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Note to Congress: Don't touch the Net

Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at 10:00 AM

Wikipedia (site down except for statement page) and Google (logo covered) are speaking out against the Protect IP act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House.

These proposals are meant to cut off Americans' access to foreign websites giving away pirated movies, music, etc. The potential of those bills being just the beginning of future censorship looms over the anti-acts movement.

Fight piracy? Yes.. But Congress is the last institution in the world we need involved. Because once they get their hands into something there's the likelihood they'll go too far.

And speaking of censorship: If Congress succeeds in cutting off funding to National Public Radio -- because, admit it, many feel their programming is too "liberal" -- is that a form of censorship?


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But Congress is the last institution in the world we need involved. Because once they get their hands into something there's the likelihood they'll go too far.

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Can't believe you said this.

Withdrawing funding is FAR different than censorship.

-- Posted by quietmike on Wed, Jan 18, 2012, at 12:05 PM

If one "in charge" gets the "right" judges in place, the person "in charge" can get anything done. We should be very mindful of this and keep a close watch on who gets appointed or put in the judges' positions. Most dictators have very successful runs when they get people who agree with and enforce their rules/wishes.

Just saying....

-- Posted by caligal on Wed, Jan 18, 2012, at 2:01 PM

Thanks for making a blog entry on this particular subject David. I urge all readers of this blog to submit his/her name in opposition of the SOPA and PIPA bills to their respective congressperson. You may do this by following any of the links on the participating blackout websites. Google, Wikipedia, Mozilla to name a few. I believe Craigslist has also blacked out today in opposition.

-- Posted by Average_Joe on Wed, Jan 18, 2012, at 4:21 PM

Mr. Melson,

Maybe there is a way for the 'Common' people to be heard after all. The internet! (So long as big government and/or big business don't strangle it to death)

Our government is like king Midas in reverse, everything they touch turns to dung.

We should have been yelling about a lot more than this long before now. Maybe this will be the catalyst. I have already signed the petition which probably added my name to a list of potential terrorist that can now be held indefinitely without ever being charged or tried. Read http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/01/18/w...

DON"T SUSPEND HABEUS CORPUS!!! To late for that one:((

DON'T TOUCH THE NET!!!!!

DON'T TOUCH THE NET!!!!!

-- Posted by Liveforlight on Wed, Jan 18, 2012, at 6:36 PM

It seems like some of those in power will not be satisfied until our government controls every single aspect of our lives.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sat, Jan 28, 2012, at 3:14 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.