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“Clearing Your Browser History Is A Felony” Says Government

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 6:55
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Thought police anyone? For anyone who thinks that the recent court ruling prohibiting the NSA from mass data collection on U.S. citizens was a victory for privacy, THINK AGAIN! You might want to know two things: FIRST, within FOUR HOURS of telling the American people he would use his pen and his phone to write a law BANNING any further bulk data collection by the NSA, OBAMA HAD HIS TEAM IN THE SECRET FISA COURT TELLING THEM TO IGNORE THE FEDERAL COURT’S PUBLIC RULING AND RESUME COLLECTION! SECOND, that ruling only pertained to phone records. NOTHING you do online is anything remotely resembling private. Whatever degree of privacy we once enjoyed, went right out the window with “NET NEUTRALITY.”

I warned and warned and warned for people to CALL THEIR LOCAL CONGRESSMEN AND/OR SENATORS and demand they act to stop NET NEUTRALITY, but no one did. There isn’t much that can come out that is going to surprise me when it comes to clamping down no every aspect of our online presence, however THIS one got me. I thought my eyes were going to start shooting blood when I read this last night. The law says:

“The government feels it has the right to dig into your hard drive, browser history, etc. at whatever point it opens an investigation. And if you’ve “destroyed” any data prior to the examination of your electronic devices, you could face felony charges for performing simple computer maintenance.”

So wait, let me get this straight… if I clear my browser history, and some schmuck like Eric Holder, or anyone else in Obama’s Fourth Reich decides to do a witch hunt and accuse me of something, I could be in DEEP trouble? YES!  What’s that you say? It will never happen? Uh, yeah, and the I.R.S. will never be used as a weapon either to commit ELECTION FRAUD AND STEAL AN ELECTION! 





The “do something” resulting from the Enron scandal was Sarbanes-Oxley. To date, the law has done very little to curb corporate fraud — its intended target. But it has become a handy tool for prosecutors looking to stack charges against defendants far removed from the financial world. 

We’ve discussed this at length before. One of the stipulations of Sarbanes-Oxley is the preservation of evidence. Failing to do so, or purposefully destroying records, can result in felony criminal charges. This, unfortunately, doesn’t even have to be willful destruction. The law forbids the destruction of evidence, regardless of personal knowledge of ongoing investigations, or even if no investigation has even commenced. 

In a hypothetical posed recently (containing a real-world example), finding yourself in possession of child pornography poses a serious dilemma. Possession is a crime, but so is destruction of evidence. Sarbanes-Oxley demands the preservation of evidence in “foreseeable” investigations, and child porn possession is one of those crimes no law enforcement agency ignores. 

This aspect of Sarbanes-Oxley is being used again, this time in relation to the Boston Marathon bombing. A cab driver who was friends with the Tsarnaev brothers is now facing multiple charges, including lying to investigators about his relationship with the Tsarnaevs, as well as destruction of records under Sarbanes-Oxley, the latter of which carries a 20-year prison sentence of its own.

Khairullozhon Matanov is a 24-year-old former cab driver from Quincy, Massachusetts. The night of the Boston Marathon bombings, he ate dinner with Tamerlan and Dhzokhar Tsarnaev at a kebob restaurant in Somerville. Four days later Matanov saw photographs of his friends listed as suspects in the bombings on the CNN and FBI websites. Later that day he went to the local police. He told them that he knew the Tsarnaev brothers and that they’d had dinner together that week, but he lied about whose idea it was to have dinner, lied about when exactly he had looked at the Tsarnaevs’ photos on the Internet, lied about whether Tamerlan lived with his wife and daughter, and lied about when he and Tamerlan had last prayed together. Matanov likely lied to distance himself from the brothers or to cover up his own jihadist sympathies—or maybe he was just confused. 

Then Matanov went home and CLEARED his Internet BROWSER HISTORY..

The last sentence is a criminal act, despite being something millions of people do every day. Some even utilize built-in options in their browsers that dump history and/or clear the cache upon exit. And yet, the law states that this is illegal, should a person ever end up under investigation for anything. That’s how broadly the law is written. 

It was used to bring additional charges against David Kernell, who hacked into Sarah Palin’s email account. The actual hacking resulted in misdemeanor charges. The cleanup processes deployed by Kernell (clearing browser cache, running a disk defragmenter, deleting downloaded photos) were treated as felony obstruction of justice under Sarbanes-Oxley. When these actions occurred, Kernell wasn’t under investigation. At best, it could only be assumed that an investigation would result once the hacking attempt was discovered. 

Some may feel this interpretation of the law is perfectly acceptable. People who engage in questionable and/or illegal activity shouldn’t be allowed to “cover up” their actions in this fashion. But this defense of Sarbanes-Oxley’s abused data retention stipulations suggests something very unpleasant about the government’s view of who serves who.

Hanni Fakhoury, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says the feds’ broad interpretation of Sarbanes-Oxley in the digital age is part of a wider trend: federal agents’ feeling “entitled” to digital data.

Under this law — and given the prevailing law enforcement/prosecutorial mindset — US citizens are almost expected to hold onto everything, just in case. The government feels it has the right to dig into your hard drive, browser history, etc. at whatever point it opens an investigation. And if you’ve “destroyed” any data prior to the examination of your electronic devices, you could face felony charges for performing simple computer maintenance.

As more and more data are stored online, the government wants and believes it deserves access to that data for policing purposes. But Fakhoury disagrees. 

“The idea that you have to create a record of where you’ve gone or open all your cupboards all the time and leave your front door unlocked and available for law enforcement inspection at any time is not the country we have established for ourselves more than 200 years ago.”

This law has been on the books for thirteen years now. It hasn’t managed to rein in corporate malfeasance, but it’s proving to be having a negative effect on citizens who’ve never scammed a shareholder in their lives.

Read the article here at tech


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  • These corporate rules are not really laws at all and they are clearly unconstitutional and do not apply to sovereign public. The only they can enforce them is by breaking more real laws and violating their oath of office and commit treason.

    • Here’s the Secret – Only allow programs you want to make changes to your files on your hard drive, including your Browse, make those changes.

      Let’s face it, everyone has clicked a link at one or more times during a browsing session that has sent them to an unintentional destination, and that history can be stored on one’s computer, maybe for life. So, what if I told you there are free programs available that actually make your computer a ghost ship sailing through your Internet day?

      While there are many of these programs available, I want to introduce you to Toolwiz Time Freeze 2015. This completely free program, which I am not affiliated with in any way, does exactly what I have described above, it puts your computer and every program on it, except those that you choose such as your Word processor, into ghost state, meaning that the moment you shut down your computer everything you did while it was activated is erased, not erased from the hard drive, erased like it never happened. That’s right, like it never happened.

      With a free program like Toolwiz Time Freeze 2015 you are never in violation of any laws because the moment you install this free program, it shields your computer from any changes during the time you have turned on your pc. All your browsing history, never happened. All the changes that a virus or other malware that entered your pc from a bad file or program you downloaded or got as an attachment in an email, never happened. In fact, the moment you shut off your computer for the night, everything is gone, like it never happened except those programs you have chosen to write changes.

      Also, you can even password protect the program so that it can never be turned off when others use your computer.

  • LavenderRose

    YOU are awesome, a walking library of interesting reads..tks

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