Friday, February 29, 2008

Hey, Mark, can I have one of those Homeland Security summonses, too?

There's an interesting article in the Salt Lake Weekly about a nutcase who defamed Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and others via e-mail. She sounds extremely annoying and, if the allegations are true, let's hope she faces stiff consequences.

But the article also says that Shurtleff's office used Department of Homeland Security summonses -- yes, Homeland Security -- to get information about this woman. According to the article,

Shurtleff’s investigators served 10 U.S. Department of Homeland Security summons on various information networks, including Yahoo! and MSN, along with Weber State University. The summons were issued at the end of 2006 and early 2007 to secure the Internet and scholastic records of Guyon and another student suspect later disregarded.

(Don't worry, Other Unnamed Student. Your Constitutional rights may have been disregarded when your private internet records were obtained, but at least you were, too.)

The summonses state they are “to determine the liability for duties, taxes, fines, penalties or forfeitures and/or to ensure compliance with the laws or regulations administered by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” No reference to stalking or e-mail harassment appears. Summons recipients are instructed not to disclose the existence of the demands. Failure to comply with them, they are warned, will result in "proceedings in a U.S. District Court.”

In addition, one of these U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement summons to Qwest Communications also cited “a matter involving the sexual exploitation of a minor.” Several summons for member information faxed to MSN and Excite Network also referred to “Child sexual exploitation investigation.”

Opponents of Homeland Security rules -- which bypass basic Fourth Amendment rights -- have argued for years that they could be abused by law enforcement using them in cases having nothing to do with Homeland Security. If the article is correct, this sounds like Exhibit A. Meanwhile, though, we keep getting Viagra e-mails in spite of our spam filters. Can we borrow a couple of those Homeland Security summonses?


rmwarnick said...

That's a great article, thanks for flagging it. Why couldn't Shurtleff and the other big shots just delete their unwanted e-mails, instead of starting a major investigation? Hope that gets answered in court.

Sam E. Antar said...

Recently Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff colluded with a campaign contributor and its CEO Patrick Byrne to defame me. is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Patrick Byrne is the admitted target of the SEC probe.

My blog has detailed many accounting irregularities, false and misleading statements, and violations of law by and Patrick Byrne.

I suggest that that you read the following posts on my blog with regards to Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff:

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff Panders to Campaign Contributor & CEO Patrick Byrne and Defames Critic

Link here:

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff Caught Lying on Behalf of and Patrick Byrne (Note: Listen to the taped conversation with Richard Hamp and I have other taped conversations with Kirk Torgensen and Hamp not yet published)

Link here:

Open Letter to Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff Re: Your lies on behalf of campaign contributor

Link here:

As I wrote in my blog:

“Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's deliberate efforts to defame me on behalf of and its CEO Patrick Byrne have placed a dark cloud on his ethics and integrity as the chief legal officer of the state of Utah…. A legitimate question can be raised as to whether the Chief Legal Officer of the state of Utah by publicly taking the side of after taking their campaign contributions has become a facilitator of the company and has involved himself in the commission of a securities fraud.”


Sam E. Antar (former Crazy Eddie CFO and a convicted felon)

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