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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Why is the Obama U.S. Department of Justice requesting info from an independent news site?

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 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, 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" 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.

Is Obama a big brother here?

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    because 0bama has declared war on any media that does not conform to his way of thinking!

  • 1 decade ago

    "Update 1:59pm E.T.: A Justice Department official familiar with this subpoena just told me that the attorney general's office never saw it and that it had not been submitted to the department's headquarters in Washington, D.C. for review. If that's correct, it suggests that U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison and Assistant U.S. Attorney Doris Pryor did not follow department regulations requiring the "express authorization of the attorney general" for media subpoenas -- and it means that neither Attorney General Eric Holder nor Acting Attorney General Mark Filip were involved. I wouldn't be surprised to see an internal investigation by the Office of Professional Responsibility; my source would not confirm or deny that."

    I believe in reading the whole article and from the update I doubt that President Obama had anything to do with it or knows about it.

  • 5 years ago

    It smells very fishy! I examine that article, then did a google seek for different articles and located no longer something that explains why the Justice branch dropped the charges. i've got seen lots hypothesis interior the "blogosphere", yet no longer something that i might evaluate fact-based to describe Justice's particularly reasons. one ingredient i presumed unusual... "occupation attorneys" (as antagonistic to political appointees?) have been pronounced a minimum of a 0.5 dozen situations for the era of that article. Why that distinction? Is that a 'hint"? At this element, greater questions have been raised than spoke back and that i think of we are in basic terms on the early beginnings of this tale unfolding.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If the subpoena is unconstitutional, the news site can file a motion to quash it. That's how the process works.

    Notice that the organization subject to the subpoena is a LEFT-LEANING organization. If this was really about partisan politics, would the DOJ be going after that particular organization?

  • 1 decade ago

    Fortunately, the subpoena has been withdrawn. However, since when it is allowable or acceptable for the Dept. of Justice--or any law enforcement agency--to issue a subpoena and then also forbid you from talking about it?

  • Mike G
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Yup, You can thank Ole Bush for passing the Patriot Act that gives the government the right to snoop on you.

  • Will
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    You only need to be afraid if you have something to hide. It's only a matter of time for you.

  • Lola
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    yes; i have told you what you wish to hear...move along now, junior

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