I fear the Federal Government. I fear it for more reasons than I care to get into, but the bottom line is that it has too much power. Of all the frightening things in the world, I am most afraid of my own Government.
I am not some crazy, backwoods, gun toting, racial supremacist (though they do come in all colors). While I fear the government, I also admire it. I like clean water, safe food, a strong defense, elections, and NASA. I do not believe that government is completely unnecessary or any such nonsense.
I’m just a man who cherishes liberty. I bring it up because I am once again astonished by the anti-liberty actions of the so called “representatives” of the people.
TEXAS REPUBLICAN Lemar Smith has introduced a bill called H.R.1981. The bill would more appropriately be called H.R.”1984.” The bill requires Internet Service providers to maintain a database consisting of information such as your name, address, telephone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses. If the fact that they are being told to maintain this information isn’t bad enough, in a triumph of Doublespeak, the title of the bill is “Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011.”
In other words in order to protect children from pornographers, Lemar Smith and a bipartisan group of House cosponsors want to build a database of PRIVATE AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION ON EVERY AMERICAN CONNECTED to the Internet.
This sort of all encompassing, freedom squashing, poor legislation is just dumb. If Apple Computer tracks the cell towers and the WiFi spots your phone passes by to build comprehensive maps of services, congressional Democrats are all over it, supposedly protecting us from big evil corporations. Yet if the government wants to build a database chocked full of private and financial information on every American connected to the Internet, they’re fine with that. They’ll even sponsor it.
The majority of the sponsors are Republicans. These people claim to be anti-big government. They claim to be the ones who protect us from government encroaching upon our civil liberties. Of these people I can only say they are either completely and utterly STUPID, they have not read and understood the bill, or worse, they are duplicitous liars willing to sell us out for whatever their reasons may be. “Protecting Children” indeed.
Anyone who cannot predict that such a database will come to be used for unintended purposes is an idiot. If Mark Zuckerberg did this, we’d all be up in arms. The United States Government is far more dangerous to your privacy than Mark Zukerberg can ever hope to be. You can tell Mark no. The government on the other hand can simply make non-compliance criminal.
Nary a day goes by where The White House and Congress don’t make it clear that they have little or no idea what is going on with the Internet. All we can do as individuals is keep watch and let them know that we expect better. Far better for the $190K+ per year we pay each of them.
I urge you to contact your representatives and tell them to get a clue. George Orwell didn’t intend “1984” to be a how to manual.
Please see: DEMAND PROGRESS information
Text of Legislation: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.1981:
Rep Calvert, Ken [CA-44] – 7/15/2011
Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1] – 7/11/2011
Rep Coble, Howard [NC-6] – 7/11/2011
Rep Critz, Mark S. [PA-12] – 7/11/2011
Rep Deutch, Theodore E. [FL-19] – 7/11/2011
Rep Emerson, Jo Ann [MO-8] – 7/12/2011
Rep Flores, Bill [TX-17] – 7/6/2011
Rep Forbes, J. Randy [VA-4] – 7/6/2011
Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-2] – 7/11/2011
Rep Gallegly, Elton [CA-24] – 7/11/2011
Rep Gowdy, Trey [SC-4] – 7/11/2011
Rep Griffin, Tim [AR-2] – 7/29/2011
Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] – 7/19/2011
Rep LaTourette, Steven C. [OH-14] – 7/12/2011
Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [WY] – 7/12/2011
Rep Lungren, Daniel E. [CA-3] – 7/11/2011
Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] – 7/12/2011
Rep Pierluisi, Pedro R. [PR] – 7/25/2011
Rep Quigley, Mike [IL-5] – 7/12/2011
Rep Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [MD-2] – 6/15/2011
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-29] – 7/15/2011
Rep Shuler, Heath [NC-11] – 7/11/2011
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] – 7/25/2011
Rep Upton, Fred [MI-6] – 7/12/2011
Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-20] – 5/25/2011