Friday, November 19, 2010

End of Free Internet: US Senate Committee Approves Internet "Blacklist" Bill

Activist Post

It seems the lame duck Congressional session is becoming anything but unproductive. Yesterday, we saw the cloture of the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), and today the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act was unanimously approved by the US Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday with a 19-0 vote. The COICA has been overwhelmingly viewed by bloggers as a corporate hijacking of the Internet by mega-media cartels.  Indeed, its eventual passage will be the end of the free Internet as we know it.

The Associated Press reported on the COICA vote:
The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which has the support of the entertainment industry but has been strongly criticized by digital rights and other groups, was approved by a vote of 19-0. 
"Few things are more important to the future of the American economy and job creation than protecting our intellectual property," said Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont who co-sponsored the bill.
"That is why the legislation is supported by both labor and industry, and Democrats and Republicans are standing together," Leahy said.

The bill gives the Justice Department an expedited process for cracking down on websites engaged in piracy or the sale of counterfeit goods including having courts issue shutdown orders against domains based outside the United States. 
"Rogue websites are essentially digital stores selling illegal and sometimes dangerous products," Leahy said. "If they existed in the physical world, the store would be shuttered immediately and the proprietors would be arrested."
"We cannot excuse the behavior because it happens online and the owners operate overseas," he said. "The Internet needs to be free -- not lawless."
This legislation may be the most dangerous weapon against free speech in modern history.  The infringing activity that may land a website on the "Blacklist" is defined very broadly.  It appears that the blacklist can be enforced without a court order via ISPs.  This is total information tyranny and all independent voices need to stand up and protest or surely we'll face the arbitrary blacklist.  David Segal reported on the blacklist regulations:
COICA creates two blacklists of Internet domain names. Courts could add sites to the first list; the Attorney General would have control over the second. Internet service providers and others (everyone from Comcast to PayPal to Google AdSense) would be required to block any domains on the first list. They would also receive immunity (and presumably the good favor of the government) if they block domains on the second list.
The lists are for sites "dedicated to infringing activity," but that's defined very broadly -- any domain name where counterfeit goods or copyrighted material are "central to the activity of the Internet site" could be blocked.
Segal has also established a petition against this hijacking of the free internet which can be signed here. However, given that this bill passed out of committee unanimously proves that our corporate-owned public officials will surely jam this legislation down our throats.  It will likely change the Internet as we know it, essentially redirecting the flow of free information to media conglomerates.  The bill is proposed as a piracy protection bill where according to AP:
The US Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill on Thursday that would give US law enforcement more tools to crack down on websites abroad engaged in piracy of movies, television shows and music.
Clearly this was funded by media cartels, but this has a lot more to do with Internet censorship as it does about copyright infringement.  Further, this law gives the Department of Justice power to block access to websites located outside the United States.  This self-appointed global power grab is explained by activist Francis Anthony Govia:
The Justice Department will be granted power to serve court orders upon the registry where the domain name registrar is not located in the United States, and upon receipt of such an order, the domain registry must suspend operations of, and lock, the domain name of the infringing site.
During the action intended to “lock the domain name," a court may determine, at a minimum threshold, that an Internet site is not conducting business to residents in the United States if the Internet site “states that it is not intended, and has measures to prevent, infringing materials from being accessed in or delivered to the United States,” including other provisions in subsection (d)(2)(B). The owner or operator of the “infringing site” shall also have recourse to petition the Justice Department to remove his domain name from an offending list, or petition the court to modify, suspend, or vacate the order in accordance with subsection (h)(1)(B).
This is very bad news for alternative voices and news aggregators.  Although it may be futile, we encourage everyone to call the Senate switchboard and voice their strong objection to this legislation, or we and many other "truth" sites may be essentially finished. The U.S. Capitol Hill Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.

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33 comments:

Anonymous said...

WHY IS IT that I am seriously starting to feel like a Frog in a big pot ??? slowly accomodating myself to a slowly increasing temperature???!!

Anonymous said...

This could be the end of free speech as we know it. What makes this truly sad is that instead of a roar, we are losing our freedom with nothing more than a "meow" at best.

