[Marxism] DHS Uses PATRIOT Act to Demand WikiLeaks Info
tristan.sloughter at gmail.com
Fri Aug 26 07:46:35 MDT 2011
The Department of Homeland Security has gone after California domain name
registrar Dynadot, using a clause within the USA PATRIOT Act to demand the
company hand over any and all information they have on WikiLeaks and its
founder Julian Assange.
The sealed order (PDF) cites an ongoing criminal investigation and demands
that the company hand over everything it has on any subscribers “associated
with WikiLeaks,” including their credit card numbers.
The Obama Administration has been attempting to find some sort of legal
rationale for moving against Assange, albeit so far without
success. WikiLeaks has released massive numbers of classified documents
revealing embarrassing and sometimes criminal actions by State Department
officials. A number of other documents have been released detailing military
crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The PATRIOT Act provisions are nominally aimed at terrorism, and its use
against WikiLeaks underscores the Obama Administration’s willingness to
expand its use wherever it may be convenient.
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