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Bush Website Blocked Outside N. America

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the registered-and-likely-voters dept.

Republicans 1797

acey72 writes "The BBC News are reporting that George W Bush's re-election website (don't bother if you aren't in the USA) is blocked to people accessing it from outside the USA. Netcraft spotted the change on Monday, and have a report on the matter. Oh well, at least John Kerry's site still works for us outlanders." At least some Canadians can access the Bush campaign site, but Europeans cannot (without going through a U.S. proxy).

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At least the .org's still accessible! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641763)

though it's a little off-message [georgewbush.org] .

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Someone explain to me how this is news (2, Insightful)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641769)

From the article:

On 21 October, the George W Bush website began using the services of a company called Akamai to ensure that the pages, videos and other content on its site reaches visitors.

Mike Prettejohn, president of Netcraft, speculated that the blocking decision was taken to cut costs, and traffic, in the run-up to the election on 2 November.

He said the site may see no reason to distribute content to people who will not be voting next week.

Managing traffic could also be a good way to ensure that the site stays working in the closing days of the election campaign.


And:

However, simply blocking non-US visitors also means that Americans overseas are barred too.

Ok, yeah, that's the ONE thing that might be pertinent, and might be arguable.

Otherwise, there's always this [archive.org] , and this [google.com] , and this [google.com] , and, um, the whole rest of the internet and every other available source of information in print, television, radio, and so on, on Earth.

This is a political campaign site with political campaign propaganda. And since there are still an extremely wide variety of ways to get at its content and information from outside the US, it's obviously not some kind of "international censorship". (C'mon, slashdot! I know you can come up with some crazy shit!) Even the Netcraft guy realizes that. It's not like the New York Times, or critical news information, is suddenly blocked. Hell, within the last week, they had to start using Akamai! That alone should prove to a normal person that there are clearly traffic concerns at play. They have little to no obligation to serve anyone outside of the US, with the statistically negligible exception of US citizens outside the US.

Ok, slashdot, let's see who can come up with the best off-the-wall looney conspiracy theories to twist this around as a malicious, underhanded tactic, and some kind of "proof" that Bush is evil incarnate! While you're at it, explain to me how it's right for the Guardian to encourage its UK readers, i.e., not US citizens, to start a letter writing and email campaign to Ohioans encouraging them to vote for John Kerry, or, better yet, calling for the assassination of the sitting US president [mercurynews.com] ! (Even as a "joke".)

In a regular column in The Guardian newspaper's Saturday TV listings magazine, Charlie Brooker described Bush in scathing terms, and concluded: "John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr., where are you now that we need you?"

3... 2... 1...

Go!

Re:Someone explain to me how this is news (2, Insightful)

jxyama (821091) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641829)

>He said the site may see no reason to distribute content to people who will not be voting next week.

very disturbing, if true.

"He said the administration see no reason to distribute policies to people who will not be affecting them."

Re:Someone explain to me how this is news (4, Insightful)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641860)

Um...this is a POLITICAL CAMPAIGN SITE. The people not voting next week should have NO IMPACT here. The official policies of the United States, whoever is in office, are not disseminated by political campaign sites, but by myriad other means.

Re:Someone explain to me how this is news (3, Insightful)

jxyama (821091) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641928)

ideally, yes... but given (admittedly biased personal view) how the administration has been in dealing with the rest of the world (i.e. basically ignoring them), i am not as hopeful. it's the general attitude (as reflected in something like this) that scares me, not the intent...

Re:Someone explain to me how this is news (5, Insightful)

prell (584580) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641868)

This change of permission is very literal, almost comical example of not caring what the rest of the world thinks, and siding with the interests of business.

Blaming this on the capabilities of the provider is not an excuse.

Re:Someone explain to me how this is news (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641898)

Blaming this on the capabilities of the provider is not an excuse

That didn't sound to me like blaming capabilities, but more like not wanting to pay for their services outside the US.

Re:Someone explain to me how this is news (2, Insightful)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641903)

Good job; I knew you wouldn't let me down!

You do realize that, fundamentally, no matter how "ironic" you think it is, that non-US citizens do not and should not have any say whatsoever in the outcome of US elections? And that, therefore, US political campaign sites have no actual reason to serve anyone other than voters?

