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News :: International : Politics : Technology
FBI Seizes IMC Servers in the UK, Including the Host for Western Mass
08 Oct 2004
US authorities issued a federal order to Rackspace's office in the US ordering them to provide Indymedia's hardware located in London to the requesting agency. Rackspace is one of Indymedia's web hosting providers with offices in the US and London. Rackspace complied, without first notifying Indymedia, and turned over Indymedia's server in the UK. This affects some 20+ Indymedia sites worldwide including Western Massachusetts.
Since the subpoena was issued to Rackspace and not to Indymedia, the reasons for this action are still unknown to Indymedia. Talking to Indymedia volunteers, Rackspace stated that "they cannot provide Indymedia with any information regarding the order." ISPs have received gag orders in similar situations which prevent them from updating the concerned parties on what is happening.
It is unclear to Indymedia how and why a server that is outside the US jurisdiction can be seized by US authorities.
At the same time a second server was taken down at Rackspace which provided streaming radio to several radio stations, BLAG (linux distro), and a handful of miscellanous things.

The last few months have seen numerous attacks on independent media by the US Federal Government. In August the Secret Service used a subpoena in an attempt to disrupt the NYC IMC before the RNC by trying to get IP logs from an ISP in the US and the Netherlands. Last month the FCC shut down community radio stations around the US. Two weeks ago the FBI requested that Indymedia takes down a post on the Nantes IMC that had a photo of some undercover Swiss police and IMC volunteers in Seattle were visited by the FBI on the same issue. On the other hand, Indymedia and other independent media organisations were successfull with their victories for example against Diebold and the Patroit Act. Today however, the US authorities shut down IMCs around the world.

The list of affected local media collectives includes Ambazonia, Uruguay, Andorra, Poland, Western Massachusetts, Nice, Nantes, Lilles, Marseille (all France), Euskal Herria (Basque Country), Liege, East and West Vlaanderen, Antwerpen (all Belgium), Belgrade, Portugal, Prague, Galiza, Italy, Brazil, UK, part of the Germany site, and the global Indymedia Radio site.

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Re: FBI Seizes IMC Servers in the UK including Western Mass
08 Oct 2004
(from UC-IMC / Global IMC / Wire Reports): The FBI took the hard drives of Global IMC servers in the USA and the UK. It appears that a court order was issued to Rackspace (Indymedia's service provider with offices in the US and in London) to physically remove the hard drives from Global Indymedia servers (backup servers are now in place). Rackspace was given no time to defend against the order before it was acted upon and turned over the hard drives, both in the US and the UK. The servers hosted numerous local IMCs, including UK Indymedia, Belgium, African imcs, Palestine, UK, Germany, Brasil, Italy, Uruguay, Poland, Belgrade, Portugal and others.

During the Republican Convention, the ISP of the NYC IMC was informed that it was the subject of a Secret Service / FBI investigation into an article submitted to its Open Newswire identifying delegates at the RNC. While the FBI has made it clear to members of the press that the investigation is ongoing, there is not necessarily a connection between events in NYC and the FBI's seizure of the Rackspace servers. Currently, much of the speculation about the reasons for the FBI's move centers around photographs posted to the IMC-Nantes website.


The FBI's latest anti-free-press actions began at the beginning of October when they visited Indymedia's ISP demanding the removal of identifying information from photographs of undercover police officers that was posted on the Nantes Indymedia website. When asked what the US government was doing requesting the removal of information from a French-run website that contained information about Swiss police actions, the FBI stated that this was a "courtesy" to the Swiss government. The FBI agents stated that no laws had been broken, and no crimes had been committed. However, because no identifying information was posted on the website in question, it was unclear what actions the FBI was requesting.

The article in question is/was posted here:

http://nantes.indymedia.org/article.php3?id_article=3910

On Tuesday October 5th, Indymedia received the following message from Rackspace:

"I apologize for the delay in responding. I have been trying to get a hold of the FBI agent I spoke with before, but haven't been able to at this time. As the request originated with the Swiss police, I can only speculate on what they saw or what they were concerned about. However, at this time, I have received no further communications from either the FBI or the Swiss authorities, so I feel like we can close this this issue."

Today the FBI seized Global Indymedia servers; however it is unclear if this is related to the Nantes issue or is a second FBI concern within the past week.

(14:20) Rackspace has issued a "no comment" response concerning the FBI's actions.
Differences between Genova 2001 and Davos 2004
08 Oct 2004
The murder of Genova was more than just a murder - it was a psy-op operation based on a manufactured photo, meant to let the opposition understand that a new era (the police state) started :
http://matt-marriott.faithweb.com/opposition/global_protest.html

Notice that in the US the photo of the "rescue" of Elian was staged with the same purpose (among other things)
http://matt-marriott.faithweb.com/elian_e.html

Many people didn't get the message and as late as 2004 there were still peaceful demonstrators marching against the Davos Economic Forum.
The international police force had previously sealed the whole area leading to the Davos valley. This meant that people living in the first village of that valley, just three miles away, had to do the whole roundtrip through Davos (100 miles) to reach their homes.
As the demonstrators marched in Chur (about 40 miles from Davos) they prepared the trap in the train station of Landquart.
Preparing the stage for the showdown included cutting the canton of Grisons, largest of Switzerland, from the rest of the country, at Landquart, from 2 P.M. on.

As the demonstrators's trains reached Landquart, at 4 P.M., on their way back to Z├╝rich, something not seen in Switzerland since the 1930ies, as unemployed were murdered while demonstrating in the streets, happened again.

Would there be a Davos 2005, there would be no more peaceful demonstrators marching against Davos in the canton of Grisons.
Check here why there will probably be no Davos 2005 :
http://www.goldismoney.info/forums/showthread.php?t=13571
Re: FBI Seizes IMC Servers in the UK including Western Mass
08 Oct 2004
I say, bring it on!! (and I'm not quoting Kerry, here). This will give us more exposure. Gotta seize the momentum and get a little free speech court order going.

It should have been called, the International Patriot Act.

in solidarity,
sofiushka