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Arizona Passes Sweeping Internet Censorship Bill

Steve Watson | Infowars.com
April 2, 2012

Legislation to make it illegal to use “offensive” language online

The state legislature of Arizona has passed a bill that vastly broadens telephone harassment laws and applies them to the Internet and other means of electronic communication.

The law, which is being pushed under the guise of an anti-bullying campaign, would mean that anything communicated or published online that was deemed to be “offensive” by the state, including editorials, illustrations, and even satire could be criminally punished.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund breaks down Arizona House Bill 2549:

“The bill is sweepingly broad, and would make it a crime to communicate via electronic means speech that is intended to ‘annoy,’ ‘offend,’ ‘harass’ or ‘terrify,’ as well as certain sexual speech. Because the bill is not limited to one-to-one communications, H.B. 2549 would apply to the Internet as a whole, thus criminalizing all manner of writing, cartoons, and other protected material the state finds offensive or annoying.”

First Amendment activist group Media Coalition has written to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, urging her not to sign the legislation into law.

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Tennessee Internet Law

Last summer I ran a petition on Change.org going against a Tennessee law that was very similar. I thought it was just because it was backwards thinking in Tennessee and people couldn't handle the internet, but it looks like this may become a common policy.

Conduct myself

I will write,speak,colaborate and conduct myself in anyway i please i will not bow down to any law that tells me otherwise.The constitution is the law and these burocrats keep trying to write laws that erode it. They could say the sky is green and the grass is blue it doesnt mean it is.If they cant follow the constitution we need to hold them acountible and kick them to the curb.

Great post!

Great post!

Amazing: A law that breaks itself.

This bill is clearly intended to annoy, offend, harass and terrify any person who values freedom of speech. Its publication via electronic media is therefore a violation of its own terms. I believe the authors of the law should be prosecuted for violating it, to the full extent of the law. Or lynched, pick one.

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Will Gov. Brewer's Sign This Bill?

A bill approved by the Arizona House last week will make “telecommunications harassment” – speech others find offensive or threatening – a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

I wonder if that includes

E-mail copies of someones birth cirtificate?
"communicate via electronic means speech that is intended to ‘annoy,’ ‘offend,’ ‘harass’ or ‘terrify,"

Look out Sheriff!

"Let's eat the babies"

Arizona should be commended for such a necessary law!

After all, we don't want our young scholars to think that anything possibly offensive to another should be allowed under the guise of free speech or political expression.

Without this law, the next thing you know will be some downright offensive, indecent, immoral suggestion such as eating babies. (see "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift)

Oops, maybe I am in violation of the law by publishing this comment.

That's pretty good but all caps would have more impact

like LET'S EAT BABIES!!!

See that has a little more punch to it. Now let's pay attention to the garni.

LET'S EAT BABIES WITH HAM AND CHORIZO SAUSAGE.

Now we have something with punch and it's a little more appetising.

I'm not trying to be offensive, I'm just offering a little constructive criticism on an already offensive post.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

So what? The law violates the

So what? The law violates the first amendment and is invalid on its face.

And people wonder why I don't support states' rights.

Really?

States rights doesn't have to do with a state trying to pass an unconstitutional bill. It would, however, let them write constitutional bills.

Sadly, no one pays attention to that cute little document.

Because 99% of the time when

Because 99% of the time when they talk about states' rights, what they really mean is giving states the ability to override federally protected rights and privileges that are guaranteed by the constitution.

And it's always better

to leave the 'ability to override federally protected rights and privileges that are guaranteed by the constitution' to the federal government. That way, we get it in all 50 states instead of one.

Thanks for another chuckle, EW.

There shouldn't be any

There shouldn't be any ability to override individual rights. That's where you statists screwed up.

Wow - my HOME state is now the Nations Traitor State!

WTF? (Ooops just violated). I'm blown away! What morons voted for this? (Damn - I violated again). Can someone explain to me the process of these state "statutes"?

