Homeland Security shuts down dozens of Web sites without court order

By: RedKnight


Posted Nov 28, 2010 1:31 AM


The US Government has been at it again. In particular the Good ole Department of Homeland security. It is confirmed that DHS has shut down the following sites this past week and it did so WITHOUT a court order. Sites thus far shut down include:

2009jerseys.com
51607.com
amoyhy.com
b2corder.com
bishoe.com
borntrade.com
borntrade.net
boxedtvseries.com
boxset4less.com
boxsetseries.com
burberryoutletshop.com
cartoon77.com
cheapscarfshop.com
coachoutletfactory.com
dajaz1.com
discountscarvesonsale.com
dvdcollectionsale.com
dvdcollects.com
dvdorderonline.com
dvdprostore.com
dvdscollection.com
dvdsetcollection.com
dvdsetsonline.com
dvdsuperdeal.com
eluxury-outlet.com
getdvdset.com
gofactoryoutlet.com
golfstaring.com
golfwholesale18.com
handbag9.com
handbagcom.com
handbagspop.com
icqshoes.com
ipodnanouk.com
jersey-china.com
jerseyclubhouse.com
jordansbox.com
lifetimereplicas.com
louis-vuitton-outlet-store.com
lv-outlets.com
lv-outlets.net
lv-outletstore.com
massnike.com
merrytimberland.com
mycollects.com
mydreamwatches.com
mygolfwholesale.com
newstylerolex.com
nfljerseysupply.com
nibdvd.com
odvdo.com
oebags.com
onsmash.com
overbestmall.com
rapgodfathers.com
realtimberland.com
rmx4u.com
scarfonlineshop.com
scarfviponsale.com
shawls-store.com
silkscarf-shop.com
silkscarfonsale.com
skyergolf.com
sohob2b.com
sohob2c.com
storeofeast.com
stuff-trade.com
sunglasses-mall.com
sunogolf.com
tbl-sports.com
throwbackguy.com
tiesonsale.com
timberlandlike.com
topabuy.com
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usaburberryscarf.com
usaoutlets.net

Now although you may appreciate your Government eliminating a website trafficking in faux Gucci apparel it should raise your hackels just how this went down.

While many of the web domains were sites that trafficked in counterfeit brand name goods, and some others linked to copyright-infringing file-sharing materials, at least one site was a Google-like search engine, causing alarm among web freedom advocates who worry the move steps over the line into censorship.

According to a report at TorrentFreak, the search engine that was shut down -- Torrent-Finder.com -- neither hosted copyrighted material nor directly linked to places where it could be found. Instead, the site opened new windows to sites that did link to file-sharing materials.

"When a site has no tracker, carries no torrents, lists no copyright works unless someone searches for them and responds just like Google, accusing it of infringement becomes somewhat of a minefield," writes Torrentfreak, "Unless you’re ICE Homeland Security Investigations that is."

Homeland Security's ability to shut down sites without a court order evidently comes from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a Clinton-era law that allows Web sites to be closed on the basis of a copyright complaint. Critics have long assailed the DMCA for being too broad, as complainants don't need to prove copyright infringement before a site can be taken down.

But wait it gets better. If COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) is passed it would allow the government to block access to Web sites located anywhere in the world, while Homeland Security's take-downs are limited to servers inside the United States. Folks this is no better than Communist China.

Now this is the same DHS which has on many occasions shown their disdain for Patriots, 2nd amendment supporters, Constitutionalists and Tea baggers as potential Domestic Extremists (Need I pull out the documents yet again?)

Point is if I were "Creative Iron Works of Mississippi" for instance, a known supporter of an active Patriot organization I might be very concerned about the future of my domain at the very least. You see where I am going with this?

Yes it is really happening right under your sleeping noses. If this is news to you then your complacency is evidence of you complicitness.

You have to cover all the bases. If you lock a door they will look for a window. You are up against the Leviathan and you must meet it on every front. This was but a flanking manuever it wont be the last but this one must be stopped and time is of the essence.

Related articles
http://torrentfreak.com/u-s-government-seizes-bittorrent-search-engine-domain-and-more-101126/
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-3804
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/homeland-security-shuts-dozens-sites/
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread634288/pg1
http://demandprogress.org/blacklist/coica