These infringement cases are not unlike the FBI framing of attorney Brandon Mayfield who was arrested and jailed for the Spanish Railroad bombing based on wishful thinking by the FBI. Not only was he proven to be in the US when the bombing took place, but Spanish police said that the recovered fingerprint was absolutely not his.
There are judges in the US who have ruled that fingerprint evidence has not passed Daubert. There is no way that an IP address could pass Daubert except that judges are ignorant and fearful of computers and the Web.
Google and Facebook give all appearances of joining the rest of the mass media in censorship on purely political grounds.
And it is quite effective as demonstrated by the NY Times holding back the proof of torture at Gitmo for about a year, which allowed Bush43 to re-elected.
Never mind the loss of free elections when the physical process was taken over by electronic machines. Scandals erupt in the abuse of this voting abuse, but they are then hushed up. Even when the population should be outraged. Mark Foley is one that never got his due inspection on that issue.
And then there are always the scandals of the thick blue line that rarely get light shown upon them.
What does it take for for people to start noticing these things.
Does anyone expect any other type of behavior from this industry? I am not particularly thrilled with regulations and socializing of the communications industry, but their behavior makes it clear that this is the only way to keep this group under control.
While the NSA may be stronger, more powerful and have a great reach, it is hardly what one should call healthy. It is diseased with multiple isms which are contagious and intensively destructive of its host. These include, but are not no way limited to, lying, perjury, mendacity, perfidy, blackmail, oligarchy, theft, murder, torture and more.
There is a good reason for the FBI to not use encryption. Unlike other FBI computer systems, high quality encryption is available for mere thousands of dollars, not the billion+ it spent on its last failure. Once installed, encryption makes little or no further addition to the labor burden, thus not justifying more staff.
LEO's have a fetish fantasy for technology. Like people who think they can violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics, LEO's believe that technology will reach a point where no effort will be required to commit a crime. That as soon as a law is broken, the perpetrator will turn themselves into the nearest police station.
It might very well be difficult to discern the difference between the police that are at the station to work, and those trying to turn themselves in.
This is nothing new. It has been known since at least the late '60s, and I have no doubt before then. But that date is selected because that was when I saw a blind QA study, in a medical journal, on forensic labs. Half the specimens were incorrectly analyzed.
Nothing changes because the system would have to change, and that is not going to happen.
The Executive and Judiciary branches, and the Congress seem unwilling or unable to control a rogue agency. It would appear to be time to call the FBI upper echelon to testify, and to throw them into to cells under the Capitol.
In the early 1970s I had occasion to read a paper on the blind quality testing of forensic labs. Some 50% of the samples were not correctly analyzed. Whether this was the result of sink testing (dry labbing,) or blunder was not known.