So today we have seen Wikileaks removed due to pressure by the USA after Amazon just two days ago removed Wikileaks from it's servers.
Now my understanding is that these were US firms that took this action and that the .org domain comes under US jurisdiction, so whilst I disagree with
their action in censoring the Internet I can understand the mechanics of how they were able to achieve it.
However there is another issue I wanted to bring to your attention.
This picture some of you might remember from several months ago in a USA crackdown on the ditribution of copyrighted tv shows and films. There was a
site called tvshack.net who had their content removed and this notice attached instead. .net domains fall under US jurisdiction so again I understand
the mechanics of how they achieved this without agreeing with it.
The people behind tvshack just cannily packed up their content and recreated the site under a new URL that didn't fall under US jurisdiction. they
chose the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Wikipedia Link
. This is an Australian territory and subject to
Australian laws not US laws. However this week tvshack.cc has been taken down and the above picture inserted. Please note it says 'U.S. Immigration
and Customs enforcement' NOT AUSTRALIAN.
The wiki page lists as the administrator of the .cc domain:
eNIC managed and marketed the top level domain with great success to become the
"second largest TLD registry in the United States second only to Verisign" according to Brian Cartmell, founder and CEO of eNIC who testified
before the United States Senate in regard to The Governance of the Domain Name System by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers on
February 4, 2001
. So we see here that the USA not only cares little for freedom of speech, it also disregards international law and international
boundaries (which some of the more suspicious of you would say we have known since the Korean war
I have one further point. The site Tvshack carries no illegal content whatsoever, it does not host uploaded videos or anything of the like. It only
provided links to other hosts such as megavideo.com . Notice the actual hosts of the illegal content are a .com under US jurisdiction. They have been
allowed to trade with no issues or restrictions at all. They have not had their site closed or domain use restricted but a site providing links only
to content has been hounded across international borders.
Lastly to reveal the final hypocrisy of the USA, internet poker is illegal in the USA through the provision of an attachment to a port authority bill
in 2006 (approx). This bill says it is illegal to transact money to online gambling sites. Several of the big players withdrew immediately from the US
market - partypoker, igaming etc etc. Two massive companies did not stop taking Us players or money, pokerstars.com and fulltiltpoker.com notice they
are .com and under US jurisdiction. They are clearly breaking the law and yet the US do nothing to them, why? Lobbying dollars? I can't think of any
other reason they have been allowed to make millions of dollars a day if it is proven that they are breaking the law - they are, and that the USA can
remove their site in the blink of an eye - they can!
Something is rotten in the USA and the Freedom of speech is non existent any more. I urge you all that live State side to write to your elected
officials to protest the pressure to remove Wikileaks.org because whether you agree with what they have done and are doing they have proven that the
USA does not respect freedom of speech any more. Remember just like the tvshack links, publishing classified documents is not illegal - categorically.
It might not be liked, it might be immoral it might be something we dislike BUT IT IS NOT ILLEGAL AND WE MUST PROTECT FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
I BELIEVE YOU GUYS CALL IT THE FIRST AMENDMENT.
I guess the guys that made that amendment did it for a bloody good reason - so respect their memory and their actions and protest the illegal acts of
your government please, for the sake of us all.
edit on 3-12-2010 by spacedonk because: (no reason given)