Can Anybody Say Mission Creep

Read the following excerpt and tell me if something looks amiss to you:

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have confiscated another 11 domains names, all related to Korean movie portals.

The seizures are another iteration of “Operation In Our Sites”, the domain name seizing initiative designed to crack down on online piracy and counterfeiting.

My question is this: what does online piracy have to do with immigration or customs? I can’t even twist this issue around hard enough to make sense of sicking Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on domain name providers to censor bring down websites.

This case looks to be yet another case of mission creep. Government agencies love getting more power because with each increase in power comes justification for demanding additional federal funds to maintain operations of the “underfunded” (according to them) agency. If we’re going to have federal enforcement agencies then they damn well should be restricted to a very specific mission. Every time they expand their power it comes at the direct expense of our liberty.