HRoth - 9:33 am on Jul 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
No, "do nothing illegal" is not protection against losing your rights. As for what happens in other countries, it's not pertinent. In Iran, it's perfectly legal to stone adulterous women to death. Doesn't mean it's okay for the US government to do it.
There are two issues. The FBI had no case, and burstnet acted without a court order.
If the FBI had serious issues with some blogs on blodgetery, they would have gone to burstnet with court order in hand. They didn't. They just asked. That means they knew they were full of baloney and that the blogs in question were NOT in fact violating any laws. They just didn't "like" those blogs. That's the first issue.
The second issue is that burstnet just rolled over to a letter. They didn't wait for a court order or ask for one.
That's McCarthyism. It is not illegal. But it is pernicious. This is how we all lose our rights--one little compromise at a time.