This is yet another bad sign that the government is actively working to stamp out dissent and to stop the migration of people from the ‘approved’ news mouthpieces to the largely uncontrolled net-based news sources.
As an aside, kudos to CBS. Although they are part of the big media machine, someone at the company is allowing for some hard hitting news reports to get out on the air lately. Pats on the back to the responsible party or parties.Story from CBS:
Justice Dept. Asked For News Site’s Visitor Lists
Posted by Declan McCullagh
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-basedIndymedia.us 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.
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