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Google / Gmail Bows Down Again To Foreign Governments

A California court has issued a subpoena demanding Google reveal the IP addresses of journalists writing for a corruption busting journal from the Caribbean.

The August 28 subpoena, issued by the Superior Court, County of Santa Clara, as part of a “libel tourism” action taken by non-US property developers, demands detailed information about the operators of “tcijournal@gmail.com”. The account is the main email address of the TCI Journal, the most influential journal covering the Turks & Caicos Islands. The Islands are a tourist mecca and tax haven in the Caribbean sea, and until August 14 were an independent British protectorate.

Exposures in the Journal culminated in a dramatic UK governance takeover of the Islands on August 14.

A trail of evidence dug up by the TCI Journal, a UK commission of inquiry, and others, showed that foreign property developers were giving millions in secret loans and payments to senior Islander politicians, including an alleged $500,000 cash payment to the Island’s now former Premier, Michael Misick.

The Commission of Inquiry Final Report was released on the 18th of July this year in significatly redacted form. A full version was released by WikiLeaks. A High Court case ensued which initially enjoined all media in the Islands from reporting the redacted findings, however within a few days this restriction was overturned.

The Gmail subpeona applicant, property developer Dr. Cem Kinay, along with his two companies, Turks Ltd, and Star Platinum Island, were mentioned several times during public oral hearings of the Commission of Inquiry and featured significantly in the redacted portions of the Commission’s Final Report.

In particular there are allegations of bribery of public officials (e.g of the Premier with an irregular payment of $500,000), in the acquisition of public land valued by the government appraiser at approximately $60 – $100 million dollars U.S., for a price of $3.2 million dollars.

On August 14, the UK announced that it had taken direct rule over the Islands and suspended its parliament.

According to the notifying letter from Google to the Journal, Google intends to hand over the requested records in just over two weeks, without any defense, and states that the Journal may file a counter-motion with the Santa-Clara court itself.

Subpoenas for records are rubber-stamped by US courts, meaning that anyone in a position to start law suits in California can obtain private information about Gmail users who are not in a position to respond in kind, including cash-strapped corruption busting journalists from the Caribbean.

Google has elected to keep extensive, non-anoymized records on its users, but not defend these records from disclosure. This combination, together with inequitable access to justice in Californian courts, is toxic.

From: Google Legal Support
Date: Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 6:18 PM
Subject: Re: [#498732750] Subpoena Notice from Google (internal reference
To: tcijournal@gmail.com


Google has received a civil subpoena for information related to your
Google account in a case entitled Turks Ltd / Star Platinum Island / Ltd.
Dr Cem Kinay v. John Doe 1 and Does 2-50, Superior Court, County of Santa
Clara, State of California, Case number 1-09-CV-150301.

To comply with the law, unless you provide us with a copy of a motion to
quash the subpoena (or other formal objection filed in court) via email at
legal-support@google.com by 5pm Pacific Time on September 16, 2009, Google
will assume you do not have an objection to production of the requested
information and may provide responsive documents on this date.

For more information about the subpoena, you may wish to contact the party
seeking this information at:

Danielle N. Garno
Greenberg Traurig LLP
1900 University Avenue, 5th Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Unfortunately, Google is not in a position to provide you with legal

If you have other questions regarding the subpoena, we encourage you to
contact your attorney.

Thank you,
Google Legal Support


Your good pals at Google are further promoting censorship by complying with this court order. It just goes to show how much Google values your privacy. They are nothing short of a joke!


Pidgin – The Encrypted Instant Messenger

As most of you know, I highly support encryption in all things internet. As such, this article will focus on encrypting our instant messenger sessions and will talk about the Pidgin instant messenger system with a focus on Pidgin OTR (Off-The Record Messaging) and how your chat sessions can be completely encrypted and protected at all times. Before we go any further, I need to tell you that Pidgin supports multiple instant messengers all at once so if you use more than one messenger, you can run them all from within the one Pidgin client. Ok, lets take a look at what Pidgin supports:

Novell GroupWise
MySpace IM

Now keep in mind that even if you have multiple accounts with any instant messaging services, you can run them all at once through this system. The direct download for the Pidgin Messenger can be found at http://www.pidgin.im You can get the Pidgin OTR add-on from here.

You may now be wondering what Off-The-Record Messaging is all about. Let me explain:

No one else can read your instant messages.

You are assured the correspondent is who you think it is.

The messages you send do not have digital signatures that are checkable by a third party. Anyone can forge messages after a conversation to make them look like they came from you. However, during a conversation, your correspondent is assured the messages he sees are authentic and unmodified.

*Perfect forward secrecy
If you lose control of your private keys, no previous conversation is compromised.

It should be noted that Pidgin & OTR are completely free. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License which means you will never be charged for it. Every one likes something for free right?

Ok, the “No Digital Signature” means complete deniability. This means that in a court of law, no one can prove that an instant messenger conversation actually originated by you. All instant messengers, even the hugely popular ones by MSN, Yahoo, Google, & ICQ all contain digital signatures that go out with each message you send and can be personally traced back to you by an expert. Pidgin & OTR eliminate this possibility if implemented correctly. The main functionality of the OTR add-on is to encrypt all messages between two users. This means that you and the person you are talking to via instant messenger must both have the Pidgin instant messenger and OTR installed. This is a two way system.

Once you and the other person(s) are encrypted, you are assured of a completely private and highly secure instant messenger chat session. Proxy options are fully compatible with this instant messenger. The IAPS SSH 768-bit Encrypted Service is especially useful with this service.


IAPS Reseller Information

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2.) Technical support provided by IAPS Security Technicians. (You don’t need to know anything technical.)

3.) Flexible payments options including Pay Pal, Google Check-Out, Pecunix, Liberty Reserve, Credit Cards, & More.

4.) Bi-monthly account review and performance reports.

5.) Discounts based on reseller/associate performance.

6.) Huge discounts based on bulk purchases of 10 accounts or more.

7.) Live remote support for your clients by IAPS Security Technicians. (You don’t have to be technically inclined to sell. IAPS will provide support for your clients.)

8.) Reseller/associate payments are due on the 1st and 15th of every month unless otherwise indicated.

9.) All reseller/associate requests for information can be done from here.

10.) Resellers can request an exclusive distributorship for their preferred country at any time after an initial 60 day period.

11.) The IAPS Schedule of Reseller Fees is available upon request.

12.) Reseller/associate personal accounts are provided free of charge as long as you are an active reseller for more than one month. Active resellers can select accounts from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, & Luxembourg.

13.) Secure/encrypted FREE storage space is available to any reseller/associate that needs it. This is something that must be specifically requested. Under this program, any files you upload to the designated server are automatically encrypted while being stored. For additional security you may encrpyt any files before uploading them. Each reseller/associate will be granted up to 500 MB of free storage space.

Remember, you don’t need to know a single thing about technical details. IAPS technicians will support your clients. The only thing you have to know how to do is sell. If you are located in any country with a big expat population or know people looking for privacy, secured hosting, or that have a need for online tv viewing while in a restricted country, then you have the potential for success. As long as you work at it, you can go very far in the online world. Since the internet provides a global clientele, success is only limited by you!