Indymedia server drives seized

Politics: Indymedia’s hard drives in Rackspace UK seized by FBI order, seemingly as a ‘courtesy’ to Swiss police. There’s several morals to be learned:

  • Rackspace UK are happy to roll over for the US feds;
  • it appears the action was taken using powers granted under the USA-Patriot Act;
  • hosting in Europe is not safe from bad US laws.

However, the UK site is back on the air, and reportedly they’re recovering nicely; ‘All this goes to prove that Indymedia is decentralised enough (but not perfectly) to survive an attack and that as a cooperative international network, we rock!’

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