( – promoted by buhdydharma )
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:
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.