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Today’s blacklisted American: Mother of slain soldier censored by Instagram and Facebook

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The new dark age of silencing: Apparently because her posts on Instagram and Facebook were highly critical of Democrat President Joe Biden, both social media companies immediately either shut down or restricted the accounts of Shana Chappell, the mother of one of the soldiers killed in the Kabul Airport suicide bombing.

The mother of a Marine killed in the suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, last week had her account removed from Instagram and “incorrectly deleted” from Facebook following her fierce criticism of President Biden in the wake of her son’s death.

Shana Chappell, the mother of Kareem Nikoui, 20, took to Facebook on Monday to slam Instagram for removing her account after she started posting about what happened to her son and her belief that Biden is to blame. Chappell claimed the social media platform started to flag several of her “posts from months ago,” and began to send her warnings that she could have her account disabled.

“It seems Instagram took it upon themselves to delete my account because i am assuming it was because i gained so many followers over my sons death due to Biden’s negligence, ignorance and him being a traitor,” she wrote on Facebook. “I’m gonna assume that Facebook is gonna delete me next! Funny how these leftist one sided pieces of crap don’t want the truth to come out!

It appears both Instagram and Facebook have since restored her accounts and apologized, with both saying that her account was “accidentally deleted.” Hogwash. These actions are never an accident. They are almost always against people criticizing the left or the Democratic Party (I repeat myself), with many such bannings never explained or corrected.

Chappell is in a somewhat protected position, as the mother of a slain soldier. For these social media storm-troopers to try to silence her will only produce a lot of bad press, for them, and probably make her a more effective critic of Biden, the Democrats, and the leftist press.

Furthermore, unlike Cindy Sheehan, whom the press sanctified in the 2000s because she lost a son during Bush’s war on Iraq, Chappell’s criticisms carry more weight because the Biden administration’s actions have been so much more incompetent and chaotic. Bush had his own incompetencies and failures, but none were anywhere near as atrocious as what we have so far seen from Biden in only seven short months.

That Facebook and Instagram tried to silence her despite these facts however illustrates once again the desire of these companies and their employees to crush and suppress those who disagree with them. They might not be able to get away with blackballing Chappell, but this failed attempt only tells us that they intend to try blackballing many others, and will do so, again and again.

David Horowitz, former Marxist and now a confirmed conservative and head of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, said it most cogently:

Inside many liberals is a totalitarian screaming to get out. They don’t like to have another point of view in the room.

Until recently leftists actually tried to resist these urges, because they did not feel they had enough power to get away with it. No longer. They are now going full bore for repression, and the joy in which they are attempting it is a horrible but incredible sight to see.

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  • Mark

    The anger over the casualties in the Kabul Airport suicide bombing is justified and my emotions were supercharged this last week. But let me cooly put the Afghanistan Evacuation debacle into some historical context. Looking back over the last two decades, one can compare the Afghan evacuation to the successful planning and execution of the 2006 evacuation of American Citizens from Lebanon, as well the expertise gained from recent military exercises.

    Since Vietnam there have been 17 non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) missions.
    One example in the Arab world is the July 2006 evacuation of nearly 15,000 American citizens from Lebanon which was one of the largest overseas evacuations of American citizens. This involved the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 8 US Navy ships along with aircraft and contracted cruise ships. In 2007 the Military, State Dept., and the GAO all conducted extensive ‘lessons learned’ reviews to improve future operations.

    In addition to missions, there is continual training. In 2018 for example, nearly 3,600 U.S. troops, including 1,800 Marines were in Jordan for a two-week training exercise known as Eager Lion. Eagle Lion is the largest annual U.S. military exercise in the Middle East, and the 2018 exercise included civilian evacuation operations.

    FYI, Marine Expeditionary Units are amongst the most competent and lethal organizations in the US Military. The Marines who were killed by our enemies last week at the Kabul Airport mostly came from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force which has specific training in noncombatant evacuation operations.

