The Hill reported that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a part of the Homeland Security Department, has shut down certain internet websites in recent days. Examples include www.borntrade.com, www.51607.com, and www.amoyhy.com. A visit to these sites will result in a notice that the Federal government has seized the domain name.
The sites have been shut down because they have been supposedly involved with some form of copyright infringement, including downloading copyrighted music or selling bootleg goods. While the intention of the government seems reasonable at this time, it has been reported that the sites have been shut down without notice or any due process. That raises questions and concerns as to future governmental uses of this power that could be less noble.
While the mainstream media was correctly quick to point out the Bush Administration’s usurping of power in the name of protecting American, they ignore the growing abuses in this area by the Obama Administration. That same mainstream media screams when ICE attempts to deport illegal aliens, but offers not a complaint when that agency oversteps in other areas of civil liberties. Further, how has a copyright issue been moved to Homeland Security Department? that seems to be an over reaching of power.
The actions of the Obama Administration indicate that it cares not about civil liberties and government abuse of power, as long as those abuses help fulfill its political agenda. Coincidentally, ICE’s attack on copyright infringement does serve the President’s constituents in Hollywood quite well.