The Department of Homeland Security seized control of and shut down dozens of web sites SUSPECTED of facilitating internet users in the downloading of copyrighted music. The arm of DHS that illegally shut down these sites was Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the same department who is incapable of stopping illegal immigration into this country. ICE gave the proprietors of these sites no warnings, did not read them their Miranda Rights, but merely pulled the plug and routed the users to a DHS warning. What happened to Due Process; Illegal Search and Seizure; and a whole host of other constitutional protections.
First DHS harasses US citizens and denies them their rights under illegal search and seizure at airports, now they are taking down websites without any apparent legal proceedings to establish or convict of wrong doing. What is next, blogs that disagree with DHS? How about targeting Pedophile sites after due process? If you don’t think this government is out of control and will stop at nothing to abridge personal freedoms for the “common good” you are sadly mistaken. Congress is considering giving this Administration even broader powers over the internet. We better stop and smell the roses and stop this personal intrusion now. It is almost too late.
We absolutely do not condone theft in any form but the theft of a Lady Gaga song versus the theft of our Constitutional Rights is no contest.