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How the Feds Asked Me to Rat Out Commenters
06-29-2015, 05:52 PM #1
Shadow Anonymous Kritter
 
Quote:Reason.com, the website I edit, was recently commanded by the feds to provide information on a few commenters and not discuss it. Here’s why we’re speaking out.

Is there anything more likely to make you shit your pants out of a mix of fear and anger than getting a federal subpoena out of the blue?

Well, yes, there is: getting a gag order that prohibits you from speaking publicly about that subpoena and even the gag order itself. Talk about feeling isolated and cast adrift in the home of the free. You can’t even respond honestly when someone asks, “Are you under a court order not to speak?”

http://www.zengardner.com/feds-asked-rat-commenters/

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06-29-2015, 06:25 PM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
Posts:30,231 Threads:1,491 Joined:Feb 2011
Happens all the time from what I've read.

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06-29-2015, 06:28 PM #3
Shadow Anonymous Kritter
 
Yeah, under the guise of national security. It's a fact that German dissidents were the first to enter the camps not the Jews.
06-29-2015, 06:43 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,453 Threads:1,585 Joined:Feb 2011
Quote:For starters, the subpoena was unnecessary because the comments obviously weren’t real threats. One of the commenters scooped up in this had written, “I hope there is a special place in hell reserved for that horrible woman” while another opined, “I’d prefer a hellish place on Earth be reserved for her as well.” What kind of country are we living in where you get in hot water for such tepid blaspheming?


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