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Thursday, December 29, 2011

YouTube censors waterboarding scene from "The Last War Crime" movie...

YouTube Censors the Waterboarding Scene from The Last War Crime movie
The Pen

Though still not even in official release, YouTube is already trying to suppress "The Last War Crime," a new full-length feature film about indicting Dick Cheney for torture. And by the way, isn't that something billions of people want to see?

This is an urgent, all hands on deck call for all our participants to submit a special action page to send messages of protest directly to YouTube, to protest their blocking of the video.

We had to create our own video server to do it, but you can see the clip again for yourself on this same action page.

Action Page: http://www.peaceteam.net/youtube_protest.php

The purported reason for banning the clip was that it contained "nudity" or something like that. This is just completely ridiculous. There is no actual nudity in the video at all . . . none whatsoever. The actor playing the detainee in the scene wore a swimmer's style bathing suit the entire time. And we positioned the female interrogator character so that view of his midriff was blocked entirely in any case. And if they are complaining this scene is sexually suggestive, they need to ban half the rest of the movies on their site.

No, what really happened here mostly likely was ONE right wing political operative must have made a complaint. And of course that was all it took for big corporate YouTube to yank the plug on our movie. It's now going to take thousands of your voices to turn this back around. Please submit the action page now.

Action Page: http://www.peaceteam.net/youtube_protest.php

The good news is that we have built our video server at substantial expense so you can again see this now very controversial clip for yourself on the page above. This is the new and improved final cut highlighting the dynamic work of Christina Linhardt, a prominent Los Angeles performing artist and activist.

The bandwidth for the new server will also be costly to maintain. YouTube may not want to permit their visitors to see it, but that's not going to stop us. It's a very important scene in the movie and not just because its objective is to condemn waterboarding, long recognized to be a form of torture unequivocally. The clip also serves to remind everyone that the sexual taunting of helpless and mostly innocent captives, in places like Abu Ghraib, was a deliberate part of a de facto program to degrade people in violation of the Geneva Conventions.

And after you submit the action page feel free to request one of the beautiful bumper stickers for the upcoming movie. As always, you can have one for no charge, not even shipping, just by submitting the form. But if you CAN make a donation of any amount, to help defray some of these new server costs, please do so. We do not want to run out of bandwidth with so many people wanting to see this movie.

Shame on YouTube for censoring this clip, which we believe, and we think you will agree, is part of an important cultural and artistic statement of social commentary. We have already submitted the movie to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Cinequest Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, SXSW, the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival, seven of the top breakout venues for serious works of new film art.

And shame on YouTube further for deleting our waterboarding scene in such a summary and authoritarian manner. YouTube makes no provision on their site to challenge their own unilateral dictates. We are demanding that YouTube immediately restore the wrongfully deleted waterboarding scene from "The Last War Crime" movie, and put in place an accessible review process so nothing like this can ever happen again.
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