DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . Time for us to say … HELL NO … whatever internet site you choose … conservative, Republican, liberal, Democrat, middle of the road, Libertarian, Green, is NOT anyone else’s business … why is that so difficult to comprehend…?
Feds Wanted Private Data on All Visitors to Liberal News Site …By Daniel Tencer, Raw Story … Posted on November 11, 2009, Printed on November 11, 2009 … http://www.alternet.org/story/143864/
A Justice Department subpoena requesting all available information on all visitors to an independent news site is raising serious privacy concerns, and questions about how much information the US government is storing about its citizens’ news reading habits.
Privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation has released an extensive report on a “bogus” attempt by a US attorney in Indiana to get Indymedia.us, an independent left-leaning news site, to hand over all the data it had about all the users who visited the site on a particular day.
Further adding to civil libertarians’ and privacy watchdogs’ concerns is the fact that the Justice Department ordered Indymedia to keep silent about the request.
“This overbroad demand for internet records not only violated federal privacy law but also violated [Indymedia's] First Amendment rights, by ordering [it] not to disclose the existence of the subpoena without a US attorney’s permission,” the EFF’s Kevin Bankston wrote.
And while Indymedia is an unabashedly left-wing news site, advocating causes such as gay rights and anti-globalization, some of the site’s defenders in the wake of the subpoena controversy are right-wing pundits who are drawing a parallel between the Indymedia case and the war of words between the White House and Fox News.
… I invite “us” to consider not to shame, blame or criticize but rather simply ask … what would it look like when it’s fixed … and own that ONLY we have the power to bring about the change needed to fix it …