REGINA. They saw the quiet determination in Terry Tremaine's blue grey eyes and like certain soldiers seeing the cold steel glint of the bayonets, fled the fiedld of battle.
Internet dissident Terry Tremaine (Mathdoktor99 on Stormfront) had given up his apartment, moved his goods into storage, eaten a hearty last breakfast and removed all but some cash and his health card and headed off to Federal Court this morning fully believing he might eat a supper of slops in a local jail.
We arrived at the hearing. I spoke to a brief press conference and, then, Mr. Tremaine, reporter Barb Pacholik, and I headed up to Room 1600. It was locked. We were amazed.
We learned that the day before Federal Court had granted the Canadian Human Rights Commission an adjournment sine die; that is, an indefinite postponement.
Later in the day I contacted Canadian Human Rights Commission lawyer and prosecutor Daniel Poulin. He explained : "I truly do not want to put Mr. Tremaine in prison." However, he wants Mr. Tremaine to remove his National Socialist Party of Canada website.
Contacted later in the day, lawyer Douglas Christie hailed the adjournment as a "real victory."
Terry Tremaine had made it quite clear in discussions over the past month with Mr. Poulin that he was not afraid to go to jail. He does not want to knuckle under to Canada's Internet censorship. He welcomed an open court hearing where he could defend what he had posted and legitimate political commentary about urgent social and political issues.
What was really happening? We suspect that, with media from coast to coast calling for the repeal of Sec. 13 (the Internet censorship provisions of the Canadian Human Rights Act), the CHRC and its new public relations advisors may not have relished tossing a gentle, law-abiding academic into prison for the non-violent expression of his political views.
CAFE is pleased with the role we've played, reminding the media and all who'll listen that a CHRC prepared to jail a dissident, places Canada in the sordid company of tyrannies like Red China and Burma that jail people solely for the non-violent expression of their political views. -- Paul Fromm, Director
We quite enjoy how Fromm makes is sound as if Tremaine singlehandedly fended off the whole of Santa Anna's army at the Alamo. And, on cue, Tremaine later added his two cents. We won't bore you with the entire spiel though:
To summarize, I request that the court dismiss the charge of contempt. My purpose in ignoring the cease and desist order was to address the urgent matter of impending White extinction and to argue against the new one-world religion of Equality. It is my profound concern that Canada will continue its slide into a nightmare of Political Correctness where only hypocrites and liars will have a voice. Therefore, I request that the court recognize my writings as fair social commentary.
We think you know where this is leading:
REGINA — Terrence Cecil Tremaine, the former University of Saskatchewan lecturer facing a charge of promoting hatred, is back in custody for allegedly breaching a condition of his release that he not post messages on the Internet.
Tremaine, 61, is accused of breaching the condition on July 22. The nature of the posting was not mentioned during his Regina Provincial Court appearance on Friday.
Crown prosecutor Michael Morris opposed Tremaine's release from custody and the matter was set over until Monday. Morris said the incident is still being investigated by police and that it's possible "more substantive charges" will be laid.
Tremaine's release included a condition that he not make postings on the Internet since that is the allegation involved in the promotion of hatred charge — in which he is accused of posting racist comments against Jews on a white supremacist website between Feb. 1, 2004, and Nov. 1, 2007. That charge is expected to be back before the court in the fall.
Tremaine has faced sanctions for racist behaviour in the past. He was fined $4,000 by a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in 2007 for making racist postings, a decision that was upheld following a judicial review sought by Tremaine.
He is currently awaiting a hearing before the Federal Court on an allegation of contempt in relation to the tribunal's decision. The contempt charge sprang from allegations that Tremaine was continuing to post racist and hateful commentary.
He was dismissed from his part-time lecturer position after the U of S became aware in 2005 of the postings.
Considering he was posting messages on his blog up until June 22 of this year, we'd like to thank Terry with providing the rope with which to hang himself.