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The Editor of the sometimes controversial Natural Newsletter has published an article today entitled “US Government seizure of the internet has begun: DHS takes over 76 websites”.
Mike Adams (better known as the Health Ranger) goes on to report:
“As part of a new expansion of government power over information, the Department of Homeland Security has begun seizing and shutting down internet websites (web domains) without due process or a proper trial. DHS simply seizes web domains that it wants to and posts an ominous "Department of Justice" logo on the web site. See an example at http://torrent-finder.com
“Over 75 websites were seized and shut down last week, and there is no indication that the government will stop such efforts. Right now, their focus is websites that they claim "violate copyrights," yet the torrent-finder.com website that was seized by DHS contained no copyrighted content whatsoever. It was merely a search engine website that linked to destinations where people could access copyrighted content. Google also links to copyrighted content - does that mean the feds will soon seize Google, too?”
“These seizures were conducted on the basis of language in the DMCA law, which is vastly overreaching in its powers (it was passed to appease the music recording industry and the RIAA). Even so, the U.S. Senate is right now considering passing yet another law -- COICA -- the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, a new law that would give the federal government even more power to shut down websites it opposed.”
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Going by all the articles that have been published on other sites over the last 24 hours, it looks like many are up in arms at this infringement of peoples' rights to information.
techie-buzz.com shouts: "The US Government is taking down Websites cluelessly"
They go on to say:
"The US Government and the ICE department of Homeland Security Investigations has started taking down websites without issuing any warning according to COICA. If you are not clear about COICA, the EFF describes it as:
The “Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act” (COICA) is an Internet censorship bill which is rapidly making its way through the Senate. Although it is ostensibly focused on copyright infringement, an enormous amount of non infringing content, including political and other speech, could disappear off the Web if it passes.
The main mechanism of the bill is to interfere with the Internet’s domain name system (DNS), which translates names like “www.eff.org” or “www.nytimes.com” into the IP addresses that computers use to communicate. The bill creates a blacklist of censored domains; the Attorney General can ask a court to place any website on the blacklist if infringement is “central” to the purpose of the site.
This can indeed create considerable troubles because there is no need to inform the website owner beforehand. The department of Homeland Security has the right to take down a website by will. The process involves changing DNS entries for the website and the matter has come into light following the take down of Torrent-Finder.com
The website in question, Torrent-Finder has no trackers or hosts any torrents. Not only that, but it has no outgoing links to any torrent. It is nothing more than a search engine like Google or Bing.
A large number of other domains have also been seized and the quick response and outcome of the process is guaranteed because it does not require and ruling of the court. All it needs is an attorney general’s decision."
Natural News is obviously very concerned - so much so that they are encouraging their readers to sign a petition:
"The U.S. federal government, as we have increasingly seen through the actions of the TSA, DEA and DHS, does not recognize nor honor the Bill of Rights. Nor does it believe the U.S. Constitution has any authority whatsoever. The upshot of this is that all Americans citizens are now living under a system of government tyranny, where government agents may molest you at the airports or seize your website if they don't like what you're saying online.
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I don't think we have seen the end of this - looks like a long road ahead.