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SeaBorn
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6/18/2012 | 8:23:38 PM
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Unbelievable.. In the Land of the Free, and the Home of The Brave, Google should just tell the government to go to Hell. Our soldiers are dying for the right to Freedom of Speech.. This still is America, isn't it?? Or is it now becoming AMERIKA??
onefeather
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6/18/2012 | 8:46:14 PM
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Well said. People need to wake up in this country and get their head out of the sand and take a stand..
Bay Area CA Male
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6/18/2012 | 8:58:38 PM
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You are a moron if you think the soldiers are dying to defend our constitution.

In fact they were sent to die based on violations of the constitution.

No the soldiers are dying because companies like haliburton and blackwater can only remain profitable if the USA is at war.

No war equals no government contracts paid for by our tax dollars. and yet you id1ots still fight over obama vs romney when they are the same thing.
beezbo
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6/18/2012 | 11:01:46 PM
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Awesome comment. Democrats/Republicans, joining a side means we all lose.
univer
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6/18/2012 | 8:48:26 PM
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Its always been that way for targeted individuals that teachers don't like, cops don't like nor fireman, local sheriff, librarians, and hospitals. It's called gang stalking. Its real and its no fun.
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6/18/2012 | 8:49:33 PM
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This is beyond contempt, thinking that the US Government made over 6,000 attempts at censorship in 6 month period. How can that possibly be justified? Why does the mainstream media overlook this to such a great degree? An occurrence of this sort should be reported more than here, and make the American people aware that their government is dealing in what is akin to book burning. To hear that 65% of court orders and 47% of more informal requests were complied with is equally frightening. Regardless of topic, I was under the impression that the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the US protected speech. Google may want to let the public also know what percentage of these deletions included hate speech. For that, I can understand deletion. It doesn't justify it, it makes the deletion understandable. Is there a category in the Transparency Report to locate which branch of government made these requests? That too, I would like to know. It may affect my vote come next November.
Bay Area CA Male
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6/18/2012 | 9:02:10 PM
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The government and mainstream media is more than content to keep the people divided on issues like Zimmerman vs Trayvon or gay marriage or left and right while our beloved president obama just recently apponted a former monsanto executive to run the FDA and the same as when the 2000 election of goerge bush saw 5 of nine supreme court judges stop the recounting of votes.... the whole time the country was fighting over left and right.
univer
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6/18/2012 | 8:49:38 PM
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Throw in rougue corporations,(corporations are the government) and its not good.
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6/18/2012 | 10:40:16 PM
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Sounds like we need a constitutional amendment to tell the governement to keep their noses out of what information we're searching for, and unless it's classified information they are not to ask for any sites to be blocked.
MyW0r1d
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6/19/2012 | 5:17:03 PM
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Far too generic an article for me to get too passionate in a response for or against. Clearly laws have been on the books for ages which protect against slander, intimidation (extortion or bullying which is increasing a problem in our MMA world), and others which rightly limits abuses of free speech to maintain a socially functional balance. The potentially anonymous nature of the internet makes it more difficult to prosecute these legal breaches.

Strictly based on statistics (doubling the number of items from the UK and what's up with the US going almost 8 fold from 775 to 6192), it is a little disconcerting but I'd need to see a categorized breakout of the type of request. For instance, if Google was defending child pornographer as indicated in 2005, I would probably encourage them to collaborate. Different opinion it is only to suppress criticism of government policies or decisions and an open, respectful exchange of ideas (called public debate). Perhaps it just represents the bureaucratic delay of the governments in understanding the resource that big brother Google's tracking represents and their legal ability to use it.


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