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Thursday, November 04, 2010

YouTube takes down al-Awlaki videos

Under pressure from both the American and British governments, YouTube has removed hundreds of videos of American-born radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki (Hat Tip: Will).
In an e-mail, Victoria Grand, a YouTube spokeswoman, said that the site had removed videos that violated the site’s guidelines prohibiting “dangerous or illegal activities such as bomb-making, hate speech, and incitement to commit violent acts,” or came from accounts “registered by a member of a designated foreign terrorist organization,” or used to promote such a group’s interests.

Ms. Grand said that Google, YouTube’s owner, sought to balance freedom of expression with averting calls to violence. “These are difficult issues,” she wrote, “and material that is brought to our attention is reviewed carefully. We will continue to remove all content that incites violence according to our policies. Material of a purely religious nature will remain on the site.”

In an interview, Mr. Weiner said that YouTube gave him a “bureaucratic” response at first, but seemed to take his request more seriously after the bombs were found [originating from Yemen via UPS]. “It has become increasingly clear that this guy is an international terrorist that is using their service to do illegal things,” he said.

Britain’s concern over Mr. Awlaki and his group rose sharply on Wednesday with two developments. A young woman who had embraced his cause and watched dozens of hours of his videos was sentenced to life in prison for the attempted murder in May of a prominent legislator, and a top official in the government of Prime Minister David Cameron announced that a member of the Yemeni Qaeda group had been arrested earlier in the year in a previously undisclosed bombing plot against the country.
It's about time. Al-Awlaki is a major recruiting tool for radical Islam around the world.

The picture is of attempted underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight outside Detroit last Christmas Day. Abdulmutallab was recruited by al-Awlaki.

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7 Comments:

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl -

How can I email you?

I am a book publicist focusing on Jewish books and I wonder if you ever review books?

thanks, Stuart Schnee MY email:

Stu@stuartschnee.com

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Anwar al-Awlaki, who resides in Yemen, is an American Muslim radical activist and leading Al Qaeda figure.

Its about time his material was removed from YouTube for good.

 
At 10:28 AM, Blogger NormanF said...


Carl - The Latma Tribal Update has a new take on its famous video "We Con The World" - feature an interview with Captain Stabbing and there is some good humor involving a play on "Juice" you'll get. Plus a memorial tribute to Yitzhak Imes and his family, the beloved Jewish gardener of Hebron. Its here



Latma Tribal Update Interviews Captain Stabbing Of "We Con The World"



Heh

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Looks like they took them down because "a young woman who attempted to murder a prominent member of Parliament last year said she watched dozens of al-Awlaki's videos before the attack"

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2010/11/04/YouTube-removes-Anwar-al-Awlaki-videos/UPI-46711288870993/

This guy is the perfect example of the "internationals" taking advantage of U.S. opportunities and then biting the kind people who welcomed them. Al-Awlaki was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, while his father was there getting his masters (GO AGGIES!). Then they moved on to other college towns.

Al-Awlaki (born in the U.S., therefore an automatic U.S. citizen) has a hit order on him from Obama. While I hope the militaries, etc. go after him, I get the feeling that Obama is taking advantage of the situation to expand his power.

His wiki bio:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anwar_al-Awlaki

"Al-Awlaki's parents are from Yemen. Al-Awlaki's father, Nasser al-Aulaqi, was a Fulbright Scholar.[8] He earned a master's degree in agricultural economics at New Mexico State University in 1971, received a doctorate at the University of Nebraska, and worked at the University of Minnesota from 1975 to 1977.[13][40] The family returned to Yemen in 1978 when Anwar was 7,[2][15] where al-Awlaki lived for 11 years and studied at Azal Modern School.[41] His father served as Agriculture Minister and as president of Sanaa University.[13][40][42] Yemen's Prime Minister since March 2007, Ali Mohammed Mujur, is a relative of al-Awlaki.[43]
Al-Awlaki returned to Colorado in 1991 to attend college. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University (1994), which he attended on a foreign student visa and a government scholarship from Yemen, apparently by claiming to be born in that country, a former U.S. security agent has said,[44] where he was President of the Muslim Student Association.[41] He would often mention to a fellow student that he spent a summer of his college years training with the Afghan mujahideen, Muslim jihadist fighters who fought the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan.[15] Al-Awlaki also earned an M.A. in Education Leadership from San Diego State University. He worked on a Doctorate degree in Human Resource Development at George Washington University Graduate School of Education & Human Development from January to December 2001.[7][40][45][46][47][48][49][50]"

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Looks like they took them down because "a young woman who attempted to murder a prominent member of Parliament last year said she watched dozens of al-Awlaki's videos before the attack"

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2010/11/04/YouTube-removes-Anwar-al-Awlaki-videos/UPI-46711288870993/

This guy is the perfect example of the "internationals" taking advantage of U.S. opportunities and then biting the kind people who welcomed them. Al-Awlaki was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, while his father was there getting his masters (GO AGGIES!). Then they moved on to other college towns.

Al-Awlaki (born in the U.S., therefore an automatic U.S. citizen) has a hit order on him from Obama. While I hope the militaries, etc. go after him, I get the feeling that Obama is taking advantage of the situation to expand his power.

