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Old 02-08-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Senate sneaks in SOPA under a new name

"After trying to adopt Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), both pieces of legislation turned out to be a disaster, causing outrage among Internet giants and ordinary users alike. Congress had to retreat. However it's determined to get what it wants this time.

The rebuttal to push Internet-regulating legislation has transformed into a new cybersecurity bill. The particulars of the latest attempt by senators to censor the Internet have not been disclosed to the public.

However some leaks suggest that the bill will grant the authority to crack down on the Internet to the executive branch of power, namely the White House. It looks highly possible taking into consideration that the legislation has to come out of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, chaired by Connecticut Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman.
The same Lieberman who earlier co-sponsored the so called Kill Switch bill that could allow the president of the United States to "declare a cybersecurity emergency," and practically shut down the Internet. "

http://rt.com/usa/news/senate-sopa-new-internet-847/
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:34 PM   #2
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Seriously? Wonder what colorful acronym they'll put on this one. And...I wonder how the eRobin-Hoods (Anon) will handle it.
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:44 PM   #3
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"It looks highly possible taking into consideration that the legislation has to come out of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, chaired by Connecticut Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman."
There is at least a whiff of guilt by association here.

If the article author does turn out to oppose the bill, would it be fair to take into consideration that he or she was against it even before reading it? No, but that is exactly the way Sen. Lieberman is treated here.

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Old 02-08-2012, 10:22 PM   #4
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They'll just keep bringing this legislation back under the guise of protecting us from terrorists, protecting the children, protecting the troops, letting teachers, firefighters and policemen keep their jobs, stopping the flow of jobs overseas...
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:41 PM   #5
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...cats and dogs, living together—mass hysteria!
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:52 PM   #6
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Can't say I'm surprised... this is, after all, how Congress has functioned for decades: If they want it, sooner or later, they'll get it passed by attaching it to something else.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:21 AM   #7
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The only real surprise is they didn't get it passed the first time. Too much money has been spent on this to just roll over and forget about it.
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The only real surprise is they didn't get it passed the first time. Too much money has been spent on this to just roll over and forget about it.
True; Bur Congress is also very much into PR, and if a critical mass of the public complain about a law in the system, Congress wants it to look like they care about the public's opinions. Then they'll wait until some other crisis catches everyone's attention, and vote the law in under the radar.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:39 AM   #9
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They'll just keep bringing this legislation back under the guise of protecting us from terrorists, protecting the children, protecting the troops, letting teachers, firefighters and policemen keep their jobs, stopping the flow of jobs overseas...
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:12 AM   #10
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I think that they are making a mistake. It just draws more attention to the issue and more support for groups like Anonymous. Don't they have better things to do with their time?
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I think that they are making a mistake. It just draws more attention to the issue and more support for groups like Anonymous. Don't they have better things to do with their time?
I'm sure they feel there is nothing they can do with their time that would be more important than to turn the US into a place more like China.
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I think that they are making a mistake. It just draws more attention to the issue and more support for groups like Anonymous. Don't they have better things to do with their time?
I think you may have underestimated the power of the many lobbyists with their truck loads of cash.
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However some leaks suggest that the bill will grant the authority to crack down on the Internet to the executive branch of power, namely the White House
Hmmmm... Doesn't the enforcement of ALL laws fall to the justice department which is in fact part of the executive branch?

Unnecessary hyperbole doesn't help the cause.

I can't find any other references to this new bill anywhere, anyone else find independent confirmation of this?
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:52 AM   #14
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No one should be surprised that Congress will, at some point, put together another anti-piracy / cybersecurity bill.

At the same time, unless you believe the status quo is perfect, and lawmakers 5-10 years ago perfectly anticipated current situations, you should expect these laws to change.
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I can't find any other references to this new bill anywhere, anyone else find independent confirmation of this?
Nope, everything traces back to RT.com. It could be true, but I seriously doubt the actual info itself is valid.
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