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Israeli Law firm threatens to sue twitter for allowing Hezbollah

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posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 10:31 AM
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An Israeli law center said Thursday it is threatening to sue Twitter unless the social network cuts off access to groups, including Hezbollah, that are considered terrorist organizations by the United States. The law center, Shurat HaDin, describes itself as being "dedicated to enforcing basic human rights through the legal system," and says it has represented "victims of terrorism in courtrooms around the world." In a letter to San Francisco-based Twitter, attorney and Shurat HaDin executive director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner wrote that "it has come to our attention that Twitter, Inc. provides social media and associated services" to such groups as Hezbollah and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab — labeled as "foreign terrorist organizations" (or FTOs) by the United States.


So this Israeli law firm is trying to infringe on the rights of other people? Seems to me that this is racism or intimidation or something. This is the USA and you cannot limit freedom. Where do these quacks come from?

Also look at the comments on the bottom section:




DeathbyenzyteExpand Comment Comment collapsed by the community So,now we are supposed to start giving up our rights to placate the Jews? It's bad enough we act like their pet,now we're gonna start chopping away at our very Constitution to better serve Israel's needs? Even the Vatican (1965) caved in because they didn't like hearing how they killed Jesus.Who the hell do these people think they are?




posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 10:53 AM
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That’s really quite interesting I can understand how this might be perceived as a American company giving support to a group deemed to be terrorist’s yet it is also a suppression of freedom of speech to deny them access to social networking sites. I do wonder however, who is to say that that the face behind the twitter name “Hezbollah” does not belong to a 15 year old kid having a laugh, I am sure twitter will have a way of verifying accounts, but verifying a terrorists account am not so sure.

Regardless in my opinion groups designated as terrorists should not be allowed access to websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

But that’s just me.....



posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 11:02 AM
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What bout the jewish defense league whom commit terrorist actions, they are also on twitter. Should their account be also checked?

The point is that you just cant single out one account for any reason, it would be discriminatory. If they wanted to do that, they should check all the twitter users, each and every single one of them.



posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 11:30 AM
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I think that any group that is a designated as a terrorist organisation under American law should not receive any support from any American company, even if that support comes in the form of a Twitter account. This is tantamount to adding the enemy and as such it is not justifiable for a American company to provide any kind of support to that organisation that has been designated as a terrorist.

If the Jewish defence league was to be designated as a terrorist organisation then I would be saying the exact same thing, they should not be granted with a Twitter account. The point however is mute because under American law they are not a terrorist group, specifically they do not appear on the US State Departments list of foreign terrorist organisations as set out in accordance with section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which is important in relation to this thread as the OP makes reference to one such group. You can argue all you want about whether or not specific Jewish groups should be on that list or the domestic equivalent however it is my opinion that any group that is deemed to be a terrorist by the state should not receive any support form that state, including, but not limited to, any businesses that is based in said state.



posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 11:30 AM
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posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 11:39 AM
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More and more silly garbage perpetuated by the religious extremists around the world.

It starts with Twitter closing down Hezbollah's access. Then Middle East Muslims altogether. Then Muslims in the US. Where does it stop and who defines what it is to be a terrorist organisation? If it is the US government, then eventually none of us will be allowed on Twitter.

It's a good thing I don't tweet on twitter?


This religious extremism from the Judeo/Christians is beginning to get out of hand. We need to communicate with people rather then label them according to our own skewed beliefs.
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posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 12:21 PM
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Hmm.. so let's see.. Twitter should investigate every new account made to ensure it is not created by someone associated with something called a "Terrorist Group" as well as monitor all communications for certain keywords, ECHELON style.

Oh, except they need to be super highly psychic and not do any of the above to us Americans because we have privacy rights and are innocent until proven guilty.

Magic bullets all.... We need to accept the fact that people talk and will always talk and often by way of public access communications.

Besides, why remove a "terrorist group" from a public/open access communication channel and force them into an underground and harder to monitor communication channel? Seems counter-productive.



posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 04:58 PM
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So what about cell phone companies and the electricity providers who do all those things. Arent they aiding terrorists as well? What about the people who invented the english language because that can be used to spread terrorism.



posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 05:06 PM
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Well I think if these companies are providing assistance to these groups directly then yes they should also be held to the same standard as I would hold twitter to in this case. However if it is the case that they have no control of the distribution of their products and can prove this then I would have to say they should not. For example if a Iphone is found in the hands of a terrorist, unless apple knew the Iphone was going to a terrorist then they have no case to answer to. If however they were knowingly supplying terrorists with phones then they should have to justify this to a court in my view.

