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Feds Accidentally Seize 84,000 Innocent Domains, Link Them With Child Porn
http://www.pcworld.com/ ^ | Feb 17, 2011 3:52 pm | By Ted Samson

Posted on 02/18/2011 9:35:19 AM PST by Lucky9teen

Imagine you're a respectable, law-abiding owner of a small business. You show up to your shop one morning, only to find the doors barred and a big sign in front window reading, "The federal government has seized this business as it's affiliated with creating, distributing, and/or storing child pornography."

Worse yet, imagine that every other business on the block was similarly locked up and had the same damning explanation on their front window. And even once the confusion was cleared up with the feds, it took a few days more to get all the signs down and all of the businesses up and running again.

The Internet equivalent of that scenario transpired over the weekend, according to reports, in a disturbing case of the federal government either grossly abusing its power or wielding it very clumsily.

As part of the successful seizure of 10 Web domains suspected of storing, displaying, or peddling child pornography, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security's ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) office also seized a domain called mooo.com, the most popular shared domain at afraid.org, which belongs to a DNS provider called FreeDNS.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: dhs; domain; internet; seize

1 posted on 02/18/2011 9:35:34 AM PST by Lucky9teen
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To: Lucky9teen

This is why the government should quit interfering with the internet.


2 posted on 02/18/2011 9:38:44 AM PST by dforest
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To: Lucky9teen

The Keystone Kops were better.


3 posted on 02/18/2011 9:42:18 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Lucky9teen

It’s for the children and those who protest will get additional attention from Big Sis. The state is father. the state is mother and the state is never wrong. Do I need a sarcasm tag?


4 posted on 02/18/2011 9:43:51 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Lucky9teen

Our government has turned into a huge expensive mess. The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. The incompetence is mind boggling. The programs are to big and blotted, and there is little to no accountability. They just keep dipping their greedy hands back into our pockets for more money. I truly feel like I am being abused and punished every time I pay my taxes now.


5 posted on 02/18/2011 9:44:14 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: indylindy

Idiots!!Get rid of these morons vote every democrat out of Washington and make sure to vote the worse one and that is BHO..They won’t get rid of the criminals or clean up our borders so they have to go out and pray on the citizens of this country..


6 posted on 02/18/2011 9:44:37 AM PST by PLD
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To: Lucky9teen
Accidentally makes it sound like someone misspelled a domain name and got the wrong one. I would call this "incompetently" or "negligently". This would be like seizing and demolishing a mall because you think a store in one of the out buildings may have sold an illegal DVD.
7 posted on 02/18/2011 9:45:03 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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To: Truth29
Do I need a sarcasm tag?

Nope.

Her predecessor and roll model incinerated kids for their own good at Waco.

8 posted on 02/18/2011 9:46:01 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 759 of our national holiday from reality. - It's almost 3 AM)
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To: Lucky9teen; All

Imagine these clowns managing our health care.


9 posted on 02/18/2011 9:51:20 AM PST by A. Morgan
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To: Lucky9teen; All

84,000 patients given the wrong medication!

84,000 patients have wrong limbs amputated!


10 posted on 02/18/2011 9:55:23 AM PST by A. Morgan
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To: Lucky9teen

Congress should require all non-emergency internet warrants to go through an internet-literate judge, and I mean one who can foresee the consequences of these kinds of errors and who can ask the occifers some very uncomfortable questions.


11 posted on 02/18/2011 9:58:51 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Lucky9teen
Under federal law, ICE simply needs to convince a district court judge to sign a seizure warrant, then order the domain registries to redirect the seized domains to warning message. What's not clear, though, is how or why mooo.com ended up seized.

I don't see why there is any lack of clarity here. The entire domain containing the 84,000 websites was seized because a bunch of federal government Barney Fifes are running around without any oversight or responsibility for their actions. They are being legitimized by Judges that in all likelihood do not have a clue what they are looking at when presented "evidence" if in fact any "evidence" was presented at all!

Did anyone involved really believe that eighty four THOUSAND websites in a single domain were ALL hosting porn? Every single one? REALLY?

That is like surrounding the entire town of Whittier, a suburb of Los Angeles and arresting every man, woman and child because one person is suspected of a crime.

Although absolutely nothing will be done to any of the feds involved in this c*****r f**k they should at the least be laughed right out of their offices and into the street with permanent rehire bans from any further government employment.

.

12 posted on 02/18/2011 10:10:39 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Lucky9teen

Anyone care to wager that a similar ‘mistake’ will happen to this site just before an election or just as a scandal breaks?


13 posted on 02/18/2011 10:23:09 AM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: MeganC
I think they already tried when “someone” posted linked childporn pics somewhere on FR. FR doesn't host anything from users but text so it was quickly thrown out.
14 posted on 02/18/2011 10:30:26 AM PST by varyouga (Obama doesn't care about white people!)
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To: Lucky9teen

The next President can be elected with this simple promise:

“I will overturn 95% of the bills, regulations, appointments, and executive orders, put in place by Obama, and severely scrutinize the other 5%!”


15 posted on 02/18/2011 10:38:55 AM PST by G Larry
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To: Lucky9teen

It’s not an ‘accident’ it’s a case of gross malfeasance/misfeasance.


16 posted on 02/18/2011 10:39:05 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: varyouga

I’ve seen pictures on here. I don’t know how to post them but I’ve seen them.


17 posted on 02/18/2011 10:41:05 AM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: MeganC

Just type
< img src=”Image_URL”>
without the space between the ‘<’ and the “img.”


18 posted on 02/18/2011 10:46:05 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Lucky9teen

This is what comes from allowing the government to have too much power. Government power needs to be reduced, not expanded.


19 posted on 02/18/2011 11:15:37 AM PST by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: OneWingedShark

Thank you!


20 posted on 02/18/2011 11:20:34 AM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: MeganC
No pics are actually hosted on FR. They are only links from other servers.

You can post pics here by using html code.

Look up “img src code” because it won't show up here if I post it.

21 posted on 02/18/2011 11:27:33 AM PST by varyouga (Obama doesn't care about white people!)
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