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KURZMELDUNG - FBI beschlagnahmt IMC Server in Großbritannien
Am Donnerstag Morgen erließen US-Behörden eine Anordnung an den
Hostingprovider Rackspace, in der dieser aufgefordert wurde, den
Behörden die Server von Indymedia auszuhändigen. Rackspace, auf deren
Servern mehr als 20 IMCs gehostet wurden, fügte sich dieser Anordnung
und händigte die Server aus, was dazu führte, dass einige Indymedia
Webseiten vom Netz genommen oder in ihrer Funktionalität beeinträchtigt
wurden. Da die Zwangsanordnung an Rackspace und nicht an Indymedia
gerichtet war, kennt Indymedia den Grund für diese Maßnahmen nicht. Im
Gespräch mit Indymedia-Mitarbeitern gab Rackspace an, dass "sie
Indymedia nicht über die Anordnung informieren dürfen". Auch andere
Internetdienstleister haben in ähnlichen Situationen schon
Knebelanweisungen bekommen, dass Sie die Betroffenen nicht über das
Geschehende auf dem Laufenden halten dürfen.  >>> 

08.10.2004 aktuell-redaktion

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FBI Coverage
IMC: FBI/Secret Service Breaking News

    Pressrelease, 7 October 2004

    Thursday morning, 7 October 2004, US authorities issued a federal
order to Rackspace ordering them to hand over Indymedia web servers to
the requesting agency. Rackspace, which provides hosting services for
more that 20 Indymedia sites at its London facility, complied and turned
over the requested servers, effectively removing those sites from the

Since the court order was issued to Rackspace and not to Indymedia, the
reasons for this action are still unknown to Indymedia. Talking to
Indymedia volunteers, Rackspace stated that "they cannot provide
Indymedia with any information regarding the order." ISPs have received
gag orders in similar situations which prevent them from updating the
concerned parties on what is happening. (see update 1 below)

It is unclear to Indymedia how and why a server that is outside the US
jurisdiction can be seized by US authorities. (see update 1)

At the same time an additional server was taken down at Rackspace which
provided streaming radio to several radio stations, BLAG (linux distro),
and a handful of miscellanous things.

The last few months have seen numerous attacks on independent media by
the US Federal Government. In August the Secret Service used a subpoena
in an attempt to disrupt the NYC IMC before the RNC by trying to get IP
logs from an ISP in the US and the Netherlands. Last month the FCC shut
down community radio stations around the US. Two weeks ago the FBI
requested that Indymedia takes down a post on the Nantes IMC that had a
photo of some undercover Swiss police and IMC volunteers in Seattle were
visited by the FBI on the same issue. On the other hand, Indymedia and
other independent media organisations were successfull with their
victories for example against Diebold and the Patroit Act. Today
however, the US authorities shut down IMCs around the world.

The list of affected local media collectives includes Ambazonia,
Uruguay, Andorra, Poland, Western Massachusetts, Nice, Nantes, Lilles,
Marseille (all France), Euskal Herria (Basque Country), Liege, East and
West Vlaanderen, Antwerpen (all Belgium), Belgrade, Portugal, Prague,
Galiza, Italy, Brazil, UK, part of the Germany site, and the global
Indymedia Radio site.

--- end press release ---

Check here for Translations of the press release
Update 1, 8 October:
Statement by Rackspace

"In the present matter regarding Indymedia, Rackspace Managed Hosting, a
U.S. based company with offices in London, is acting in compliance with
a court order pursuant to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), which
establishes procedures for countries to assist each other in
investigations such as international terrorism, kidnapping and money
laundering. Rackspace responded to a Commissioner?s subpoena, duly
issued under Title 28, United States Code, Section 1782 in an
investigation that did not arise in the United States. Rackspace is
acting as a good corporate citizen and is cooperating with international
law enforcement authorities. The court prohibits Rackspace from
commenting further on this matter.

For additional information on the MLAT, please visit
Update 2, 8 October:
Indymedia & the FBI: earlier events

Earlier incidents with the FBI, CIA or other US authorities included:

    * Gov't Attempts Subpoena For Indymedia Logs - Service Provider
Refuses: Shortly before the RNC in NYC, August 2004, the FBI attempted
to retrieve IP logs from one of Indymedia's ISP at their offices in the
US and in Amsterdam (Netherlands).
    * Free Radio Santa Cruz Raided by Federal Government
    * Indymedia fights Diebold's legal attempt to silence discussions
about e-voting
    * Cyprus IMCista Investigated by United States Intelligence Services
    * FBI asked for the Nantes post on swiss police to be removed, but
admitted no laws were violated:
      "The FBI agents told me that they were not concerned with the
photos, but with the identifying information. There never was any such
identifying information, and even if there was, it would likely be
protected by the first amendment if it was obtained legally. (There was
a recent case here in Washington that you may be familiar with on this
very issue). But, even assuming it is illegal to post identifying
information (which it is not), there WAS NO SUCH info. The FBI agents
freely admitted to me that individuals have a right to take hotographs
of agents in public places and post those photos on the internet."

Indymedia still does not have information on the following questions:

1) Why was the hardware sized? The order was issued to Rackspace and
they have not been able to give Indymedia any details, nor were any US
authorities. Indymedia has been trying to find this out and is still
doing so.
At least 4 different stories are spread worldwide at the net as possible
reason, some of them more likely then others. However, we do not have
any confirmation on any of them.

2) Who issued the order where? We understand that the FBI contacted
Rackspace in the US, even though the hardware in question is physically
hosted in the UK. If anybody has confirmed information on this, please
tell us.

3) What hardware was removed? We don't know exacetly whether the
complete servers or the hardware were removed. However, we know that at
least two servers went offline.

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