Should it be illegal to show a video of someone being murdered by terrorists? As you know the thugs called ISIS (or ISIL) sawed off the head of an American photo journalist recently and it went viral on the internet. In my thinking this is no different than posting child rape for people to watch. There’s no news or educational value by witnessing such depravity, it only serves the motives of the terrorists. It’s sufficient that the media report such things, but a video or photos, well, that’s a step beyond common sense decency. Further it may actually contribute to terrorist motives.
If the California legislature (or Congress) wanted to do something decent for a change they should craft a bill to make such vile videos depicting acts of extreme depravity illegal to display or view, just like they do for kiddie porn. Many nations already have this law and I’m surprised we don’t. This is needed to discourage the terrorists from buying airtime with human lives.
No not illegal
Look at who posted it and played them
Those are the enemies
I have not watched it, if you have that says allot
It takes integrity and those who play the video or the Washington post pic… they have separated themselves and I boycott them, it’s simple weed out the ratings whores by not responding
Remember they art to bankrupt us with wars per published letter…
The media that puts it up is an enemy of the United States of America …. they are free to post, I am free to boycott and battle them
That was to propagandize RW Americans into McCain’s next war
Jack do you know what the laws in other countries cover?
I don’t know how effective a law would be in a venue that knows no borders. The video was posted by the terrorists first, right? Did they use their own website? Once up there’s no way to stop it going viral that I know of.
I understand it’s now being removed. So we signal retreat? We do more of the same ineffective crap that has created this stronger more deadly version of the evil we faced after 911?
Up next…a much worse event than 911 in the US. running away and pretending there is no enemy (only a few criminals) hasn’t worked well after six years.
The problem with the “published letter” theory, per Dewey, is that ignoring these murderous terrorists doesn’t make them go away.
A proper response from my perspective is to finally realize we are not dealing with reasonable people, vow to end them, and refuse stop till the job is completed.
Boycott of this video, even if the boycott was 100%, would do nothing to deter them.
People need to know what they are up against. Protecting people from atrocities in life makes them childlike…they believe in a fairy tale life and eventually become ripe, willing pawns of an evil game.
War isn’t the worst thing that can happen. Allowing evil men to grow and spread leaving large swaths of dead, terrorized, and oppressed in their wake is the worst thing.
Integrity? Where is the integrity in cowering, or pretending you are not part of the real world, in the face of such evil?
Tina, here’s one quick example: France is one of the most protective countries on earth for free speech, yet they have LICRA, Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l’Antisémitisme and they filter child pornography and web sites that promote terrorism, or racial violence and hatred. The French government has undertaken numerous measures to protect the decency of their internet, including the passage of the Loi pour la Confiance dans l’Économie Numérique (LCEN, Law for Trust in the Digital Economy), and they recognized early on the inherent danger and evil in showing terrorist video of any kind. Liberals in America see it differently as an attack on free speech rights, but clearly free speech has limits…even in America. We tend to draw the line when free speech poses a danger to public safety and morals. Right now kidnapping an American citizen by a Muslim terrorist cell has great value. They can buy airtime by staging video taped beheadings. They also hope to buy influence and alter foreign policy to their advantage. These are dangerous things that put all Americans at greater risk. We should not allow our 1st amendment to be a convenient tool for terrorism. This much is just common sense, however try to tell that to far left liberals that say we’re just being Islamophobic or some BS like that!
Tina, you said, “War isn’t the worst thing that can happen. Allowing evil men to grow and spread leaving large swaths of dead, terrorized, and oppressed in their wake is the worst thing.” I strongly agree. In the case of ISIS aka ISIL, the international community should declare them a blight on humanity and order their destruction, wherever we may find them. ISIS said and I quote, “We will drown all of you in your own blood and raise the flag of victory over your White House.” If some psychopaths were running around crucifying and beheading people and then they say they wanted to drown my family “in blood” I would be inclined to take them seriously, wouldn’t you? But you can count on our dear far left liberals to dismiss this threat as just hyperbole saying, “Oh, you know how they talk over there!” Then they typically will mock somebody like me, lecturing us how we’re being hysterical and irrational and how we need to just calm down….so patronizing. Yet, they gloss over the dead bodies laying on the desert sand?! They ignore the persecution of tens of thousands of Christians and religious minorities now facing death at the hands of these butchers. Chances are the typical liberal in America will offer up what they see as a moral equivalency comeback, “Remember the crusades Jack, remember Timothy McVey Jack?” As if that has any relevancy whatsoever with this genocide in our modern times! After being on this blog for year I’ve learned how liberals think, if nothing else. I have only called for the extermination of a political/religious organization once before, right after 9/11. But, I do it again today and I think it should be open season on ISIS believers until they are 100% dead and gone.
Interesting that the French have done so much to protect on the web. Could be the threat has become more immediate for them. See here:
Russians, Canadians, the Chinese, Venezuelans, and Brazilians are buying up our real estate…also the French are buying in Miami. It won’t be long till we face what France is facing if we continue to ignore these guys.
Big gov law determining what is ok will result in corporate ,Media hiding truth from citizen Journalists who are under attack. Police jam the internet and had a kill switch put in Apple phones so no one can film them.
You have to realize the front lines in the world are centuries away from Chico.
Yes China owns Long Beach Port, They are selling off America.
Some of us will take our gov back, the rest want to overthrow it….. and then corps will run it fascism
When you mix Capitalism and State as Citizens United has that becomes fascism.
Overturning Citizens United is the most important issue today along with stopping all trade agreements in the present forms.
have you studied the TPP or the rest f the classified corporate written treaty leaks… You should they will end our sovernighty is just a few years