Wikileaks supporters targeted in secret US court order

By Jos · 9 replies
Oct 11, 2011
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  1. The US government has obtained a secret court order to force Google and a small ISP called Sonic, to hand over the information contained in the email accounts of a…

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  2. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 474   +84

    Under those circumstances, I wonder who wants to comment at all.
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    A 'secret' court order? and the story is right here on TS. That's not very secret.

    I'm no laywer, but the Electronic Communications Privacy Act was passed in 1986 (before the internet) to PREVENT the govt from doing unauthorized wire taps etc. Sure you're not confusing that act with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act? Thats the act the Bush administration used to defend their 'unauthorized' wiretaps of foreign communication, and it's what caused all the arguing about wiretaps a few years ago. But unless you're calling Saudi Arabia, you won't show up on thier lists.
  4. The Internet was created a long time before that. I think you mean the web.
  5. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    I wonder if they can seize medical records without a court order now too.
  6. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    This is McCarthyism plain and simple. Welcome to the Red Scare of the 21st century.
  7. As you will find , coverage of this news item will be a blip vert at best.
    fascism and corporatism have reached a height that most see little difference
    between glob trotting businesses and the government itself.

    We as a country are suffering a time warp to the 50's and the McCarthy era
    where in place of honest civil discourse we have the full might and force
    of government used to subvert our constitution at every turn.

    Perhaps one of the few amendments yet to be offended is the 3rd and
    it's prohibition against the quartering of troops in our very homes.
  8. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Sadly +1, :( .
  9. I think that the government is mad that wikileaks got out. All their precious secrets released on the internet and now they are targeting the wikileaks supporters. If you don't know how wikileaks got out, this article gives an easy explanation on it.
  10. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    ...except that Eisenhower was principled enough to use executive power to end it. Haven't seen that principled a chief executive in the U.S. for a very long time now.

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