The state attorney general of Texas, Dan Morales is now in an embarrassing position. The two ISPs who refused to hand over information on the group that is held on their servers, seem to have escaped litigation as Morales steps down his investigation of the group.
Sonya Sanchez, a spokeswoman for Morales, said: "We still feel we have a right to that information, but we no longer believe we need it for our investigation." Now Morales and his office are being accused of trying to force the issue in the beginning and backing off because they knew they were in breach of privacy laws.
The two ISPs filed a suit against Morales on 30 April for violations of state and federal privacy laws following his request for information on members of the group.
The group, known as ROT, said it wants Texas restored to the independent status it enjoyed before US annexation in 1845. Two weeks ago, about a half-dozen members of the group took a pair of hostages in West Texas, freed them, and then took part in a week long siege. There were no injuries.
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