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5 Ways DHS Violates the Constitution with Website Domain Seizures

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David Makarewicz, Contributing Writer
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Last week, Bryan McCarthy, the 32 year old operator of ChannelSurfing.net, was arrested on charges of criminal copyright infringement.  ChannelSurfing.net was one of the streaming sports sites that had its domain seized by federal authorities shortly before the Super Bowl as part of the “In Our Sites” program, run by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Prior to the seizure, McCarthy reportedly made more than $90,000 from advertisements on his site.

This arrest has once again raised questions about the In Our Sites program, in which the Government has seized thousands of domains accused, but not convicted, of copyright infringement, illegal streaming of sporting events, selling black market goods and distributing child pornography.  Critics ranging from bloggers to individual rights advocates to Senators have questioned the constitutionality of these seizures.

The most serious constitutional issues arise because the Government does not provide any notice to the domain owners prior to seizing them.  One moment, their normal site is up at their web address, the next moment, all that is up at their web address is a DHS/ICE seal.  Without knowing what they have been accused of or having the opportunity to defend their site, the Government has repurposed the owners’ private property.

In order to seize the domain names without notice to the owners, the Government uses a procedure that permits it to bring an action directly against a piece of property used in the commission of a crime–in this case the domain name–rather than the owner.  This type of action (called an “In Rem” forfeiture) is not new.  In the past, the government has used In Rem actions for purposes such as an action against an automobile used to transport bootleg whiskey. READ FULL ARTICLE

TS Radio presents “The Ruthie Report”

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Homegrown terrorism: the threat of Homeland Security and spy agencies

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Marti Oakley (c) copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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“Anyone who slaps on a government badge and accepts a paycheck with full knowledge that their job will involve violating your rights and the Constitution of the people of the United States, should be considered a domestic terrorist.  Any agency who is unlawfully and actively spying on, data mining, intimidating or violating your Constitutional rights should be considered a radical extremist group and domestic terrorists.”

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We should have stormed the streets when TSA was set loose in our airports to assault travelers, but we didn’t. Instead, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of us mewled that TSA was “only trying to keep us safe”.  These assaults have nothing to do with our safety; we are being systematically trained to comply, to submit.  Now, because so many of us did comply, TSA is setting up shop in our train stations and courthouses among other public places and is expanding their assaults on US citizens.  The government has now openly declared war on its own citizens.  Think I’m wrong?  More

Stool Pigeon Protection Act

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Nothing to see. Move along.

Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

American Citizens – rise to the call of your Masters. Something funny over at Uncle Joe’s house? Think that maybe Mary is a Muslim? Tammy is a Terrorist? Could Bob have a Bomb? Is Christina a “Fundamentalist Christian” bound and determined to conceal her secret life? See unauthorized Glassware somewhere in Texas? What about fingernail polish in California that contains the “wrong” chemical composition?

c. Dibutyl Pthalate (DBP) or Any Pthalates have been shown to cause birth defects & are technically illegal in California;

It’s okay to tell us – we are here to protect you…..

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