Friday, November 25, 2011

Senator Lieberman Urges Google to Increase Censorship of Anti-West Blogs

Eric Blair
Activist Post

U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman sent a letter (PDF) to Google this week urging them to censor anti-West, violent jihadist content on their Blogger platform.

The letter, formally from the Committee on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs which Lieberman chairs, cited the blog of recent "lone wolf" terrorist patsy Jose Pimentel.

"Pimentel allegedly used the Internet to access instructions to make bombs and share his support for violent Islamic extremism," writes Lieberman. "Pimental's (sic) site is just one of the many examples of homegrown terrorists Google-hosted sites to propagate their violent ideology."

Lieberman, no stranger to promoting censorship of the Internet, sent a similar letter in 2008 to then CEO Eric Schmidt requesting that Google-owned YouTube remove videos that contained "offensive material" and "terrorist propaganda".

Lieberman also appeared on CNN in June 2010 praising China's draconian censorship of the Internet and claimed America should have the same ability to shut down Internet content that the U.S. deems dangerous.

In his recent attempt to outlaw information on the Internet, Lieberman applauded Google for complying with his previous request by adding a "flag" option to YouTube videos where anyone can vote the material as offensive or harmful.  Now, Lieberman is strongly urging Google to add the flagging option to all of their content platforms.

"I strongly believe that Google should expand that standard to include your other platforms.  The private sector plays an important role in protecting our homeland from the preeminent threat of violent Islamic extremism, and Google's inconsistent standards are adversely affecting our ability to counter violent Islamic extremism online," Lieberman concludes.

Notably, although Google is a global company, Lieberman only wants them to censor "violent ideology" directed towards the West.  He certainly would not censor his own violent statements openly calling to bomb Iran without any aggressive provocation on their part.

And therein lies the problem with any type of censorship.  It is always ultimately used to promote one side of an issue, where the censorship itself is used as a weapon in the information war.  A war that, according to Hillary Clinton, the West is losing.

Seemingly desperate to control information on the Internet to hide their own violent intentions and actions, the U.S. government is constantly manufacturing cyber threats while claiming that all "homegrown" terrorists become radicalized online in an apparent attempt to drum up support for their Internet-censorship ambitions.


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J.G Vibes said...

wow...didnt realize the censorship rhetoric was getting THIS serious

thanks for the excellent report eric!

Anonymous said...

From the article..."America should have the same ability to shut down Internet content that the U.S. deems dangerous."

Obviously, Lieberman's talking about the truth! That's the most dangerous thing to the American government.

Censorship is abhorrent to a democracy but an indispensable tool for a dictatorship.

Anonymous said...

Gosh, what about censoring propaganda that drives Israeli settlers to destroy homes, farms, orchards and livestock of Palestinians? What about censoring Zionist propaganda on TV and the web, Joe?

Anonymous said...

The only thing that needs to be censored is Joe Lieberman and the rest of his corrupt government and corporate buddies.

Well that and some of these teen pop stars and their over-sexualization of the younger generations that is becoming downright sickening.

Maybe Joe can censor them first and then censor himself?

I know it's wishful thinking but anything is possible, right? ... lol

Anonymous said...

"Pimental's (sic) site is just one of the many examples of homegrown terrorists Google-hosted sites to propagate their violent ideology."

I would have to say that the warmongering Senator Joseph Lieberman's ideology achieves much more violence than Jose Pimentel's ever could. After all, Pimentel needed assistance, in the form of funds, material and technical knowledge, from the NYPD in order to even CONSTRUCT a crude pipe bomb. The FBI thought Pimentel didn't have the predisposition or the ability to do anything on his own.

Pimentel's pipe bomb could take out a vehicle or two. On the other hand, Lieberman's war plans decimate entire countries. Who's the REAL "terrorist" here?

Activist said...

Amen! Great comments all around.


Anonymous said...

Joe Lieberman is a real piece of work and along with McCain and Kerry they are quite the team.

Bruce Hayden said...

Joe needs to go...back to Israel. He is the number one traitor in the Congress. That's saying something with the likes of Lindsey Graham, John McCain, et. al. ad. naus.

Anonymous said...

Dear Google:

Please censor everything that comes out of Joseph Lieberman's head. Thank you.

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