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Sign the Internet Blacklist Petition


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Odal

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For all the US Geekstogo'ers, you should be aware that Congress is trying to pass an Internet Blacklist bill that will allow the government to deny access to any website they choose. As we all know, a similar law passed in Australia, and sites such as Wikileaks, various Youtube videos, religious websites, and other defamatory political websites were censored. Even the personal website of a dentist was blocked!

This runs completely contrary to the ideals our country was founded on, including freedom of speech and freedom of press. This isn't just an issue of not being able to access filesharing websites--a blacklist like this could easily be turned into a tool to censor any political defamation, which is essential to our democracy. And this isn't even a slippery slope fallacy, this is for real.

I encourage everyone to sign the petition and if possible, fax or call your congressmen. Also, spread the word among your friends and family!

http://demandprogress.org/blacklist/
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It's obviously not going to happen, people aren't dumb, they won't allow another act like this get approved. Maybe it is possible, but only if another 9/11 happens and it gets approved, just like patriots act.
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I think you have a little too much faith in humanity. As you mentioned, all it takes is a little "terrorist attack" like 9/11 to get people to willingly give up their Constitution-backed rights.
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Sadly folks that won't do any good.

It's too easy to falsely generate virtual signers and nothing that proves them as valid.Snopes points out "Paper-and-ink petitions are signed in a variety of handwriting styles, each unique to its signer."
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