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if you go on the internet and you criticize the government, the government might start a criminal investigation about you, and we think that’s extremely problematic

Jack Lail on the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Federal prosecutors who had made a broad request for user information of commenters on the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Web site backed down a bit

2 Responses to “if you go on the internet and you criticize the government, the government might start a criminal investigation about you, and we think that’s extremely problematic”

  1. Nylarthotep Says:

    Well, he’s not got it quite right. There is an anonymizer for those who are really paranoid. It’s called Tor.Tor.

    Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis.

    Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. Tor works with many of your existing applications, including web browsers, instant messaging clients, remote login, and other applications based on the TCP protocol.

    I haven’t done a lot of research on it, but my understanding is it’s quite effective.

    I wonder if I should be using it to post here.

  2. straightarrow Says:

    I suppose it is ok to think jurors should be “hung”, but why it is of interest to anybody is beyond me. For that matter, if he had said they should be “hanged” doesn’t necessarily represent a threat either.

    As for prosecutors not living out the year, well…..what’s wrong with that? It just reduces the political candidate pool and don’t we have enough there already?

    I can think of a lot of people for whom I have not pleasant projections, doesn’t mean I would be the instrument of those outcomes.

    This appears to be intimidation to quash the airing of opinion to me.

    In the interest of full disclosure I must admit I am most probably biased. I have never cared for people who would rape their own mothers to garner favor with their particular gang leader.