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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 05:18 PM
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Homeland Security Demands Mozilla Remove Firefox Extension That Redirects Seized Domains
Source: Techdirt

Apparently, the folks at Homeland Security are not at all pleased with the very, very simple Firefox extension, called MAFIAAfire, that negates ICE's domain seizures, by automatically rerouting users to alternate domains. Apparently, DHS demanded that Mozilla take the extension down from its listing of Firefox extensions claiming that the add-on "circumvented" DHS's seizure orders. Thankfully, Mozilla didn't just fold, but instead left it up and sent DHS a list of questions concerning the request. The list of questions is really fantastic, as it goes way beyond the direct request to really get to the heart of the questionable nature of ICE's activity with domain seizures:

To help us evaluate the Department of Homeland Security's request to take-down/remove the MAFIAAfire.com add-on from Mozilla's websites, can you please provide the following additional information:

1. Have any courts determined that MAFIAAfire.com is unlawful or illegal in any way? If so, on what basis? (Please provide any relevant rulings)


Read more: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110505/14444714170/h...
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 05:20 PM
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1. Well fuck you DHS
you have no control outside of the USA.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 05:22 PM
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2. Kisses to Mozilla.
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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 05:23 PM
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3. Yes Mozilla!
I love them!
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 05:32 PM
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4. Well, I guess DHS will activate the internet kill switch and bring everything down. Get out
the IBM Selectric typewriters and we can all use snailmail and write letters to each other. Welcome to the 21st century, American style.
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SoapBox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 05:33 PM
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5. DHS...just plain creepy.
Thanks to BushCo. we're stuck with this massive organization.

...that name creeps me out...sounds very "nazi-ish".
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 05:39 PM
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6. Yeah, it reminds me of the SS in Germany. Just imagine if the RWer's get
all of the majorities what they will do with it ...
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 06:51 PM
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16. That's exactly what it is...
just give it time to blossom.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 06:58 PM
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17. I tell some people one day I expect to see tanks rolling in the streets if
necessary to maintain the status quo for the cornered wealth by a few percent in this country, and all I get is this Stupid look. I might as well just go talk to brick walls.

I think a tsunami is coming, but people just want to bury their heads in the sand or up their ass. I just don't get WTF ails so many in this nation that just insist in having blinders on to everything.

It just does not take much effort to wake up and smell the coffee, but soooo many are just soooo dumbed down and frankly absolutely Stupid.


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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 05:52 PM
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7. Fuck the Gestapo! - K&R n/t
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totodeinhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 05:56 PM
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8. I just installed the extension. n/t
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 06:07 PM
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9. So does it redirect to porn? I'm not sure I understand what this does. nt
Edited on Thu May-05-11 06:13 PM by valerief
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Tunkamerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 06:21 PM
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11. seriously?
if a site has been seized it will redirect to the same site different domain if there is such a site.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 06:26 PM
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12. Okay. I read something about porn and music. Just trying to figure I want it. Thanks. nt
Edited on Thu May-05-11 06:26 PM by valerief
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 06:27 PM
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13. yup, me too....
Not sure I'll ever have any use for it but it tickles me to know that it pisses DHS off.
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Old Codger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 06:41 PM
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14. Okay
Just went there and searched for it and got zero results???
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kas125 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 07:15 PM
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18. I did the same, but then I found it -
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Old Codger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:05 PM
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29. Thank you
went there and got it, if shrubs secret police don't like it I love it, may never even have any use for it but F em!
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kas125 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:06 AM
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35. Same here; since they don't want people to have it,
I had to download it. I have no idea why ICE would even be concerned with seizing domains and I doubt that I'll ever use it, but I'm glad I have it now.
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 07:22 PM
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19. Try these links:
Edited on Thu May-05-11 07:24 PM by Mnemosyne
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mountainlion55 Donating Member (302 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 06:21 PM
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10. Great
:yourock: Mozilla
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 06:41 PM
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15. interesting, and a great response of questions -

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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 07:25 PM
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20. I use Firefox...but have no idea what this is about. Is this an extension I should add?
Do I already have it built in? Sorry for asking but I'm not a computer geek savvy like most DU'ers.

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Blasphemer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 07:31 PM
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21. Only if you frequent sites that are likely to get taken down by ICE
I think you'd know if you did :) It is usually sites with pirated movies, tv shows, music etc. and sites that sell counterfeit goods (i.e. handbags, watches, etc.). The extension redirects a Firefox user to a working sites with the same content as the one taken down by ICE.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 07:34 PM
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22. Ahh...thanks... I also don't do gaming or "bit torrents" or any of what you say flags it.
Edited on Thu May-05-11 07:35 PM by KoKo
Also don't do porn sites, facebook or matchmaking sites.

I'm just a "puritan" ... :D So, hopefully they aren't coming after me...for posting here on DU where who knows what lurks in the hearts and clicks of evil, dark side DU'ers...
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DissedByBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:13 PM
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24. They took down innocent sites too
One of them was distributing music with the express permission of the publisher.

There's no trial, no serious effort at validating the MAFIAA corporation (the RIAA/MPAA cartel) claims of infringement.

The MAFIAA says take it down, the DHS dutifully obeys.

The administration doesn't believe in due process.

Doing the bidding of corporate masters is more important than our rights.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:06 PM
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30. not good. I knew Net Nutrality was going down, but this seems
to be OTT..
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Tunkamerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:40 AM
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34. doesn't have anything to do with net neutrality really
unless your point was that both things are bad and that this is worse.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:37 PM
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33. Oh! That explains why I cannot understand the post.
I'm not at all interested in any of that stuff.

Thanks for explaining.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:36 PM
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32. I'm with you, KoKo. This is all gibberish to me.
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DissedByBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:09 PM
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23. DHS needs to go to school, specifically Screw U
I hear they have a great course in constitutional law.
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:18 PM
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25. I knew I used the Moz for a reason, kick.
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unkachuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:19 PM
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26. could somebody....
....in plain English, explain to a big-dummy like me, what this means?

Thank you.
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:51 PM
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27. Down loading and installing ...HEY FUCK YOU HLS NAZI ASSCARROTS!
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greiner3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:03 PM
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28. Thanks;
Just installed it.
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trud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:08 PM
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31. question about how this works
So how does the add-on know where to redirect to? Is there a certain server it goes to to get that information? Because if there is, I'm thinking the feds can just knock that server off the air and presto.

I don't view pirated stuff. I have a niece in the music business, so I know how piracy is just killing jobs there. But I think this would be useful for stuff like getting to wikileaks, I assume.
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