The Obama Administration is an excuse machine. They have blamed Bush, tsunamis, hurricanes, ATM machines and now a YouTube video as excuses for their weakness and inability to govern effectively both domestically and internationally.
But lost in the finger-pointing is another dangerous threat to our liberties.
When President Obama was in the Senate and the Democrats were in the opposition, they were willing to criticize obvious abuses of civil liberties by the Bush Administration. But no longer. Obama has become a champion of the “security state.”
Now that Islamic radicals are in the street of Cairo, the Administration has decided to fight back — by shredding the First Amendment.
Yesterday, I spotlighted the unmourned casualty of Obama’s foreign policy/national security disaster bus: The First Amendment.
The LA Times is reporting that the White House pressured YouTube to censor the anti-Islam movie blamed for inciting the riots:
Administration officials have asked YouTube to review a controversial video that many blame for spurring a wave of anti-American violence in the Middle East.
The administration flagged the 14-minute “Innocence of Muslims” video and asked that YouTube evaluate it to determine whether it violates the site’s terms of service, officials said Thursday. The video, which has been viewed by nearly 1.7 million users, depicts Muhammad as a child molester, womanizer and murderer — and has been decried as blasphemous and Islamophobic.
YouTube blocked access to the video in Egypt and Libya, where protests in Benghazi erupted in violence that claimed the life of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other embassy workers. However, the video remains on the site. Protests have spread to Yemen, where hundreds stormed the U.S. Embassy.
Hillary Clinton is promising to use her power to “pressure” and shame private citizens into not producing similar films.
A true leader would defend our Constitution, defend the First Amendment and tell the Islamists to learn a lesson in freedom.