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Around 9am EDT June 28, 2013, Google removed my blog from the Internet and locked me out of my account.
They did this under the guise of having detected "suspicious activity" on my account.
The only way they could have concluded that was by spying on my legal activities on my own computer!
What had I done, that attracted their attention? I used Tor on my computer, but I did not go to my Google blog nor my Google account from the Tor browser. (2013 Jul 01: "Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships.")
Yet when I later went to view my blog using a "standard" browser, the screen said the blog no longer existed!
Words can't begin to describe the emotions I felt, that the blog I have worked on since 2009 for artistic expression was gone! I had friends verify the blog was in fact gone from the Internet. When I attempted to login to my account, the screen said the account had been deactivated.
While I can understand Google deactivating my ability to login to my account due to their belief of suspicious activity on it, there was NO JUSTIFICATION to REMOVE my blog from the Internet! The account was locked, so there was no way I nor any nefarious person could make any changes to the blog.
I was subsequently able to restore my account and blog, but...
I should have expected such actions by Google, the disingenuous NSA collaborator that was spying on the Germans (and everyone else) using Street View. "Google has been accidentally gathering extracts of personal web activity from domestic wifi networks through the Street View cars it has used since 2007, it said last night."
And with regard to the NSA's domestic spying:
"The government assures us that it does not maintain a database of incidentally collected information from non-targeted United States persons, and there is no evidence to the contrary. On these facts, incidentally collected communications of non-targeted United States persons do not violate the Fourth Amendment."
The full text from that court ruling can be read here.
The Fourth Amendment
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
The First Amendment
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
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