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Justice Dept. Asked For News Site's Visitor Lists!!!

November 10, 2009 12:01 AM
Justice Dept. Asked For News Site's Visitor Lists
Posted by Declan McCullagh

In a case that raises questions about online journalism and privacy rights, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a formal request to an independent news site ordering it to provide details of all reader visits on a certain day.

The grand jury subpoena also required the Philadelphia-based Indymedia.us Web site "not to disclose the existence of this request" unless authorized by the Justice Department, a gag order that presents an unusual quandary for any news organization.

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....

Morrison replied in a one-sentence letter saying the subpoena had been withdrawn. Around the same time, according to the EFF, the group had a series of discussions with assistant U.S. attorneys in Morrison's office who threatened Clair with possible prosecution for obstruction of justice if she disclosed the existence of the already-withdrawn subpoena -- claiming it "may endanger someone's health" and would have a "human cost." ...

Continued: http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/11/09/taking_liberties/ent...

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best practices

best practices on how to proceed for the other kristina clair's out there:

http://www.eff.org/wp/osp

Kent Snyder

Kent Snyder died June 26, 2008

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That sure is a lot of very private information being requested..

...on such a broad group. Hmm.

Depending on the circumstance, I could see them wanting detailed info on a specific member, but here nothing was narrowed down beyond the date.

Also, I find it odd that, when they can't even narrow down their target, the reason given for threatening her to not disclose the existence of the subpoena is that it "may endanger someone's health" and would have a "human cost".

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What news site collects SSN's???

I've never heard of such a thing. If I was asked during registration for my SSN just to be able to read the news, post, or whatever they do there, I'de just dump it and go find another news site. Why would they require SSN's from readers?

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So, what was the story on June 25, 2008

that is thier big concern?

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"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

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Here is the Long Version

of what transpired, with documents...
http://www.eff.org/wp/anatomy-bogus-subpoena-indymedia

I want to know

what article/ discussion on June 25, 2008 was so threatening that they issued this? What was being discussed that day?

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"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

I don't want to spend a lot of time

searching, but I did find this for June 25, 2008:

2:33 p.m., June 25, Roosevelt Room, the White House

The humanitarian crises in Zimbabwe, Darfur, and Myanmar—along with the growing tensions over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program—dominated the conversation when President Bush
convened an unusual meeting at the White House with ambassadors from the 15 nations that make up the United Nations Security Council.

http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/politics/2008/06/27/the-...

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