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Breaking: FBI seizes IMC servers in London
The FBI issued a subpoena to Rackspace (an Internet Service Provider with offices in the US and London) to physically remove an Indymedia server located in London.

The servers hosted the global indymedia site and numerous local IMCs: Belgian and African IMCs, Palestine, UK, Germany, and Brasil. Many are still not back up, others are running on backup servers provided in solidarity across the IMC network.

Micah of the global imc-tech collective said, "We suspect it has to do with an FBI request that we take down a post on the Nantes IMC that had a photo of some undercover Swiss police. They claimed there was threats and personal information, but there was nothing of the sort. The undercover police that were photographed on the page were photographing protesters. Rackspace is a US company, but have colocation in the UK where these servers are (err, were) located. So this is about Swiss police, on a French site, on a server in England, taken away by American federal police... can I be the first to say WTF?!"

The last few months have seen numerous attacks on independent media by the US Federal Government. In August the Secret Service used a baseless subpoena in an attempt to disrupt the NYC IMC before the RNC; last month the FCC shut down comunity radio stations around the US including in Pittsburgh; and now the FBI is shutting down IMCs around the world.

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