Arizona will compel you*

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Continuing a theme by Foothill Cities, I point to some weird shit going on in Arizona. The recent attempts by our local cities to either threaten or actually shut down bloggers caused quite a stir. Some called it an overreaction and that government officials would never go that far. But there are always some willing to step over the line. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, of tents and pink underwear fame, and friends are crazy examples of that. Spurred by critical stories, they went to a Grand Jury and served subponeaes that should make every web user and blogger shudder:
-The subpoena demands: “Any and all documents containing a compilation of aggregate information about the Phoenix New Times Web site created or prepared from January 1, 2004 to the present, including but not limited to :
A) which pages visitors access or visit on the Phoenix New Times website;
B) the total number of visitors to the Phoenix New Times website;
C) information obtained from ‘cookies,’ including, but not limited to, authentication, tracking, and maintaining specific information about users (site preferences, contents of electronic shopping carts, etc.);
D) the Internet Protocol address of anyone that accesses the Phoenix New Times website from January 1, 2004 to the present;
E) the domain name of anyone that has accessed the Phoenix New Times website from January 1, 2004 to the present;
F) the website a user visited prior to coming to the Phoenix New Times website;
G) the date and time of a visit by a user to the Phoenix New Times website;
H) the type of browser used by each visitor (Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Netscape Navigator, Firefox, etc.) to the Phoenix New Times website; and
I) the type of operating system used by each visitor to the Phoenix New Times website.”
*Moved up.

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