Linked by David Adams on Tue 6th Mar 2012 16:23 UTC
Legal If you run a web site or service that runs afoul of US law, and that site is hosted overseas, then the US legal system doesn't have much recourse, right? Wrong. Because the .com, .net, and .org top level domains are managed by a US company, the government can come to Verisign with a court order and seize your domain, effectively shutting you down. And because of a quirk of internet history that made the US-controlled domains the de-facto standard for web sites, this is a situation that's quite possibly permanent.
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RE: Don't worry
by ilovebeer on Tue 6th Mar 2012 20:11 UTC in reply to "Don't worry"
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Don't worry the US Government would never, ever abuse it's power. Just ask our citizens on how well we have used the "Patriot Act."

Most people don't seem to know the facts about the Patriot Act, and certainly don't appear to have read it. Whenever I hear people talking about it, it's all the typical FUD. To make matters worse, the FUD has people paranoid who most certainly will never be affected in any way by the Patriot Act.

I certainly don't agree with everything in the Patriot Act and I'm not saying it won't ever become a serious problem in the future at some point... I'm just saying it's incredibly unlikely.

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