Bush subpoenas 1 million Google searches
Trouble every day. WaPo:
The Bush administration, seeking to revive an online pornography law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, has subpoenaed Google Inc. for details on what its users have been looking for through its popular search engine.
Google has refused to comply with the subpoena, issued last year, for a broad range of material from its databases, including a request for 1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period, lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department said in papers filed Wednesday in federal court in San Jose.
Well, well. One million random addresses. Sounds like a fishing expedition to me. Here's the rationale, or rather the rationalization:
The government contends it needs the data to determine how often pornography shows up in online searches as part of an effort to revive an Internet child protection law that was struck down two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court on free-speech grounds.
As if anyone thinks the matter will stop there. And as if any evildoer wouldn't be using blocking software anyhow.
The matter is now before a federal court in Pennsylvania, and the government wants the Google data to help argue that the law is more effective than software in protecting children from porn.
How bizarre. Since the porn is online, how would the law act except through software?
And, um, just out of curiousity--Doesn't His Excellency King Bush believe he already has the "inherent authority" capture all our Google searches already, under His theory of the unilateral executive?
Say, isn't it more likely they're already doing this, and using this ruling as an after-the-fact figleaf?
NOTE I certainly hope that Bush mandate comes up often...