Sen. Leiberman Responds To The NY Times

I mentioned back on Sunday that the NY Times editorial board loves Islamist video’s, as they blasted Joe Leiberman for asking Youtube to ban jihadi video’s. Now, Joe has responded (via The Jawa Report)

In “Joe Lieberman, Would-Be Censor” (editorial, May 25), you proclaim it “ludicrous” to “claim that the Internet promotes terrorism.” But the fact is that the Internet, through violent jihadist videos posted on YouTube, is being used to recruit terrorists here in the United States. And that is what I have asked YouTube, in the national interest, to stop.

The bipartisan staff of the Senate committee I head, which oversees homeland security matters, has documented that Islamist terror networks rely extensively on the Internet in their continuing war against the American people.

The intelligence community, moreover, sounded the alarm about proliferation of radical Islamist sites in a 2007 National Intelligence Estimate: warning that, even absent guidance from established terror organizations, the Internet enables “alienated people to find and connect with one another, justify and intensify their anger, and mobilize resources to attack.”

What is ludicrous is the claim that YouTube has been pressured to pull down videos just because I don’t like them. Al Qaeda and its affiliates are engaged in a wartime communications strategy to recruit, amass funds and inspire savage attacks against American troops and civilians. Their Internet videos are branded with logos, authenticating them as enemy communications. They are patent incitements to violence, not First Amendment-protected speech. And they fall outside Google’s own stated guidelines for content.

That is exactly one of the points I was making, and the folks at The Jawa Report have made, both in the post and in the comments at Right Wing News. Somehow, the folks at the Grey Lady feel that protecting the rights of Islamic terrorists to post incitements to violence is A-OK. Imagine if it was a group of white supremacists posting those types of video’s. How do you thing the Times would react then!

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One Response to “Sen. Leiberman Responds To The NY Times”

  1. Scrapiron says:

    Islamic terrorists and the NYSlimes are exactly alike. They hold loyalty to no one. The NYSlimes will act surprised when they’re friends, the Islamist, set a bomb in the times building. I hope, I hope, I hope, soon.

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