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01/19/2006 09:45 PM ID: 52372 Permalink   

Bush Administration Subpoenas Google Records for Porn Searches

 

The U.S. Supreme Court previously struck down a 1998 Child Online Protection Act on free-speech grounds. Unsatisfied with this ruling, the Bush Administration has subpoenaed Google Inc. for online pornography search records to come up with a new law.

The government wants to know what Google's users have been looking for through its popular search engine and says it needs the data to determine how often porn shows up in online searches. So far, Google has refused to comply with the subpoena.

Saying that it would reveal company trade secrets and would violate the privacy rights of its users, an attorney for Google said, “Google is not a party to this lawsuit, and the demand for the information is overreaching.”

 
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  Where is google based?  
 
Maybe they need to take their business to canada, Iceland or somewhere else. A complete log of everything people have searched for (which normally inclueds dates and IP addresses of search, but I dont know if they are requesting that extra information) is excessive. They have no need to find out what people are searching. Also can anyone see a witch hunt here? I mean i know i throw a lot of words into google to see what comes up. I am sure they would love my records lol.
 
  by: ssxxxssssss   01/19/2006 10:09 PM     
  They need this...  
 
so that they can catch the terrorists googling for how to make nuclear bombs, and to protect the children. Those poor innocent children that browse the web for porn...

/End Sarcasm

We really need a new government.
 
  by: tellgar     01/19/2006 11:23 PM     
  well  
 
i hope conservatives are happy.
 
  by: Emp3r0r     01/19/2006 11:56 PM     
  hey  
 
Why don't u go and pick on someone your own economic size?, like msn.
 
  by: DREKK   01/20/2006 12:58 AM     
  You're Papers Please  
 
Wow USA is getting more and more like a Nazi state as we speak sad times we live in. Do you honestly believe this is soley for terrorist and pedophile purposes?
 
  by: hellscript   01/20/2006 01:04 AM     
  @hellscript, well it could be actually  
 
Possibly someone in the admin is a pedo who wants to make a few bombs but for the life of them cant find anything through google, so they want to know how others do?
:) hey you never know!
 
  by: ssxxxssssss   01/20/2006 01:24 AM     
  Ha  
 
The govt. knows everything that goes down on the internet. The govt. created the internet. It knows all.
 
  by: invisiblue   01/20/2006 01:36 AM     
  Fhk! *Runs away* n/t  
 
 
  by: fballer23   01/20/2006 01:43 AM     
  you said it Tellgar  
 
Bush and his posse of retards are long overdue for a dismissal.

I'm glad at least someone(google) is looking out for us, god knows the gov't isnt...
 
  by: rasputin502     01/20/2006 02:47 AM     
  Changing companies  
 
Well, I havn't looked up my recipe for C-4 in a long time on Google and my subscriptions to all those porn sites are a bit old so I will just change my searches over to Lycos. That will teach all those Nazi big brothers a lesson.
Is this beyond belief or not people - Any person that can justify this right wing invasion of privacy needs to be lined up and summarily shot.
 
  by: starmutt   01/20/2006 02:48 AM     
  Bomb Making  
 
Terrorists dont even have to Google for how to make bombs, its sold on the street for half a buck, go get $5 from the bank and you can probably bomb something like 8 blocks in a second.

I guess the real reason behind is after the 'Bush Administrator Worst in Histry by Hilary' and they wanted to have a better picture :p
 
  by: oxeh   01/20/2006 06:36 AM     
  Let them have it  
 
Honestly what does the administration think they are going to do with several million pages of search terms and IP addresses anyway? If I were google I would set a few industrial laser printers going and print the whole lot out in a font that doesn't scan well. Put it all on a pallet and ship it to the white house. For extra effect sprinkle liberally with talcum powder before covering with plastic.
 
  by: ixuzus     01/20/2006 11:47 AM     
  @ixuzus  
 
"Honestly what does the administration think they are going to do with several million pages of search terms and IP addresses anyway?"
Find a portion of the demographic that does not vote for you. Compile a list of users. Charge them and then take away their voting rights and benefits. Same thing they are doing with frivolous drug charges, why stop there.
 
  by: kmazzawi     01/20/2006 01:38 PM     
  The Irony between 2 Documents  
 
Theres an irony to the United States though. Our Declaration of Independence justifies the overthrowing of a weak and horrible government, and our Constitution specifically outlaws treason, and therefore revolution with it.
 
  by: DesertRebel   01/20/2006 02:04 PM     
  OK thats it....  
 