Re:Someone explain to me how this is news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641886)

Whatever.

Conan O'Brien (or one of his ilk) ran a crawl over the footage of GW's inauguration four fateful years ago, reading "Assassins wanted. Inquire at (CBS Studios' telephone number)," and was promptly asked to not do it again.

This is at least a shade more subtle than that. Obviously, the left in Britain would be aware that W's assassination would more-than-likely lead to martial law and an effective (if temporary) coup by his puppeteers.

Re:Someone explain to me how this is news (1, Insightful)

Analogy Man (601298) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641930)

some kind of "proof" that Bush is evil incarnate!

Well, the usual suspects denied tobacco was harmful...until proven otherwise.

They deny scientific evidence of global warming...until the Alaskan pipeline sinks into the permafrost

Not to say that Bush is evil per se. Just a meglomaniac manipulative weasle frat boy.

Go ahead mod me a troll.

Perfectly demonstrates (5, Insightful)

xThinkx (680615) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641771)

How much of a solid foreign policy this guy has.

LALALALA! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641885)

I CAN'T HEAR YOU!

And you go away completely when I close my eyes!

Re:Perfectly demonstrates (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641947)

Right. No, it demonstrates that he is targeting only the majority of people who can actually vote for him, and he is protecting the site from "outside" attacks. Seems perfectly reasonable. And this reflects nothing of his foreign policy other than to demonstrate that there are real threats outside the United States, and he is willing to take measures to protect the interestes of the United States--something he, and every other President, was elected to do.

And just because a site is on the 'net doesn't mean that it has to be accessible from everywhere on the 'net.

Works from Canada... (5, Funny)

deragon (112986) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641774)

Works from Montreal, Canada... Are we considered the 51st state? Can we vote? :)

Re:Works from Canada... (1, Funny)

miscellaneous_havoc (621991) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641794)

Works from Montreal, Canada... Are we considered the 51st state? Can we vote? :)

As long as it's not for Bush!

Re:Works from Canada... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641831)

Works from Montreal, Canada... Are we considered the 51st state?

Even when we take over Canada, you can still keep Quebec.

Re:Works from Canada... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641924)

To be fair, Montreal wants to separate from Quebec.

Re:Works from Canada... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641874)

No but you are considered North America, last I checked.

Re:Works from Canada... (0)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641884)

..and in Winnipeg too (although my employer's ISP has it's gateway in Toronto, so I guess I should claim that's where it really works, even though I'm not actually there.)(Eeek, what a long winded parenthetic comment.)

Are we considered the 51st state? No thats the UK (1, Insightful)

[000000] (130723) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641907)

Are we considered the 51st state?
No thats the UK is.

Re:Works from Canada... (1)

{Hecubus} (62076) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641912)

Works from Winnipeg, at the U of M, and from home using Shaw.

Both domains end in .ca?

Guess we're allowed to watch for some reason...

Same here in Calgary... (1)

Hamster Lover (558288) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641931)

both on my Telus ADSL connection and the LAN extension (provided by Bell) to Ontario that we have at work.

It also works on my friends Shaw cable internet, so I am not sure what netblocks they are restricting but three of the major Internet providers in Canada are not affected it seems.

Re:Works from Canada... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641945)

works in Ottawa too.

Sticking your head in the sand. (-1, Troll)

FrankieBoy (452356) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641777)

Nice. Let's censor information for the Greater Good. I'm not a Bush fan but this is not a good thing in my opinion.

Re:Sticking your head in the sand. (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641910)

It would be different if they were censoring something important and unbiased. "Censoring" their own content from those abroad isn't exactly something I could give too shits about.

Yay, no more political propaganda overseas via www.georgewbush.com.

It's not a big deal.

Non-US Simulation (5, Informative)

Big Mark (575945) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641778)

Not in the US? Here's what you're missing!
Access Denied

You don't have permission to access "http://www.georgewbush.com/" on this server.

Re:Non-US Simulation (4, Insightful)

infinite9 (319274) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641846)

Anyone know why? I don't know I'm asking. I bet it's a preemptive action to prevent DDOS attacks from outside.

