Update to ‘Dissent and you may go to jail’

Well that didn’t take long, we already have some answers courtesy of Cnet.  They’re on top of it today to say the least. From them we get this update titled “Bomb making tips, hit list behind Blogetery Closure.” It seems I was on the money preferring the terrorist theory.  I’m very happy it’s not a conspiracy theory. But I’m sure there will be those who will think this is just so much BS from the government propaganda machine and is only a false story to take the heat off the real reason Blogetery had their plug yanked in such a hurry. Sorry, based on what I see I’m not going there.

What was going on with this server is chilling to say the least, I’m going with the Cnet story and I have to give kudos to the government for stopping it. We do not need terrorists a-holes causing problems in the United States.

The site was shut down after FBI agents informed executives of Burst.net, Blogetery’s Web host, late on July 9 that links to al-Qaeda materials were found on Blogetery’s servers, Joe Marr, chief technology officer for Burst.net, told CNET. Sources close to the investigation say that included in those materials were the names of American citizens targeted for assassination by Al Qaeda. Messages from Osama bin Laden and other leaders of the terrorist organization, as well as bomb-making tips, were also allegedly found on the server.

I’m also happy that per the Cnet article that this did go though legal channels and wasn’t some bureaucrat issuing the edict to pull the plug.

Many speculated that the FBI was using the Patriot Act to silence bloggers. But Marr emphasized that the FBI has never ordered Burst.net to stop service to any site it hosts without a court order and that the vast majority of Burst.net’s communication with the federal government has involved agents serving warrants related to terrorist or child porn investigations.

“They have to go through the legal system,” Marr said. “A judge has to issue an order.”

Seems the people wondering about child pornography were also on the correct side about what happened. Good riddance to the terrorists and the child porn purveyors.

Regarding the actual pulling of the plug, this was not a requirement, but happened due to a misunderstanding according to the article.

Marr said the FBI contacted Burst.net and sent a Voluntary Emergency Disclosure of Information request. The letter said terrorist material, which presented a threat to American lives, was found on a server hosted by Burst.net and asked for specific information about the people involved.

In the FBI’s letter, the agency included a clause that says Web hosts and Internet service providers may voluntarily elect to shut down the sites of customers involved in these kinds of situations. The Burst.net employee who handled the request erroneously believed that the FBI would want to seize the customers’ server and thus the employee cut off service to Blogetery. Marr said the FBI, however, never asked for the server.

I don’t think you can blame Burst.net for shutting the server off.  Under the circumstances I’d say they were being prudent and like the man says below……..

Marr said that regardless of the mix-up, Blogetery’s service was terminated because bomb-making tips and a “hit list” are an obvious and absolute violation of its terms of service.

I can’t fault that logic either.

A source with knowledge of the investigation said that the material allegedly found on Blogetery’s server is connected to an online magazine called “Inspire,” which debuted recently. Numerous news outlets reported over the past weekend, “Inspire” is designed to help recruit new members to Al Qaeda and is edited by Samir Khan, a 24-year-old North Carolina man who moved to Yemen last October. According to Fox News, (this link has a lot of information about this a-hole with the terrorist website that’s caused us all these problems) the title of one article was “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.”

As you’re aware from the first article about this I was affected, too. I’m all for free speech, 1st Amendment rights and all that, I don’t have problems with most of what’s on the internet as it is like: if you don’t like porno flicks, right-wing, left-wing, guns, cars, boats, planes, cooking, or any of the myriad of topics on the internet, then you don’t have to go to the offending site and look at it, you can vote with your mouse.  I do draw the line at child port and terrorist activities.  So thanks FBI, thanks Burst.net.

I’m sure many  of us who had posts on Blogetery would like to be in a locked room with Samir with a Louisville Slugger, but that’s not going to happen wish as we may.

I do have one simple request of Burst.net.  Can we please….puhleeeeeeze……..pretty please with a cherry on top, get that server (absent the bad stuff and after the FBI is done with it) put back online at least long enough for us to all retrieve our blogs so we can post them elsewhere? It appears you’ve been doing the right thing so far, I hope you will continue to do the right thing and make it good for 70,000 plus bloggers.

I really don’t know what to say about whoever runs Blogetery.  I’m not real familiar with all the in’s and out’s of web-hosting, but I get the distinct impression from what I’ve read on some boards that Blogetery should have been on top of this.  Why they weren’t I can’t say.  Perhaps now that this has seen daylight we’ll get some answers from Blogetery, too.

Now if we can find out what happened at iPBFree.

Source:  Cnet

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