I think if you want to move onto the English language your just starting to get silly.



posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 10:42 PM
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and, given this hypothetical, are the phone companies, or twitter, in this case, supposed to do background checks and live monitoring of all the communications out there? When did private businesses get the responsibility of enforcing law?



posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 09:00 AM
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No they should not be conducting in-depth back ground checks on all their customers, if however it is clear that they are providing their service to a group that has been deemed to be a terrorist organisation then they should be answerable in a court of law. For example Twitter should not allow the user name “Hezbollah” or variations of it as this are clearly supporting a terrorist organisation.

I can’t help but think this thread is getting a little bit silly in asking questions like this and asking me if I think the people who invented the English language are aiding terrorists (a really stupid question). It’s frustrating when I give a clear response to a post stating my opinion only to be subjecting so such childish questioning. If you have a different opinion to me then that is fine, explain your reasoning behind it, back it up with some facts, then we can discuss it but please do not persist with the line of pointless questioning that does nothing to challenge my view.



posted on Jan, 2 2012 @ 11:49 AM
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Originally posted by OtherSideOfTheCoin
No they should not be conducting in-depth back ground checks on all their customers, if however it is clear that they are providing their service to a group that has been deemed to be a terrorist organisation then they should be answerable in a court of law. For example Twitter should not allow the user name “Hezbollah” or variations of it as this are clearly supporting a terrorist organisation.

I can’t help but think this thread is getting a little bit silly in asking questions like this and asking me if I think the people who invented the English language are aiding terrorists (a really stupid question). It’s frustrating when I give a clear response to a post stating my opinion only to be subjecting so such childish questioning. If you have a different opinion to me then that is fine, explain your reasoning behind it, back it up with some facts, then we can discuss it but please do not persist with the line of pointless questioning that does nothing to challenge my view.


I don't view it as childish. It is a valid debate on the limits of restricting personal freedoms and mandates on busineses.

I don't think that it is at all "aiding the enemy" because someone has a username with Hezbollah in it. Neither is is feasible to block people using #Hezbollah, etc., in their tweets. That would amount to a news blackout, which would hurt both sides.

Next thing you know, people will be saying that restaurants or grocery stores that sell food to people associated with Hezbollah are "aiding the enemy".



posted on Jan, 2 2012 @ 12:04 PM
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Here in America and I'm sure elsewhere, LE already have tools available to them that allows them to track and access information from persons of interest. The first available tool allows LE to track a single individuals tweets, the second tool goes a bit further, this app gives access to LE to view all the tweets between a person of interest and everyone he exchanges tweets with, and view conversations between the parties

1. Cnut: With Cnut, put in a Twitter username and you’re presented with all the tweets to, from and mentioning that user. It only shows tweets from the past few days, but is a quick and easy way to get a visual depiction of that person’s latest Twitter activity.

2. Bettween: The second app goes a bit further. Check out Bettween.com. This site allows you to put in a Twitter username and it returns to you the people with whom they actually exchange tweets, in reverse order of number. Then you can click to view the conversations.

So tracking people on twitter for LE is not difficult, and I'm sure they know who is in contact with whom, and for what reasons.

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posted on Jan, 3 2012 @ 04:19 AM
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It starts with Hezbollah and is gradually expanded to deny Occupy movements, pro life group, pro democracy groups, human rights organizations like UNICEF and Amnesty International from being barred access.

I'm sorry, this is America and not the next imperial colony of The Nation Of Israel and as far as I'm concerned they could just shove it.

Would that be expanded include groups like anti Isreali groups, pro Muslim groups?

See the slippery slope that starts, not ever going to happen!



posted on Jan, 3 2012 @ 04:24 AM
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Originally posted by TheImmaculateD1
It starts with Hezbollah and is gradually expanded to deny Occupy movements, pro life group, pro democracy groups, human rights organizations like UNICEF and Amnesty International from being barred access.

I'm sorry, this is America and not the next imperial colony of The Nation Of Israel and as far as I'm concerned they could just shove it.

Would that be expanded include groups like anti Isreali groups, pro Muslim groups?

See the slippery slope that starts, not ever going to happen!




of course....

we would need to positively identify these scoundrels and villains !

and how 'bout those net10 cell phones !

they ARE "text ready".



posted on Jan, 3 2012 @ 04:35 AM
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Unfortunately I'm not laughing and am sure you aren't either as that was sarcasm!

See the dangerous precedent is starts? Well, the bomb device rig for the 03/11/04 Madrid strike was initiated and activated using and employing a cell phone trigger when called the phone lights the fuse to the battery, battery to charge wires, to central box and back to battery to complete the circuit and BOOM!
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