Re:Non-US Simulation (4, Interesting)

suso (153703) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641927)

So its not a routing table thing then, they are actually doing it from the web server. Crazy.

It makes me wonder, how are they doing it and if they got all the IP blocks for non-us countries, or if they just went by "blocking APNIC and RIPE blocks"

a few questions... (1)

jxyama (821091) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641780)

why?

and

whoever thought of this didn't think people would find out?

Re:a few questions... (4, Insightful)

Rico_za (702279) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641862)

In some way it makes financial sense, by cutting bandwidth costs. They're mostly excluding people that can't vote for you anyway. On the other hand, they're excluding American voters overseas, maybe not such a smart thing. And it's bound to generate bad publicity. Maybe not such a bright idea as they originally thought.

Re:a few questions... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641875)

Probably an attempt to cut down on DDOS-ing. Same as their decision to have Akamai host their content.

Re:a few questions... (1)

bizpile (758055) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641919)

whoever thought of this didn't think people would find out?

Since when has this administration cared about people finding out about the stupid stuff they do? They'll just issue a press release that says it's for "security" reasons and that they are "staying the course" and "being strong and decisive."

At last (4, Funny)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641781)

Now he can safely discuss security issues!

...huh? (1)

TWX (665546) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641782)

I know that Bush's standings aren't that good with the rest of the world, but I didn't realise that he was that disliked...

Forum abuse perhaps? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641784)

Does it have a forum, or a feedback system? It could be that they were getting a lot of, ahem, abusive messages from non-US citizens and decided this was the best way to curb them. Has anyone actually asked the admins?

Either way BFD. Political websites are almost entirely content or truth free. Why bother reading them?

Re:Forum abuse perhaps? (4, Insightful)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641881)

They don't want to waste campaign dollars on bandwidth. I'm fine with that.

Any webmaster can block connections from any IPs he doesn't want connecting, I don't see how georgewbush.com should be any different.

Not Surprised (5, Interesting)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641785)

Given the previous attacks by Cyber-Terroists (eg: those few odd groups protesting the RNC) I'm not surprised. If they limit the connections to US only it'll be alot easier to track them down.

Re:Not Surprised (2, Insightful)

NardofDoom (821951) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641890)

If they limit the connections to US only it'll be alot easier to track them down.

Except when they go through a proxy or zombie pc and the FBI bursts in on Granny running AdAware to get her PC to go faster.

And there weren't a few odd groups protesting the RNC. Almost half the country doesn't like George Bush. Sure, a few of the groups were odd, but there weren't only a few groups.

Stupid. (4, Insightful)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641786)

Does anyone see this as anything other than stupid? I mean, he's blocking all overseas absentee voters, and he's not exactly making himself look good to the rest of the world. Of course, come to think about it, he really hasn't done that in the past either. ;^)

Re:Stupid. (-1, Troll)

wuice (71668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641865)

It's alright, all he needs is his good friend Diebold.

Proxy (5, Informative)

seizer (16950) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641787)

For those of us with non-US IPs, and who still have some hankering to actually visit the site, then Proxify [proxify.com] will let you view. Be warned though, it shows NSFW text ads as well.

Re:Proxy (3, Informative)

seizer (16950) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641828)

Proxify has just switched into "high traffic" mode, and isn't allowing free access - they don't normally charge!

(Replying to self - what a faux pas)

Fine. (5, Funny)

MadFarmAnimalz (460972) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641788)

Then he's going to get blocked on my site in reply.

What's George W. Bush's IP? Anyone know?

Re:Fine. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641858)

1.2.3.4

Re:Fine. (1)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641895)

127.0.0.1

Censored (1)

[000000] (130723) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641790)

So the US has Censored the Bush website and deemed it a waste of time Hence blocking it to the outside world of America and saving the rest of the world.

What a..... (1)

Digital Warfare (746982) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641792)

shame. ;)

As if we didn't get ignored enough (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641793)

We're so nonexistant to our southern neighbours they even forgot to lock us out of their websites.

republicans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641795)

globalization, globalization, globalization.

however, despise the U.N., disregard foreign opinion, and smirk at the desires of other nations whose actions we affect.

just your money please.

why bother? (3, Insightful)

Jeffery (810339) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641797)

people actually read the lies on any politicians re-election or election web page? i'm a bush fan, but i've taken a look at both bush's and kerry's web pages, and they are both so full of crap it's unreal. so honestly, who cares if you can't read lies? go on a search (google) for the truth, and make up your own mind on what you believe to be true, not what you are told is truth.

