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LiveLeak Brings Back Fitna:

Here's their statement on the subject:

On the 28th of March LiveLeak.com was left with no other choice but to remove the film "fitna" from our servers following serious threats to our staff and their families. Since that time we have worked constantly on upgrading all security measures thus offering better protection for our staff and families. With these measures in place we have decided to once more make this video live on our site. We will not be pressured into censoring material which is legal and within our rules. We apologise for the removal and the delay in getting it back, but when you run a website you don't consider that some people would be insecure enough to threaten our lives simply because they do not like the content of a video we neither produced nor endorsed but merely hosted.

As I've commented before, I sympathize with distributors who feel pressured to remove materials for fear of violent retaliation. I have argued that "leading bookstores, like leading universities, need to take some risks -- and, yes, even risks that involve potential risks to customers and employees -- in order to protect the marketplace of ideas that sustains them." But I recognize that we can't expect everyone to be heroic on this score, and that goes double for smallish outfits that might not have a great deal of money to invest in security.

Still, while those who give in to threats shouldn't get much blame, those who resist the threats (even with a brief delay for ramping up security) deserve praise. So, good work, LiveLeak: You've struck a badly needed blow for freedom, and against the thugs.

Glenn W. Bowen (mail):

Still, while those who give in to threats shouldn't get much blame, those who resist the threats (even with a brief delay for ramping up security) deserve praise. So, good work, LiveLeak: You've struck a badly needed blow for freedom, and against the thugs.


Seconded.
3.31.2008 1:52pm
MXE (mail):
Hear hear! People who care about liberty have to stand up to the worthless barbarians who would make such threats.
3.31.2008 1:57pm
Gary McGath (www):
My congratulations to them too. I'll update my own blog entry. Thanks.
3.31.2008 1:59pm
LTEC (mail) (www):
I have nothing against cowards. The real problem here are those institutions (such as the new York Times) that have so given in to their Stockholm Syndrome that they wind up becoming advocates for the very people who are threatening them.
3.31.2008 2:16pm
Fub:
Glenn W. Bowen wrote at 3.31.2008 12:52pm:
Seconded.
Agreed. And congratulations to LiveLeak for following through.

For official followup, there are plenty of both state and federal statutes to charge any USA citizen or resident perps with.

So, what about all the government offices authorized to track down and prosecute crime? Will they track down and prosecute any domestic perps who made the threats?

Will they even bother to find out if any USA IPs or phones were involved?
3.31.2008 2:27pm
Richard Aubrey (mail):
Fub.
Probably not.
The automatic islamophobia accusation machine would go off.
Who needs the grief?
3.31.2008 3:11pm
donaldk2 (mail):
Nothing that a few lynchings wouldn't fix.
3.31.2008 3:56pm
Daniel Chapman (mail):
We don't "lynch" people for using the telephone to make a threat. Thanks for trolling though.
3.31.2008 4:06pm
LM (mail):

I have nothing against cowards. The real problem here are those institutions (such as the new York Times) that have so given in to their Stockholm Syndrome that they wind up becoming advocates for the very people who are threatening them.

Way to snatch hyperbole from a commendable example.
3.31.2008 4:09pm
A. Zarkov (mail):
I have heard all my life that we fought wars in order to preserve our freedoms. This entailed drafting people and sending them into the dangers of battle. The risk to life, limb and treasure was deemed worth it to preserve our liberties.

Now we have many, both public and private, who counsel timidity. Once great newspapers refuse to print the whole news by suppressing photos and images because they fear a violent rebuke from the Muslim community. LiveLeak has now set an example of courage. After a wise tactical retreat, they regrouped to help protect the freedoms that others preserved for them.
3.31.2008 5:44pm
SenatorX (mail):
I salute them as well. As an added bonus they probably will be more resistant to this type of pressure in the future now that they were tested and chose.

I was thinking about the threats too and if there is any recourse against the threat makers. It's disturbing that we are so used to Islamic threats that we just assume nobody is going to bother to pursue those that make death threats.
3.31.2008 7:59pm
Andy Freeman (mail):
Which "religion of peace" was it this time? Was it Lutherans? Chabbad? Hindu?

And, didn't someone from the UN just tell us that the movie makers were to blame?
3.31.2008 8:29pm
Javert:
Ditto on LiveLeak deserving praise, but

"Still, while those who give in to threats shouldn't get much blame, . . "

Except for the British and American governments who do not protect the free speech rights of their citizens. That LiveLeak had to endure the expense of such precautions, or that bookstores had to do so with the Rushdie affair, is an outrageous abdication of government's basic function: to protect innocent citizens from domestic and foreign criminals.
3.31.2008 11:11pm
Michael B (mail):
Fitna is well done and Wilders is to be roundly applauded, and then some. Islam: What the West Needs to Know takes a different, a more in-depth, comprehensive and probative approach and is very well done throughout.

h/t MP
4.1.2008 12:35am
Harry Eagar (mail):
Is there an Arabic word for please, as in 'Please don't insult our religion of peace, it distresses us?'
4.1.2008 1:33am
Duncan Frissell (mail):
What amazes me is that people knuckle under without any examples of actual attacks to fear. Threats are meaningless w/o actual blood in the streets. The Dutch producers of the film have examples of actual blood in the streets and the Brits of Live Leak can't easily get guns (both Dutch and Brits can get shotguns if they work at it and a hacksaw works wonders) but Americans who can easily possess firearms (even in DC) have no such excuse. Also attacks here are rarer. Nothing happened to the New York Sun when it became the first US paper to publish the Danish cartoons in November of '05.

Risks are actually pretty low and would be even lower if a few attackers were killed.
4.1.2008 6:03pm
Richard Aubrey (mail):
Harry. No.

Nor for "lighten up".
4.1.2008 8:41pm