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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Don't worry
by DFergATL on Tue 6th Mar 2012 17:53 UTC
DFergATL
Member since:
2006-02-09

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."

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RE: Don't worry
by ilovebeer on Tue 6th Mar 2012 20:11 in reply to "Don't worry"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

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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RE[2]: Don't worry
by DFergATL on Tue 6th Mar 2012 20:45 in reply to "RE: Don't worry"
DFergATL Member since:
2006-02-09

What I don't like about the "Patriot Act" is that it too broad and has very few checks and balances in it to keep it from being abused.

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RE[2]: Don't worry
by TechGeek on Wed 7th Mar 2012 00:15 in reply to "RE: Don't worry"
TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

Here are the facts of the Patriot Act: For the issue of delayed-notice warrants from 2006-2009, the patriot Act was used 1618 times for drug cases, 122 times for fraud cases, and 15 times for cases of terrorism. All the 9/11 attack did was take away our rights.

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RE[2]: Don't worry
by trev on Wed 7th Mar 2012 04:18 in reply to "RE: Don't worry"
trev Member since:
2006-11-22

Well any suspension of habeus corpus is clearly against the constitution. Letting any law that is so clearly unconstitutional stand SHOULD be a big issue for everyone. Otherwise you can just throw the whole idea of rule of law right out and just admit it is rule of the ultra-rich. Maybe that doesn't effect you though. I can't say.

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