When you download, you’re downloading with Osama

The domains of torrent sites that link to illegal copies of music and movie files and sites that sell counterfeit goods were seized this week by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security. Visitors to such sites as Torrent-finder.com, 2009jerseys.com, and Dvdcollects.com found that their usual sites had been replaced by a message that said, “This domain name has been seized by ICE–Homeland Security Investigations, pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court.

I want to highlight just four words in this story. Department of Homeland Security.

Let me repeat that: Department of Homeland Security.

The agency entrusted with protecting us from terrorists is now policing copyright. Filesharing is now a national security threat.

Anyone who thought us civil libertarians were overreacting when the DHS was formed? When we talked about slippery slopes etc.?

Yeah, I’m just going to ask you to go grab a step ladder and jump up my butt.

All large bureaucracies are self-sustaining. All of them find a way to justify their existence, and backers to keep them in business. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show, folks – your War on Terror is now sponsored by Viacom.

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