YouTube’s Version Of The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act
September 16, 2008
As a caller noted on Alex’s show earlier today, it appears YouTube has implemented its very own version of H.R. 1955, entitled the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act. 1955 is in the Senate and is not law as of this writing. For the millions of people who post on YouTube, however, it may as well be law.
|Sen. Joseph Lieberman attempted to pressure YouTube into censoring videos earlier this year.|
You may recall Sen. Joseph Lieberman earlier this year barking orders from on-high down at Google, the owner of YouTube, demanding the popular video site block content “depicting assassinations, death of US soldiers, as well as weapon training and speeches that encourage violence and could be used as a tool to create homegrown terrorists,” as Dee Chisamera writes for eFluxMedia.
At the time, YouTube called foul and said while “we respect and understand [Lieberman’s] views, YouTube encourages free speech and defends everyone’s right to express unpopular points of view,” according to ABC News.
Four short months later, after media attention has long since shifted elsewhere, YouTube and Google have sent the Fist Amendment to the recycle bin.
YouTube has posted “a warning in its community guidelines meant to stop such videos from being uploaded on YouTube,” a move that apparently pleased the neocon Lieberman, at least somewhat. “Sen. Lieberman hailed YouTube’s decision to strengthen its standards, however, he also continued to urge Google, who owns YouTube, to remove all videos produced by Foreign Terrorist Organizations, not just those that violate community guidelines,” explains Chisamera.
Even so, Lieberman insists YouTube represents “a tool for Islamist terrorist organizations to recruit and train followers.”
That said, it is time to put all of this into perspective. First and foremost, the validity of al-Qaeda and other supposed terrorist videos that inevitably end up on YouTube must be challenged.
As researcher and computer security consultant Neal Krawetz demonstrated last year during a conference in Las Vegas, an IntelCenter video allegedly produced by al-Qaeda’s video unit, As-Sahab, appears to be a cobbled together fake. IntelCenter is directly related to U.S. intelligence, a fact admitted on Wikipedia. IntelCenter has released a number of supposed al-Qaeda videos featuring any number of CIA and intelligence assets, including the Muslim Brotherhood and intelligence asset Ayman al-Zawahiri, the patsy “20th hijacker” Fawaz al-Nashimi, the U.S. military operative Muhammad Atta (who attended the Officers School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama), and fellow “hijacker” patsies Ziad Al-Jarrah and Waleed al-Shehri. IntelCenter seems to be in competition with another CIA contractor, the SITE Institute, an organization featuring a number of characters right out of the Mossad’s central casting.
As Jason Rutberg notes in the above video, a number of activists and patriots have had their videos removed from YouTube under its newly implemented standards. Rutberg claims the removals — not of Islamic terrorist videos, but rather political activist videos — and YouTube’s Lieberman influenced standards are part of an implementation of H.R. 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, otherwise known as the Thought Crime bill because it would criminalize political thought and speech.
1955 targets American citizens, i.e., “homegrown terrorists,” for “violent radicalization,” described as “the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system… to advance political, religious, or social change.” According to the authors of 1955, the “Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens,” that is to say blogs and, if we follow Lieberman’s train of thought, YouTube and Google Video.
1955 “is just too awesomely obscene for words. It exceeds not only the scope of my vocabulary, but my imagination as well,” writes Jeff Knaebel. “The minions and hired agents of politicians are free to murder, rape and pillage on government hire using our money, but to imagine alternatives to them and the degraded, psychopathic political ‘leaders’ who design and perpetrate these atrocities is legislated as a thought crime!”
Of course, these psychopaths understand the viral power of YouTube and that is why they are attempting to scour it of activist video. For a couple years running now, Google and YouTube have sabotaged Alex Jones’ videos, removing the videos entirely or altering viewing statistics. In addition, Google has blocked Prison Planet and Infowars search information, most notably in regard to Charlie Sheen’s 9/11 comments in 2006.
Now it appears Alex Jones’ videos and those of others at odds with the global elite will be removed from YouTube as the products of “homegrown terrorists” bent on “violent radicalization,” that is to say telling the truth contrary to the lies released daily by the government and the corporate media.
It will be interesting to see what happens if and when 1955 emerges from the Senate. Section 899D of the bill establishes a Center for the Study of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism in the United States. “This will be an institution affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security,” notes Knaebel. “It will study and determine how to detain thought criminals,” including those posting on YouTube.