Bush gets no love (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641799)

Bush gets no love outside the US.
Big suprise...

"Sir we have to take your website offline outside the US because of all the foriegn hackers who hate you."

Bush: "What is a website?"

Re:Bush gets no love (1, Funny)

DavidLeblond (267211) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641870)

A website is a place on the internets.

Gahhh sorry I had to!

Good (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641801)

Bastards needed to get their noses out of America's business anyway. All political sites in the US should be non-accessible to outsiders. :P

Because you dont matter (0, Flamebait)

BWJones (18351) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641804)

Likely because anybody wanting to access the website from outside the US simply does not matter to Bush. Look, this is a guy who if you do not share his opinion or can help him out in any way, you become a non entity. Classic example is the Philadelphia Enquirer reporter who was talking to Bush telling him that he did not exactly agree with his position. The response from Bush? "Who cares what you think." Classic.

Look, from the perspective of Bush, anybody accessing his website from another country (and he has alienated so many in other countries) can 1) not have any impact on his re-election and 2) Likely will not be a fan of the man because you are in a demographic who likely does not support him.

Is this a message ? (1)

aepervius (535155) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641806)

I mean, passively not carring who visit the web site , and only have content for US is fine, after all it is a political web site. But actively blocking the rest of the world... That comming for our world cooperator "pres. Bush"... I am strongly wishing that this MUST be an error of the net admin, not on purpose...

What's the point of this? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641809)

Mike Prettejohn, president of Netcraft, speculated that the blocking decision was taken to cut costs, and traffic, in the run-up to the election on 2 November.

He said the site may see no reason to distribute content to people who will not be voting next week.


They did this to cut costs?! Are they that hard up?!

Good thing there aren't any American voters outside the country.

Like say... stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, Germany, etc. etc.

Re:What's the point of this? (1)

PIBM (588930) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641888)

How are you sure that those exact countries are blocked. I'm from Québec city, in Québec, Canada, and I can see that site just fine. So must do many countries where there is a relatively high percentage of US voters present, that haven't voted using the anticipation method last week..

I guess they don't want to loose cash for advertising to useless (for them) people.. Just requiring Akamai solution is a proof that they have to serve a lot of people at once..

Re:What's the point of this? (2, Informative)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641920)

If you're referring to military personel, they route through domestic (US) networks and wouldn't be affected.

FOUR MORE DAYS (-1, Offtopic)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641811)

Four more days till Hallowe'en!

Hallowe'en, Hallowe'en!

Four more days till Hallowe'en!

SILVER SHAMROCK!

"You are not authorized..." (4, Insightful)

Gentoo Fan (643403) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641812)

Geez, at least put up a sensible message like "To reduce traffic load non-US visitors will see blah blah blah". Despite the fact that non-Americans aren't voting you should at least have some half decent PR.

that'll show them filthy Bush-bashing EUians (1)

Fiddy Cent (823482) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641818)

How will they live without accessing POTUS site? There will be riots in the streets I tell you.

Fascism at work (0, Troll)

Nuge (572497) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641820)

What else do you expect from fascists? The current administration are not Republicans, they are neocons! They are the new fascist party of the United States and are working toward global domination. www.newamericancentury.org to find out more.

Die non-americans die! (-1, Troll)

thedarksyde (743311) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641823)

That is because GW hates non-americans! He wants to kill them all, and he surely doesn't want them going to his website with his name on it, looking at picutres of him waving and smiling! That's only for Americans! Close the borders! Lock down the internets! Kill Canada! -GO VOTE!

Diplomatic Oversight (5, Funny)

themesb (684888) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641824)

But how will Tony Blair know what to do next?

I bet (5, Funny)

StevenHenderson (806391) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641826)

I bet that the Saudis still have access to the site. I mean, he has to get campaign contributions somehow, right?

What idiot voted for this jackass the first time?! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641929)

Unlike the hoodwinked American public, I think the Saudis know quite well what they're buying.

