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Google Vows to Fight White House Over Porn Probe

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Posted on Jan 19, 2006
Robert Reineke of Venezuela stands by the Google booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 7.
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Robert Reineke of Venezuela stands by the Google booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 7.

AP: SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Bush administration, seeking to revive an online pornography law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, has subpoenaed Google Inc. for details on what its users have been looking for through its popular search engine.

Google has refused to comply with the subpoena, issued last year, for a broad range of material from its databases, including a request for 1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period, lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department said in papers filed Wednesday in federal court in San Jose. | story

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By R Templeton, January 20, 2006 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment
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Apart from the “data mining” intrusion on personal reading habits, this is the Justice Department’s attempt to shift the cost of their research to private business.  Generating a random list of 1 million websites and investigating their links is something Justice can easily do themselves.  Google (if they comply), AOL, and Yahoo should bill the Feds for doing the Attorney General’s work for him!
  I’d suggest the AG get the FBI to do it, but we know that THEY’RE more computer-challenged than my 86-year-old grandma.

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By Ian Tresman, January 20, 2006 at 3:44 am Link to this comment
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If the Bush administration was really interested in the well-being of its citizens, it would target tobacco, alcohol and poor diet, which are directly responsible for the DEATHS of hudreds of 1000s of people every year. When was the last time you heard of someone in hospital for a porn-related injury?

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By Peter S. Lopez, January 19, 2006 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe I am being a wee bit paranoid, but I wonder if fascist snoops aren’t trolling for terrorists not on its payroll. Of course, Google has enough information on people and their searches to itself become the Information Government of the Globe.  ~Peta

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By R. A. Earl, January 19, 2006 at 8:02 pm Link to this comment
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“... the Bush administration depicts the information as vital in its effort to restore online child protection laws that have been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

It is outrageous that ANY government administration or bureaucracy ASSUME it has a RIGHT to the personal, private information of the people they are hired to SERVE.

We, the people, had better wake up and get our act together before it’s too late to take back our RIGHT to be FREE FROM invasion of privacy and interference with how we wish to live our lives. Anyone who thinks “national security” or even “protection of children from pornography” adequate reason to abandon their hard-won FREEDOMS is making a fundamental error in my opinion.

To subject a child to either viewing or participating in anything sexual, let alone pornography is a despicable act and deserves the strongest sanctions our society can muster. But get a grip folks. The number of children involved is MINISCULE compared to the number of children who are never touched by it and who are thoroughly protected from it by responsible parents and guardians. (BTW, I suspect the VAST majority of child porn is of foreign origin, something that any US government or law is completely powerless to do anything about. Also, research has shown that children are more TRAUMATIZED by being witness to domestic violence than sexual interference… and guess what… YOUR KIDS ARE SUBJECTED TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK ON TV.)

By the way… it is the responsibility of the PARENT to protect the child from harm whether in person, from TV, the internet or from traffic. No thinking, responsible parent or guardian would hand over the keys to the car to a 10-year-old so why in hell would any adult just hand over a PC connected to a wide-open internet to one?

So folks… wake the hell up! Or are you just going to sit on your ass and wait until the government decrees when you can wipe it and with what? If you do you’re going to get exactly what you deserve and I don’t think you’re going to like being locked in a harness you’ll never escape from.

You’d better pray (if indeed you put any stock in the power of prayer) that Google doesn’t lose this one. The U.S. Supreme court, in spite of all attempts to manipulate and intimidate it by Bush & Co., realizes it makes no sense to throw out the baby with the bathwater. So true to form, the “administration” doesn’t let a little thing like the will of the people or the decision of the courts get in the way of their fanatical pursuit of their fascist agenda. Think I’m overstating it? Look up the word in the dictionary.

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By Patricia, January 19, 2006 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment
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Hi, I don’t know what to say except to say that my brother went to Nam a happy kid but returned a complaining, hateful, anti-government bundle of nerves.

The VA hospitals are a joke too.

They either want to keep him doped up or demand he see a shrink even if he tries to get an appointment for bad teeth.

Oh yea, he has PTSD and was receiving a check for 2 years then out of the blue they wrote and told him he was now cured and the checks stopped.

I would like to write to people if that’s still encouraged however i don’t want to write to a married man and cause any problems in that area.

Any advise? If it’s still encouraged what is the address?

                Thanks for caring,
                     
                        Pat

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By Angela, January 19, 2006 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment
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Uncle Sam should stay out of our private business. I pay for my internet service with my hard earned money. And the government also gets their share! Do they have to be in our homes also. Sounds more like a police action monitor. Should we start to be more afraid of being behind “closed doors” too? Would they like to know what goes on and how many days of the week too? Its a shame we can’t really be free in our homes. I have no children, so thats not even a concern. Please, keep our private internet usage habits PRIVATE and not turn this into a squealer’s party!!!

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By Jim Prues, January 19, 2006 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment
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The government request looks like another attempt to create “the slippery slope.” Once they know how many, then they want to know how many like the gay stuff or some such, and then it’s “who are they.”

Stand up, Google! And to us all, stand up. The facade is lifted. Our government is insane.

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