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Via a Jesse Walker post at Hit and Run, Google tells the DOJ to stuff its request for search information. I'm not going in depth on the story, so I encourage you to read it for yourself, but I did want to highlight something scary.

In court papers that the San Jose Mercury News reported on after seeing them Wednesday, the Bush administration depicts the information as vital in its effort to restore online child protection laws that have been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Do they even pretend that there is a separation of powers in the United States anymore?

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It's not quite that bad. As

It's not quite that bad. As I understand it, the administration is basically gathering information to address the court's concerns about the law unnecessarily burdening users and/or content providers (by showing that client-side filters don't work and that the burden therefore is necessary). So it's not as though the administration is trying to enforce the law in direct defiance of the court.

All the same, I can't help wondering why my tax dollars are being used by the administration in an attempt to influence public policy.

Further clarification: The

Further clarification: The Supreme Court didn't actually strike down the COPA. Rather, they upheld a preliminary injunction and remanded the case to the district court for further consideration of its merits. The administration is now gathering evidence to present during that further consideration.

So...if Bush is Hitler, then

So...if Bush is Hitler, then 9/11 was the Reichstag fire? Or what was your actual point vis-a-vis the comparison?

You've got to love it when a

You've got to love it when a company is more willing to give out Chinese protestors information to a Communist government that uses "re-education camps", then they are willing to give information about child pornographers to a legally elected government...

But, you know, China is the better country to live in because they have seperation of powers.

Forgive me, but what happens to Google if they refuse the Justice Department's request? The Federal Government brings them to court and they turn the documents over...

What happens to Google if they refuse to CENSOR the Internet for Chinese people? They would, in all probability, get kicked out of the country.

But, like, Bush is, like, evil and he's, like, destroying the Constitution, like, dude.