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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, January 22, 2006

'Googling' Google looks unconstitutional

The Bush administration's googling of Google would be fine, were it not accompanied by a subpoena that demands the Internet company give up more than 1 million Web addresses and search terms.

This is no ordinary search.

It's another example of the administration's broad, overreaching ways where the end justifies the means.

The Justice Department says it's merely asking Google for a random list from one week to help their effort to stop pornography from being accessible to children online. The government said privacy shouldn't be an issue because the information would not identify Google's users.

But Google is right to balk at the subpoena, unlike three other companies, America Online, Microsoft and Yahoo, which gave a portion of what the government requested.

A court in California should simply declare the subpoena of Google unconstitutional and send a message to Washington.

There are echoes of the NSA spying case here.

The Bush administration should have a greater respect for our civil liberties.