H.R. 1981

Since I’m on the tangent, I figure I should go ahead and mention another law that we could get if we don’t fight against it. And that is…

The Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011. The name is very misleading. It actually has very little to do with child pornography, and much more to do with monitoring everything we do.

This Anti-porn bill won’t protect children, but it could cripple the Internet. It is arguably the biggest threat to civil liberties now under consideration in the United States. The potential victims: everyone who uses the Internet.

A better name for this bill would be “The Removal of Privacy and Encouragement of Blackmail by Law Enforcement Act of 2011.” The problem, as they say, is that it’s too hard to catch child pornographers, and okay, that’s probably true. But their solution is retarded. Under language approved 19 to 10 by a House comitte, your ISP would be required to track and inspect every single data packet you send or receive (read: ALL of your Internet activity) and save it for 18 months, along with your name, the address where you live, your bank account numbers, your credit card numbers, and your IP addresses you’ve been assigned.

And all they would have to do to get that information? Just ask. That’s it. Under the bill, the government would not need any warrant to look at all your data. It could just ask the ISP to hand it over. It doesn’t even have to say please. Some overzealous county sheriff could simply get all the data from everyone living in his territory and sift through it like the most creepy voyeur you could possibly imagine, all under the premise that some crime must be happening somewhere.

And well, the safety of your data? Just look at Sony Playstation hacks. That didn’t go so well. Every single thing we do could be easily compromised. But that’s obviously not the issue, though I’d say it damn sure is one of them. The biggest issue is obviously our complete loss of privacy.

This bill isn’t about pedophiles and child pornography. This bill is about spying on every American that uses the internet and collecting private personal information. Say hi to Big Brother.

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