    The Pentagon spends billions on war gaming and military exercises, and there must have been serious resources put into operational plans for evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan.

    Bottom line – the plans for withdrawal & evacuation, and the operational competence to pull it off were available for our Civilian and Military leadership. That leadership not only let down those who were deployed in harm’s way, it let down all those who planned and trained for what many knew would someday be a large scale evacuation from Afghanistan. Only those committed to Forever Wars, or those who are laser focused on non military political objectives would ignore all that military planning and training.

  • James Street

    It seems the cold anger that has been growing in the U.S. towards Biden, the Democrats, the CCP and the swamp over the last 6 months has become hot rage with what’s happened recently, especially the senseless deaths of our 13 service men and women in Afghanistan.

    I still have every confidence that all of our current problems will be resolved peacefully, but the other side should know all options are on the table.

    I saw this comment on another blog a few weeks ago and liked it so I stole it:

    The most terrifying force of death, comes from the hands of “Men who wanted to be left Alone”.
    They try, so very hard, to mind their own business and provide for themselves and those they love.
    They resist every impulse to fight back, knowing the forced and permanent change of life that will come from it.
    They know, that the moment they fight back, the lives as they have lived them, are over.
    The moment the “Men who wanted to be left Alone” are forced to fight back, it is a small form of suicide. They are literally killing off who they used to be….
    Which is why, when forced to take up violence, these “Men who wanted to be left Alone”, fight with unholy vengeance against those who murdered their former lives. They fight with raw hate, and a drive that cannot be fathomed by those who are merely play-acting at politics and terror. TRUE TERROR will arrive at the Left’s door, and they will cry, scream, and beg for mercy… but it will fall upon deaf ears.

  • Steve Holmberg

    Thank you for that, Mr. Street

  • James Street: I am once again reminded both of Grant and Patton.

  • Jeff Wright

    Readers Digest distilled down simply: Beware the anger of a patient man.

    Me? I think those who want Forever Wars are glad this was botched to get another shot.
    It is my opinion that a good faith responsible pull out was not offered to Trump…and Biden was treated like an old man who tells a mechanic to only fix ‘X’ and winds up with metal shavings out of spite.

    The Pentagon thinks we work for them. Their recalcitrance to the withdrawal is every bit to blame as Bidens incompetance to push it, as it need to come after Osama was sanctioned…but Biden’s role is all either CNN or Fox talks about.

    When I hear too much agreement-I get wary…

  • I must add Sherman to the list as well, he who said “War is hell” and tried to warn the south before the war not go to war, for they would surely regret it.

    Which when given the chance he very carefully made sure they did.

  • Alex Andrite

    How totally in form with the Inquisition.

    “Your account has been disabled. Follow the next steps within thirty days so that you can request a review. ”
    A Review ?
    “Denounce your beliefs and kiss the emblem of the … what are we now … oh yes …. TYRANNY and death.”

    >oh meanwhile be certain that you are not a robot – check here robot … oops …..

    The “platform” must be pulled out from beneath these … technoleeches and destroyed, made null, impotent, useless.

    Shana Chappell; Embrace the Flag from you sons casket, as you bury him, know that we, many of us, stand with you.
    Even to embrace you from afar.
    We Know.

  • Alton

    Ah Yes! Cindy Sheehan……
    Let’s See what the Great Biden will DO!
    Bush43 saw Mrs Sheehan at least three times in private, twice at the Whitehouse, according to Reports of the day. It did not help much…..but a fair civilized effort was made to match the Private meetings with the vast majority of families of the fallen (90% plus), and barely reported by the Media.

    Sir Bob, you had to add Sherman…..
    As a member of a Southern Family of Republicans who fought to the last to defend their home ground, Virginia, who never owned slaves, worked to put Lincoln in office. Then after the War of Northern Aggression lived under the Hades of Reconstruction, to be followed by Southern Democrats visiting their homes in White Robes and burning down the effort of decades. In the last Century two generations of the same family (whites) worked years to put black Republicans in Local and State Offices: resulting in five men serving fruitfully. Let the Dims be fore warned, when the People who want to be left Alone do start the reconning…….Many of us will have a century long list to be -sittled-.

