44 members of the US congress officially asked the Italian government to stop the "Anti-imperialist Camp and their affiliates" as "supporters of terrorist activities [who] are planning to meet on Italian soil in the near
future to plan a campaign for financial aid to terrorism".
44 members of Congress sent a letter to Italy's ambassador to the United States, expressing "concern" about the Ten Euros campaign and an upcoming October meeting in Rome by Campo Antiimperialista (in English, the Anti-Imperialist Camp). Two days later, Antiimperialista's U.S. web hosting company–after being deluged with complaints–shut down the group's website.
It turns out the Web company, Providence, Utah-based WestHost, was in a bit of a bind. For over a year, WestHost had been under a secret court order to turn over all its logs and files on Antiimperialista.org to the Department of Homeland Security. Every time a visitor clicked on the group's website, DHS received a record showing his or her Internet protocol address–a unique number that can potentially be traced to a specific computer. "Working with Homeland Security definitely put us in an awkward situation," says Brian Chambers, WestHost's vice president for operations. "Our forums were just going crazy" with people denouncing the firm for hosting alleged supporters of terrorism.
WestHost was finally able to shut down the site with DHS's blessing. The reason: The agency had struck a dead end with its investigation. "The case is on a downward spiral because of lack of cooperation by some foreign authorities," Corey Holsinger, an agent with DHS's Cyber Crimes Center, wrote WestHost. "Therefore, we no longer need these logs." Indeed, U.S. officials were frustrated by a lack of action by Italian counterterrorism officials, who had done little with the intelligence gathered by the Americans, officials tell U.S. News."
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