Judge orders Google to give customer data to FBI
FBI Distributes Child Porn
A federal judge has ruled that Google Inc.must comply with the FBI's warrantless demands for customer data, rejecting the company's argument that the government's practice of issuing so-called national security letters to telecommunication companies, Internet service providers, banks and others was unconstitutional and unnecessary.
FBI counter-terrorism agents began issuing the secret letters, which don't require a judge's approval, after Congress passed the USA Patriot Act in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The FBI seized control of an internet message board which specialized in the advertising and sharing of child pornography, and explicit conversations related to the disgusting subject matter. But rather than shut down the website, the FBI continued to operate the page and freely distributed an undocumented amount of illegal material. Although they claim the crimes they committed were simply in the interest of ensnaring some of the 5,600 clients of the website, no arrests have been made.
Even if arrests had been made though, this case, like so many others, calls into question the integrity of law-enforcement in America today. When the law-enforcers are the perpetrators of criminality, then what is the basis of justice? Is it justifiable to commit god-awful crimes, so long as you have “good” intentions? And if that be true, then why should there be any difference between a public official and a citizen? After all, aren’t the law-enforcers employees of the people, public servants? By what right do they claim immunity from crimes that we would be imprisoned for?