Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Big Brother is Watching You -- And What Else Is New?

The "Justice Dept" is demanding that a private news website, Indymedia, hand over information about its visitors. The feds are also demanding that Indymedia not tell anyone about it.

I'd be outraged, except that this Soviet-style behavior by the U.S. government has become so commonplace.

Alas, many "conservatives" think it's all right, provided the feds want the data to fight "Islamic terrorism."

And many "progressives" think it's all right, provided the feds want the data to fight "domestic, right-wing terrorism."

And many "libertarians" think it's all right, because they fear the Libertarian Party might appear "too radical" and will thus "lose votes" if libertarians stand up to the government. Don't want to "scare" voters away by being too pro-liberty.

Yes, such libertarians exist. All too many.

If you want to see what the fuss is about, visit Apparently, the Justice Dept doesn't want you to.

Fortunately, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a pro bono, free speech, legal defense group, has defended Indymedia, and found the Justice Dept subpoena to be bogus.


Clay Barham said...

Here's the real radicals. It is the platform of the modern Democratic Party to lift up the impoverished, salute the failure, reward the takers, applaud the indecisive and elevate the self-centered to assure us more of these in the future. In giving away the treasure of the nation, they increase the line for hand-outs beyond all ability to satisfy. The downward slope increases its steepness and slip each moment. The result is to assign a willing dictator the control and management of what remains. Is this the future of America, once the greatest nation in the world for individual freedom and prosperity? The 19th century Democrat was the libertarian following Jefferson, cited in THE CHANGING FACE OF DEMOCRATS on Amazon and The 20th century Democrat follows Rousseau and Marx and condemns individual freedom, the free market and American exceptionalism to the ash heap of history, all at the hands of Obama and his cadre of communists. Khrushchev was right, that we will impose communism on ourselves, and we are doing it right now.

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