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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ignores First Amendment, orders Google to remove “Innocence of Muslims” from YouTube

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Remember “Innocence of Muslims”? The dumb YouTube video that the Obama administration falsely blamed for the terrorist attack on the U.S consulate in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were murdered? You might’ve forgotten. It was a super-long time ago.

President Barack Hussein Obama was so intent on blaming “Innocence of Muslims” for his own bumbling negligence, he tried to get YouTube to take it down. He even stood up in front of the United Nations and spoke out against the First Amendment:

Well, none of that worked, but somebody finally figured out a way to squelch the free-speech rights of American citizen Mark Youssef.

Maura Dolan, LA Times:

A federal appeals court Wednesday ordered Google to remove from the Internet all copies of an anti-Muslim film that forced an actress from her home because of threats on her life.

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a trial judge erred when he refused to grant an injunction ordering the removal of the film, “Innnocence of Muslims,” from YouTube, which is owned by Google. The film sparked worldwide violent protests.

No it didn’t. But like Hillary said:


“While answering a casting call for a low-budget amateur film doesn’t often lead to stardom, it also rarely turns an aspiring actress into the subject of a fatwa,” 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote.

But that’s exactly what happened to Cindy Lee Garcia when she agreed to act in a film with the working title “Desert Warrior.”

“Desert Warrior” never materialized, but the performance Garcia gave was included in “Innocence of Muslims.” Garcia said her voice was dubbed over to make an anti-Muslim remark and threats on her life forced her from her home and place of business.

That stinks. I’m not sure how it justifies this ruling, but it stinks.

Here’s Google’s response:

“Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an actress in the Innocence of Muslims trailer may have a copyright claim over her five-second appearance in the video. As a result the court ordered Google to remove the video from our services. We strongly disagree with this ruling and will fight it.”

Good. It’s completely unjust and sets a terrible precedent.

And while they’re at it, they should remind the world that nobody had even heard of that stupid video until the Obama administration scapegoated a U.S. citizen in a nauseating attempt to cover up their own incompetence. If Cindy Lee Garcia fears for her life, they’re the ones to blame.

Ice-T had it right: “Freedom of speech… just watch what you say.”

Update: Google Warns ‘Muslims’ Ruling Will Create Hollywood Chaos. “The majority’s approach opens the door to an extra in even Gone With the Wind contacting Netflix and demanding that it purge every copy of the film from its inventory.” Maybe that’ll get their attention…

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Jim Treacher