Sunday, September 21, 2008

STOP Bill S1959. NOW

8 minutes
(audio only)

about Bill S1959 currently in the US senate - Has NOT been passed.
USA180 - Emergency Bulletin:
YouTube Makes Sen. Lieberman Happy With New Anti-Terrorism Guidelines

Listen up people, they are implementing parts of S1959 - The Homegrown Terrorism Act - It HAS NOT PASSED THE SENATE. The language is the same. It's "Force or Violence" to promote a religious, social or political belief. Under this law if you stop someone on the street and hand them a Bible you can be considered a TERRORIST. If you advocate action against a corporation or the government you can be considered a TERRORIST.

If we don't stop this here at YouTube and raise a HUGE CONCERN right now - they will pass S1959. They will rationalize that we will ACCEPT the censorship and go further. While the request of Senator Lieberman SEEMS reasonable the bill itself has so many holes that you could interpret it MANY different ways. There are videos on this - I suggest you watch them or go to and look at our analysis of the bill itself. We have to act NOW and get this message EVERYWHERE. Create your own video. ACT!


In May this year, (2008) Sen. Joseph Lieberman demanded YouTube to block videos 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.

Although the immediate response was not the one expected by Sen. Lieberman, four months later YouTube answered his prayers, posting a warning in its community guidelines meant to stop such videos from being uploaded on YouTube; however, this doesn’t mean YouTube’s policy has changed.

YouTube argued that it is impossible to preview all videos before allowing them to appear on the site, since approximately 13 hours of video are being uploaded every few minutes. That being said, the website will continue to rely on the user community to report the videos that break these guidelines.

Earlier this year, YouTube removed over 80 videos that violated content regulations, following Sen. Lieberman’s recommendations. However, the content uploaded on the website every minute remains hard to control.

According to YouTube’s revised guidelines, users are not encouraged to post videos depicting bomb making, or graphic and gratuitous violence. “If your video shows someone getting hurt, attacked, or humiliated, don’t post it,” YouTube warned, otherwise you will have your account banned.

Sen. Lieberman released a statement regarding YouTube’s new standards for videos, saying that YouTube represented a tool for Islamist terrorist organizations to recruit and train followers; however, the stronger community guidelines should decrease the number of videos on YouTube produced by al-Qaeda and affiliated Islamist terrorist organizations, he added.

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.

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