Government Wants to Know What Websites you visit?

A story came out the other day that the department of Justice requested a complete list of the IP address who visited the news site http://www.indymedia.us/. This is a stunning move and it raises a lot of questions. Isn’t the against amendment four in the Constitution? Isn’t it interesting that the Democrats were so outspoken against phone line tapping of suspected terrorists but remain silent when it comes to information round up of website visitors.  I visited the site and did not see any reason for the department of justice to need the information. This appears to be an otherwise benign website.

 Here is the information they sought according to CBSNews:

The subpoena (PDF) from U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison in Indianapolis demanded “all IP traffic to and from http://www.indymedia.us”; 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.

The subpoena of the Indy Media site was later dropped in a curious move leaving open a lot of reason to be concerned. These orders, since they involve the media, must go directly through Eric Holder and I assume they withdrew it after sufficient fear of backlash. Hence the reason they initially tried to place a gag order on indymedia.us to keep them from disclosing any information about the government’s request. Very indicative and quite underhanded on the part of the Obama Administration.

We as Americans should have some concern here because there is no telling what could happen. It is unclear why this information we requested. How can you justify the need for credit and bank account numbers in the interest of security. What other sites might be probed in a similar manner? That lives to be seen. Since there are many unknowns, the doors are left wide open for speculation on the matter. Some of which includes the possibility of imprisonment and other concerns simply for expressing opposition views to the government. All of which in no way has been confirmed but keeps Americans feeling uneasy.

We do know one thing tho – the White house has been very open in its criticism of media outlets dispensing information it doesn’t agree with. Administration officials, more specifically, the diversity Czar has cited the democratic media revolution in Venezuela as “brilliant.” Statements like that cannot be taken lightly and could be indicators of things to come. Remember one thing people, stand up for freedom, Protect it and defend it, because will not realize how valuable it really is until you have lost it.

New York May Be Out of Money by December

History wins out every time whether you’ve learned from it or not. Governor Patterson of New York is suffering the consequences of out of control spending and endless subsidies as he continues to search for ways to prevent the state from going broke. He made an announcement today that if cuts are not made to education and hospitals, the state will be broke by Christmas. This could have big consequences for residents in the state because that in turn would spike the already astronomic property taxes people are paying just to be able to stay in their homes.

I find this rather interesting because the governor knew the state was in trouble last year because he made substantial cuts in funding of my school. As a result it sent tuition up by over $1,000 per year, 90% of that increase went directly to the state’s general fund. Patterson didn’t learn though because last year, he in cooperation with the state senate raised state spending by $12,000,000,000.

It’s funny that he is now panicking about the budget gap now, although I’m sure New York residents don’t see the same humor.

Patterson committed the two cardinal economic sins during the receding economy to get himself into this situation. He irresponsibly raised spending, and tried to offset it by raising people’s taxes, a move that has people fleeing this state. Not to mention the fact that he is running a campaign advertisement saying that we need to do the right thing for the people of New York by Re-Electing him. This is the same man who came out six weeks ago saying that he felt his popularity was going down because he was black. If you’ve ever seen a picture of the guy, he looks whiter than some Hispanics I know – but I’m just saying the race card is getting old, and he’s digging in the sand for excuses.

Governor Patterson You Sir, are NOT qualified to be governor of anything larger than a 4 by 6 foot cubicle. Your irresponsible fiscal policies have drowned this state and have mortgaged the future of children who grow up in New York. If you want what’s right by the people of New York than get the hell out of Office. Residents of New York: If you re-elect this man than you must like being the state’s ATM, It’s time to wake up.

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