Sunday, November 28, 2010

US Government Seizure of 76 Websites

Not even a week after discussing the closure of Limewire, another article arises about government control of the internet.  Here's a great article from about how the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) is seizing websites, some unwarranted for copyright infringements.  Does it seem odd that Homeland Security is concerned about copyright laws?  Is this the response to eventually controlling Wikileaks?  Sure they are closing down the pornography sites little by little and such but come on doesn't big government have larger concerns at this point.

Is this truly where are resources and funds are being centralized for?  The picture left is from concerning Congress's lame-duck session, where Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the bill for Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA).  Critics state the bill is too broad in giving government control to block access to any Web domain that hosts copyrighted material without permission.  Opponents of this bill express concerns of global internet freedom and first amendment right to free speech.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation has compiled a list of possible sites targeted for closure.

The United States Constitution was created for the people, by the people and of the people to safeguard totalitarian waste of resources, and as world leader's, the U.S. has been setting some poor examples.

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