Indymedia Gets Servers Back

As a follow-up to the seizure of Indymedia’s servers by the FBI:

Inital victory- FBI return seized servers

Mayler, 13.10.2004 18:26

Global Indymedia Servers Returned After Indymedia Goes to Court!

by Sascha Meinrath

Email: sascha (nospam) (unverified!) 13 Oct 2004

In a huge initial victory for Indymedia, the two servers recently seized by the FBI were returned this morning to Rackspace (the hosting service where the servers were first taken from). Indymedia is now weighing additional legal options after this illegal seizure of its servers.

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From Rackspace:

I know that you have gone through more than I can possibly understand. I was just told that the court order is being complied with and your servers in London will be online at 5pm GMT.

I will pass along anymore information that becomes available and that I am allowed to.

Again, I do not have the words to understand nor express the feelings and emotions you have endured since this began.


Jason Carter

Business Development Consultant

jcarter (at)


From Jeff:

I also spoke to rackspace (Jacques) on the phone waaaaay too early this morning. 😉

So rackpace is ready to power the boxes up now. We are in a brief holding pattern before we have them flip the switch. We will treat the boxes as compromised (cracked/hacked) servers.

It is believed that the original data is on the drive, but we haven’t been able to verify this yet. That is a loooooooooooooooooooooong process.

Rackspace did say that the drives were the originals (so the gov’t probably cloned them).

This reeks of classic intimidation tactics from the US government. Seize someone’s servers, with no reason given, no proper channels being followed just to see how long you can get away with it. Then buckle as soon as an official legal challenge is made.

It’s all a bit too mysterious, isn’t it?

Still, we must bow down and do EVERYTHING the US government and its rogue agencies like the FBI and CIA demand. If we don’t, the evil terrorists out there might… er… take away our democracy and freedom of speech?