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A Justice Department subpoena requested that Indymedia.us hand over any information the website had on visitors who viewed the website on June 25, 2008. Indymedia is an independent left-leaning news website that addresses controversial issues such as gay rights. The website was targeted as part of a crime investigation by the state of Indiana. In addition to asking for identifying information such as IP addresses, email addresses, and bank account numbers, the Justice Department ordered Indymedia to keep quiet about the subpoena. Indymedia ultimately won the right to not hand over the information requested, which it said it did not have because it does not store visitor information for that long to protect the privacy of its visitors. The incident has raised a number of concerns from civil libertarians and privacy watchdog groups. The subpoena was a blatant violation of Indymedia's Constitutional rights, since the company was unable to consult an attorney due to the Justice Department request that the subpoena be kept secret. The subpoena also violated the rights of Indymedia visitors, as many interpret the Constitution to guarantee Americans the right to read the news anonymously.

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"Feds demanded identities of news site's readers" J.D. Tuccille, Examiner, November 10, 2009

 

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Anybody who wants that sort of data on ndpsocialis... by B. Ross Ashley on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 11:30:40 AM
Well, well, well, the enemies of the "Corporate-Fa... by Mac McKinney on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 11:34:40 AM
then you don't know the capibilities of this agenc... by Stanimal on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 3:26:53 PM
This comes as no surprise, we are now going back t... by Wally Slowik Jr. on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 3:27:34 PM
I guess the feds won't know WHAT box to stick me i... by steve scheetz on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 5:54:16 PM
This piece fails the very most basic tenet of good... by Woody Smith on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 6:00:11 PM
...is WHY this story took so long to surface at al... by Bia Winter on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 8:20:37 PM
I proposed Civilian Oversight of Police prior to 9... by Steven G. Erickson on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 7:39:48 PM
That's what worries me, and what these incidents a... by Bia Winter on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 8:08:26 PM
And who is going to determine who is a "terrorist"... by 911TRUTH on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 10:18:54 PM
Our tax dollars at work. I can hear the chipping a... by John Shriver on Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 9:14:58 AM
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