An Internet hosting company in Seattle, which the FBI threatened last night with federal obscenity charges, said this morning that it would resume distribution of the horrific 45-second video. Though no one died during the helicopter accident, three of the climbers being rescued died after falling into a deep crevasse. The crash and following 1000 foot roll down the mountain of the helicopter was captured on video from a civilian helicopter covering the rescue.
"Initially I thought the emails and the message left on my answering machine were just my brother playing a practical joke (on me)," said Fakir Notreal, owner and operator of ShockingVideo, a website that specializes in hosting unedited video of graphic real life situations. "First that whole flap over the 'Daniel Pearl' video last week, and now this. I just don't understand how this fits the FBI's new mission, though it seems creepy to me that it would presume to have the power to decide what people are allowed to view on the internet."