LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5 — Videos showing insurgent attacks against American troops in Iraq, long available in Baghdad shops and on Jihadist Web sites, have steadily migrated in recent months to popular Internet video-sharing sites, including YouTube and Google Video.Of course, it wouldn't be the Gray Lady without a strong whiff of sympathy being shown for the cyber jihadis:
Many of the videos, showing sniper attacks against Americans and roadside bombs exploding under American military vehicles, have been posted not by insurgents or their official supporters but apparently by Internet users in the United States and other countries, who have passed along videos found elsewhere.
At a time when the Bush administration has restricted photographs of the coffins of military personnel returning to the United States and the Pentagon keeps close tabs on videotapes of combat operations taken by the news media, the videos give average Americans a level of access to combat scenes rarely available before, if ever.And the Times completely blows the coverage of videos being removed from YouTube, failing to note that most of the censorship is falling on the heads of those who have been countering the Islamist propaganda:
Their availability has also produced some backlash. In recent weeks, YouTube has removed dozens of the videos from its archives and suspended the accounts of some users who have posted them, a reaction, it said, to complaints from other users.The reporter doesn't mention, and probably doesn't know, that the "other users" are the cyber jihadis themselves, and most of the videos being removed are pro-American.