YouTube reinstates video after thousands protest censorship of unconstitutional US torture tactics

Thursday, January 12, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: YouTube, censorship, torture

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(NaturalNews) Protest from thousands of people up in arms over Google-owned YouTube's recent pulling and censoring a video clip from the upcoming film The Last War Crime, a film about war crimes and the unconstitutional and highly-disturbing torture tactics being used by the US government in the so-called "war on terror," has led to the video being reinstated. YouTube had banned the clip, which features a scene about the torture tactic known as "waterboarding," on the phony grounds that it violates the site's terms of service.

YouTube viewers who tried to view the clip were told that it was removed for containing "nudity, pornography, or other sexually provocative content," even though none of these descriptors is actually true. According to the film's director and the thousands of supporters of free speech that have expressed outrage over the incident, YouTube's actions were nothing more than blatant censorship.

"Shame on YouTube for censoring this clip, which we believe, and we think you will agree, is part of an important cultural and artistic statement of social commentary," said writer and director of The Last War Crime, "The Pen," as he is called. "All these thousands of people share our outrage and astonishment that YouTube should find anything to object to about our waterboarding scene, which in fact has no actual nudity in it, none whatsoever."

After the clip was removed by YouTube, the film's producers put it directly on The Last War Crime's website. Rather than violate any supposed terms of service, you will see that the clip actually draws attention to America's growing penchant for torture and other heinous and unconstitutional war crimes:

"This interrogation was not a fabricated movie moment," said Christina Linhardt, the actress featured in the waterboarding scene and outspoken human rights advocate. "While preparing to perform the female interrogator in the scene, I experienced some emotional distress because of the reality of the situation. I had visited Guantanamo Bay in April 2006. The US military went against habeas corpus and tortured detainees."

Hitler, of course, used the same tactics during World War II against the Russians when he signed the Commissar Order. Just like the US government is now doing to suspected Muslim terrorists, Hitler tried to exempt captured Russian officers from standard war protocol, and permit war crimes to be committed against them in clear violation of international law.

Because YouTube alleged failure to properly handle the situation from the start and provide a way in which users could contact the company to get an explanation, the film's producers say YouTube's "corporate attitude is that they are beyond accountability, not making accessible any procedural path to challenge their unilateral decrees."

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