There was one post on Midwesttimez.com about the FBI’s seizure of myredbook.com in the Silicon Valley. That post had 10 entries and the hobbyist response was a decided “meh.” Brainy member “Cavie” even linked from Midwesttimez.com to the site that now carries the following message:
This domain name has been seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as the result of a joint investigation by the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service.
This domain name is subject to both civil and criminal forfeiture. This seizure is based on probable cause to believe that this domain name was involved in money laundering derived from racketeering based on prostitution in violation of state and federal law.
Property, including domain names, involved in violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 1957, is subject to civil and criminal forfeiture to the United States pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Section 981(a)(1)(A) and Section 982(a)(1).
To report information about a crime to the FBI, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI.
The blithe indifference to this is remarkable since only two years ago the FBI, after months and maybe years of surveillance of the owners and members of all of the local Michigan boards, raided those same boards, took all of the member information including IP addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. This information is now in the hands of the FBI. Moreover, the warrant showed that the FBI had monitored the personal e-mail accounts of the board owners in order to build its case. How certain any any member be that their e-mail isn’t being monitored?
And what about the indications that FBI agents spied on board members and followed them to hotels where appointments were taking place? Do people think this won’t happen again? The funding is in place for these investigations. I’ve been told that the FBI had infiltrated MiCompanions in the same way that it had operated on Escort Vault and AESource. Is Midwesttimez.com immune from this simply because you need an “invite” to join? I doubt it.
TomZ, Ralphie, and the rest of the crew had better be looking over their shoulders. But, my guess is they’re not.