This is going to be a big privacy issue for all bloggers. There are many politicians that want to silence any dissent or criticism UNLESS you are bashing Bush, the military, the police and the war of course. Then they support that free speech, because it advances their anti-conservative/pro-socialist agenda.
The problem with this is that people will be afraid to voice their OPINIONS if they feel that they will be outed and sued. If someone is being attacked maliciously with lies that causes damage to their job or family, then they might have a case.
We all saw this coming, so it really is not that surprising.
The lawsuit asks AOL to produce all information related to the identity of an e-mail address linked to MPD Enforcer 2.0, a blog popular with police officers that has been extremely critical of police leadership at 201 Poplar.
"In what could be a landmark case of privacy and the 1st Amendment," the anonymous bloggers write on the site, "Godwin has illegally used his position and the City of Memphis as a ram to ruin the Constitution of the United States.
Here is a link to another story about a political blogger that was critical of Democrats in Minn. http://www.minnesotademocratsexposed.com/ and he was forced to reveal his real name. How soon before they come after US?
This link is a story about how China wants bloggers to use real names only, this way they can be identified. There were a few politicians pushing for this in the USA (Dem & Rep), but I can not find the story at this time, I will add it when I find it.
The Chinese government had wanted to require real-name registration, but the proposal was met by "fierce opposition," Xinhua said.
"Conditions are not yet mature for implementing real-name registration as we lack reliable technology for privacy protection and identity verification," Huang Chengqing, secretary general of the ISC, was quoted as saying.