re: FBI Seizes Anonymizing Email Service Server
I agree with some of you and would like to add comment. I am not an expert, but I do not remember anything said in any law about a right to anonymous speech. A right to Free speech? As far as I can see if you believe in something, and are not in the moral wrong or supporting danger to others, anonymous speech is unneccisary. This country cannot prosecute you for saying what you believe, even if it is against the country, they can however prosecute you for commiting, causeing, or leading others to believe that hurting or endangering other peoples lives, property, liberty or freedoms is the right thing to do.
As far as "liberatory social change", many prominent figures over the years, and thousands of not so prominent figures have spoke out, in person for these changes. Yes, some have been crucified, by government, and or the people, for their beliefs. But it was these people that started the necessary changes. When was the last time you have heard of an anonymous person causing any change. As a people we respond to a lot of things, but anonymous letters and actions only bring most of us to the conclusion that the person or people behind them are crazy, confused, afraid of what might be really behind their motives, or just plain dismissive. In this country social change is brought about by those that are willing to stand up, show the facts, and gather the support they need. An underground action usually speaks of terrorists and guerillas.
That being said, the FBI had a warrant, or other legal preceedings behind them in order to seize the equipment. That is all there is too it. A bomb threat was made, the FBI traced a clue to the equipment, put in a request to a judge somewhere, the judge considered the validity of the warrent, and the FBI seized the equipment. Does that mean the FBI will find anything? Not necessarily, but the warrant gave them the ability to seize and attempt to find more clues. What is actually in there is irrelevent. It may cause a few upsets for others that may be doing no wrong because their services were interupted for a while, but it may also stop a group of terrorists (yes terrorists, no matter if a threat or an actual bomb, the result is still intended to cause terror, the very definition of terrorist) from communicating or changing their methods, and there is a possiblity of traceing them, or making them slip up, thereby leading to their apprehension.
This country has systems in place for exactly what happened. Sure they are not always the cleanest way to get things done. Sometimes they do not always seem right. There are checks and balances. The judge that issued the warrant for search and seizure, will be held accountable for his decision, but I can tell you that likely he made the right decision for the information he had at the time. The FBI acted in accordance with rules and regulations they had to work with, and everything was done as it should have been with the information available. The bad cops, and conspiricies you see on tv, are not as prelevent as some think they are, and part of that is due to this information age. If something is wrong, it will be found out and publicized like never before in our history. Outrage would then ensue. Law enforcement agencies everywhere do what they can to stick to the letter of the law.
So to believe in anonymous speech, is to automatically add a shodow of doubt to your cause. Stand up and say it if you have something to say, it is the only way you will be listened to. The law enforment agencies of this country are required to protect you, even if your message is completely wrong or biased, from those that would do you harm. It is not treason to talk bad about the country, a government agency, even the president, it is only illegal to threaten or otherwise harm them or anyone else. If change is needed, the people will listen and force the governments hand, that as a people is what we do.