So, we established yesterday that Jose Pimentel aka Muhammad Yusuf was a YouTube user — specifically mujahidfisabillilah1. Today his website, http://www.trueislam1.com/, has been removed as has his YouTube account.
Possibly this is in response to Joe Lieberman’s demand for better ways to police Google’s Blogger platform, which is where Pimentel’s blog was hosted. (Well THERE’S a surprise – NOT!) Lieberman is asking for is a flagging system so that readers can bring terrorist websites that are hosted at Blogger to their attention. Right now, if you see an offensive site, you can send an email to Google complaining of terms of service violations, etc. It exists. All Mr. Lieberman wants is to make that process a little easier. Oh. And he’d like Google to actually state explicitly that terrorist content is against their terms of service.
“Through your updated YouTube standards, Google has affirmatively stated that terrorist content will not be permitted on some of your sites. I strongly believe that Google should expand that standard to include your other platforms.”
Pimentel hooked up with “Jihad Princess” at YouTube. He promoted her YouTube channel at his Blogger-hosted website. He also posted video lectures — hosted for free at YouTube — from well known terrorists like Osama bin Laden, Aw-Alaki and others to his Blogger website. He even credited YouTube user “Jihad Princess” with helping him figure out how to use the Blogger format.
He said most of the photos on his site came from her and that she told him how to use the Google site Blogger — where she describes herself as “an islamic jihad enthusiast.”
Her profile is accompanied by a photo of a woman peeking out from a hijab. On another site, she says she was born in Yemen but lives in the United States.
A lot of people seem to be jumping on Mr. Lieberman accusing him of only caring about it because it gets him in the spotlight. Maybe. But that’s beside the point. My question is this: how many arrests, how many almost terrorist events, how many demonstrable terrorist “hook-ups” are going to have to happen before Google is liable as an accomplice? If they don’t do everything in their power to prevent their services being used by the terrorists, then they ARE complicit.