Monday, March 06, 2006

The end of Freedom of the Press

Capitol Hill Blue - Bush declares war on freedom of the press. Well here we go. People are the focus of "national security letters" because they criticized the government.
"The significance of this cannot be overstated," says prominent New York litigator Glenn Greenwald. "In essence, while the President sits in the White House undisturbed after proudly announcing that he has been breaking the law and will continue to do so, his slavish political appointees at the Justice Department are using the mammoth law enforcement powers of the federal government to find and criminally prosecute those who brought this illegal conduct to light.
All of you who were in favor the Patriot Act take note - the end of freedom may be just around the corner.

First, you have to love the stupidity of government employees.
Just how widespread, and uncontrolled, this latest government assault has become hit close to home last week when one of the FBI's National Security Letters arrived at the company that hosts the servers for this web site, Capitol Hill Blue.

The letter demanded traffic data, payment records and other information about the web site along with information on me, the publisher.

Now that's a problem. I own the company that hosts Capitol Hill Blue. So, in effect, the feds want me to turn over information on myself and not tell myself that I'm doing it. You'd think they'd know better.
Since service providers aren't supposed to tell the subjects of these letters that they are under investigation, he needs to hide this info from himself.

Next, what is the crime of "Capital Hill Blue?" CHB was part of the group that reported on the warrant-less wiretaps.
Bush recently directed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to use "whatever means at your disposal" to wiretap, follow, harass and investigate journalists who have published stories about the administration's illegal use of warrant-less wiretaps, use of faulty intelligence and anything else he deems "detrimental to the war on terror."
As Mr Thompson says, this is more like the intimidation you see from street thugs or a junta-run dictatorship. [Via SayUncle]

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