Iraq - ok i understood why, maybe not the best of things that we have done, but i see why we went.

Dropping in on people's phone calls - I can understand this too, but Stopping online pr0n!? WHAT IS THIS COUNTRY COMING TO!?
 
  by: digital_darkness   01/20/2006 02:46 PM     
  Kudos to Google for telling Gump where to stick it  
 
The Nazi campaign of civil rights abuse continues unabated. This has just gotten ridiculous. Next Gump will invoke the patriot act to arrest j-walkers. God forbid the pedo-terrorists are going to molest us all. The only terrorists I am aware of in this country right now are working in Washington DC and their leader lives in the White House. The Gumpster needs to be impeached and charged with high treason.

Not since WWII has a president initiated such a sustained attack on the citizen of this country and committed such blatant civil rights violations against its citizens. The most amazing part is how when caught Gump attempts to justify his criminal acts and keeps right on doing them daring congress to stop him. Is congress that scared of this maniac? I guess when Gump dissolves congress and has them all shot maybe then they will get it.
 
  by: Valkyrie123     01/20/2006 03:51 PM     
  Everyone Google for "Dubya's erotic gay video"  
 
I would love to see the response to reading how everyone had looked for his homosexual fling college video. Seriously though, this admin will not be happy until they have revived every communistic aspect that we have worked so hard to wipe out in other countries. Terrorists don't google to find out how to make bombs. They wait for us to "liberate" their country, then we show them how, then in four or five years they turn on us.
 
  by: fistofkhonshu   01/20/2006 05:56 PM     
  Quit Picking on my Friend  
 
Enough with the Gump jokes. How dare you people pick on a great character like Gump. He had class and Monkey Face is a total spaz. Gump accomplished much with little. Monkey Face has little and does only bad with what he has. I wish we had a real Gump for our president he would get good things done. Plz dont bad mouth my hero Forest Gump by putting his name in the same sentence with Retarded Monkey Face.
 
  by: starmutt   01/20/2006 09:55 PM     
  naive comments  
 
The government already knows who is looking for what, and that's what the Echelon system is for -the work not just of the USA, but UK, Canada and Australia. This time the administration wanted to know the statistics. Duh.
 
  by: kremens     01/22/2006 09:56 AM     
  bah  
 
People are afraid of the precedent. And where else it leads.

From what I have read about ECHELON it sounds bloody well useless. It did like our other intel agencies did a great job before 911.
 
  by: Emp3r0r     01/22/2006 03:21 PM     
  @ Those who think the U.S. is becoming more Nazi..  
 
I used your guys' reasoning when I was shooting off my mouth in Constition class when we were discussing this. Turned a lot of heads.

Just thought ya'll should know some of your opinions are being spread.

(Note: I don't believe that the U.S. is becoming more Nazi, but I believe the Executive Branch has way too much power than it should, and states should have more power than they presently have.I think the power holding Republicans are weak and are closet Democrats. Well...no...the Democratic party doesn't want them either.)
 
  by: DesertRebel   01/22/2006 06:29 PM     
  yeah  
 
The Nazi thing is just a tad bit of an exaggeration. No one is going to give you the time of day making that sort of claim. Although it does make me giggle.

