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 Indymedia.us. 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.
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