Lieberman To Google: Ban Terrorist Content

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – In the wake of news that terror suspect Jose Pimentel was operating a jihadist Blogger site, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is urging Google to implement a system that bans terrorist material.

Last week, Lieberman sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page on behalf of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs that called on Google to ramp up its efforts against terrorist material on the Blogger platform.

Pimentel’s “hate-filled writings” and “bomb-making instruction links” were littered throughout, his Google-hosted Blogger site, Lieberman noted. Pimentel has been accused of attempting to plan what’s being described as a “lone wolf” terrorist attack by using pipe bombs.

“As demonstrated by this recent case, Google’s webhosting site, Blogger is being used by violent Islamist extremists to broadcast terrorist content,” he wrote. “Pimentel’s site is just one of the many examples of homegrown terrorists using Google-hosted sites to propagate their violent ideology.”

Lieberman pointed to YouTube’s Community Standards as a model for Blogger to build its policy after. YouTube, which is run by Google, prohibited terrorist content on its servers in September 2008. In November of last year, Google introduced a flag button on the YouTube platform – something that Lieberman has pushed for in hopes of Blogger preventing a future situation similar to the one involving Pimentel.

“I continue to appreciate and commend these important first steps but I am disappointed that Google has not developed a consistent standard throughout its many platforms,” he wrote. “Unlike YouTube’s Community Standards, Blogger’s Content Policy does not expressly ban terrorist content nor does it provide a ‘flag’ feature for such content.”

A Google spokesperson told CBS Connecticut that these issues against terrorist that Lieberman has pointed out are being taken under consideration.

“These are important issues that we take seriously,” the spokesperson said. “Blogger’s content policies prohibit, among other things, dangerous and illegal activities, threats of violence, and encouraging others to take violent action against another person or group of people.”

Pimentel’s site is no longer online. Talking Points Memo reports that the site was still online as of last week.

  • Jack Griffin

    Go to Hell!

    • shablon

      And that too, that is where ZioNazis and US will end up

  • Chaya

    I disagree. Let them function on their web sites/blog sites – this way they can be tracked by people pretending to be in agreement with them.

    • Klaus

      Does Lieberman recognize Nick Berg was decapitated at Abu Ghraib? Google search it, folks.

      • Rplite

        Wow… that is some crazy info.and somehow not surprising. That was the most heinous video ever.

  • HeyHey

    Baby-boomers on all side of the isle are rushing to end the nation. As I have suspected. Something in the howdy doody show that brainwashed them. This and McCains bill to lock up Americans without trial. All in the name of fighting terrorism.

    I’m sorry, but its better to die free then a slave to any man

    • Dena

      Totally agree. I’m constantly amazed at how williingly Americans give up everything our founders died for. ” Those who are willing to give up essential freedoms for PERCEIVED security will get neither freedom norr security.”

      I;m much more afraid of Lieberman terrorism than any kind coming from foreign countries.

      • Joe

        What are we supposed to do? What are you doing? Posting comments in forums pointing out how “Everyone else” should be doing something? Talk is cheap Dena

    • jesse

      I’m sorry, but its better to die free then a slave to any man
      It’s even better to kick some Islamic ass an live free

      • Marks Bff

        Mark, “The first casualty of war is the truth.” Maybe you need to take a break from playing Modern Warfare.

      • Mark

        So I guess you’re writing your comment from afghanistan or Iraq. Maybe you’re in Libya fighting alongside the Al Qieda freedom fighters that our government is supporting.

        Grow up little boy. The world is a cruel and compolicated place. The first casualty of war is the truth. If you think the talking heads on TV are telling you the truth, you’re sadly mistaken. Al Qeida is the sword of the New World Order. Government run intelligence agencies fund them and use them to undermine and destabilize governments that have been targeted for “regime change” and then at the same time use them to terrorize the people in their own countries so they can strip them of all their civil rights and increase their own power and influence.

        But I guess it’s just easier to go along with what they tell you on TV. The bad arabs are going to get you. Be afraid! Be very afraid!

    • JT

      Me and Buffalo Bob take offense of that comment, Howdy and Clarabell
      aren’t exactly happy either.

  • Elemental5

    Leave it to the brain-dead Banocrats!!! Does it (the man) have any idea how many words would have to be “banned”?

    I thought not! The idiot!

  • TEA Country

    I had to read this, and then I had to check the comments to see which way they were going. I am very happy to see the first amendment alive and well and being protected. Free speech and a free press are the most important things we have going.

    Besides, if we ban all that stuff, we will have to work lots harder to arrest the right folks.

    • Frank C Dobbs

      Just be highly aware the government and multitudes of agencies and special interests routinely plant comments to sway opinion, disparage the truth and to make you feel as if you no longer fit in. Big money is flowing into this.

