Google Video has censored what appears to be a video depicting the detonation of an Improvised Explosive Device by U.S. troops in Iraq.
When you attempt to open the video, you are given either the message "We're sorry, but the provider of this video has not authorized Google to display this video in your location." or "This video is not playable in your country."
The restriction only appears to be upon ISPs in the United States, as British, Canadian, French, German, etc. servers are allowed to see it.
According to the GooglebLog (provided in the comment posts by souterrain):
And yes, Chinese regulations will require us to remove some sensitive information from our search results. When we do so, we'll disclose this to users, just as we already do in those rare instances where we alter results in order to comply with local laws in France, Germany and the U.S.
So what law is it that disallows American citizens to see this video clip? A UK newspaper has picked up the story, the major American news outlets have been totally silent on the matter. (Checked at 12:13 ET, nothing from the NY Times, AP, Reuters, Washington Post, etc., only the Free Internet Press and The Register has the story).
This infuriates me. It's bad enough that the government will not allow cameras to be there as dead American soldiers are flown home, that their funerals are not allowed to be filmed, and that the government will decide what the American public, in general, does and does not deserve to know. But when an Internet company like Google agrees to abet the government in its censorship, it is too far.
I think an organized boycott of Google might be a little too harsh at this point. Let's start by telling them what we think of this.
The means of contacting Google:
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
phone: (650) 253-0000
fax: (650) 253-0001
Or use their Standard Contact form to send them an e-mail.
I also encourage you to post this to your bLogs and spread the outrage!
Crossposted to newsmonkeys, _liberal_, cynicaliberal and my personal LJ.
EDIT: Apparently Google has altered the message you get indicating that, in fact, the poster of the video can and has opted to disallow American ISPs from accessing it.