This latest collapse of an ISP could be just another illustration (there have been 2 or 3 so far, I think) as to what a display of institutionalised and legalised thuggery can actually achieve.
The Megaupload was arguably a salutary lesson for all, since it demonstrated what the real
powers could make happen to you
if they become impatient and decide to avoid following an expensive, time-consuming and due legal process. Just concoct some trumped-up charges and release the dogs.
One thing it seems to have proven is that force/intimidation ("shock and awe") is still
the most effective deterrent when employed by State/MAFIAA thugs.
I must admit that I would never have expected to see a repeat of the sort of calculating, deliberate, absolutely over-the-top - i.e., excessive and unnecessarily violent - actions by the New Zealand police that were evident in the1981 South Africa rugby union tour of New Zealand
That it was apparently done in this
case at the behest of a foreign Fascist State beggars belief.
There is a documentary on NZTV tonight that apparently examines whether there was unnecessary force employed, but given that it is State-funded TV, I think the outcome could be predictable - "Nothing to see here Move on." Keep the proles happy.
We shall see.