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Website sues over domain name seizure

John Moe Jun 14, 2011

For the past year or so, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (a division of the Department of Homeland Security) has been conducting an initiative called “Operation in Our Sites,” in which the agency goes after rogue website and seizes their domain names. There’s been a lot of controversy of this – some argue the standards with which the agency uses to determine whether a website is rogue or not are unclear. Through the criticism, ICE has been unapologetic about all the sites it has shut down. Now, Rojadirecta, one of the sites ICE shut down earlier this year, is suing the U.S. government, Homeland Security and ICE. Rojadirecta challenges, among other things, that the siezure violates the First Amendment.

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