Racism? (2, Insightful)

mungeh (663492) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641830)

Isn't this like a textbook example of institutional racism?

Not surprising (2, Insightful)

mre5565 (305546) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641834)

There's been a spat of vandalism on
Bush campaign offices. The folks who
run the campaign are probably calculating
that a DoS attack on the web site is likely,
and mostly like to originate from foreign
countries where Bush is very unpopular.
Not having the web site available for the next
few days could be devastating.

nyud.net:8090 works (4, Informative)

W2k (540424) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641836)

Though I've never felt the need to visit Bush's re-election website, it seems to be quite available through Coral [nyud.net] even for us europeans. Dog slow, though.

Anonymous Proxies (1)

TheJavaGuy (725547) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641838)

Here [openproxies.com] is a list of open proxies you can use to get to Bush's reelection site.

Oh really? (1)

salvorHardin (737162) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641849)

Is it any wonder when us limey sons-of-two-strangers are running campaigns such as this [theregister.co.uk] ?

Voter registration was blocked too? (2, Interesting)

Need More RWHP (818552) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641854)

Well, at least they didnt block the voter registration sites too. Oh wait...

I'm blocked too, and I live in the US.. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641855)

I live in Guam, and I can't access the site either. It's a US territory, so the citizens aren't allowed to vote in presidential elections, but it's still part of the US and, as it happens, I'm from VA so I'm eligible to vote. Although by absentee ballot wouldn't be counted until after the results are tallied anyway, so what's the point.

Not that I'd vote for Bush. Or Kerry. May they both Rot in Peace.

Umm did anyone bother to check? (1)

ReadbackMonkey (92198) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641859)

I'm in Ottawa, ON, Canada, and I got in just fine.

Overseas voters... (1)

HogGeek (456673) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641863)

have more than likely already voted...

This is for those of you calling foul for them...

Works for me (1)

DigiitalWiz (411279) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641867)

Works from Toronto, or atleast my companies IP

US military overseas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641871)

Are US Military members overseas able to access the content? Or are they lumped into the 'statistically negligible' count? I think they have a HUGE vested interest in who our next president is. Forget taxes and erosion of rights. It's their LIVES at stake.

This one works (5, Informative)

abdulwahid (214915) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641873)

Well, the hackers will never think of using this one https://georgewbush.com/ [georgewbush.com]

Yawn (2, Insightful)

BrK (39585) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641879)

So what?

There are already enough anti-Bush people that will take ANY change as some sort of big fuck-the-world gesture from the Bush camp. And of course despite that fact that nobody knows for sure WHY this has been implemented there will 1000 conspiracy theories posted, and dozens of pro-Kerry propaganda garbage as well.

Until there is enough information to actually discuss the topic with facts I'm not really interested...

Terror Alert! (1, Funny)

henrypijames (669281) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641880)

The website has obviously been shut down to prevent terrorist attacks on it, as indicated by credible inteligence reports. Don't be surprised if the Alert Level is raised to red in the next few days!

Ineffectual measures in network security. (1)

mkettler (6309) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641882)

My guess is this was implemented by some firewall admin as a security measure to protect the site from foreign hackers.

Quite frankly, this kind of measure really does not work for a high-value target like this one. Any well organized hacker group is going to have control of plenty of cable modem boxes on US soil.

You'll slow them down a tiny bit, but not by much.

The IP-range restriction might help slightly against syn-floods, but really you're not reducing the potential IP space by all that much. The US is pretty heavily populated with IPs.

*shrug* more clueless security measures by someone net admin with a bright idea but not much deep thought about it. It happens all the time, like those sites blocking all emails with the word "vulnerability" as porn spam. yeah, not so useful.

Bush is Braindead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641887)

Netcraft has confirmed.

Outside USA... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641889)

"Bush Website Blocked Outside N. America"

"The BBC News are reporting that George W Bush's re-election website (don't bother if you aren't in the USA) is blocked to people accessing it from outside the USA."

Some conflicting information there, no? The subject states it is blocked outside of NORTH America. Yet the content of the posting says it does not work outside the USA. Well, here I am in Canada (note: to those without brains, that is part of north america), and it works fine.

