Source: The Guardian
BY Alex Hern
Google removes tens of thousands of videos showing sermons and lectures by radical cleric, but experts caution over ad-hoc action
Awlaki’s sermons were cited by self-radicalised extremists such as Faisal Shahzad, who tried to bomb Times Square in New York, and Roshonara Choudhry, who stabbed Stephen Timms MP.
YouTube has removed thousands of videos of the radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in a significant step up for the site’s anti-extremism campaign.
It is the first time Google’s video site has taken such concerted action against a particular individual.
The preacher was killed in 2011 by a US drone strike in Yemen, leaving behind a substantial library of sermons, lectures and essays. Awlaki recorded his most radical sermons that explicitly call for violence against the US later in his life, but many, such as a lengthy series on the life of the prophet Muhammad recorded while he was still an imam in the US, are fairly mainstream.