SAFE Act: Here Come the Feds, Trying to Regulate the Internet AgainSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Thu, 12/06/2007 - 11:19
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill -- called the Securing Adolescents From Exploitation-Online Act, or SAFE Act -- saying that anyone offering an open Wi-Fi connection to the public must report illegal images including "obscene" cartoons and drawings--or face fines of up to $300,000.
That broad definition would cover individuals, coffee shops, libraries, hotels, and even some government agencies that provide Wi-Fi. It also sweeps in social-networking sites [Editor's note - that would include the DailyPaul], domain name registrars, Internet service providers, and e-mail service providers such as Hotmail and Gmail, and it may require that the complete contents of the user's account be retained for subsequent police inspection.
Not one Democrat opposed the SAFE Act. Two Republicans did: Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning presidential candidate from Texas, and Rep. Paul Broun from Georgia.
Yet another attempt on behalf of the Feds to encroach on our liberties, couched so nicely as an anti-child pornography law. This makes it nearly impossible to fight against it without suffering the inevitable, "Aren't you against child pornography?!" questions. Politics is a dirty game.