Blogetery And The FBI’s War On Terror

FBI_logoGreg Sandoval writes for CNET News:

The U.S. war on terror may have inadvertently stripped as many as 70,000 people of their blogs, but those bloggers may get their work returned to them.

Blogetery.com, a small blogging platform based in Toronto, was abruptly shut down on July 9 by Burst.net, its Web host, after FBI agents alleged Blogetery was home to links that led to bomb-making tips and the names of Americans targeted for assassination by al-Qaeda. Joe Marr, Burst.net’s chief technology officer, said Wednesday that the company is considering its options and there’s a chance executives there could hand over a copy of most of the information found on Blogetery’s server–it won’t be returning anything created by al-Qaeda. That means the service’s users could see their blogs again. What they won’t see is Burst.net hosting Blogetery in the future, said Marr. That relationship is severed.

After the FBI requested information about Blogetery, Scranton, Pa.-based Burst.net cut off Internet access for the service. The decision to shut down Blogeter was made due to its history of violating Burst.net’s terms of service, Marr said. He added that the blogging platform failed to respond fast enough to “abuse claims” on two of five occasions in the past. This led to a prior suspension, Marr said.

Burst.net considers an abuse to be material banned by the TOS, which can include pirated music or movie files, child pornography, as well as primers on how to blow people up…

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  • Haystack

    The key phrase here is that Blogerty was home to “links that led to” bomb-making tips, &c. The article doesn't say anything about context, or whether there was anything illegal actually being hosted on Burst.net's servers. One hopes that the FBI isn't going to start indiscriminately policing web links.

  • Hadrian999

    good luck blocking bomb making tips.
    they are everywhere, we have the right wingers for that in the survivalist heyday.

  • A Bad Joke

    Considering you can (and I have) order the booby traps and IED TMs, Army issue, from Amazon.com good luck with keeping “bomb making tips” blocked.

    My tip: You’re probably going to blow yourself up if you try making a bomb.

  • A Bad Joke

    Considering you can (and I have) order the booby traps and IED TMs, Army issue, from Amazon.com good luck with keeping “bomb making tips” blocked.

    My tip: You're probably going to blow yourself up if you try making a bomb.

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