The apathy of the American people is astounding. Alternative media has finally been able to provide the truth, but now when it is being threatened, most do nothing.

This is a very VERY sad day indeed!

Anonymous said...

you voted them in... its your own fault!!

Anonymous said...

Well, the apathy of America is mostly due to the successful brainwashing and re-education program of Jews in power. Yes, yes, I said it, and you know I'm right. (How else can you explain the ridiculously Jewish congress, Jewish judicial system, and overly Communist tendencies of the USA?)

If you don't already know that over 95% of the worlds major news networks are in hands of the Jew, then you might want to get on that. If you don't know that the income tax goes straight to the unconstitutional private bank (Federal Reserve - owned by the Jews) then you may want to get on that as well. Of course, the biggest winner is that American boys and girls die in the Middle East for Israeli interests - who ethnically cleanse Palestinians everyday with the 100% full support of America.

Think I'm wrong?
Just another 'anti-semite', you say?
Just another 'evil Nazi', say you?
A racist, perhaps?

Prove me wrong.

http://theforbiddentruth.net

Anonymous said...

HEy congress this Canadian gives the middle finger salute you bunch of traitorist scumbags

Anonymous said...

This is some of the most insane act of any government worlwide...thank you ever so much for locking up the internet just so the US Govt can play watch dog

Anonymous said...

We keep hearing Americans are armed to the teeth. The reason for that is here now. Well??

Anonymous said...

Whilst across the Great Pond, in a Kingdom far away...a similar shut down took place within the past 48 hours: http://yahyaottawa.blogspot.com/2010/11/united-kingdom-order-to-shut-down.html

MEOW, MEOW, MEOW.....

xman said...

Everything was blamed on the Jew (Khazarian Jew).

The Elite belongs to Mason. Who created and controls the the Mason. It is the Jesuits (the Black Pope in Vatican).

The Jews (Khazarian Jews) are just a front of the Jesuits so that they will not get blamed on it.

Look it up, google: Vatican Assassins by Eric Jon Phelps and his other books. Also google the former top Jesuit in Vatican, the late Dr. Alberto Rivera.

The Luciferian Jesuits created so many organizations (including illuminati) but all roads lead to Rome.

Anonymous said...

Americans are sleeping, the ones waking up are growing but we are outnumbered by the ones that are brainwashed. Most have no idea what is going on in the real world, but they can tell you all about Dancing with the Stars. They don't even know who the vice president is much less the speaker of the house. Another sad day here.

Anonymous said...

WE DESERVE WHAT WE ALLOW. FILTHY TREASONOUS PEDOPHILE DRUG DEALING TERRORIST SCUM in DC and abroad........................! Apathy,
mass brainwashing/conditioning. Far worse than a frog unknowingly, slowly being cooked alive. They are setting us up to carve us up - I believe they will do a false flag event in the not too distant future, the round ups will follow almost immediately. Be locked and loaded at all times...
'Gdday

Anonymous said...

the majority of people don't care they get there news from MSM to them this will seem a good bill to get rid of conspiracy theriest the world is going into a very dark time and people have no clue won't know untill the koolaid runs out by then it's to late.

Anonymous said...

I think the apathy has a lot to do with CHEMTRAILS

Anonymous said...

Armed to the teeth? Where did you hear that? I live in the Midwest and practically everyone here is lacking a firearm unless you go to the countryside where they use it for hunting purposes.
The fact is I don't think most Americans want to raise arms and be violent against ANYONE. It's just not practical and we've had enough of perpetual fighting both of ourselves and abroad.

When slaves revolt with violence they are met with an even greater blow from the enemy with tighter restrictions and penalties as a result. Today, we don't even know who the enemy is. Congress? The president? Your neighbor, someone of a different party affiliation? Like it or not we are a nation of division in our minds, but on paper we are ALL slaves to the banking-military-industrial-complex.

I say forget trying to rebel on a national level. It's far more effective to do right locally and support each other than to fight a Goliath you can't even see which has no borders and unlimited supply of resources. Sit down and write what it is you believe in and how best to implement that in a non violent yet still active role in your community. Be charitable, volunteer, cut down on the credit cards, try to buy locally, help a neighbor out-ask them before they ask for it, exercise! Cut out an hour of TV use a week, take time out for yourself or spend more with your family. You don't have to buy presents before x-mas and feel like a crappy parent if you can't afford it, read a paperback/hard cover book a month, write snail mail to people even if it's just to say hello. Connect!

