Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 23:00 UTC
Legal And bam, is no more. The FBI has arrested four people behind the popular file-sharing website, and is looking for three more, in a worlwide investigation into the website. Apparently, the site is super-dangerous - the indictment behind the arrests minces no words. As a countermeasure, people claiming to be from Anonymous took down the websites of ViaCom and the Department of Justice. Update: Ars has analysed the indictment. It's pretty damning, but does have a few weird odds and ends. Update II: And more and more sites are falling by Anonymous' hands. Largest operation in their history.
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A little political realism
by Yamin on Fri 20th Jan 2012 19:39 UTC
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"does this mean we can request the FBI arrest and extradite US politicians, like Rick Santorum, for making anti-homosexual remarks, which are illegal in The Netherlands?"

If the Netherlands were military superior or economically powerful, they could try such things if they cared enough about homosexual rights.

The US is military superior and has the economic clout to have its demands met. Want to trade with the US, they have certain rules. I'm sure New Zealand could choose not to extradite... and I'm sure the US could respond by clogging up trade with them.

On the foreign country side side. Is it worth risking friendly US economic relations to protect an organization that is generally used for piracy?

It really is a question of how much do you care and how much clout you have. The US has both the clout and is a major producer of content... which means it cares about the issue. Would the Netherlands risk political/economic problems with the US over some anti-gay remarks... probably not ;)

Edited 2012-01-20 19:40 UTC

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