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The War Against Free Speech Rages On
by Deborah Weiss
The Obama administration conveniently scapegoated a short, anti-Islam video for the murderous attacks on the US consulate on September 11, 2012. Now that the State Department has confessed its knowledge that Benghazi was the result of a pre-planned terrorist attack, many in both the mainstream and conservative media are asserting that it's obvious nobody would really have responded to a silly 14-minute YouTube clip with mass protests. Not so fast. In fact, the administration's relentless condemnation of the video's content, even after the Benghazi facts have been established, may have given license for many Muslims in the West to do the same.
On Sunday, October 14, 2012, thousands of Muslims stormed the London Headquarters of Google, the parent company of YouTube. They were protesting the notorious anti-Islam video clip, titled "Innocence of Muslims," a 14-minute, amateurish, low-budget trailer that portrays Mohammad in a negative light. The video had been falsely blamed by administration officials for the murders of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other US diplomats in Benghazi, Libya.
Barricades were erected around the building, and numerous streets in England's capital were blocked off near the Queen's palace. Those in protest were demanding that YouTube pull down the video.
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