We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Some of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

RTF comment from Mediageek.org

by mediageek.org Monday, Feb. 11, 2002 at 10:04 PM

A comment about the RTF arrest.

RaiseTheFist.com Webmaster Arrested in NYC
According to the SF Bay IMC, Sherman, the RTF webmaster, was arrested during the WEF protests in NYC and charged with loitering. Upon release on that charge he was immediately arrested again in connection to the earlier FBI raid on his home. Corroborating reports have also shown up and attributed to Pacifica radio station KPFK in Los Angeles.


Cryptome.org has posted the text of the FBI's original search warrant, along with a compendium of relevant info and quotes from several media sources. In summary, Sherman is being investigated for "computer intrusion activities into private, commercial, and possibly government computers in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Sections 1030 (computer fraud and abuse)... [and violation of] Title 18, United States Code Section 842(p)(2) (distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons mass destruction) in furtherance of riot."


I recommend reading through the warrant, there's quite a few interesting things that give some insight into how the FBI conducts these types of investigations. So much of it is just plain old research that can be done using a browser and search engine, complemented with interviewing witnesses.


Like many others, I'm left wondering what to make of it all. While I have no interest in bomb making, I'm nonetheless disturbed that publishing such information can be prosecuted as a crime. I'd guess it's the supposed intent -- "in furtherance of riot" according to the warratn -- that makes it a crime, since simple publication should be protected under the First Amendment. It does seem as though Sherman is a young guy who's now in over his head, whether or not he's guilty of anything the FBI thinks he is (and he is to be presumed innocent until proven guilty). I may not agree with everything he published on RTF, but I don't agree with a lot of things I read on the web and I wouldn't have that be cause for someone to be arrested or a website to be taken down. Daring to speak your mind -- even if it's extremely critical of the gov't and status quo -- is not crime, and shouldn't be made one.


As for the allegations of hacking, I don't know what to think either. I'm hard pressed to see this kid as a criminal who has endangered lives in any way--though he's probably pissed off some sysadmins. If he has hacked websites, then maybe it's time to learn how to hide your tracks and keep your mouth shut a little better. In any event, I doubt the website hacking is what the gov't is after -- it's just an easier case to make.








[click the link to get a fully linked story, and a very good website.]

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy