Fascism by any other name… something very ugly this way cometh…

http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/11/09/taking_liberties/entry5595506.shtml?tag=mncol;txt

This excerpt says it all:

In a case that raises questions about online journalism and privacy rights, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a formal request to an independent news site ordering it to provide details of all reader visits on a certain day.

The grand jury subpoena also required the Philadelphia-based Indymedia.us Web site “not to disclose the existence of this request” unless authorized by the Justice Department, a gag order that presents an unusual quandary for any news organization.

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

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2 Responses to “Fascism by any other name… something very ugly this way cometh…”

  1. David W. Lincoln Says:

    On a related note, given the lack of financial acumen displayed by jurors here, http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=2210078 it is very easy to
    lead the ordinary person by the nose to the financial butcher shop.

    As for defense of freedom of speech, does a person have to have journalism credentials to be protected?

  2. jonolan Says:

    The article goes on to say:

    This is not, however, the first time that the Feds have focused on Indymedia — a Web site whose authors sometimes blur the line between journalism, advocacy, and on-the-streets activism. In 2004, the Justice Department sent a grand jury subpoena asking for information about who posted lists of Republican delegates while urging they be given an unwelcome reception at the party’s convention in New York City that year. A Indymedia hosting service in Texas once received a subpoena asking for server logs in relation to an investigation of an attempted murder in Italy.

    Once they decided to move beyond reporting the news and into creating it, including tacitly espousing violence against the GOP, they lost any protections that they might have had as “journalists.”

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