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article imageOp-Ed: Police state America - in the name of protecting your rights

By Alexander Baron     Dec 1, 2011 in Internet
Washington - Once again, America is coming under fire from enemies domestic, as usual inside Congress as new legislation is presented to censor the Internet dressed up as protecting the people from piracy.
When that great American statesman Thomas Jefferson said the price of freedom was eternal vigilance, he wasn't talking about protecting us from men armed with guns; like Edward Bulwer-Lytton after him, he realised the pen is mightier than the sword. The latest attempt to censor Americans is yet another wolf dressed in sheep's clothing, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) H.R.3261 can be found here, and as usual it makes confusing reading.
It may be that this vagueness will be fatal to passage in its current form, but someone is determined to see it pass into law, as can be seen from the exposé of this loaded consumer survey.
Two previous Digital Journal articles about SOPA can be found here and here. The ACLU doesn't think much of it either, and is especially critical of its vagueness.
Check out the embedded video, and remember, protecting Americans and the rest of us from on-line piracy is the thin edge of the wedge. Copyright is dead.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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