Justice Dept. demands user information from Indymedia.us

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I can’t help but think that this is designed simply to scare us.    Because, after all, we all know that they’re watching everything we do online anyway.    If they want to, they can read everything we post, every e-mail, every google search and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Or maybe they just want to make it easier for themselves.  

Or maybe they just want to see how far they can push.

Either way, it’s BAD:

Justice Department Asked For News Site’s Visitor Lists

Kristina Clair, a 34-year old Linux administrator living in Philadelphia who provides free server space for Indymedia.us, said she was shocked to receive the Justice Department’s subpoena. (The Independent Media Center is a left-of-center amalgamation of journalists and advocates that – according to their principles of unity and mission statement – work toward “promoting social and economic justice” and “social change.”)

The subpoena (PDF) from U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison in Indianapolis demanded “all IP traffic to and from www.indymedia.us” on June 25, 2008. It instructed Clair to “include IP addresses, times, and any other identifying information,” including e-mail addresses, physical addresses, registered accounts, and Indymedia readers’ Social Security Numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, and so on.

“I didn’t think anything we were doing was worthy of any (federal) attention,” Clair said in a telephone interview with CBSNews.com on Monday. After talking to other Indymedia volunteers, Clair ended up calling the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, which represented her at no cost.

This is our new dictatorship.    When the government dictates to you regardless of what the majority of citizens thinks, or desires, or wishes, or votes, you live in an actual dictatorship.  

Which is what we have now.   81% of Americans against the bailouts?   Doesn’t matter.    We are dictated to.    A clear majority support a public option?    Too bad.   We are dictated to otherwise.   Majority wants us out of Afganistan?   Same deal, it is dicatated to us that the war will continue, and not only continue but escalate.

America is dead.   The Constitution is dead.   Big Brother has won.    

Enjoy your televisions.    Watch the commercials we provide for you.    Consume.    


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    • Inky99 on November 12, 2009 at 21:02

    or does this seem like a Big Deal?

  1. according to their principles of unity and mission statement – work toward “promoting social and economic justice” and “social change.”)

    Are you kidding me? What do you think this is a free democracy?

  2. today. He’d be a one man lobbying nuclear submarine.

    He’d earn his money the old fashioned way. He’d actually be a big help for progressives, as he loved those Politicians. He’d be able to get single payer in five minutes (and pocket $50,000 on the side).

  3. to go after those who publish real news.


    • TMC on November 13, 2009 at 15:11

    I didn’t see this mentioned in the linked article but US Attorney Tim Morrison and Assistant US Attorney Doris Pryor are holdovers from the Bush administration. Obama needs to light a fire under Holder’s butt and start asking for resignations from the Bush criminal cabal. The DOJ is rife with similar problems.

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