(NaturalNews) 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
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
to destinations where people could access copyrighted content. Google
also links to copyrighted content -- does that mean the feds will soon seize Google, too?
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 (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/...
), a new law that would give the federal government
even more power to shut down websites it opposed.
Read more about COICA here: http://www.usa-anti-communist.com/w...
And here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris...
Here's the list of 19 US Senators who voted to censor the internet
via the COICA bill: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20...
Government could shut down alternative health websites
Where is all this going? Today the U.S. government
is targeting websites focused on copyright violations, but if the public tolerates this government-sponsored censorship
of the web, it's only a matter of time before these government powers are expanded to control the content of the internet
Over the last few years, several U.S. Senators have already attempted to
outlaw vitamins and nutritional supplements. One lawmaker even suggested
that "alternative health" information
should be outlawed on the internet in order to "protect" people from
information that isn't aligned with the drugs-and-surgery approach to
sick care. It's only a matter of time, it seems, before the U.S.
government uses its new power
of seizing internet websites as an information warfare weapon
to silence anyone who opposes FDA and the Big Pharma agenda.
fact, under these new laws, there's no limit to what websites the U.S.
government could choose to seize and shut down. This is the beginning of
the federal takeover of the internet
, where all websites that
don't fall in line with "official" government-approved information are
now potential targets of DHS seizures.
One music website seized by DHS -- RapGodFather.com -- was seized merely because its users posted comments linking to file-sharing websites
). The site had 150,000 members, but as of today, it is the property of "Homeland Security
See the TorrentFreak.com news report on this important story here: http://torrentfreak.com/music-linki...
All websites using the word "Face" could soon be seized
The reach of tyrants knows no limits. As widely reported throughout the
popular press last week, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has
assigned Facebook a trademark monopoly over the word "Face." (http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/23/pa...
) This means that any website using the word "face" could theoretically be seized by the DHS under the DMCA.
Lest you think this is some impossible exaggeration of the law, keep in mind that governments always misuse laws to go far beyond their original intended purpose
The RICO Act, for example, which was originally passed in 1970 to
combat the mafia, is now used nearly every day against individuals and
small businesses (http://www.ricoact.com
the Patriot Act signed into law by President Bush after the 9/11
attacks was originally intended to be applied to international
terrorists. But now in the United States, it is routinely used against animal rights activists
protection groups (http://www.aclu.org/national-securi...
These rogue abuses of federal law create a pattern
of expanding government powers that increasingly threaten the
Constitutional rights of American citizens. To seize a person's website
without due process is both a violation of that person's First Amendment
rights (Free Speech) as well as their Fifth Amendment rights.
The Fifth Amendment states:No
person shall be... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due
process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use,
without just compensation.
And yet this seizure of websites by the DHS is doing precisely that -- depriving people of property without due process of law.
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
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