Feb 28 2011
Most other Conservative talk radio hosts refused to even mention this story. But Lt. Col. Allen West isn’t afraid to battle the powers that be to get Michael Savage off a list filled with Islamic terrorists and murderers.
WND –Freshman Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., (photo below) who is already earning a reputation on Capitol Hill as a straight talker, has written a letter on behalf of Michael Savage urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to review Britain’s ban of the popular talk-radio host.
Pointing out Savage was put on the U.K.’s banned-entry list with “ruthless criminals,” including a Hamas terrorist and Russian skinhead, West argued there is no basis for the action initiated by the government of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and affirmed by current Prime Minister David Cameron’s administration.
“For a nation who believes in freedom of speech and press, “West wrote, “I have a hard time understanding why such a high level, government department would release this statement when there has not been one incident recorded in the United States regarding Dr. Savage instigating violence, let alone serious criminal acts.”
Official U.K. government correspondence shows Savage was put on the list to provide “balance,” because it contained so many Muslim extremists.
The new Conservative-Party-led government of Prime Minister David Cameron informed Savage it would continue the ban unless he repudiated statements made on his broadcasts that were deemed a threat to public security. (See video below) The U.K., however, has never specified which statements it thought were so dangerous.
As WND reported in May 2009, then–British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced that Savage was on a list of 16 people banned from entry because the government believed their views might provoke violence. Smith said it was “important that people understand the sorts of values and sorts of standards that we have here, the fact that it’s a privilege to come and the sort of things that mean you won’t be welcome in this country.”
Savage said last July that the new British government was continuing the Gordon Brown government’s “big lie,” based on extracts of radio programs over many years “edited by Soros-backed Media Matters to slander me.”
The U.K.’s list includes Hamas terrorist leader Yunis Al-Astal, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Stephen Donald Black, neo-Nazi Erich Gliebe and radical American pastor Fred Phelps, known for his virulent anti-gay protests at funerals.