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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > American ISP Got Sued For Asking Questions

American ISP Got Sued For Asking Questions

American ISP Got Sued For Asking Questions

Added: Friday, July 27th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
US Internet service provider decided to speak freely for its subscribers and was sued by the DOJ for questioning a National Security Letter.


The anonymous US broadband provider scrutinized, in a legal manner, a NSL request sent by the authorities. Of course, the Department of Justice was unhappy about it, and instead of investigating the legitimacy of the NSL, it sued the company.

Unfortunately, this is the type of behaviour which pushes the US farther from what the country used to be – the Land of the Free. According to media reports, in 2011, when the ISP received an ultra-secret demand letter from the governmental authorities seeking data about its subscribers, the company took an extraordinary step – the ISP challenged both the underlying authority of the National Security Letter and the legitimacy of the gag order coming with it.

In fact, both challenges are allowed under a federal law which governs National Security Letters, a power greatly expanded under the Patriot Act which lets the authorities to receive detailed data on the US finances and communications without oversight from a court. It turned out that the feds have issued hundreds of thousands of NSLs and were reprimanded for abusing them, despite the fact that almost none of the requests have been challenged by their recipients.

When the ISP challenged its National Security Letters in 2011, the DOJ responded with taking its own extraordinary measure: they sued the telecom company, arguing in court documents that the ISP was violating the legislation by challenging its authority. The Electronic Frontier Foundation claims that it’s a pretty intense charge – its attorney is currently representing the anonymous telecom. The consumer outfit pointed out that it is a huge deal to say the ISP is in violation of federal law having to do with a national security investigation. They strongly believe that it’s extraordinarily aggressive to say the ISP is violating the law by challenging the authority.

This is not the first case that makes attorneys raise their eyebrows. This time the abuse of power came in the form of National Security Letters, and it can make one wonder whether the DoJ is actually embracing/applying justice or it is just a puppet for the interests of the entertainment industry…

July 27th,2012

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Date:  Friday, July 27th, 2012

Comments (19) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-07-27 20:59:17)
No avataramerica.is.becoming.a.police.state.and.its.sad.no.more.freedom

posted by (2012-07-27 21:24:56)
No avatarso thats why America is busy wiping out all the dictator states , they want to become the only one left

posted by Blocked (2012-07-27 22:30:00)
skreamer avatar+1

posted by (2012-07-28 00:31:58)
Ray186 avatar+2

posted by (2012-07-28 06:52:14)
No avatar+3

posted by (2012-07-28 06:52:49)
No avatarThe UK are just as bad if not worse

posted by (2012-07-28 20:48:46)
angelraven avataramerica gives freedom, but to murderers, abortionists, faggots..no wonder, with a president like obama,,very sad future ahead for usa

posted by Blocked (2012-07-28 22:39:34)
No avatarThe USA is a terrible blot on the face of democracy. Secret letters demanding personal communication data from ISPs issued by the hundreds of thousands, with gagging orders attached, then when one company legally challenges one of these, the FEDs try to sue the ISPs backside off for daring to challenge the FEDs authority.

Who runs the USA, Barrack Obama, Senate and Congress and the Law Courts, or the FBI?

It's rapidly becoming Singate and Conngress, out to con everyone out of any freedom left in the no more 'good ol' USA'.

Very sad times indeed. I had thought Obama to be compassionate and sincere, when he allows the most sinister treatment indeed of US citizens.

posted by Blocked (2012-07-28 22:45:34)
No avatarIf the UK data control act goes through as it presently is, it will give right of access to personal communication data including post by Police Officers, and any government agency including the very politically biased Home Office,without need of warrant or even any stipulated reason.

This will be totally against the Human Right to freedom to communicate electronically without surveillance and without interference. It will be against the Human Right to a Private life without excessive state interference.

If it goes ahead, Britain will most terribly be the only country in the world allowing complete access by others to personal communication data.

posted by (2012-07-29 00:41:05)
Noch avatarjust a small correction for Chazzo , the USA is not a blot to democracy , but more the other way around. From it's earliest days democracy has done nothing for the people , in fact all forms of government have done nothing except strip people of their freedom ,history tells us this and yet we choose to ignore any lesson learned . Mankind by nature is designed to be self governed and not lead by a ruling class . You can't afford to ignore this ,you want your freedom , you have to take it because governments sure as hell will do what ever it takes to keep control .

posted by (2012-07-29 01:04:38)
No avatar@ Noch The USA isn't a Democracy its a Fascist country. The Godfather of Fascism, Benito Mussolini, once summed it up: "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power." In the early 1900s, the Italians who invented the term Fascism also described it as "estato corporativo," meaning: the corporate state.
Franklin D. Roosevelt once described Fascism this way: "The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by … a group, or any controlling private power."
Very few Americans would argue the fact that corporations now influence or control their government and have the dominant role in their society.
A Senator had it right when he warned: "When fascism comes to America, it will come in the form of democracy."

posted by (2012-07-29 02:51:18)
Brynn217 avatarWell... in this case the group that controls the government is not exactly Corporate... It is controlled and thats thru the Treasury Dept, who in turn has sold the country out to other countries and whoever else owns US Bonds... Wall Street and the The Backers of the Financial Trade then control the US Dollar which will control the Corporations and people alike as well as the Bond rates which with every tweak of the system, it is like twisting a knife in to Federal Reserve Chairman who then tells Congress and the President what to do....

posted by (2012-07-29 03:38:09)
No avatar@ Brynn: Well then You can go with ex President Franklin D. Roosevelt term for Fascism.

posted by Blocked (2012-07-29 05:29:15)

posted by (2012-07-29 08:09:39)
No avatarNow its Clear that thing named "Freedom to speech" Exist only when its in favor of United Terrorists Of America

posted by (2012-07-29 13:21:32)
prashantir avatarYou are not allowed to speak freely these days in about all democracy..!!!!

posted by (2012-07-29 15:13:59)
No avatarits obvious that this is a big fat lie. they are just trying new scare tactics, just like the one about copyright policing starting july 1st, and I can tell you this I still download like crazy and have yet to receive any note from my isp regarding downloading copyrighted data.

its all a bunch of filth and lies!

"to stop all this once and for all everybody needs to take a stand against EVERY global government and say ENOUGH!"

*but there are a lot of ppl that think that you really should be in trouble for stuff like this and believe money is everything, not to mention a bunch of pussy's that don't know how to stand up for there rights*

posted by (2012-07-29 19:44:19)
Noch avatar@ Morally ,you really hit the nail on the head . and @ Brynn ,no one is driving a knife into the back of the Fed reserve , Ben Bernanke is the front man for the world bank in the US , Why else could he sit in congressional hearings and refuse to answer questions and still keep his job , because that is his job,to bankrupt the public to the point every one of us becomes slaves to the corporate world .

posted by (2012-08-02 00:41:59)
No avatarI think the biggest problem with this picutre is that they "challenged" the request not "refused". To my challenging means a delaying the decision to provide what is asked for until you force my hand to provide it. How on earth is the oppropriate response to sue for money/fines?

What is worse is that this marks yet again the a company or person is getting sued over something that is legal or could be legal. The funny thing is that with drugs the United States seems to have decided that because of California's laws on medical marijuana that they are gonna relax or stop the raids since it is unsure to those people wether they are breaking the law. Even though the bottom line is that they are breaking federal laws.

Yet they will go ahead and attack people for things that are NOT against the law and then end up making case law. I am sorry but case law with the internet is absurd and so is suing someone for something that is allowed!

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