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Franken, Klobuchar Vote For Misguided Censorship Bill
Despite the First Amendment issues raised...
by Karl Bode 04:32PM Thursday Nov 18 2010 Tipped by Killa200 See Profile
The entertainment industry this week is again trying to pass their controversial COICA website censorship bill during a lame duck session of Congress. The bill would create a website blacklist and give the (entertainment industry lawyer stocked) Department of Justice the ability to censor or shut down certain websites deemed "dedicated to infringing activities" without Judicial review. It has been criticized by legal scholars and consumer advocates alike for clear violations of the First Amendment.

Despite a myriad of problems with the bill, the Senate Judiciary Committee this week unanimously voted to push the bill forward. Mike Masnick at Techdirt has posted a list of the Senators who voted for this bill, and many of them have been very vocal about censorship in other countries. Notes Masnick:
We already have laws in place to deal with infringing content, so don't buy the excuse that this law is about stopping infringement. This law takes down entire websites based on the government's say-so. First Amendment protections make clear that if you are going to stop any specific speech, it has to be extremely specific speech. This law has no such restrictions. It's really quite unfortunate that these 19 US Senators are the first American politicians to publicly vote in favor of censoring speech in America.
It's interesting to note that the bill includes politicians like Al Franken (who opposes the Comcast merger but somehow thinks this is a good idea) and Amy Klobuchar (who has been pro-consumer on wireless billing issues but somehow thinks this bill is a good idea).

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Re: The Summary of what the bill says

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And eugenics was supported by the American Medical association, Theodore Roosevelt, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Research Council. The Supreme Court upheld the rights of states to involuntarily sterilize "undesirables" and by 1963, over 60,000 people had been sterilized, many for no other reason than homosexuality, feeble-mindedness or just social undesireablity.

"Eugenic breeders believed American society was not ready to implement an organized lethal solution. But many mental institutions and doctors practiced improvised medical lethality and passive euthanasia on their own. One institution in Lincoln, Illinois fed its incoming patients milk from tubercular cows believing a eugenically strong individual would be immune. Thirty to forty percent annual death rates resulted at Lincoln. Some doctors practiced passive eugenicide one newborn infant at a time. Others doctors at mental institutions engaged in lethal neglect.

Nonetheless, with eugenicide marginalized, the main solution for eugenicists was the rapid expansion of forced segregation and sterilization, as well as more marriage restrictions. California led the nation, performing nearly all sterilization procedures with little or no due process. In its first twenty-five years of eugenic legislation, California sterilized 9,782 individuals, mostly women. Many were classified as "bad girls," diagnosed as "passionate," "oversexed" or "sexually wayward." At Sonoma, some women were sterilized because of what was deemed an abnormally large clitoris or labia."

--quoted from »hnn.us/articles/1796.html

So just because a group of people attached to a cause support and like that cause, doesn't exclude the cause from being horrifically wrong and shortsighted.


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His statement was without question not all inclusive to every artist and thus did not need your 2 cents.