This was just a place for me to vent to the world. Now it is a place where I can try to carry a message of anti-racism, anti-homophobia, anti-sexism and anti-idiot. Unfortunately there are plenty these people in this world. This is my corner of the world where I can say what is right. That gives me the power to say it and live it in real life too.
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“The FBI is using a sledgehammer approach, shutting down service to hundreds of users due to the actions of one anonymous person,” wrote Riseup spokesman Devin Theriot-Orr in the statement. “This is particularly misguided because there is unlikely to be any information on the server regarding the source of the threatening emails.”
Last Wednesday, the FBI executed a search warrant against RiseUp in New York, seizing one of their servers . The FBI claims that the server was involved in recent bomb threats against the University of Pittsburgh.
First off,we wish to condemn the party or parties who are making these
threats. This isn’t a prank. There’s no lulz in this.
However, grabbing Riseup’s server is also not a prank. This isn’t just about investigating a crime.
If the FBI thought there might be evidence on a Verizon or L3 server, something tells us you’d submit the warrant and expect a forensically
sound copy waiting for you. If you were really worried about evidence, you’d have shown up, EnCase’d (forensic software used by computer forensics people) the box and left it in place.
But yanking the machine knowing that lots of other people were using it for non-nefarious and perfectly legal purposes is suspicious.
If the Mixmaster anonymizing software on that server was working correctly, there’d be nothing on the server to help the FBI track down the bomb threats. But they did know that there are a lot of other users of
that server, activists of many a stripe who relied upon it.
This is the on-line equivalent of macing a bunch of peaceful students just because they’re protesting. It’s force for power’s sake rather than for justice’s sake.
And for those who claim that giving up anonymity is a small price to pay to apprehend the sender of the bomb threats. Anonymous publication and communication is a part of the 1st amendment. It’s a necessary tool in speaking truth to power, especially when the truth threatens their power.
Occupy Philadelphia occupies Independence Mall with Captain Ray Lewis (Retired) of the Philadelphia Police Department. You may have known him as the officer that was arrested at Zuccotti Park and Occupy Wall Street. After a long cold day standing on the Mall Occupiers and Capt. Lewis Marched on Comcast and the Comcast Center which was firmly locked down. After giving interviews to the press they then marched back to the Mall and after dark held a candle light vigil for the First Amendment and our rights of Freedom Of Assembly. Dustin and Julia of Occupy Philadelphia then read some of the names of the many reporters arrested at Occupys around the US followed by a moment of silence for those who lost their lives trying to report to and for us.