Silenced!

Today is a dark day. As reported by the BBC News a website that allowed people to anonymously post whistle-blower information has been taken down. The Supreme Court refused to hear the case and so, our freedom to share information has been shot down. While this may seem like no big deal when there is so much information available, and so many websites to choose from, understand that ANY censorship is unacceptable!

Published on Monday, February 18, 2008 by BBC News
Whistle-Blower Site Taken Offline
A controversial website that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously post government and corporate documents has been taken offline in the US.

Wikileaks.org, as it is known, was cut off from the internet following a California court ruling, the site says.

The case was brought by a Swiss bank after “several hundred” documents were posted about its offshore activities.

Other versions of the pages, hosted in countries such as Belgium and India, can still be accessed.

However, the main site was taken offline after the court ordered that Dynadot, which controls the site’s domain name, should remove all traces of wikileaks from its servers.

The court also ordered that Dynadot should “prevent the domain name from resolving to the wikileaks.org website or any other website or server other than a blank park page, until further order of this Court.”

Other orders included that the domain name be locked “to prevent transfer of the domain name to a different domain registrar” to prevent changes being made to the site.

Wikileaks claimed that the order was “unconstitutional” and said that the site had been “forcibly censored”. Web names

The case was brought by lawyers working for the Swiss banking group Julius Baer. It concerned several documents posted on the site which allegedly reveal that the bank was involved with money laundering and tax evasion.

The documents were allegedly posted by Rudolf Elmer, former vice president of the bank’s Cayman Island’s operation.

A spokesperson for Julius Baer said he could not comment on the case because of “pending legal proceedings”.

The BBC understands that Julius Baer asked for the documents to be removed because they could have an impact on a separate legal case ongoing in Switzerland.

The court hearing took place last week and Dynadot blocked access from Friday evening.

Wikileaks says it was not represented at the hearing because it was “given only hours notice” via e-mail.

A document signed by Judge Jeffery White, who presided over the case, ordered Dynadot to follow six court orders.
As well as removing all records of the site form its servers, the hosting and domain name firm was ordered to produce “all prior or previous administrative and account records and data for the wikileaks.org domain name and account”.

The order also demanded that details of the site’s registrant, contacts, payment records and “IP addresses and associated data used by any person…who accessed the account for the domain name” to be handed over.

Wikileaks allows users to post documents anonymously.
Information bank

The site was founded in 2006 by dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and technologists from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa.

It so far claims to have published more than 1.2 million documents.

It provoked controversy when it first appeared on the net with many commentators questioning the motives of the people behind the site.

It recently made available a confidential briefing document relating to the collapse of the UK’s Northern Rock bank.
Lawyers working on behalf of the bank attempted to have the documents removed from the site. They can still be accessed.
Dynadot was contacted for this article but have so far not responded to requests for comment.

© 2008 BBC News

I think it only fitting that this Judge hear from those who disagree with his opinion. It seems to me that far too many of these lower court Judges are putting themselves above the rule of law, and above the Freedom of Information Act.

You will notice he is a Bush supporter if you read here:

2002 Stories

Jeffrey White Nominated for U.S. District Court Bench
Lecturer Jeffrey S. White has been nominated by President Bush to the federal bench. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he will serve as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

White has taught a course in civil trial advocacy at Boalt Hall for more than 20 years and has won the Roscoe Pound Foundation award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy. He is also a litigation partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco.

“Jeff has been an outstanding teacher and mentor to students at Boalt for decades,” says Dean John P. Dwyer ’80. “Jeff’s nomination recognizes his impressive legal career, and I believe he would make an excellent federal judge. We are proud to have Jeff as part of the Boalt community.”

A related story about White’s nomination is available in The Recorder (subscription required).

For more information, please contact Chris Bush at 510-643-8215 or cbush@law.berkeley.edu.
(7/29/02)

An outstanding teacher and mentor of students? What is he teaching? How to keep the world from seeing anything YOU don’t want to see? Well I object and strenuously!!! Freedom of Speech, and that includes the written word, is a guaranteed right! I could have understood the Judges’ ruling had he only had the documents pertaining to the lawsuit removed. BUT NOT THE WHOLE SITE! People should be OUTRAGED by this blatant attack on the Freedom of Speech and this Judge should have his decisions examined to see if any impropriety has occured.

Our freedom is too precious people to just give up without a fight. Those like myself who speak out will be the first to go into the night, but at least we will go with our heads held high knowing we did all we could to warn the rest of you.

Benjamin Franklin:

In those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call anything his own. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech

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~ by justmytruth on February 20, 2008.

One Response to “Silenced!”

  1. This goes to show that the legal branch is completely unaware of how the Internet works. While Wikileaks can currently not be accessed through their regular domain, the site is up and running in several mirrors around the World. Judge White actually did a big favor to Wikileaks as thousands of blogs would not otherwise be linking to their mirror sites. 🙂

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