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This is the second time that law enforcement authorities have attacked Indymedia servers in the UK in the run up to a major event. Last October, just prior to the European Social Forum, Indymedia servers in London were seized in an international law enforcement operation - prompting a wave of protests and solidarity statements from a wide range of organisations [report]. This time, events are unfolding one week before the G8 Summit begins in Scotland.
The Bristol Indymedia stroy is a storm in a tea cup. It's no "political persecution", just part of an ordinary criminal investigation by Transport Police into an incident where rocks were dropped onto trains.
Some twat went on BIM boasting about how they'd bricked trains "to warm up for the G8". BIM mods left the post up for a long time, then only "hid" rather than "deleted" it.
Several people called the cops as a result of the inciteful tone of the post. It really was some psychopath quite blatantly pimping for serious crime, and in no way consisted of "reportage".
Bit sad really.
Originally posted by Springer
IMHO it was STUPID of Indymedia to:
1. leave the post up
2. NOT cooperate with the police over something this blatant.
NORTHCOM Military Support to Civil Authorities:
"In the area of law enforcement... On one occasion state authorities requested military assistance during civil disturbances in Los Angeles County."
Originally posted by thematrix
The police didn't need to take the server. They only should've gotten a warant for the data of the person in question.
Indy media is in its full right and obligation to not reveal this information without a vallid warant.