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U.S. Authorities Shut Down WordPress Host With 73,000 Blogs
TorrentFreak ^ | July 16, 2010 | enigmax

Posted on 07/16/2010 4:07:25 PM PDT by Windflier

After the U.S. Government took action against several sites connected to movie streaming recently, nerves are jangling over the possibility that this is just the beginning of a wider crackdown. Now it appears that a free blogging platform has been taken down by its hosting provider on orders from the U.S. authorities on grounds of “a history of abuse”. More than 73,000 blogs are out of action as a result.

Hot on the heels of recent threats from Vice President Joe Biden and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel directed at sites offering unauthorized movies and music, last month U.S. authorities targeted several sites they claimed were connected to the streaming of infringing video material.

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Fears remain, however, that this action is only the beginning, and that more sites will be targeted as the months roll on. Indeed, TorrentFreak has already received information that other sites, so far unnamed in the media, are being monitored by the authorities on copyright grounds.

Now, according to the owner of a free WordPress platform which hosts more than 73,000 blogs, his network of sites has been completely shut down on the orders of the authorities.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaida; blog; blogetery; bloggers; blogs; censorship; freepress; freespeech; globaljihad; internet; jihad; tyranny; wordpress
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Has Obama thrown his internet kill switch?
1 posted on 07/16/2010 4:07:27 PM PDT by Windflier
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To: Windflier

They hate bloggers for sure.

There are a lot of these free sites doing illegal things but shutting down everyone to stop a few is stupid. It means the “authorities” aren’t doing their job.

It could easily be used to silence political enemies.


2 posted on 07/16/2010 4:10:17 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Windflier

Huh? I just checked our family blog, its still there. Must have forgotten us, we just aren’t that interesting I guess.


3 posted on 07/16/2010 4:11:53 PM PDT by svcw (True freedom cannot be granted by any man or government, only by Christ.)
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To: Windflier

"Energy czar Carol Browner epitomized the secretive dealings of these offices when she advised auto industry executives this month to "to put nothing in writing, ever" about their meetings with her."


4 posted on 07/16/2010 4:13:19 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: Windflier

Wow. I can’t wait to see Obama take down Blogger (Google). Or Yahoo. Or MSM.

Let him try this with the big boys. Better yet. Try one of the news sites like CBS, FOX and PMSNBC.


5 posted on 07/16/2010 4:15:34 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (PALIN/MCCAIN IN 2012 - barf alert? sarc tag? -- can't decide)
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To: Windflier

Even if you thought it was something else, think net-neutrality Obama style.


6 posted on 07/16/2010 4:15:34 PM PDT by lewislynn (What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: svcw

Your blog is hosted at blogetery.com and it’s still up?


7 posted on 07/16/2010 4:17:06 PM PDT by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: Windflier

What exactly is “history of abuse”? Could it be saying anything critical of Dear leader? I hope Rush, Hannity and other conservative talk shows have plans to go on shortwave from overseas and broadcast from beyond the Obama curtain.


8 posted on 07/16/2010 4:19:59 PM PDT by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: lewislynn

Just to make sure, Love you all, g’bye everyone, in case I don’t have the chance tomorrow.


9 posted on 07/16/2010 4:20:07 PM PDT by Shady (No more LAWS based on LIES!!!!)
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To: xjcsa

http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=964013

After being BurstNet customer for 7 months our server was terminated without any notification or explanation.

We’re trying to resolve the situation.

You can find details in this thread on webhostingtalk forum.


10 posted on 07/16/2010 4:21:07 PM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: xjcsa

Ok, except it says wordpress.com. So why would it be something different?


11 posted on 07/16/2010 4:21:50 PM PDT by svcw (True freedom cannot be granted by any man or government, only by Christ.)
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To: Windflier

Has WordPress released a comment about this on its site?


12 posted on 07/16/2010 4:22:45 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: GeronL

So which 73k of the 276,331 blogs? the most American ones?


13 posted on 07/16/2010 4:23:48 PM PDT by omega4179 (N0vember.)
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To: Windflier
being monitored by the authorities on copyright grounds

Let's not get carried away before we know more. If it's a copyright issue, I don't have a problem. People have the right to profit from their intellectual or artistic property. The State doesn't own it ... yet!

14 posted on 07/16/2010 4:23:59 PM PDT by neocon1984
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To: Windflier; Cindy

Ping


15 posted on 07/16/2010 4:26:12 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: GeronL
It could easily be used to silence political enemies.

Yep. I'm figuring this is a test run, to see how big a hornet's nest gets stirred up. If they can weather the inevitable storm, they'll start killing more websites.

