How EFF saved Indymedia from an unconstitutional subpoena for all its visitors' IP addresses


9 Responses to “How EFF saved Indymedia from an unconstitutional subpoena for all its visitors' IP addresses”

  1. lubertdas says:

    How long are we going to sit idly by and allow the Bush administration to assault our rights?

  2. Loraan says:

    No, no, no. If you get a crazy unconstitutional request from a G-man, comply, and they’ll give you retroactive immunity when it later comes out.

  3. ArtistInEurope says:

    So what was the Justice Dept. trying to get? What was so special about that day?

    Why did it take the Obama Justice Dept and Attorney General Eric Holder so long to withdraw this request? (It was issued when Obama took office, perhaps a carry over from the previous admin. But why wasn`t it stopped once Attorney General Eric Holder was in office?)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Warrant canaries need to flourish:

    Only one in use currently, it seems:

  5. Anonymous says:


    The DOJ is still way behind on filling seats. As of September they were only at 31%, mostly due to Republicans holding up Obama confirmations. How can we expect the AG to personally handle every single case in the U.S., especially when he is so under staffed?

    The subpoena was entered into court records on 1/23/2009 and served 1/30/09. The enter date is 3 days after Obama took office. That means it was a Bush decision, unless Obama magically took the oath, got a prosecutor and had a federal grand jury seated and then they approve the subpoena in record time.

  6. Anonymous says:

    “What was so special about that day?” Agreed, this is v. important.

    Unfortunately, the Wayback Machine has no record of the Indymedia site from that day — closest is at web dot archive dot org/web/20080430131630/ — in fact, the Internet Archive has no record of the site for any day since.

    And at this moment, the Indymedia server seems to be down.

  7. Anonymous says:

    lubertdas said “Yes, because less than 10 days after starting in office Obama had ANY effect on the actions of agencies like this.”

    Do not underestimate the power of a Presidential utterance. If the President says “do this” his aides turn around and immediately do it. It is possible that something like this could have been discussed on Obama’s first day in office. And in 3 days a subpoena could be issued.

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