"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." -- H.L. Mencken
America’s march toward statism continues for the most part unimpeded during the Obama Administration. Obamacare should come to mind as a statist takeover of the healthcare industry, yet not many people understand what is in the so-called health care bill. Fortunately, a U.S. Army translator who speaks "Washington Doublespeak" decoded the bill and posted his plain-language findings at FreeRepublic.com. One may not agree with every interpretation listed, or that every provision is necessarily bad, but one should find many of these Little gems from the Health Care Bill somewhat frightening. And “yes”, a government rationing panel, not doctors, will determine your level of health care.
What will the feds take over next? Last week, the federal government began seizing websites in clear violation of First Amendment rights and Due Process. The Department of Homeland Security based its seizures on wording in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). However, the seizures go beyond the intent of the law, which is to protect the property rights of the music recording industry.
Natural News says, “As part of a new expansion of government power over information, the Department of Homeland Security has begun seizing and shutting down internet websites (web domains) without due process or a proper trial. DHS simply seizes web domains that it wants to and posts an ominous "Department of Justice" logo on the web site. See an example at http://torrent-finder.com/
"Over 75 websites were seized and shut down last week, and there is no indication that the government will stop such efforts. Right now, their focus is websites that they claim "violate copyrights," yet the torrent-finder.com website that was seized by DHS contained no copyrighted content whatsoever. It was merely a search engine website that linked to destinations where people could access copyrighted content. Google also links to copyrighted content -- does that mean the feds will soon seize Google, too?
"These seizures were conducted on the basis of language in the DMCA law, which is vastly overreaching in its powers (it was passed to appease the music recording industry and the RIAA). Even so, the U.S. Senate is right now considering passing yet another law -- COICA -- the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/...), a new law that would give the federal government even more power to shut down websites it opposed.”
Here is the list of 19 Senators who voted power to the federal government to censor the Internet under the COICA bill:
• Patrick J. Leahy -- Vermont
• Herb Kohl -- Wisconsin
• Jeff Sessions -- Alabama
• Dianne Feinstein -- California
• Orrin G. Hatch -- Utah
• Russ Feingold -- Wisconsin
• Chuck Grassley -- Iowa
• Arlen Specter -- Pennsylvania
• Jon Kyl -- Arizona
• Chuck Schumer -- New York
• Lindsey Graham -- South Carolina
• Dick Durbin -- Illinois
• John Cornyn -- Texas
• Benjamin L. Cardin -- Maryland
• Tom Coburn -- Oklahoma
• Sheldon Whitehouse -- Rhode Island
• Amy Klobuchar -- Minnesota
• Al Franken -- Minnesota
• Chris Coons – Delaware
The broad, open-ended nature of COICA is license for the federal government to a virtually unchecked expansion of its control over internet domains. The real potential now exists for government control of free speech online. Patrick Leahy, who introduced the bill, along with his fascist followers in the Senate, should have their names listed in a Statist Hall of Shame.
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