His wiki bio:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anwar_al-Awlaki

"Al-Awlaki's parents are from Yemen. Al-Awlaki's father, Nasser al-Aulaqi, was a Fulbright Scholar.[8] He earned a master's degree in agricultural economics at New Mexico State University in 1971, received a doctorate at the University of Nebraska, and worked at the University of Minnesota from 1975 to 1977.[13][40] The family returned to Yemen in 1978 when Anwar was 7,[2][15] where al-Awlaki lived for 11 years and studied at Azal Modern School.[41] His father served as Agriculture Minister and as president of Sanaa University.[13][40][42] Yemen's Prime Minister since March 2007, Ali Mohammed Mujur, is a relative of al-Awlaki.[43]
Al-Awlaki returned to Colorado in 1991 to attend college. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University (1994), which he attended on a foreign student visa and a government scholarship from Yemen, apparently by claiming to be born in that country, a former U.S. security agent has said,[44] where he was President of the Muslim Student Association.[41] He would often mention to a fellow student that he spent a summer of his college years training with the Afghan mujahideen, Muslim jihadist fighters who fought the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan.[15] Al-Awlaki also earned an M.A. in Education Leadership from San Diego State University. He worked on a Doctorate degree in Human Resource Development at George Washington University Graduate School of Education & Human Development from January to December 2001.[7][40][45][46][47][48][49][50]"

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Looks like they took them down because "a young woman who attempted to murder a prominent member of Parliament last year said she watched dozens of al-Awlaki's videos before the attack"

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-
News/2010/11/04/YouTube-removes-Anwar-al-
Awlaki-videos/UPI-46711288870993/

(had to break up link address...)

This guy is the perfect example of the "internationals" taking advantage of U.S. opportunities and then biting the kind people who welcomed them. Al-Awlaki was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, while his father was there getting his masters (GO AGGIES!). Then they moved on to other college towns.

Al-Awlaki (born in the U.S., therefore an automatic U.S. citizen) has a hit order on him from Obama. While I hope the militaries, etc. go after him, I get the feeling that Obama is taking advantage of the situation to expand his power.

His wiki bio:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anwar_al-Awlaki

"Al-Awlaki's parents are from Yemen. Al-Awlaki's father, Nasser al-Aulaqi, was a Fulbright Scholar.[8] He earned a master's degree in agricultural economics at New Mexico State University in 1971, received a doctorate at the University of Nebraska, and worked at the University of Minnesota from 1975 to 1977.[13][40] The family returned to Yemen in 1978 when Anwar was 7,[2][15] where al-Awlaki lived for 11 years and studied at Azal Modern School.[41] His father served as Agriculture Minister and as president of Sanaa University.[13][40][42] Yemen's Prime Minister since March 2007, Ali Mohammed Mujur, is a relative of al-Awlaki.[43]
Al-Awlaki returned to Colorado in 1991 to attend college. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University (1994), which he attended on a foreign student visa and a government scholarship from Yemen, apparently by claiming to be born in that country, a former U.S. security agent has said,[44] where he was President of the Muslim Student Association.[41] He would often mention to a fellow student that he spent a summer of his college years training with the Afghan mujahideen, Muslim jihadist fighters who fought the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan.[15] Al-Awlaki also earned an M.A. in Education Leadership from San Diego State University. He worked on a Doctorate degree in Human Resource Development at George Washington University Graduate School of Education & Human Development from January to December 2001.[7][40][45][46][47][48][49][50]"

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Sharon and Shmuel,

There's a contact address on the right side of the home page right after the bio.

Everyone else,

Sunlight had problems commenting and saked me to post this:

Looks like they took them down because "a young woman who attempted to murder a prominent member of Parliament last year said she watched dozens of al-Awlaki's videos before the attack"

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2010/11/04/YouTube-removes-Anwar-al-Awlaki-videos/UPI-46711288870993/

This guy is the perfect example of the "internationals" taking advantage of U.S. opportunities and then biting the kind people who welcomed them. Al-Awlaki was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, while his father was there getting his masters (GO AGGIES!). Then they moved on to other college towns.

Al-Awlaki (born in the U.S., therefore an automatic U.S. citizen) has a hit order on him from Obama. While I hope the militaries, etc. go after him, I get the feeling that Obama is taking advantage of the situation to expand his power.

His wiki bio:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anwar_al-Awlaki

"Al-Awlaki's parents are from Yemen. Al-Awlaki's father, Nasser al-Aulaqi, was a Fulbright Scholar.[8] He earned a master's degree in agricultural economics at New Mexico State University in 1971, received a doctorate at the University of Nebraska, and worked at the University of Minnesota from 1975 to 1977.[13][40] The family returned to Yemen in 1978 when Anwar was 7,[2][15] where al-Awlaki lived for 11 years and studied at Azal Modern School.[41] His father served as Agriculture Minister and as president of Sanaa University.[13][40][42] Yemen's Prime Minister since March 2007, Ali Mohammed Mujur, is a relative of al-Awlaki.[43]
Al-Awlaki returned to Colorado in 1991 to attend college. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University (1994), which he attended on a foreign student visa and a government scholarship from Yemen, apparently by claiming to be born in that country, a former U.S. security agent has said,[44] where he was President of the Muslim Student Association.[41] He would often mention to a fellow student that he spent a summer of his college years training with the Afghan mujahideen, Muslim jihadist fighters who fought the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan.[15] Al-Awlaki also earned an M.A. in Education Leadership from San Diego State University. He worked on a Doctorate degree in Human Resource Development at George Washington University Graduate School of Education & Human Development from January to December 2001.]"

 

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