Specifically, the house has approved a “Illegal Images” bill that’s going to cause a LOT of problems.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill 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, 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.
This insanity if allowed to pass would pretty much leave the door open for any Wi-Fi provider, ISP or website operator to be prosecuted, fined and generally have their lives made miserable unless they cooperate with an insane bit of legislation that is entirely gone too far.
This bill is nothing more than opening the door for government censorship and witch hunts. I realize that sex offenders, internet predators, child porn producers and so on need to be stopped but this approach is all wrong. Just because they’re trying to do something good doesn’t mean that they can use such a monstrosity to do it. The problem is that this battle against predators and child porn is being used as an inflammatory issue that gets people so emotionally charged that they’ll act without bothering to THINK about the long term impact of what they’re implementing.
Of course, that is the core of a lot of the world’s problems these days. The sad fact that so many people simply refuse to Think about anything. Instead they simply react and go along like the stupid, moronic sheep that they are. Mindlessly obeying the masters that are telling them to hand over power that will eventually be used to imprison them even more than they already are.