16 posted on 07/16/2010 4:28:26 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: svcw
I just checked our family blog, its still there.

Don't worry. They'll take your site down after they trace you back to here.

17 posted on 07/16/2010 4:29:33 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: neocon1984

Yes, it’s all copyright or racist materials.
We can trust them.
They wouldn’t lie.

No need for any due process at all.
Nope. None whatsoever.

Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Obama!

Stupid crackers had it coming.


18 posted on 07/16/2010 4:29:52 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: neocon1984
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19 posted on 07/16/2010 4:30:27 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Windflier

Maybe he isn’t crazy

“Grab everything you can off the Internet” - Glenn Beck
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2549817/posts


20 posted on 07/16/2010 4:31:27 PM PDT by twistedwrench
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To: Responsibility2nd
I can’t wait to see Obama take down Blogger (Google). Or Yahoo. Or MSM.

Let him try this with the big boys. Better yet. Try one of the news sites like CBS, FOX and PMSNBC.

Why would Obama want to shut those guys down? They're all part of his electronic Ministry of Propaganda.

21 posted on 07/16/2010 4:32:32 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

It could be. Good thing we do some rerouting on our server. Oh, wait I shouldn’t have said that right?


22 posted on 07/16/2010 4:32:32 PM PDT by svcw (True freedom cannot be granted by any man or government, only by Christ.)
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To: Windflier

I think it was somebody at Wordpress during the ‘08 campaign who was pimping a story about Obama’s African roots, or some racist rant by MO.


23 posted on 07/16/2010 4:33:19 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: Gene Eric

Nope, just checked their HOME page and not a peep...


24 posted on 07/16/2010 4:33:57 PM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO!)
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To: The Great RJ
What exactly is “history of abuse”?

In this particular case, it seems to be about copyright abuse. Still, it's a way for them to get their foot in the door.

Could it be saying anything critical of Dear leader?

We know that he and Rahm just salivate at the thought of shutting down the right-blogosphere and talk radio.

25 posted on 07/16/2010 4:35:58 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Gene Eric
Has WordPress released a comment about this on its site?

I don't know. I saw this story posted on Drudge and immediately posted it here. I'm sure lots of other info is forthcoming over the next 24 hours. This is a big story.

26 posted on 07/16/2010 4:38:14 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

“There are a lot of these free sites doing illegal things but shutting down everyone to stop a few is stupid. It means the “authorities” aren’t doing their job.”

If the (possibly “innocent”) blogs are hosted on the same servers as the illegal download activity that was occurring, it might be that the blogs were “collateral damage” but unavoidable, if the action against downloading activity was right and legal.


27 posted on 07/16/2010 4:39:57 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: King Moonracer

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2108756/posts

Pressure on API NOT to release Michelle Obama tape (Wordpress blog)


28 posted on 07/16/2010 4:40:26 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: neocon1984
Let's not get carried away before we know more. If it's a copyright issue, I don't have a problem.

This is still an alarming story, especially given that 73,000 blogs were unplugged all at once. Do we really believe that "the authorities" scanned every one of these blogs for copyright infringement? I don't believe that government is that efficient.

For the moment, I'm thinking that this is a trial run, or a bungle of monstrous proportions.

29 posted on 07/16/2010 4:41:50 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Hey! I have standing here. Anyone need a lead plaintiff?


30 posted on 07/16/2010 4:44:55 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
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To: svcw
Good thing we do some rerouting on our server. Oh, wait I shouldn’t have said that right?

You didn't need to say it out loud for the Ministry of Truth to know what you were thinking...

Boo!

Seriously, though, it's a worrisome development. We'll see how it plays out over the next couple of days, but this is something that a great many of us have been worried about. Just how far can/will this administration go to silence their critics? That remains to be seen.

31 posted on 07/16/2010 4:46:18 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Dry run before the terrorist attack on free speech, eh?

How do we give ‘em enough heck that they know they better forget about doing anything more?


32 posted on 07/16/2010 4:46:39 PM PDT by butterdezillion (.)
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To: Windflier

I agree with your statement. It just that it’s not quite 5pm here and drinking before 5 is probably not a good idea.
But if this keeps up I may start at 4.
Being with my grandkids last week, I was really sad that they may never know the greatness of America. I mean they are fine now, but what will their future be?


33 posted on 07/16/2010 4:49:40 PM PDT by svcw (True freedom cannot be granted by any man or government, only by Christ.)
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To: Windflier

Oh, good grief my post #33 was really whinny. Just ignore whinny parts and reveal in the brilliant parts.


