2011 May 21 Saturday
Britain Censors Political Protest On YouTube

The site PrisonPlanet.com manages to convey in its URL a grim view of what it sees happening in the world and what it opposes. A Prison Planet article by Paul Joseph Watson reports on censorship in Britain via YouTube. The British government got YouTube to block a video of a political protest for viewers from Britain. (thanks Lou Pagnucco)

In a frightening example of how the state is tightening its grip around the free Internet, it has emerged that You Tube is complying with thousands of requests from governments to censor and remove videos that show protests and other examples of citizens simply asserting their rights, while also deleting search terms by government mandate.

The latest example is You Tube’s compliance with a request from the British government to censor footage of the British Constitution Group’s Lawful Rebellion protest, during which they attempted to civilly arrest Judge Michael Peake at Birkenhead county court.

It is amazing just how petty the British government can be when it tries to prevent people from seeing something. What's the great threat to the state here?

Can you watch this video?

Britain needs the equivalent of the American 1st amendment. But the article claims the US government asks for videos to be pulled off of YouTube. So what's the pattern in each country on what gets pulled and why?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2011 May 21 09:56 PM  Elites As Enemies


Comments
Wolf-Dog said at May 22, 2011 4:01 PM:


This censoring in UK is just a rehearsal for what is going to happen when the food riots start after the economy collapses due to oil shortages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKmQEhbShdk&feature=related

no said at May 22, 2011 6:39 PM:

It says to me "This content is not availiable in your country due to a government removal request".

Lou Pagnucco said at May 23, 2011 11:09 AM:

This is a chilling demonstration of the merger of corporate and government power

- intelligence collection is outsourced to "private" telcoms and 3rd parties
- military services of all types are increasingly privatized
- establishment "news" media have become the "embedded" propaganda arm of oligarchy
- corporate crimes are totally ignored

And, this just in -
"Cisco sued for helping China build Great Firewall"
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/05/23/technology-mobile-telecommunications-us-tec-cisco-falun-gong-suit_8480442.html

On the bright side, though, it's probably a great time to invest in incarceration, surveillance, interrogation, military and crowd control technology.

Jeff Maylor said at May 23, 2011 5:43 PM:

It's shameful that the British government would try and censor this video. However, am I to understand these people were trying to "arrest" a judge? They were literally going to grab a judge and hold him for some trial? I can't really blame the police for stopping that. However, were there really 600 people involved? I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, you can't have groups deciding to arrest judges on their own volition. But, it is a healthy sign that some in Britain are ready to get rid of their hostile elites.

Jeff Maylor said at May 23, 2011 5:45 PM:

It's shameful that the British government would try and censor this video. However, am I to understand these people were trying to "arrest" a judge? They were literally going to grab a judge and hold him for some trial? I can't really blame the police for stopping that. However, were there really 600 people involved? I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, you can't have groups deciding to arrest judges on their own volition. But, it is a healthy sign that some in Britain are ready to get rid of their hostile elites.

Lono said at May 24, 2011 9:10 AM:

Vote for Ron Paul (in repub. primaries and greater election) or this will be the U.S. in a couple of years - it already is in some ways.

You have been duly warned.

Lou Pagnucco said at May 24, 2011 1:49 PM:

More on the Google/Youtube/Government censorship consortium --

GOVT ORDERS YOUTUBE TO CENSOR PROTESTS

"...You can also search by country to discover that Google, the owner of You Tube, has complied with the majority of requests from governments, particularly in the United States and the UK, not only to remove You Tube videos, but also specific web search terms and thousands of “data requests,” meaning demands for information that would reveal the true identity of a You Tube user. Google claims that the information sent to governments is “needed for legitimate criminal investigations,” but whether these “data requests” have been backed up by warrants is not divulged by the company....."

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1497779/pg1

But, the media arm of government may just be trying to stabilize the public mood - benefiting all of us
- better to rock the boat, than to capsize it, after all

Check It Out said at May 24, 2011 2:37 PM:

Hey here's another good one here for all:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7mKvmBP81E&NR=1

Check It Out said at May 24, 2011 2:39 PM:

oooooooops, Here we go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7mKvmBP81E&NR=1

Randall Parker said at May 24, 2011 7:43 PM:

Check It Out,

That pro world government video is pretty disgusting.

no i don't said at May 25, 2011 11:40 AM:

Interesting site. I liked it, but let's just hope that Americans are not the ones to "lead" that world government. At least we can say that they no longer have Superman on their side...

no i don't said at May 25, 2011 11:44 AM:

It's amazing what while some people consider some things to be disgusting some others consider them to be great. To me what really IS disgusting is political or religious dogmatism. But then again the terms disgusting and great are subjective.


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