Get your facts straight, I know this is slashdot and hell i've come to expect the most blatant and stupid journalistic mistakes, but you'd think if the editors had brain cells they would learn from said mistakes. Maybe not. *shrug*

That's just fine... (1)

doppleganger871 (303020) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641892)

...most of europe is left-wing anyway. Don't need the unnecessary traffic wasting server time and bandwidth just to send data to people who are gonna do nothing but bash whatever the site says.

Dear America (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641893)

Dear America,

four years ago you told us that americans vote for GWB because he is a lot like the average american. Why do you wonder that we think that there are mostly idiots in America?

The World

No problem--the info is located on his other site (1)

44BSD (701309) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641896)

http://www.georgewbush.org/ [georgewbush.org]

Who cares???? (0, Redundant)

Kazrath (822492) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641897)

Honestly, Why the hell are you bent out of shape? Its an american propaganda website designed to promote voting come Nov. 2. If you are not a US citizen the site = worthless to you. For US citizens you have no reason to bitch. You can see the site just fine. This blocking of outside IP's is a NON-issue.

Kinda backfired didn't it? (3, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641902)

Mike Prettejohn, president of Netcraft, speculated that the blocking decision was taken to cut costs, and traffic, in the run-up to the election on 2 November.

Sadly, a link was then posted to Slashdot, increasing costs and traffic.

Finally! (0)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641904)

The excuse not to bother RingTFA we've all been waiting for. Sorry, US friends, your days of getting f1rst p0st are over!

haha ... (3, Funny)

phoxix (161744) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641905)

Bush uses Microsoft IIS + ASP [netcraft.com] and only recently has switched to Akamai

Kerry uses LAMP [netcraft.com] and has been on Akamai for sometime now ...

We already know which IT dept has won ...

Sunny Dubey

works from UK (1)

angelgabriel (656945) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641908)

Ths site works fine for me at 15.08 GMT in the UK using British Telecom broadband and no proxy.

google cache anyone? (1)

viperstyx (578360) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641909)

wouldnt people outside the US be able to access the google cache of Bush's website?

if not, someone should just mirror the site right?

What about Americans... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10641914)

Who are out of the country? I'm in the UK and there's been quite a bit of fuss from American organizations trying to get Americans-abroad to vote.

Now, if there's a reason for George Bush to have a website, then there's a reason that US Citizens should be able to view it, no?

I just don't see what is achieved here, has anyone tried it via proxy?

Heh heh heh (1)

spagma (514837) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641922)

So if I go down into our NOC and rip out our Akamai servers I will be doing my part to support Kerry?

For a list of open proxies ... (2, Informative)

YetAnotherName (168064) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641925)

... why not visit this list [aliveproxy.com] , which includes country of operation.

This isn't a surprise. (3, Interesting)

nberardi (199555) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641932)

I have a theory this has to do with people defacing the site in the last week of the campaign. It's probably nothing personal, and besides, to be blunt the world has no say in the American president so this really isn't an issue. People shouldn't take offense to this, because if some 17 year old kid defaces the site in the last days of the election it is going to be broadcast around the world and make W look bad.

By limiting access you are only allow 1/24 (300,000,000/6,000,000,000) of the world to see the site and thus limiting the chance of attack by 23/24.

This doesn't surprise me since most of Europe has let it be known that they don't like W.

Why should the Bush-haters care? (3, Insightful)

TreadOnUS (796297) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641933)

It's not like any of them visit the site. And why should anyone outside the U.S. care for the same reason. It's not like they are using Bush's site as a reference. They should be more concerned if Moore's or Soro's site is blocked.

An omen of things to come? (1)

Max Threshold (540114) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641938)

Will the United States be setting up its own "Great Firewall" if Shrub steals another election?

Heard about this at Fifth HOPE (0)

cyranoVR (518628) | more than 9 years ago | (#10641946)

I first heard about this at the Fifth H.O.P.E [the-fifth-hope.org] conference in NY over the summer. During the Cult of the Dead Cow Hactivism panel, one of the panelists - a hacker-researcher from Toronto - reported that many foreign countries blocked the URLs of legitimate political sites due to the sexual connotations of the word "Bush."

Similarly, sites containing the words "teen" in their URL were being blocked too. All in all, it was pretty amusing.
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