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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Google stands up for Free Speech and rejects Obama's Censorship Request

Oath of Office for President of the United States - US Constitution, Article II, Section 1: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Barack Obama had better go back and read the oath of office he swore to almost 4 years ago. His job is to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States," and if he is unable to carry out the duties of his office, he needs to resign--immediately. It is not his (nor the U.S. government's) job to censor free speech (see First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution)--

Google rejects White House request to pull Mohammad film clip | Reuters: "Google Inc rejected a request by the White House on Friday to reconsider its decision to keep online a controversial YouTube movie clip that has ignited anti-American protests in the Middle East. The Internet company said it was censoring the video in India and Indonesia after blocking it on Wednesday in Egypt and Libya, where U.S. embassies have been stormed by protestors enraged over depiction of the Prophet Mohammad as a fraud and philanderer. On Tuesday, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in a fiery siege on the embassy in Benghazi. Google said (it) was further restricting the clip to comply with local law rather than as a response to political pressure. "We've restricted access to it in countries where it is illegal such as India and Indonesia, as well as in Libya and Egypt, given the very sensitive situations in these two countries," the company said. "This approach is entirely consistent with principles we first laid out in 2007." White House officials had asked Google earlier on Friday to reconsider whether the video had violated YouTube's terms of service. The guidelines can be viewed here . Google said on Wednesday that the video was within its guidelines."

Who's preserving, protecting, and defending the Constitution of the United States--Obama or Google? Pretty clear it is Google. Also pretty sad when a private corporation has to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against attempts by the President and his administration to violate Constitutional freedoms.


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