Does anyone actually understand what they did? Seizing a domain name from a DNS server doesn't affect the site, or the site's server at all, it only makes it impossible to visit the site by it's registered name.
Enter the I.P. address and voila; there it is.
Either the people behind this don't understand how the internet works, or they do understand but do this anyway just for show.
Ok, fine. But how many people out there that casually surf the web do you think actually understand that? As far as they are concerned the address of the site is its "name". The vast majority of people have no idea how to do that. My parents, for instance, can surf the web and google pretty well...but they have absolutely zero idea about I.P.s. This is true for most people surfing the net these days. The fact of the matter is that this materially shuts down the site for the vast majority of people that don't happen to be techies or network admins.
Besides, the point isn't that there is a workaround, the point is that the gov't is seizing websites with no due process AND by the wrong agency.
I never know what to think these days -- it seems that a lot of people are concerned about government abuses, but the administration doesn't seem to be responding to that sentiment. Is there any chance of actually getting a change in the political climate?
I have a hard time envisioning most Republicans using the DHS to attack a warez site, but that doesn't mean they would necessarily be that much better on stuff like this. As far as the climate in general? The whole political scale has shifted waaaaay to the left the last 50 years. Even a white Obama was unthinkable 50 years ago and McCain would have been considered a liberal so we'll see where we go from here.