"Prior to filing the document, the undersigned contacted Prenda Law to find out whether or not Mr. Cooper would be available to testify at trial but was advised that they could not locate Mr. Cooper. The undersigned was advised that Mark Lutz and Peter Hansmeier would be available to testify as witnesses. Had the undersigned realized that the Electronic Frontier Foundation was hanging with Mr. Cooper, he would have been able to track down Mr. Cooper and questioned him about the documents. It turns out that Mr. Cooper was a caretaker of one of the properties of a Prenda Law member and had left said property in August, 2012.
"manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide, or otherwise traffic in any technology, product, service, device, component, or part thereof,"
If you ever heard of the Atari Games (Atari's Arcade division) subsidiary Tengen....you will understand why that bit is (stupidly) in place. Although things got settled outside of court so we got to play great Atari Arcade ports on the NES....and a few extra golden gems as well (namely Skull And Crossbones).
I remember taking an IT course in high school regarding such tactics...my constituents took advantage of Windows' Net send commands...one of my friends got in big trouble for writing a batch file to send that command through command prompt multiple times. Now for those not familiar with the Net Send command, it basically sends a message to various work groups or users in the network. It sent a pop up message that you had to click on to get rid of. If you wrote a batch file for it in a text editor (Notepad namely) all you had to do was copy and paste the string over and over again....well my friend certainly perfected it, but due to a slight lapse in proof reading your work before execution..his message which was meant for me was sent through the entire school network...250 times. That's 250 messages popping up at your screen like an error message faster than you can click them away. He got a 5 day suspension for that.
You two can't possibly tell me that it would really permanently affect their personal lives...especially that any child psychologist (aka GUIDANCE COUNSELOR!) would know to think twice on such accusations and realize that they were only goofing off. Of all the people I know in my profession, I feel sorry for every Jr. High and High School Guidance Counselor the most. They have to deal with the worst type of skullfuckery in existence because elementary school discipline over reach cases such as those stated in the article. I mean they not only have it bad enough dealing with teenage anxiety, but they also have a slight hand shaped red mark from all the face palming they do when seeing these types of reports in permanent records.
I mean seriously!!! How many people are going to be that naive to believe that these kids are that dangerous when they are in Jr. High and High School? You'll have to be an utter moron to believe such reports without evaluation from a guidance counselor.
It is called justice and the JUDGE is the one who carries out that justice accordingly. This includes shaming and humility of wrong doings and this is one of the examples why you should NEVER piss off a federal judge as Prenda had Justice Wright.
Common sense is a part of the IQ testing process. The biggest problem with technology is that information is learned in an instant without applied studied knowledge and experience. It is OK to get information about something, but that information is best obtained when applied in a real life application. Homework is meant to give us the applied knowledge of what we are learning and has the hidden agenda to teach us the basics of a work ethic.
The good news is that these records are sealed at 18 and most Jr. High and High Schools here in the US know to ignore such records when they know it was an over reach. Oh heck I remember my second grade year in grade/elementary school just when the original Power Rangers was becoming popular...a whole bunch of us divided up into two groups, 5 rangers and the rest were the Putties.... one day we play fought without injury or touching each other (akin to staged combat lol) for half a recess and the only the kids that were the Power Rangers got put up against the wall for 5 consecutive recesses.
I wouldn't go as far as to blame the Sunni vs Shiite situation...Saddam Hussein was not a true Muslim and his chosen denomination therein was used as a political front...I simply think that the man was just that evil plain and simple...He kept his own people divided amongst their own beliefs and took advantage of their zeal in their beliefs as much as he did their fear of his absolutism.
I think the AC was specifically talking about TV media...I mean yes some is censored, but not to the degree that it interferes with the daily lives of American citizens.
However, and I don't mean to argue as you do make a valid point, but there is a lot of conflation in saying that what has occurred in Iraq is comparable to the actions of the US. The US actually believes that there is an immediate threat in those cases, and the key difference is that the goal in those situations is done with the best intent....to stop a perceived threat and not cut citizens off completely from the media in question. They don't want to shut down Wikileaks...they just want Assange.
Wikileaks is not blocked from being used or visited inside the US unless Wikileaks controls which regions will see it. As far as the US is concerned, Wikileaks is at the mercy of the decisions of Julius Assange. He can pull a Tet Offensive tactic to get the media rallying with him on his actions in the same way the Vietcong did by taking advantage of a treaty...and guess what...it has worked the same exact way.
Sorry to stray from subject but the Tết Offensive was tactically chosen to show the media and people back in the US that our troops needed to pull out and start rallying against the Vietnam War. All people saw in the coverage was how we got our asses caught off guard during the Vietnamese Lunar New Year "Tết" in which there were to be a ceasefire out of respect for the religious holiday...Less than 48 hours later we retook every single position taken from us with half the forces that the Vietcong come in with.
So while I stray off subject, I should point out that while I love the concept of Wikileaks, I don't like Assange as he has run away from his issue rather than face it...he has the power to manipulate public opinion and only tries to do it when shaping how innocent he is trying to look to us. He has been doing it the same way that the North Vietnam military factions had done over the years...through media coverage of his own "persecution".
I'm sure there was influence and pressure that went into this, but painting it as a case where Chris Dodd called up Joe Biden and said, "Destroy Megaupload" is probably a massive exaggeration. Instead, it seems quite likely that MPAA folks just kept playing up the theatrical version of Kim Dotcom as evil (and, Dotcom himself actually helped promote this sort of view of himself at times as well...), and then the DOJ's imagination combined with its general over-aggressive nature towards any copyright issues just sort of took over from there.
I think that pretty much sums up the general idea quite perfectly...Though in Kim Dotcom's case, I think he was lashing out of the frustration when he was sort "not helping" his case. In my opinion he did exactly as any innocent human being would have done and should do in this case when innocence is as clear as a bell...fight the accusers and of course lash out angrily.
Dr. Phil is nothing but FUD....I became a psychologist so I could prove his dumb ass wrong. The worst of it comes out when he talks about Asperger's Syndrome and Autism....I mean really, Autism Speaks threatened to file a degradation lawsuit against him....