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"Terrorism" investigation targets Indymedia
by imcista
Sunday Oct 10th, 2004 2:05 PM
Translation of German article on the seizure of Indymedia servers by the U.S. government.
Translation by Google of http://www.jungewelt.de/2004/10-11/006.php

Trace of the censors leads to Rome and Zurich disconnection of Indymedia: FBI agent speaks of "legal aid". Determinations in Switzerland and Italy against InterNet portal. Neofaschisten as driving strength three days, after central server of the international message portal Indymedia were seized, remain background further in the dark. However criminal procedures to Italy and Switzerland seem to have supplied the cause for the lightning action against the medium activists. The US federal police FBI had let take on Thursday evening in San Antonio, Texas, and in London large computer of the InterNet offerer rack space under catch. Over these dozens national Indymedia sides were switched. Since then the left on-line platform is strongly gehandicapt in approximately 20 countries in the whole world. In many states, as for instance in Italy and Great Britain, Indymedia disappeared even completely from the net. The FBI mentioned on weekend again, the seizure is not on own initiative, but in the context of a "legal aid" for foreign authorities effected "the request came from Switzerland and Italy", said the high FBI official Joe Parris of the French press agency AFP. In Switzerland one keeps oneself meanwhile covered. Daniel Zapelli, highest public prosecutor of the canton Geneva, confirmed only that he against Indymedia lead determinations. Kriminalisiert will is the reporting in connection with the protests against the G-8-Treffen in Evian in the summer 2003. In Swiss folders of the left InterNet platform had at that time appeared pictures of two civil policemen, who were involved in the conquest of a medium center. By the two officials, who are before to have organized Geneva city center allegedly as troublemakers of riots in that, also the names and addresses were published. Marc Oelderlin, attorney of two Swiss secret policemen, confirmed contacts between Swiss federal authorities and the FBI according to the Italian daily paper IL manifesto. "however there was my knowledge no request on seizure of the Indymedia servers", so the lawyer. The state attorney of Bologna, Marina Plazzi, explained meanwhile that she determines because of the possible "support of the terrorism" against Indymedia. Apparently it goes thereby around allegedly positive contributions to a notice on Italian soldiers in the Iraqi city Nassirija in past November. "we asked the FBI over the Italian Ministry of Justice for assistance", so state State of Plazzi. The Italian Minister of Justice Roberto Castelli did not want to express itself so far yet for the procedure FBI. Clearly less reservedly the parliamentary representatives of the Italian government parties give themselves. Mario Landolfi, speaker of the post office-fascist Aleanza Nazionale (ON), explained the seizure of the computers on Saturday, serves "the penetration of the right". Already in November 17 delegates of, among them had demanded the granddaughter of Benito Mussolini, in a common explanation the locking of Indymedia. At that time Paolo Valentino, undersecretary of state in the Ministry of Justice and To member had likewise announced, a possible co-operation with the USA. Sharp criticism at the repression against the left InterNet portal came against it from the Italian opposition. The Green Paolo Cento, deputy chairmen of the law committee of the Italian parliament, spoke of a "bad, authoritarian incident" and demanded an immediate statement of the government. The communist Europabgeordnete Marco Rizzo announced meanwhile to want to set the incident on the agenda of the European Union parliament.