      • Al Dente

        If you’re trying to be clever and monicker yourself as the lead character from _The Treasure of the Sierra Madre_, you get an F. It was Fred C Dobbs, not Frank C Dobbs.

  • Matthew Dunnyveg

    If I were to make a case against the total assimilability of immigrant populations, even after numerous generations, Lieberman could be exhibit A. The freedom to express unpopular ideas is part of the essence of what it means to be an American. What will Mr. Lieberman wish to ban next? “Hate” speech?

    If eternal vigilance against would-be tyrants is the price of liberty, it’s one America appears no longer willing to pay.

  • John Noonan

    What an idiot he is.

    • Dan

      I say we just ban Lieberman and his ilk.

  • Garr Obo

    Other than the First Amendment, I can’t think of a reason to not prohibit these terrorist websites. We are at WAR.

    • broccoliobama

      Gordon will be a “first-dyer.”

    • Baldy Kirby from Atlanta

      Oh, DROP DEAD, “Gordon”!

      Take your leftist BS lies and get out of this country.

    • jones

      those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither liberty nor security.

    • Smitty77

      Bang on Gordon!!

    • Greg B

      If you think Al Queda was behind 9.11 you have drunk the kool aid. Half the members of the 9.11 commission said the commission was a joke or hamstrung. False flag/stand downs are common in history (Pearl Harbor, Gulf of Tonkin).
      Ten years on, the military industrial complex is stronger than ever and we’ve attacked a half dozen sovereigh countries. Meanwhile the US is being converted into a police state where goblins stick their hands down our pants and fondle our women and children at the airport – and now on the roads. Wake up, kool aid drinkers.
      We are at war, all right – our leaders are at war with our freedoms.

      • Bob

        Shut up, dummy.

      • Baldy Kirby from Atlanta

        Then if Al Queda wasn’t behind 9/11….

        Please explain why they consistently take credit for something they did not do?

        I didn’t think you could answer that…

      • Mark

        It’s too complicated for many people to figure out. We were the only superpower in the world after the Soviet Union fell. We should be the wealthiest nation with the highest standard of living. Instead our infrastructure is crumbling, our children are receiving sub par educations, we have more people in jail than any other country in the world and we are the greatest debtor nation on the planet.

        Me – you are a useful idiot. You are too simple minded to understand the true nature of geopolitics. Ignorance is bliss. Go back to you make believe news and entertainment on TV. Bet you’re a big football fan. Or maybe American Idol is more your speed. Here’s a suggestion. Try reading a book. Start with The Road to Serfdom and then move on to Tragedy and Hope. Then perhaps you could read The Grand Chessboard. Wrap up your intro to reality with David Rockefeller’s autobiography where he openly admits to working towards turning the US into a socialist nation that is ruled by Bankers and the Global Financial Elite. Maybe you’ll understand the world you live in a little better.

        But I’ll bet Me will be sitting in front of his TV tonight, escaping into the land of liberal Hollywood and it’s pop culture idols.

      • cantcunow

        Greg B. You are right on!

        and to the replier “me”… wake up and smell the coffee hun…..

      • ME


        It’s “Useful Idiots” like yourself that make it impossible to “win” wars anymore. You believe any theory that makes the US the bad guys in the vain hope that we could all go Libertarian or Green or whatever fantasy political group you have and the rest of the world — which never actually started a fight, it was a conspiracy! — will become some sort of peaceful commune. Because Bin Laden never wanted a fight, amirite?

  • Gordon Wagner

    Can we send Lieberman packing? Expel him from the USA and send him to Israel. He looks and sounds far too much like the evil Emperor in Star Wars.

    • broccoliobama

      It’s the “Liberal Dunce Hour.”

    • Baldy Kirby from Atlanta

      Your mother/


    Who decides what a terrorist is? Do you have a Ron Paul sign on your yard? Do you pay with cash? Do you talk about the constitution? Do you buy guns ? Do you talk about the bill of rights. Are you a veteran? Are you an American?

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  • SRT8

    While your at it Joe, lets outlaw medical textbooks that provide information about performing abortions and outlaw the teaching of abortion in medical schools.

    Outlaw chemistry textbooks and teaching. Outlaw books and teaching on bacteria. Outlaw the sale of fertilizers. And finally, outlaw Senators from servicing more than one term!

    • broccoliobama

      How bout……………….outlaw SRT8?

      • Capt. Obvious

        All these problems would go away if we just outlawed Jews serving in government. Once that’s done, all sorts of things will improve.

        Until then, the slow rot will continue.

  • Lee Yarbrough

    I consider Westboro Baptist Church folks terrorists so will they be banned also?

