The “land of the free” where the 1st amendment protects free speech and all that now appears to finally have caught up with our role models in China. And, after almost eight years of the Bush administration chipping away at the Constitution, we’re now the kind of place where a judge can order a website “disappeared” if the content displeases someone with enough power to throw around.
I suppose he would have ordered the domain owners waterboarded if he had known where to find them.
Meanwhile, of course, this sort of stupidity just shows how profoundly impotent “the powers that be” really are. The slashdot and boingboing crowd pounced on the issue, and it quickly became apparent that the injunction to remove the domain name from the US root servers really had no impact at all — the Wikileaks irror domain names in Europe and elsewhere are still active, and the site’s IP addess remains active.
And so, without any further ado: http://wikileaks.ameridane.org. My lame and insignificant contribution to the wonderful world of intrepid journalism and courageous whistleblowers out there. This should add a fraction to the massive increase in visibility that wikileaks will enjoy over the coming weeks, all thanks to a clueless judge who thought he’d do his small part to help an influential (foreign, it should be added) law breaker continue breaking the law.