34 posted on 07/16/2010 4:50:52 PM PDT by svcw (True freedom cannot be granted by any man or government, only by Christ.)
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To: Windflier; All

Oh, don’t worry: I am CERTAIN the broadcasters and ACLU and leftwing free speech advocates will protest Obama’s action. < \sarcasm>


35 posted on 07/16/2010 4:51:28 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Windflier

My blog is hosted by WP and I haven’t noticed any changes. Is it just one particular site owner?


36 posted on 07/16/2010 4:52:35 PM PDT by redhead (BP Gulf Blowout Debacle: Obama's CHERNOBYL.)
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To: Windflier

Wait a mo ... my blog is still up there. Perhaps this was a selective shut down of blogs violating the ToS? That’s a horse of a different color.


37 posted on 07/16/2010 4:53:25 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
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To: Windflier

Just testing the kill switch.


38 posted on 07/16/2010 4:54:30 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: Wuli
If the (possibly “innocent”) blogs are hosted on the same servers as the illegal download activity that was occurring, it might be that the blogs were “collateral damage” but unavoidable, if the action against downloading activity was right and legal.

"Today, NewWorldOrder Corps soldiers fired on a man in a crowd of 25,000 Tea Party protesters in Washington DC, who was alleged to have been carrying an illegal firearm, killing him instantly.

Sadly, the lawful take-down of the alleged lone gunman also resulted in the collateral fatalities of 24,000 attendees."

39 posted on 07/16/2010 4:54:50 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Mine’s still up too. But this sounds like EVERYBODY on one server was taken down. You can’t tell me they were ALL doing illegal stuff.

I wonder if those blogs can all be reinstated with everything intact.


40 posted on 07/16/2010 4:58:14 PM PDT by butterdezillion (.)
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To: GeronL

“It means the “authorities” aren’t doing their job.”

Not so fast...it looks like the “authorities” are just learning how far they can go without opposition. Unless they’re resisted, they’ll go much, much further. “So much hate, so little control...”


41 posted on 07/16/2010 5:00:11 PM PDT by Clioman
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To: twistedwrench
Maybe he isn’t crazy

“Grab everything you can off the Internet” - Glenn Beck

It's getting to the point where tin foil hats are becoming standard apparel. If you'd claimed two years ago that Obama was going to do everything he's done, you would have been called a paranoid nutjob.

42 posted on 07/16/2010 5:00:23 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: NonValueAdded
Hey! I have standing here. Anyone need a lead plaintiff?

Did your blog get zapped?

43 posted on 07/16/2010 5:02:27 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

So what will be call our new government search engine?

I suggest Øbaidu.


44 posted on 07/16/2010 5:05:17 PM PDT by SpinyNorman (Carbon credits are designed to be the slush fund of the New World Order.)
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To: butterdezillion
How do we give ‘em enough heck that they know they better forget about doing anything more?

First thing, I suppose, is to give it another day to get more details about exactly what occurred, and to let some corroborating stories hit the newsstands.

If everything checks out, then we've got to jam the phone lines in DC again to register our protest. May even have to call for a major Tea Party march.

The story says that Joe Biden has been advocating for this, which automatically makes it suspicious. Just what does Joe F'n Biden care about copyright infringement? I smell totalitarian agenda.

45 posted on 07/16/2010 5:08:17 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

turns out no ... the post is wrong.


46 posted on 07/16/2010 5:09:46 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
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To: svcw
Being with my grandkids last week, I was really sad that they may never know the greatness of America. I mean they are fine now, but what will their future be?

That future will be determined by what you, I, and every other patriotic American does (or doesn't do) over the next few years.

47 posted on 07/16/2010 5:10:55 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
Seriously, though, it's a worrisome development. We'll see how it plays out over the next couple of days, but this is something that a great many of us have been worried about. Just how far can/will this administration go to silence their critics? That remains to be seen.

They could end up spawning the American equivalent of the Hong Kong Blondes.

48 posted on 07/16/2010 5:11:19 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: svcw
Oh, good grief my post #33 was really whinny.

I didn't think it was whiney. You've got every right to be concerned about your grand children's future. At present, there's no guarantee that they'll inherit the America we know and love. It really does depend on what we all do to secure it now.

49 posted on 07/16/2010 5:15:15 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

This just looks like a favor to Hollywood for all their Obama love. Got to protect their precious movies.


50 posted on 07/16/2010 5:22:00 PM PDT by Reagan79 (Today, I consider myself the wisest Latina Woman on the face of the earth.)
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