    Who’s definition of “terrorist” are we going to use once we start stepping on the First Amendment?

    • former dem

      I consider the DNC a terrorist organization. Ban them?

      • broccoliobama

        former………………….you can only dream…………………

  • Mark Carlton

    1. Free speech. Check into it, Joe.

    2. It’s not a bad idea to know as much as we can about our enemies. I say we let them post whatever they like.

  • James Stevens

    Are they that stupid? If people are putting their blogs out there online and talking about “lone wolf” terrorism and pipe bombs they become laughably easy for authorities to track down and arrest.

    Not only that, but do we know the person/people running Are they really who they say they are? What about satire? What about sites focused on Lieberman criticism, do those get taken down? Censoring choice information takes away the fundamental strength of the Internet. Its true wild west nature is what allows it to be most efficient. Lieberman is a shill, and we’ll see where Google decides to draw their line in the sand.

  • jasperddbgghost

    I’d say ban MSNBC but nobody watches them anyways.

  • Lex

    ter·ror·ism /ˈtɛrəˌrɪzəm/
    1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for POLITICAL purposes.
    2. the state of FEAR and SUBMISSION produced by terrorism or terrorization.
    3. a terroristic method of GOVERNING

    So we need to ban the lamestream media their presstitutes and big government.

    • really?lmao


  • roze

    He would have made a better Bolshevik.

  • Peter Pan

    Was he talking about himself?

  • Hobit

    Lieberman really wants the button to ban any truth about Israel being disseminated.

    • broccoliobama

      ………..then the anti-Semites show their hate and ignorance…………..

      • Capt. Obvious

        More like knowledge of the truth, and enough bravery to speak of it.
        Being labeled ‘racist’ or ‘anti-Semite is becoming a compliment.’

  • BillCNC

    Lieberman To Google: Ban Terrorist Content

    You cant do that, … it would leave the Tea-Libans without a screeching voice!

  • James Briggs

    This reminds me of Ross Perot’s campaign promise that if he were elected he would send the National Guard door to door in the projects to clean out all of the drugs and criminals.

    That sounded okay to me until I wondered where he would send them after they finished with the projects.

    Perot’s plan was dangerous to all of us, and so is Lieberman’s.

  • InsectG

    The new treason is freedom of speech and reason. If I was in govt right now, say a corrupt Politician who was used to gaming the system for his own riches then I would certainly be afraid of the rapid multiplier effect of communication via the Internet. Yes I would be afraid for my life. Revolutions have been happening overnight in some parts of the world as of late. It may be a repeat of the revolution in France, but in this case where Politicians are dragged into the street and sentenced to cruel and unusual punishment via the enraged populace.

    • Capt. Obvious

      A proper revolution and reset of the constitution is WAY over due.

  • Vader

    Google is not a branch of the U.S. Government. It is not bound by any broad interpretation of the Bill of Rights, which is a restriction only on government, and it can make any rules it wants about what content it chooses to provide. Banning terroristic content strikes me as fairly reasonable, depending of course on whether Google chooses to use a reasonable definition of terrorism. Don’t like their definition? Start using Bing instead. That’s the beauty of private actors like Google and Bing; they can’t shut each other down by force, but only by providing service so superior the other goes out of business. I don’t see that happening soon.

    However, it does trouble me a bit that a government leader is exerting moral pressure on Google to change its content rules. This kind of thing would be better coming from someone not currently associated with the government. That’s not to say Liebermann violated the Bill of Rights; being a senator doesn’t end his right to say what he thinks. It just would have been better if he had not.

    • kathy to

      I’m with you. Government cannot restrict free speech, although the founders did not allow obscene free speech. However, a corporation is not the government. If Joe Lieberman proposed legislation and then enforced it, that would be a problem. Suggesting that they do something is not the same as legislating it. Google can restrict whatever they want, and competition will keep them from restricting too much.

    • aubreyfarmer

      The Feds managed to get Wikileaks funding cut dramatically by putting pressure on Pay Pal, Visa and Master Card. Every day it becomes more and more obvious that the plan is to do an end run around our first amendment right of free speech.

      • Vader

        I don’t think there’s really a right to intercept and publish other people’s private communications.

      • Chaya

        While I can understand why Mr. Lieberman would want to do this – keep terrorists from being able to communicate with each other – I believe it would be far more useful to keep them talking so specially-trained agents can monitor them and try to ‘cut them off at the pass’ so to speak if they are planning a terrorist attack.

  • Pilot.Dave

    Joe’s dementia is really setting in. Besides freedom of speech, how does he think Google is going to do this? We can’t even block those sick guys from kiddie P0RN0 even though it is illegal and everyone of them needs to remain in jail the rest of their lives…

    Now I see why Congress is broken. We have idiots running it.

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