Law Center. It is these Jewish hate organizations which ultimately are responsible for the imprisonment of Hans Schmidt. It is these hate organizations which are pushing for “hate laws” in the United States, making it illegal to criticize them or their policies. It is these hate organizations which are pushing harder than anyone else to abolish our Constitution and subject us all to the New World Order.
Just being outraged at these hate organizations and at their collaborators in the media and the government isn’t enough, of course. If we want to keep our freedom to say and write what we think, just being angry at those who are taking it away from us isn’t enough. We have to fight these enemies of freedom with all the means at our disposal.
Look, we cannot do now to this filth, to these haters of our people, what really needs to be done. That will have to wait. But here’s what we can do now, what we must do now: first, we must remember that most of the politicians and bureaucrats who collaborate with the haters are men without principle or conviction or scruple. They are simply ambitious opportunists. Most of them are lawyers. They don’t care about freedom one way or the other, since they can’t eat it or put in the bank. It’s just a word to them. They don’t care whether Hans Schmidt is in prison or not. All they care about is how much butter is on their bread. We must make these corrupt men understand that a day of reckoning is coming, and that they will be called to account. We must make them understand that on that day we will present them with a bill for all of the butter they have accepted from the haters. We must make them understand that the time for them to begin buying insurance against that day is now.
Remembering these things, let’s begin by reminding them that to us freedom is not just a word, that to us it is important whether or not our government sticks up for its citizens’ rights — and that until the day comes when we use other means, we will at least make our voices heard in support of freedom, that we will not be silenced, and that if they try to ignore us our voices will only grow louder and stronger.
Let’s begin by writing letters and making telephone calls. Write to the State Department in Washington, which is supposed to be responsible for the welfare of American citizens traveling in other countries. Tell them that you are very unhappy that they did nothing to obtain Hans Schmidt’s release. Tell them that you are angry. Tell them that you want to know why they haven’t even protested to the German government.
Write to the politicians in the Congress who are supposed to be representing your interests. Tell them the same thing. Demand answers.
Listen, you may think that writing letters is wasted effort, that others already have written and that it has done no good, so why should you bother. The politicians and bureaucrats don’t care, you may think, so why should you make yourself look foolish by making demands that they’ll just ignore. If that’s the way you think, you’re wrong. I tell you that if everyone listening with us today will write, if those politicians and bureaucrats receive a hundred thousand angry letters, they will remember that a little insurance might be a good thing for them.
And write to the editors of every newspaper and news magazine you read. Tell them what you think about the failure of the Clinton government to protect the rights of its citizens. Some of those letters will be published and will be read by tens of thousands of other people.
Use your telephone. Call every talk show which can be received in your area. Get on the air. Express yourself forcefully. People will listen to you.
The haters at the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center will continue to sneer at us and to snicker among themselves, and they will continue to spread their hatred to the media and to pull the strings on most of the politicians and to tell the Clintonistas what to do. It’ll be a while yet before we can wipe the sneer off their faces for good, but even now we can make their hateful work more difficult for them.
The most important thing for us to keep in mind is that we are not powerless, despite what the haters would like for everyone to believe. We don’t have to lie down and let them walk on us. If we just have the courage and the energy to use our voices, we can accomplish much. The haters always do their dirty work in secret, behind the scenes. They can only steal freedom from Americans if the public doesn’t understand what they’re up to. They can only get away with silencing people like Hans Schmidt if the public doesn’t know about it. It’s our responsibility to tell the public: to tell them loudly and clearly and repeatedly.
Let’s think about one more thing. It is terrible, of course, that we have a government composed of criminals and traitors, of despicable politicians like Bill Clinton, who collaborate with the enemies of our people to bring about such crimes as the imprisonment of Hans Schmidt.
Despite this, however, as we move into this new year I am more optimistic than I have ever been. A great sea change is taking place in the consciousness of the American people, a great awakening. Most of them are still far from a full understanding of the evil which afflicts our nation. They are still far from being ready to deal with the haters and their collaborators in the manner they deserve. But there is at least a new openness, a new willingness to listen and to reason. I see a growing impatience with treason, a growing unwillingness to swallow the smooth lies of the Clintonistas, a growing suspicion of the controlled media and of the hate groups behind the media. And it is our responsibility, the responsibility of all of us with some understanding of what has been happening in America, to help the rest of the people develop their own understanding, to help their awareness grow, to speed their awakening.
I can see that awakening on the horizon, in the not too distant future. On the horizon I can see the glow of the cleansing fire with which this nation will be swept: the fire which will restore us to health and sanity and honor, the fire which will consume the filth and the deceit and the hate and leave us with the possibility to shape a new future for our children and our grandchildren.
We must endure more treason and injustice as the haters pull out all the stops in their efforts to maintain their power now, and later to save their skins. But the end of them and their evil is in sight, and that is something in which we can all rejoice.
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Source: Free Speech magazine, January 1996