@DesertRebel
Closet Democrats???
lol
I think the Democrats are the ones in the closet.
There is nothing week about the Republicans controlling all 3 branches of government.
That’s part of the problem. How do the branches check one another when they just hold the party line?
 
  by: Emp3r0r     01/23/2006 01:24 AM     
  Just the beginning  
 
The administration is trying to get the google info so they can prove people are using it for terror/child porn, then they can get their church groups to protest it and bring up the issue of censorship of the internet. Once they start censorship its all over, it will be so easy for them to add more censorship, gradually.
If you control information you control thought.
 
  by: lachs     01/23/2006 02:51 AM     
  "Closet Democrats?"  
 
No, just power-mad. Bigger government sounds fine when you're the ones in power. That is the reason they may seem like closet Democrats...they still pay lip service to Conservative principles, but they no longer act on them. It's too tempting to use the big government power to get what you want. Do Democrats do it? Sure, but it's more apparent, and hypocritical, when Republicans do it because they are supposed to be against it. They are still Republicans because that's just a party affiliation, a letter next to a name on a clipboard. The change is in the ideology, from Conservative to Neoconservative.
 
  by: momentofclarity     01/23/2006 07:29 AM     
  Thank you for the cash...  
   
  by: Kaleid   01/23/2006 10:14 AM     
  They'll learn what everyone else already knows  
 
That 60 - 90 percent f any serch wi turn up porn and that the search (anything) + sex (or porn) is a common late night amusement for tired college students.

Will people get tagged for searching for that one South Park episode. The one with the NAtioanl Association of Marlon Brando Look Alikes.
 
  by: Jaded Fox     01/23/2006 02:14 PM     
  "Closet Democrats"  
 
*sigh* momentofclarity you are actually right. The Republican Party idealogy has changed, at least those in power. This is actually the reason why I hate the Bush Administration now. I fly a Confederate Flag in my room, because it once stood for states rights! (No, not a rascist, yes, I know its a hate sign now)

The Republican government is indeed weak, inefficient, and I'm waiting for the day the Constitution is thrown out because of the executive branch gaining way too much power.
 
  by: DesertRebel   01/25/2006 04:03 AM     
  @Desertrebel  
 
If the Republicans had even a fraction of respect for the real principles of the Conservative mantle they wear, they would get my vote far more often. As it is now the vast majority of the their candidates run as nationalists, party-loyalists, and/or social conservatives. They may occasionally act in a way that can be framed as truely Conservative; for example one can claim that the issue of Roe v. Wade is a states rights issue, but I think we all know that is not the reason that they have the ruling in their sights (especially as they arrest medical marihuana users in states where such things are legal).
 
  by: MomentOfClarity     01/25/2006 09:43 PM     
  @Desertrebel  
 
If the Republicans had even a fraction of respect for the real principles of the Conservative mantle they wear, they would get my vote far more often. As it is now the vast majority of the their candidates run as nationalists, party-loyalists, and/or social conservatives. They may occasionally act in a way that can be framed as truely Conservative; for example one can claim that the issue of Roe v. Wade is a states rights issue, but I think we all know that is not the reason that they have the ruling in their sights (especially as they arrest medical marihuana users in states where such things are legal).
 
  by: MomentOfClarity     01/25/2006 10:11 PM     
  DesertRebel  
 
Thank you. I wish more Republicans had the balls to stand up and say that things are getting really f*(ked up in the U.S. because of the current administration. For the record, I'm a Democrat who believes that the traditional conservative ideal of limited government power is one of the best principles in American politics.

And let's not forget, the U.S. is a nation ruled by precedent -- granting the executive branch this much power now will mean that every future president will have the same power. One of the reasons Americans have historically opposed expansive federal powers is that we occasionally get Hardings and Grants in the White House. Americans of all political stripes need to seriously start thinking long-term -- after all, the war on terror will be a very long-term struggle.
 
  by: l´anglais     01/28/2006 06:46 AM     
  not  
 
to mention you can't win the war on terror, its like the war on drugs or the war on poverty its not winnable it just going to go on and on and wast more and more money.
 
  by: Emp3r0r     01/28/2006 05:36 PM     
 
 
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