Lowdown | 04.20.2012
Update: "On April 24th, the FBI quietly returned the server, without notifying either Mayfirst / People Link or riseup, and were caught on video doing it."
On Wednesday, April 18, at approximately 16:00 hours ET, U.S. Federal authorities removed a server from a co-location facility shared by Riseup Networks and May First/People Link in New York City.
The seized server was operated by the European Counter Network (“ECN”), the oldest independent internet service provider in Europe, who, among many other things, provided an anonymous remailer service, Mixmaster, that was the target of an FBI investigation into the bomb threats against the University of Pittsburgh.
"The company running the facility has confirmed that the server was removed in conjunction with a search warrant issued by the FBI," said May First/People Link director Jamie McClelland. "The server seizure is not only an attack against us, but an attack against all users of the Internet who depend on anonymous communication."
Stephen Lendman | 01.19.2012
Protesting Internet Censorship - by Stephen Lendman
On May 12, Senator Patrick Leahy (D. VT) introduced "S. 968: Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PROTECT IP)." Referred to the Judiciary Committee, May 26 hearings were held. Debate's scheduled for next week.
On October 26, Rep. Lamar Smith (R. TX) introduced "HR 3261: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA): To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of US property, and for other purposes" Referred to the House Judiciary Committee, markup continues.
Stephen Lendman | 06.08.2011
Internet Censorship Bill Introduced - by Stephen Lendman
During his presidential campaign, Obama pledged to "(s)upport the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet."
In fact, he failed to deliver on every major promise made, including the last frontier of press freedom, protected from censorship and corporate control.
Post-9/11, both he and Bush expanded intrusive government surveillance, including Internet monitoring of personal communications. On April 1, 2009 the Senate introduced two bills, endangering a free and open Internet - S. 773: Cybersecurity Act of 2009 and S. 778 to establish a White House cybersecurity czar.
Stephen Lendman | 11.30.2010
The New York Times Again Censoring WikiLeaks - by Stephen Lendman
On November 28, WikiLeaks began releasing over 250,000 leaked State Department and US Embassy cables (many designated "secret"), dating from 1966 through end of February 2010. Their content ranges from embarrassing to important revelations about US spying on allies and the UN, ignoring corruption and human rights abuses in "client states," corporate lobbying, backroom dealmaking, disparagements of foreign leaders, and overall revealing a much different America than its public persona. Most of all, it offers more proof of a sham democracy, a lawless imperial state rampaging globally though little, if anything, of a smoking gun nature was disclosed.
Stephen Lendman | 09.10.2010
Growing Thought Control in Israel - by Stephen Lendman
Since its 1948 establishment, IDF military censor authority banned or sanitized material potentially damaging to Israel's security. Thereafter, voluntary media/government agreements prevailed, all domestic and foreign news organizations abiding by censorship rulings.
Some are sensible like banning reports beneficial to adversaries. Others aren't by suppressing information the public has a right to know. For example, whatever affects their welfare and when officials commit crimes. In addition, various Supreme Court decisions limit content suppression to "tangible (or) near certain" instances of public endangerment. Of course, interpretations are crucial, authorities increasingly hardline to get their way.
Stephen Lendman | 12.17.2009
An Open Letter to Pacifica Radio's KPFA Management - by Stephen Lendman
Subject: A "truth emergency" over censorship at Pacifica's flagship station
By implementing early December budget and staff cuts, KPFA's management targeted its award-winning Flashpoints Radio for extinction, sullied the name of its founder, Lew Hill, and defiled fundamental First Amendment freedoms without which no others are possible.
On April 15, 1949, Hill went on the air saying: "This is KPFA, listener-sponsored radio in Berkeley" and launched America's first independent, listener-supported, "people's radio" as a sanctuary for free speech, dissent, alternative voices, social justice, and human dignity unlike anything previously heard.
posted by: IHRRG/AC (INT. CHAPTER)
begins: Feb 20, 10:00 pm
ends: Feb 20, 10:00 pm
MASSACHUSETTS: BLOCK AND DIVERSION OF MAILS TO PRESIDENT BARACK H. OBAMA
February 20, 2009
1. This longstanding series of complaints (2005 - present) which have remain unattended by The Inspector-General of the United States Postal Service
2. Complainant, Dr. Phillip Chukwuma Ofume is a Presidential Candidate In-Exile thus, campaigned in Canada and campaigning in the United States purpose of becoming the President of Nigeria 2007 now re-inaugurated for Nigeria's Federal Election 2011. Dr. Ofume coordinates several domestic and international NGOs.