I'm ashamed of my own state. What kind of souls would invoke this? Deamons? (Sh#t - I violated again).

I gotta stop replying - I'm now facing serious prison time for voicing my opinion.

Sorry -
(P.S. - My first post)

At $8 a pack for Marlboros,

At $8 a pack for Marlboros, it's already the traitor state.

Well, my first response to it

Well, my first response to it all is WTF? SOB, damn.

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Seems you will fit right in with the rest of us

criminals.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

Remind the state

Remind the state government/Gov. Brewer what it will cost Arizona in legal fees when this is challenged.

This reads so much like an april fools joke

That if it were released on the 1st, I wouldn't have believed it.

IMO, our government has

IMO, our government has become our master, make no mistake about it. There is a law against everything we do. If there is not a law covering some act then the legislators will make one and nail you with it even after the fact.

I am beginning to believe our best course of action is to demand better jails with all the frills -- what the hell America has more people in jail than any other country in the world (fact). Chances are we all will spend time there for breaking one law or another before we die (qualified sarcasm).

Good post! Have you seen

In theory.... what would

In theory.... what would happen in the following situations to someone from another state?

a. posts something "bad" on a website read in AZ?
b. posts something "bad" on a website hosted in AZ?
c. emails something "bad" to another person outside AZ but where the email server is hosted in AZ?
d. transmits something "bad" through routers and wires in AZ from MI to CA?

PPL stop doing business with an oppressive State

PPL stop doing business with an oppressive State - anybody you claim you intended to annoy and drag you to court. Just stop doing business and calling Arizona and that freak show is over in days - if the ppl do not reign in the crazies in gov - they will end up with a USSR or East Germany or China system in years!

Boycott the state of Arizona! Not the ppl - but the mad ppl who are violationg law and freedom of speech! The ppl will actually thank you!

When Neocons & Facism go to sleep, they look under the bed for Ron Paul and "WE THE PEOPLE"!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." M.Mead

Get off your high horse!

Yeah, punish Arizona residents with sanctions for something their illegitimate government has done to them, that'll show the State government. /sarcasm

It annoys me to no end when people act like Arizona is the most oppressive state in the union, especially when, we are still relatively more free than most states, and New York, and California, two of the highest populated states have some of the most oppressive laws.

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw 2 and 1/2 ton trucks.

Fix your home first, then you can bitch about mine.

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"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

But Of Course

...and to use your words. While you are at it, punish residents of Iraq and Iran and Syria with sanctions for things media spun that their legitimate or not legitimate government has done to them.

Evil tends to spread. And, as far as Arizona...my perception is that issues are at least sometimes brought up...not just swept under the carpet.

fonta

Don't forget Massachusetts

Everything is illegal in Massachusetts,I saw this in at least a dozen movies,Lol.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

At least

Marijuana has been decriminalized to a degree (hey, it's something).

But yeah, pretty much everything is illegal here...although Boston cops have a habit of looking the other way as long as nobody is getting badly hurt. (The transit 'police', on the other hand...) I'm not a big fan of cops, but the ones here aren't nearly as bad as say, Daytona or San Fransicko cops *shudders*

That said, I cannot wait to move out of here...for good this time.

A signature used to be here!

Thank you!

See,I knew the fictional movies were not lying to me!Lol! No,Really I had also heard this from folks that live there as true. Good luck with your quest to get out! Ever consider Az?Lol!

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Been considering

the free state project, actually.

A signature used to be here!

Made a request to Brewer telling her to VETO...

The language that I used was -

This bill gives the State way to much power. The original intentions are good but what about 5, 10 or 15 years from now? You have no idea what type of person will be elected and given that much power over free speech. What if that person deems religion annoying of offensive? What are we supposed to do then? I urge you to VETO this bill ASAP~

~Now I am going to message my LD reps and ask them what flavor Kool-Aide they are drinking....

Truth is treason in an empire of lies