  • Robert: I would remind you, sir, that it is the South. Not being ironic or humorous. My family goes back generations in South Carolina and Georgia. Ugly history, sure. But no less pride.

  • Jeff Wright

    I am adopted and know nothing of my birth parents. Being tossed aside was perhaps for the best.

  • Jeff

    James Street – Well put. Reminds me of Kenny Roger’s “Coward of the County”

  • They said it was a mistake,

    Chappell’s Facebook and Instagram accounts appeared active as of Tuesday morning. Facebook confirmed to The Post that her account removal was a mistake.

    “We express our deepest condolences to Ms. Chappell and her family,” Facebook said in a statement. “Her tribute to her heroic son does not violate any of our policies. While the post was not removed, her account was incorrectly deleted and we have since restored it.”

  • Charles: There will be an update discussing these “apologies” by Facebook and Instagram in today’s blacklist column.

  • Ray Van Dune

    It is beyond belief that the deletion of her account was an accident. Some employee took it upon himself to punish this woman, and to protect his President of choice. He needs to be named and fired, or this behavior will persist and grow more common. When a business cannot or will not properly control a product that endangers the rights of the public, it must be regulated. Don’t get me started on NPR!

  • Edward

    Alton wrote: “Then after the War of Northern Aggression …

    Except it was the South that attacked a Northern fortress. The South declared war on the North. The South was the aggressor.

  • Alton

    I wondered if the War of Aggression phrase would smoke some one out?

    Fort Sumpter was a fortress of foreign power inside of another country at the time of hostilities.
    Baghram Air Base was built during the Eisenhower Era of build up against the then communist threat.
    The Soviet Union expanded and fortified the area into the largest best defended fortress on the continent, which is still defended by over 5,000,000 Warsau Pact landmines after the American enlargement.
    Today China is surveying the property to see if they wish to add it to their Belt and Road system. They already have inked a deal to dig three huge open pit Cooper mines for $5 billion payment.
    The Civil War according to some historians had ten thousand battles on Confederate soil.
    Vietnam War lasted ten thousand days.
    The last helo that left our Embassy was the ten thousandth bird lost when it was pushed over board on the navy carrier.

    Will the C-17s that lifted off from KIA runway be saved for the Air Force Museum at Wright-Pat Ohio.???

  • Max

    The nude bomb was coming and who was driving the car, they let it pass on purpose for political reasons…
    This is not the end of the war but the beginning of a new one, and we gave our enemy the means by which to fight us with, as well as fighting their neighbors so Isis 2.0 can bring about the caliphate. (The military industrial complex put their man in place just for this constituency plan)

    Meanwhile China takes over our air base to protect the new silk road as it leads right to the richest ore deposits in Afghanistan.
    China wants to thank Americans, this was a wonderful gift.

    Meanwhile Glenn Beck is fighting the state department with everything he has, he’s putting together A fighting force of former special forces to get more people out. He’s going to war with the deep state on his own. With a few friends.

  • Max

    The nude bomb? That’s what I get for not proofreading while driving to work… That should’ve said; “they knew a bomb was heading to the airport and had it under surveillance”
    It was allowed through on purpose.

  • Edward

    Alton wrote: “Fort Sumpter was a fortress of foreign power inside of another country at the time of hostilities.

    These hostilities were still initiated by the South. The South was the aggressor, and no amount of spin changes that.

    Max wrote: “This is not the end of the war but the beginning of a new one

    This is not the end of the war, and it did not start when we went to Afghanistan. They are still at war with us, but we are not at war with them. This is how 9/11 happened, according to the 9/11 Commission’s report. They were at war with us, but we were not at war with them. Now that we are in the exact same condition, have we learned anything from history?

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