Twitter: Freedom of Speech? Oh How Dare You !

I will not post this without a rant:

Oh how dare the world show concern about the corruption of the US?

The crime against the world is not that they committed the crime or were even part of the corruption but, for simply reading of it and knowing of it! Fuck you! Seriously! Day 1 of the Japanese Earthquake and Hurricane Katrina was trending on Twitter – why? “now you know we feel” ! Day 2 of Japanese Earthquake and there on Twitter trending topics is Pearl Harbor !

For those who don’t know what trending on Twitter means it means a large volume of people tweeting a certain topic per minute. I tell you this because I want to make clear that the large masses are those that think of America as the higher priority of the world, even at the most dishearteningly fragile moments elsewhere in the world. This is such a disturbing thinking habit that needs to be broken

Oh how dare the world show concern to any other part of the world?

Gosh – so hard to please !! Even if you stood up and argued your stance which remains in lawful boundaries the US can come, remove those boundaries, create its own to get it their way…. and get away with it!

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Court Orders Twitter to Hand Over User Info in WikiLeaks Case
By Chloe Albanesius
Date: 11th March 2011
Source: Uruknet

A federal magistrate judge in Virginia ruled Friday that Twitter must hand over the records of three of its users as part of an investigation into WikiLeaks. 

The ruling stems from a December 14 court filing that required Twitter to disclose private information about the users’ accounts. The government initially wanted to keep the proceedings private, but documents were unsealed at the request of lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EEF), which tried unsuccessfully to get a judge to bar access to the Twitter accounts. 

The users in question are Rop Gonggrijp, Jacob Appelbaum, and Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament. 

“Our policy is designed to let users defend themselves. Twitter will continue to let the judicial process run its course,” Twitter said in a statement on its Twitter feed. 

The ACLU and EFF said they plan to appeal. 

“This ruling gives the government the ability to secretly amass private information related to individuals’ Internet communications. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the government should not be able to obtain this information in secret. That’s not how our system works,” Aden Fine, staff attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, said in a statement. “If this ruling stands, our client may be prevented from challenging the government’s requests to other companies because she might never know if and how many other companies have been ordered to turn over information about her.” 

“With so much of our digital private information being held by third parties – whether in the cloud or on social networking sites like Twitter – the government can track your every move and statement without you ever having a chance to protect yourself,” said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. “We’re disappointed that the court did not recognize that people using digital tools deserve basic privacy and that the government should be required to meet a high standard before it demands private information about you from the online services you use, be they Twitter, Facebook, Gmail or Skype.” 

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Think Before You Send That Message: Big Brother Is Watching
By Robert Weller
Date: 8th January 2011
Source: AllVoices

The Obama Administration, under attack for failing to keep a promise to end the wars, now wants to spy on what people say on Twitter.

Anyone considering saying anything negative about the Obama Administration should think twice before sending it on an Internet outlet. Obama, under attack for continuing a war he promised to end, wants to find out what anti-war activists said on Twitter.

The main target is Wikileaks, but the subpoenas also include tweets of a member of the Icelandic Parliament.

The court order told Twitter not to divulge that the subpoena was issued. Lawyers for Twitter got the order overturned after the information had leaked out on the Internet.

Now Wikileaks wants to know if Google and Facebook have gotten similar demands for information. “If the Iranian government was to atempt to coercively obtain this information from journalists and activists of foreign nations, human rights groups around the world would speak out,” Wikileaks editor Julian AssangeJulian Assange said in a statement.

“I think I am being given a message, almost like someone breathing in a phone,” Icelandic MP Birgitta Jَnsdَttir said in a Twitter message.

Among those whose accounts were subpoenaed was Dutch computer expert Ron Gonggrijp, who praised Twitter for notifying him, especially since the subpoena misspelled his name.

“It appears that Twitter, as a matter of policy, does the right thing in wanting to inform their users when one of these comes in,” Gonggrijp said. “Heaven knows how many places have received similar subpoenas and just quietly submitted all they had on me,” he told the New York Times.
This Obama Administration action is even more than China demanded from Google.

And don’t think that just by deleting messages you will be safe. First, organizations like Twitter are required by law to keep records of all transmissions. Second, someone probably downloaded what you said already. One of the women who accused Assange of sexual assault learned that to her dismay, when the messages were publicized by a third party.

Neither Google nor Facebook has commented yet.

The U.S. government has a history of using grand juries to manipulate the law. A Colorado grand jury wanted to prosecute a private company and the Department of Energy in a fire at the Rocky Flats Plutonium plant just outside Denver that could have resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Safety practices at the plant were so inadequate the FBI raided it. But the grand jurors were told to shut up or go to jail. You see the government had decided to make a deal under which Rockwell International paid a fine of $18.5 million.

The point is that there is no point beyond which the government will not go. An Army private has been held in solitaire in a Marine brig for seven months with no trial, not even an Article 15 administrative hearing to determine whether he should be court-martialed. The military insists he helped Assange and others get ahold of embarrassing documents about the war in Iraq.

So far, Manning has resisted all efforts to implicate Assange in the leak. Congress is considering legislation that would allow Assange to be charged, ex post facto, if it turns out he was not directly involved in transmitting the information out of a supposed secure government network.
Robert Weller is based in Denver, Colorado, United States of America, and is Anchor for Allvoices

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