The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would require Internet service providers (ISPs) to collect and retain records about internet users activity.
The bill continues to reach far into your homes and collect names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers and temporarily assigned IP addresses for 12 months.
Again, big Brother never ceases to amaze me. The reach of our federal government once again encroaches into our daily lives, enters our homes and watches as you play around on the computer, further placing you at risk of being monitored, profiled or investigated for a variety of other reasons beside being a child molester.
The bill HR 1981, passed the House panel 19 to 10. The protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act , was sponsored by Lamar Smith (R-Tx) and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-Fla).
Who could vote against something that sounds like that? Who could vote against a bill that would save a child from the ravishes of a child predator, molester or pornographer. Sure, child predators should be hung up by their hoo hahs, cut with a razor blade and salt poured into their wounds, covered with honey and then allow fire ants to feast. This is exactly the point. Politicians being manipulated and guilted into voting for restrictive legislation only to use the information to go well beyond its original intent.
Everyone could potentially be targeted, after all who is going to say anything about providing info to a federal agent that could be stalking a child on the internet, nobody and that is exactly my point.
This has even stirred up the ACLU! The ACLU issued a statement in a letter to Representative Smith, “ any data retention mandate is a direct assault on bedrock privacy principles.” Hello, and even the Constitution of the United States of America.
Senior Staff attorney Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation said “ The data retention in this bill would treat every internet user like a criminal and threaten the online privacy and free speech rights of every American, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have recognized…..this surveillance of Americans expressive activities is simply un American.”
It is simply another entryway into your life, another broadly painted bill that manipulates the average citizen into believing it is “only for the kids” and we buy it because it is such a delicate and passionate subject and is designed so anyone that speaks out against it must be supporting child molestors, how dare them not want to stop the kids from getting hurt.
Come on America! Lets police our own kids, I do! Let’s look beyond the political correctness and speak our mind on issues instead of bouncing around the truth to open a door for us to be further monitored by the Federal government!
Contributing resource: The Raw Story 7/28/2011