Marketing ploy or blatant breach of constitutionally protected free speech. That is the choice being left to the people after an alleged hack of right-wing radio host’s handle on YouTube.com. Radio host Alex Jones claims on a YouTube video that someone, or some agency, hacked into his organization’s YouTube account and started deleting his files, specifically a movie titled “The Obama Deception.”
The movie in question is documentary-style film that focuses on the Obama and Bush administrations’ connection to the New World Order conspiracy. The film was written, directed and produced by Alex Jones, a conservative radio talk show host who openly supports what many would describe to be conspiracy theories. The film, “The Obama Deception” was released in 2009 in the United States, according to the Internet Movie Database, IMDB.com. A trailer for the film can be found on YouTube here.
Alex Jones, in a statement posted to his YouTube channel, claimed that someone had hacked into ChangedaChannel’s YouTube channel by figuring out the channel’s “pass code.” Once in, the channel owner claims he saw that someone was deleting the files that contained Mr. Jones’s movies, specifically “Police State 4” and “The Obama Deception.” Fortunately, they were able to change the pass code before any additional damage could be done.
Who could have perpetrated such an act?
Alex Jones does not attempt to lay blame for the incident on any one individual or agency or organization, but he say that “this was an inside job, by either a YouTube or Google employee, or someone they gave the pass code to, and YouTube needs to launch an investigation and track back the IP addresses from where this originated…” He goes on to explain how the deletion of the movies are serious crimes against free speech and that his movies are being censored because they openly criticize the government and the larger New World Order.
Some Possible Explanations
It seems rather unlikely that a government that is controlling the world from behind the scenes would go out of their way to censor a movie that was released roughly a year previously. If the government were that powerful, it seems much more likely that they would “disappear” him, as conspiracy theorists are fond of fearing.
Most of the supporting articles listed in the video clip posted by Alex Jones are actually stories taken from his own web sites that are based on and around his own theories. The one story on the video that was not from his own site centered on a Washington Post article, link to article here, that speaks about a the plan to create a cyber security command, now known as the United States Cyber Command. While the existence of the command was well publicized, Mr. Jones uses the article to allude to how the new organization could be used to control information access of the people.
Furthermore, Mr. Jones states that the popularity of the movie is what lead to its deletion. Fear not, though, because the deleted movies, as well as other movies, are available from his web site for just a few dollars. Along with the movies, some other novelty items, like t-shirts and hats, are also available for purchase. If censorship was the aim, it would appear that since the movie is still available from his site, as well as other sites, like Netflix, then the mission failed.
Google Trends is cited a few times in proof that his movie, “The Obama Deception,” lead the way in America, “as it opened [the viewer’s] eyes.” He also claimed it was the number one trend on Google Trends, beating out the BP oil Spill and Lindsey Lohan. Using Google Insights for Search, though, a relative comparison of popularity of a search term over the past 30 days shows relatively low volume until July 16, 2010, the date of all of his referenced articles from the video.
Was it censorship or a clever marketing ploy? Where the numbers coaxed? While there may be truth as to what was deleted and by whom, many of the indicators point to several coincidences, but then again, conspiracy theorists do not believe in coincidence, do they? At the time of this writing, neither Google nor YouTube had made any statements regarding the matter, leaving the the rest of us time to wonder.
Correction: The YouTube channel that was hacked was not Alex Jones’s channel, it was in fact, ChangeDaChannel’s channel. This channel has, and a currently does, promote the movie, as well as other similar movies. It does not appear that ChangeDaChannel is directly associated with Alex Jones, but it does promote his movies.