Crimes Against Humanity


Crimes against humanity are certain acts that are deliberately committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack or individual attack directed against any civilian or an identifiable part of a civilian population.

Good definitions are valuable assets.  They allow us to assess situations better, make more meaningful statements and arrive at better decisions. In contrast, imprecise definitions make it difficult to even agree on what we’re talking about.

Questions like, should hate speech be a crime? Should attempts to radicalize hate online be legally protected? Do prolonged, systematic and individual attacks against a people based on belief rise to the level of Crimes Against Humanity?

When we look at the definition of the charge of ‘crimes against humanity’ we feel we see more than enough evidence of the deliberate personal and institutional attacks in the virtual ‘backpages’ of Tony Ortega’s Scientology- obsessed blog.

Ortega’s penchant for dehumanizing his perceived enemies, his countless attempts to repress thoughts or ideas he disagrees with, his blatant fanatical crusade urging his dwindling troll army towards more and more radical displays of religious persecution, one needed waste much time on Ortega’s blog before finding examples of Ortega’s ‘crimes against humanity’.

Ironically, primary responsibility for the prosecution of crimes against humanity has traditionally fallen to United Nations – the very governing body Ortega’s shadowy wife, Arielle Silverstein, finds herself employed by.

Maybe we could send an official letter of complaint to the UN Office of Ethics reminding Arielle Silverstein of the definition of crimes against humanity. She might find it more than a little recognizable.

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