Any law which prohibits access to the Internet, or threatens the publications of individual opinion, as well as access to certain domains because a particular legislative body, in this case the Government of the United States, it seems should be grounds for Constitutional challenge.
Two Bills pending before the House and the Senate, the House version being “The Stop Online Piracy Act and the senate version entitled Protect Intellectual Property Act are designed to crack down on sales of pirated U.S. products overseas.
In the House version there was an article which would allow the U.S. Government to blacklist sites that are alleged to be distributing pirated content. This would essentially cut off portions of the Internet to U.S. users, based solely on the position of or opinion of the Federal Government. Congressional leaders appear to backing off this provision however.
If this kind of legislation passes, then what we could be facing in the future is Federal Government authority to cut whole domains based only on the content or position of one Blog. It is in my opinion the beginning phases of controlling what is fast becoming the most powerful source of Breaking Information in the world…….The Social Media. The government could monitor and cut out information based on the perception as to whether that information should be public. Domains would be forced to choose over whether John Q. should be permitted to continue Blogging on their site, or to allow the Feds to shut down the whole domain. A dangerous situation indeed. This very blog might be subject to being wiped out by a Federal Monitor, because they feel it is too controversial for publication. Or the opinion is not consistent with what the Federal Government feels should be publicised.
Freedom and openness on the Internet is vital for a free society. In todays cyber age the open exchange of information and opinion is a hallmark of our ever faster moving society where events happen and change in mere seconds. Hampering that exchange of information is hampering freedom. That is the very foundation by which this country is founded. We the People can not allow that freedom to be altered by what seems to be an ever-growing manic perception in this country that people must be controlled. People must be monitored, and possibly, in the future removed from open society only because paranoid members of our government, be they legislative or administrative, feel we are somehow a dire threat to the security of this nation.
That is why I call upon my readers to contact and tell their legislators in the House as well as the Senate that these Bills should not be passed. Tell them to oppose the “The Stop On Line Piracy Act”, in The House and the Senate version entitled “Protect Intellectual Property Act”.
Our freedom depends on it, and so does yours.
Have a great day, and I look forward to hearing your opinion on this issues as well as all the issues of the day.