It may sound like you have no time or the money or energy for any of these but just try. So you aren't fighting the government with guns and knives but this takes away power from them and places it in your hands, in your neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Bet they will also be going after news aggregation sites like Drudgereport. The link-to news sites will be a thing of the past.

Betty Johnson said...

I guess if they want to start blocking overseas encryption sites, like TrulyMail, this is the mechanism they will use.

It is sad.

Anonymous said...

They are using Dialectics again, just like they always have. Switching topics, but in the same vein, they are SEXUALLY MOLESTING us at the airports so we will demand another solution, of which they already have, its called the REAL ID!

They will capitulate on the SEXUAL ABUSE and the Back Scatter Scanner which undoes your DNA strands, if we will accept the REAL ID. They had planned on forcing us to accept it as a deadline of April 2011. Just watch as they get the Overly ESTROGENED, and CHEMTRAILED, sheeple to embrace it so they can fly unmolested, and radiated.

Anonymous said...

Time to booby trap the turnip patch!

Anonymous said...

Not only is the internet become a corporate hijacking but the Government too!

Anonymous said...

The last thing we want is the aristocracy in DC to determine what we should do, see, say, hear, and think. The truth of the maatter is, that they have slowely doing this everywhere else. The internet is the last bastion of freedom.

Having said this, there are a lot of paranoid conspiratorial minded individuals on here that should learn to push themselves away from the computer a little more often!! Just because somebody posts a loony idea, does'nt mean that you have to embrace it.

Anonymous said...

ammo box or ballot box what time is it?

Anonymous said...

Since when is piracy and being a thief free speech? As a writer and an artist I think this is a good thing. Some jerk off snags my images or my writings and shares them without my permission or without giving me proper credit and I want their heads on a lance. MY GOD PEOPLE WAKE UP!!

Some things are crimes and should be punished.

Activist said...

Anonymous Artist:
No question that your work should be appreciated, just as much as original articles or photos. And although ActivistPost does our best to source all material properly, under this bill we, and other sites would be in violation of Copyright infringement if we post Associated Press articles despite proper sourcing or the Fair Use act.

I don't know about you, but the information and the "art" that we create is free to share with the world. We wold hope people support us and source us where appropriate, but it in the end we feel our work must be shared for free to counter the establishment's rigid control system that allows them to get rich.

Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Anonymous said...

fuck i dont even live in USA i wish these fuckers stopped trying to force us to buy their crap!!!!

Anonymous said...

I think stopping copyright infringement is just the beginning ....its the means to and end...the government wants to control where we Get all our information from, such as news and opinion! Bordering on communism my friends!

Anonymous said...

Our race is the Master Race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves."

— Menachem Begin - Israeli Prime Minister 1977–1983

Occam's razor.
Maybe it's true.
Until the return.

Anonymous said...

lol that Jesuit nonsense is a joke. Eric Phelps has been outted years ago. Hes a shill. And an israeli diamond dealer lol nuff said.
All roads lead to israel. I think most ppl have woken up and are now aware of whos behind all this shit in our world. I dont see anyone or any group above the Rothschilds. Could be, but my suspicions are that they too would be from the tribe ;)

pak said...

This criminal act has everything to do with suppressing innovation, conducting industrial spying and espionage, patsy procurement and meme dissemination; nothing to do with protecting the income self proclaimed artists. In the old days, they were happy with just throwing a rock through your window and then coming and selling you a burglar alarm. Now you are a criminal if you have an unbreakable window; they want you to pay for and send your children to destroy the supposed burglar’s homeland; then charge you with having one of their stolen rocks in your living room, which is not yours anymore, it never was really. You are just a sharecropper; the harvest is interest. The Western man is now like a dog chasing his own tail. He is working just so he can go to work. The results of this work “ethic” are poisoning him, his neighbors and the very land itself.
So how do we respond? Violence is just what they want; Vote? Please just calling this public relations exercise a democracy does not make it one. There is only one correct action. Stop working, stop buying, stop feeding your ego and stop tweaking in this hole like a crack head. In short, stop letting these wanktards lead you around by the monkey suit. Everything on Planet Dumbass is an inversion. They say peace, they bring war; they say security, they mean fear. If you want to rise up, then make your monkey suit sit its ass down.

