As many of you know I began blogging 12 years ago when I became interested in educating Americans about just how the process of Refugee Resettlement works in our country.
My work began when refugees were being quietly placed in nearby Hagerstown, Maryland and I simply wanted to know how the program works and who is paying for it.
My curiosity turned into an obsession with nearly an every day investigation into the federal program and related issues surrounding the Leftwing Open Borders goal of changing America by changing the people.
RRW was funded by no one, and so my work has been my charitable contribution to our great country.
RRW was filled with facts and financial data, reports on the refugee contractors, government information and reports on communities that were being targeted with resettlement (with a few horror stories about immigrant criminals/crooks/terrorists sprinkled in).
The way things are going now, I shouldn’t be surprised that the power on the Left has managed to silence that blog with its nearly 9,000 posts! I just wonder why now?
If WordPress, which was hosting RRW, had such a problem with my content wouldn’t they have looked into it at some point over the last dozen years! And, why now when I hadn’t been actively writing there for more than a half a year! Was my archived data such a threat to whomever was complaining to WordPress?
(See my post in January about why I began writing ‘Frauds and Crooks.‘)
And, to top it off, they gave me no warning!
One day a reader was planning to look for something there and got this notice. (See my post on July 1, here).
I contacted WordPress then to ask what was going on and got this (below) e-mail response after I noticed all data collection at RRW had stopped in mid-June. So….
When were they going to tell me they had shut down my work?
This is an e-mail I received from the “community guardians” at WordPress on July 1 after I contacted them! (I’ve taken out the links they provided):
Upon review of your WordPress.com site we have determined that your content does not align with our Terms of Service or User Guidelines. As stated in our Terms, we may choose to stop providing service to an account at any time, for any reason, or none at all.
As such, your site has been suspended and will not be returned. You can see a notification of your suspension in your WordPress.com dashboard notifications. [yeh, right, who reads obscure dashboard notifications! They have my e-mail address!—ed]
To download your content and take it elsewhere, the export tool below will be available for the next two weeks….
If you wish to continue to use WordPress for your site, you might consider a self-hosted WordPress installation. You can follow the guide located here to successfully transfer your content to a more suitable WordPress host.
Aline F. – Community Guardian
So, on July 2nd I went back to the “community guardian” and asked these questions:
Can you tell me exactly what caused your concern about Refugee Resettlement Watch. This month marks the 12th anniversary of the launch of that blog with you. And, in recent months there has been little new activity there. So just wondering why it is now, after all this time, [it’s] not aligned with your terms of service.
Is there a particular post(s) that concerned you and if so could you direct me to them?
Have you had recent complaints about the blog even as it hasn’t been active for many months?
Were references to certain organizations a concern?
Would really love to know as I find another host for the nearly 9,000 posts archived at RRW.
Greatly appreciate any feedback you can give me!
Here is what I received in response on July 3rd. We can call it the ‘go pound sand’ brush-off e-mail:
Upon review of your WordPress.com site we have determined that your content does not align with our Terms of Service or User Guidelines. As stated in our Terms, we may choose to stop providing service to an account at any time, for any reason, or none at all. We aren’t able to offer any further specifics.
We’ve canceled your WordPress.com subscription and refunded the purchase….
To download your content and take it elsewhere, the export tool below will be available for the next two weeks…
If you would like to continue using WordPress software for your site, you can import this file into a self-hosted WordPress installation with a different host.
Please keep in mind that other hosts may have similarly restrictive policies regarding this type of content. [emphasis mine].
[Signed] Community Guardian
I still don’t know what “this type of content” is!
I’m telling you all this now in case my new blog ‘Frauds and Crooks’ disappears before I return from a week-long vacation. I leave tomorrow, and will be back on the 13th.
Fear not, RRW will be back up, but it will take a few weeks and unfortunately a few headaches and a few bucks to get the job done!
Thanks to everyone offering advice about the tech aspects of all of this, I have a very capable helper and will be looking to move ‘Frauds and Crooks’ too.
Also, thanks to Michelle Malkin for mentioning my work and my troubles with the speech police.
Just minutes after finishing up my conversation with her [a Twitter user—ed], I learned that another researcher and investigator I’ve admired for years, Ann Corcoran, had her invaluable 12-year-old website, Refugee Resettlement Watch, terminated by WordPress this week. Poof. Gone.
With patriots being silenced all around me, it’s getting harder to feel patriotic. Who needs fireworks when our rights are going up in flames?
So, again, I am going to be away with very little access to the internet. I won’t be able to post your comments or answer your e-mails this week!
If you are new to ‘Frauds and Crooks’ check out the categories in the right hand side bar and see what news and information I’ve been collecting.
And, if you want to keep this post, you might want to copy it and save it since who knows when they will go after me here.
LOL! make note of my PO Box in the right hand side bar! We may all be resorting to snail mail for communications in the future!
Endnote: If some pressing story breaks today, I’ll post it before dashing out in the morning. Otherwise, thank you for reading my blog(s) and see you next week!