World’s Worst Internet Laws Sneak Through the Senate

By | August 5, 2006

Worlds Worst Internet Laws Sneak Through the SenateImagine: Armed thugs decend. You’re under arrest. For what? You’ve broken an obscure law in Azerbaijan by saying you, as an American, don’t like your American president. Sound crazy? Meet the new Cybercrime Treaty…

The Cybercrime Treaty was ratified by the Senate late last night. The U.S. will now have to comply to requests for assistance from fifteen countries, and growing.

The Convention on Cybercrime is a sweeping treaty that has been waiting in the wings of the Senate for nearly three years. Now the administration is putting pressure on the Senate to ratify it in the next two days. If it does, it would mean the U.S. would enforce not just our own, but the rest of the world’s bad Net laws. Call your Senator now, and ask them to hold its ratification.

The treaty requires that the U.S. government help enforce other countries’ “cybercrime” laws – even if the act being prosecuted is not illegal in the United States. That means that countries that have laws limiting free speech on the Net could oblige the F.B.I. to uncover the identities of anonymous U.S. critics, or monitor their communications on behalf of foreign governments. American ISPs would be obliged to obey other jurisdiction’s requests to log their users? behavior without due process, or compensation.

Criminal politicians fear the Internet becuase it has revealed their crimes and lies when the mainstream media will not. This treaty sounds to me like it could easily be twisted and used crookedly. As I’ve said for years: They want to make it a crime to know about their crimes. This may be the way they do it.

3 thoughts on “World’s Worst Internet Laws Sneak Through the Senate

  1. xeno735

    I updated my post because the “Government” is really just people like you and me and I wanted to clarify that *most* of them are *not* crooks. I think that there are mostly good people in the CIA, FBI, NSA and so on, but there are also some double agents, religious zealots, control freaks and war profiteers who don’t care who dies as long as they make a buck.

    Skepticism is good for the mind and I think an Internet full of hoaxes has contributed in a positive way to that, but I do see your point. It seems to me the solution is not to limit information, but rather to educate people. That happens naturally on the net. If some ides is BS, you can usually find that out on places like Snopes.com and so on.

  2. Dunamis

    Hey Zeno!

    In part, I agree that the government must hate the internet, because it’s far more difficult to get rhetoric to work unchallenged. However, I’ve noticed that the internet is filled with “yellow journalism” that spreads a lot of crap and must be bad for the mind. No one has to have any ethics behind what they post. I border on the belief that this should be controled.

  3. Dunamis

    You’ve made some good points!

    One of my least favorite, and seemingly most quoted and/or inspiring sites on the net seems to be Rense.com. The site seems to be the birth place for all manner of invented ideas with the sources of information undoutedly being a nice shower or a vivid dream.

    I have ideas about what drives such nonsense, but I won’t go on about it.

    Anyway, you should get a message board. It would be a blast.

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