FBI seize Indymedia for Italian Judge?


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It was confirmed today to Italy Indymedia that the order for the seizure of Indymedia's hard drives, in London's offices of Rackspace, originated from Bologna.

Marina Plazzi, the judge in charge of investigations upon FAI (Informal Anarchist Federation) and "bomb-threats" delivered to the President of the EU Commission Romano Prodi, was ordered to acquire information about posts published on

The FBI took "extreme" action in seizing the logs, going beyond the court order. As the prosecutor did not not validate the seizure the hardware was returned to Rackspace.

The papers of the US orders have as yet not been sited, but have been demanded for clarity. Indymedia is slowly beginning to find out the truth of the incident and will continue till they recieve full disclosure, as stated in the list demands outlined in the [solidarity statement and petition].

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On Wednesday, October 13th, Indymedia's seized hardware was mysteriously returned in the same way it disappeared -- without any information provided as to who took it or why, and on whose orders. An employee at Rackspace, the U.S.-based web hosting company that handed over Indymedia's disks to the U.S. government on 7 October, emailed an Indymedia volunteer to say that the disks were returned and that "the court order is being complied with... I will pass along any more information that becomes available and that I am allowed to."

Despite the return of the hardware many questions remain.

"The fact that the authorities' actions are shrouded in mystery leaves Indymedia in the Kafkaesque position of not knowing the identity of its accusers or the nature of their claim," says David Dadge, editor for the International Press Institute.

Indymedia volunteers are now calling for supporters to sign a solidarity declaration at denouncing the hard drive seizure as an unacceptable attack on press freedom, freedom of expression, and privacy. They are demanding a full disclosure of the names of organizations and individuals involved in the seizure, a copy of the court order, and an independent investigation into any violations of due process.

"We have serious concerns about the use of international co-operation frameworks to obscure legal process, undermine civil liberties, and erode communication rights," said an Indymedia volunteer.

Numerous organizations have already expressed their solidarity with Indymedia. "I would say that this is an indication of the successfulness of the Indymedia network," says Peter Phillips, Ph.D., director of Project Censored. "Freedom of information is a radical idea when applied in a fair manner, and radical ideas will always be suppressed by the transnational corporate elites whenever possible."

For more information, visit Indymedia, email press -at-

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Boycott Rackspace

anonymous 15.Oct.2004 02:30

can't fault Rackspace too much

KoalaBear33 16.Oct.2004 00:07

I don't think you can fault Rackspace too much. They are a profit-maximizing corporation and will comply with government orders. Perhaps they could have resisted the court order but it would have been tough. The fault lies with the initiating authority, whoever that may be...

Understanding Bologna

jay nickson 16.Oct.2004 04:25

To understand the judge in Bologna does it help to grasp the Bolognese zeitgeist? Consider the quote from the BBC about the Bolognese spiritual leader from 2000:

"Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, 71, said that the modern Antichrist, identified in the Book of Revelation as a seven-headed beast, was most likely now disguised as a philanthropist supporting creeds like vegetarianism, animal rights or pacifism, or advocating dialogue . . ."

See? That's where we went wrong: committing the sins of being vegetarians or advocating dialogue, animal rights or peace. Silly us.

what does this mean?

nessuno... imc london 19.Oct.2004 13:35

I did not see this in the orginal article from italy indymedia, so where did this come from? and what does it mean? does it mean that hard disk copies have not been transferred to italy and the MLAT has collapsed?

"As the prosecutor did not not validate the seizure the hardware was returned to Rackspace."