Anonymous said...

Voting is futile. Calling "your" representative is futile. Reistance is futile. You will be assimilated...that is unless you have a ticket to the great wedding.

Civil disobedience is the greatest power we have. There can be no ruler if no one will obey him. he just hates when that happens...DOH!

Since there can be no ruler then only IF we follow, does he have power. Whenever we follow this usurping de facto governemnt we now have, we are following corporate tyrants and empowering them therefore we are in rebellion to God because His law goes contrary and as Christ said we cannot serve two masters. Civil disobedience is obedience to God. Civil obedience is obedience to the adversaries. It is up to each of us to do his/her part and there is no violence needed. Violence is the worst possible answer. There is more power in civil disobedience. Just say no and refuse to comply.

Anonymous said...

sorry about my previous comment:

"Anonymous said...

fuck i dont even live in USA i wish these fuckers stopped trying to force us to buy their crap!!!!"

i was a bit angry i didnt actually mean it, USA brought us many good things. Thank you neighbors :P

but anyways that free internet we have today i think is the most fantastic thing ever, anyone even the poor has access to unlimited knowlegde at the tip of their fingers, ppl from around the world are communicating alltogheter for the first time. this is so fantastic i hope it never changes. it might be one of the most important things humanity ever had, it would suck to lose it just because a few super-millionaires are not gonna be able to buy their third yatch this year. fuck these assholes.

i also think that it is ironic that a country that pretends to be a democracy will make a law that seems to displease all of the normal ppl and will please the not even 1% of ppl who are copyright owners. normally in a democracy every person has an equal vote, it doesnt matter if a person has no money, no car or even no legs, 1 person 1 vote. so how come a law that no one seems to like is beeing passed right now... dont you guys have senators or whatever to represent you and show your objection?

if obama feels that the ppl dont want this shouldnt he make a vote? maybe he would if he felt it would change anything about if he will get re-elected or not. but maybe today with lots of cash from a few rich corporations such as walt disney and warner bros, you can cover all tv stations and newpapers with good talk about you. ok you cant control the internet maybe there money cant buy ppls opinions but hey looks like theyre attacking the problem.

Brandulph Christophersen said...

-"My prediction is, that the Internet we look upon today, and which we praise as our world's marvelous number one communication forum, offering us virtually unlimited global and unrestrained exchange of thoughts and opinions, may indeed turn out to be a mighty Damocles sword; a slumbering nightmare to the fragile small segment of freedom that still exists in the illusionary democracy surrounding us.The Internet may in fact turn out to be THE very central tool for the Pirates, in their unquestionable quest for total and absolute world dominance and control. Without the Internet today, the industrial world would definitely and rapidly collapse into a total chaos. The Net has thus in an incredibly short time, (just about a decade), developed into a tool as powerful as that of having control over the money, (which the Pirates indeed already have). In fact, the control of the Net may prove even more powerful than the control over money. Hence I do bet my wooden nickel on, that they will do more than just try to grab full control." (From my article on "past and present pirates" written Oct. 2006 - http://www.brandulph.com/real_pirates_of_today.html)

And by the way, the fact that virtually all comments are posted anonymously, might just give a hint about how scared people are of the bangster bosses who are about to fulfill their quest for an absolute world dictatorship.

Anonymous said...

WAKE THE HELL UP AMERICA! --- "Join the Revolution"
Our government is broken.

Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( www.revolution2.osixs.org )
We don’t have to live like this anymore. "Spread the News"

This is happening because we only want to talk and complain. It is time to take action.

Anonymous said...

This is more bad than it looks, they think that they can control internet, and dispose piracy, yes piracy is bad thing but, This will encourage "pirate sites" i bet they will find More active way to share pirated versions no matter. Remember how "piracy on Music,games etc began"?

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