FBI Seeks to remove Pearl Video from the web

Finally, my tax dollars are being used for something I want them to be used for. According to this article the FBI is intently trying to get the Daniel Pearl video off the Internet. According to the article, the FBI has asked sites to voluntarily remove the video. One website that was asked to remove the video, stated on their site…

The FBI contacted our host to inform them that they were going to sue us for putting on the Pearl video on 5-18-2002. We had no other choice than deleting the video. Our host left us the choice to decide what to do and didn’t delete anything like it’s described in the wired article. This just shows once again how the “big people” decide what we can or can’t see. Don’t we have to right to decide that ourself? We live in a censored world.

So I went to this website and let me tell you what kind of crap they’re offering?

Horror scene from world war II, bodies floating in the sea
Indian extremist killings
Columbine shooting images of shooters (of course)
Rotting corpse covered with flies
Snowboarded makes a very bad landing
Body modification: having your tongue split

And they also offer links to rape sites and other gore sites.

Now according to this article from Wired the ACLU is getting their nose all bent over this. From the article…

Barry Steinhardt, the associate director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said he “can’t imagine what argument the government is making that they can prohibit a website from publishing” the videotape.

“It’s clearly not obscene,” Steinhardt said. “I’m sure it’s macabre and horrible, but it’s not obscene. The publication on a website of this videotape is protected under the First Amendment.

Not obscene? Excuse me??? Nothing is more obscene than watching a member of your family die. This isn’t free speech. This is an abomination of free speech. Why isn?t the ACLU trying to protect the Pearl family. As I’ve said before and I’ll say again. Videos and pictures showing the actual deaths of actual people for mere entertainment value should be put in the same class as child porn. And should also have the same penalties. You may be saying to yourself “Isn’t that a little severe?” My answer to that is if you’re not checking out these pics then you have nothing to worry about. Otherwise, if you are one of these twisted freaks that are into these pics, well I hope you make it on to your favorite site someday…the hard way.

Columbine Death Photos

What’s the word for more pissed than pissed? You know I don’t like to post twice in one day so I must really be pissed. And you know what? You’re damn right I’m pissed.

Check out this article from Fox News. The lowest of the low in national media, The National Enquirer, has gotten their filthy paws on crime scene photos of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the Columbine gunmen. The pictures are of the two of them lying side by side after they killed themselves. What is the point in this? Do we really need to see their corpses? Do the families of the victims need to have this dragged back into the limelight? I guess I’ll be getting more hits again from mutants looking for more death photos. The Enquirer has reached a new low even for them. There is no reason why these pictures need to be published. Except to sell issues and make money by appealing to the lowest of all audiences.

On the Enquirer website they say that the pictures show that they did not kill themselves but Harris shot Klebold. Now according to the Fox News article, other media outlets have the photos but refuse to print them. Now if the photos actually suggested that Harris shot Klebold I think a more legitimate media outlet (if there is such a thing) would have already reported that. The site also goes on to say…

Our issue that goes on sale Friday reveals a top legal authority’s penetrating analysis of the never-before-seen photos, tells why legal, religious and medical experts and even parents of some of the Columbine victims are applauding the publication of the photos… and more!

Please. No respectable religious, medical, or legal leaders would see any reason for the publication of these photos. And I seriously doubt any of the parents want these pictures published. I’m sure they’re more concerned about trying to get on with their lives. I’m sure they relive that day enough without having more reminders.

No one should profit from the death of others. And the Enquirer is not only profiting off the deaths of Harris and Klebold but off the other victims as well. Like I’ve said before the Son of Sam law prevents murderers from profiting off their crimes. There also should be a law that prohibits making money off of other people’s deaths. This is not free speech. This is just abuse of the Constitution. I will not buy this issue. I will not look at these photos. And if you do? Well you just made yourself a little bit more stupid.

The Late Lisa Lopes

A year ago I did an entry about keeping the Dale Earnhardt autopsy photos out of the Orlando papers. Then on 2/25/02 I wrote an entry about how I hope that the Daniel Pearl video never sees the light of day and how videos like the “Faces of Death” series have no place in society. Well, some sick twisted freak is at it again. Now according to this article some jackass took pictures of the late TLC singer Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes while she laid in the morgue and then posted them on the internet. According to the article, one of the websites employees defended their readers’ rights to view the photos. Rights??? What fucking rights. No one has the right to view someone’s death photos. The people who get off on this shit don’t deserve any rights. What about the rights of the families not to have these photos splashed across the internet. My dad just died recently and because of cancer, his face was horribly disfigured. I know I wouldn’t want his morgue photos shown in public. Luckily someone is bringing this travesty to the public’s attention. According to this article Dale Earnhardt Inc. is going to have their drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Park, and Michael Waltrip will all have a black stripe under their left headlight in tonight’s race. Pit crews will also wear a stripe under their left eye in honor of Lisa Lopes.

There is no place in society for ghouls and grave robbers and death merchants who take these pictures and film these videos in our society. There is a limit to freedom of speech and these pictures and videos should be looked on with the same disdain as child pornography. I urge anyone who is reading this to please drop an e-mail to your local congressional representative to have something done about this. I know I am.