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PostSubject: End of Free Internet: US Senate Committee Approves Internet "Blacklist" Bill   Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:08 pm

End of Free Internet: US Senate Committee Approves Internet “Blacklist” Bill

November 19,2010

It seems the lame duck Congressional session is becoming anything but unproductive. Yesterday, we saw the cloture of the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), and today the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act was unanimously approved by the US Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday with a 19-0 vote. The COICA has been overwhelmingly viewed by bloggers as a corporate hijacking of the internet by mega-media cartels. Indeed, it’s eventual passage will be the end of the free internet as we now it.
The Associated Press reported on the COICA vote:

The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which has the support of the entertainment industry but has been strongly criticized by digital rights and other groups, was approved by a vote of 19-0.

“Few things are more important to the future of the American economy and job creation than protecting our intellectual property,” said Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont who co-sponsored the bill.

“That is why the legislation is supported by both labor and industry, and Democrats and Republicans are standing together,” Leahy said.

The bill gives the Justice Department an expedited process for cracking down on websites engaged in piracy or the sale of counterfeit goods including having courts issue shutdown orders against domains based outside the United States.

“Rogue websites are essentially digital stores selling illegal and sometimes dangerous products,” Leahy said. “If they existed in the physical world, the store would be shuttered immediately and the proprietors would be arrested.”

“We cannot excuse the behavior because it happens online and the owners operate overseas,” he said. “The Internet needs to be free — not lawless.”

This legislation may be the most dangerous weapon against free speech in modern history. The infringing activity that may land a website on the “Blacklist” is defined very broadly. It appears that the blacklist can be enforced without a court order via ISPs. This is total information tyranny and all independent voices need to stand up and protest or surely we’ll face the arbitrary blacklist. David Segal reported on the blacklist regulations:

COICA creates two blacklists of Internet domain names. Courts could add sites to the first list; the Attorney General would have control over the second. Internet service providers and others (everyone from Comcast to PayPal to Google AdSense) would be required to block any domains on the first list. They would also receive immunity (and presumably the good favor of the government) if they block domains on the second list.

The lists are for sites “dedicated to infringing activity,” but that’s defined very broadly — any domain name where counterfeit goods or copyrighted material are “central to the activity of the Internet site” could be blocked.
Segal has also established a petition against this hijacking of the free internet which can be signed here. However, given that this bill passed out of committee unanimously proves that our corporate-owned public officials will surely jam this legislation down our throats. It will likely change the internet as we know it, essentially redirecting the flow of free information to media conglomerates. The bill is proposed as a piracy protection bill where according to AP:

The US Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill on Thursday that would give US law enforcement more tools to crack down on websites abroad engaged in piracy of movies, television shows and music.
Clearly this was funded by media cartels, but this has a lot more to do with internet censorship as it does about copyright infringement. Further, this law gives the Department of Justice to block access to websites located outside the United States. This self-appointed global power grab is explained by activist Francis Anthony Govia:

The Justice Department will be granted power to serve court orders upon the registry where the domain name registrar is not located in the United States, and upon receipt of such an order, the domain registry must suspend operations of, and lock, the domain name of the infringing site.

During the action intended to “lock the domain name,” a court may determine, at a minimum threshold, that an Internet site is not conducting business to residents in the United States if the Internet site “states that it is not intended, and has measures to prevent, infringing materials from being accessed in or delivered to the United States,” including other provisions in subsection (d)(2)(B). The owner or operator of the “infringing site” shall also have recourse to petition the Justice Department to remove his domain name from an offending list, or petition the court to modify, suspend, or vacate the order in accordance with subsection (h)(1)(B).

This is very bad news for alternative voices and news aggregators. Although it may be futile, we encourage everyone to call the Senate switchboard and voice their strong objection to this legislation, or we and many other “truth” sites may be essentially finished.
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PostSubject: Re: End of Free Internet: US Senate Committee Approves Internet "Blacklist" Bill   Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:14 pm

Once again, the generals in this movement have been deceived by those in power. Everyone was so focused on this TSA deal that they failed to realize that it was just a distraction so the real attack could come from behind.

Those attacks I am referring too are this bill, which has passed, and the Food Safety Bill(S510) which is set to pass. Why can people in this movement not detect this text book "Sun Tzu" strategy here? You get the army focused in one direction so they believe they are meeting the attack head on while in the background, the real attack is flanking them from behind as your troops were just waiting for the opposing army's troops to not be paying attention.

This is what has happened here.

The signs were all around us but no one was paying any attention. You have the mainstream.....EVERYONE in the mainstream, picking up on this story. You have it on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, the Today Show....virtually everywhere so people would pay attention. However, there was another huge thing that people did not look was more meant for people like you and I who pay attention to stuff like this.

The main person, in my opinion, who was targeted by this huge psy-op was Alex Jones.

I don't come from the mindset that Alex is an "agent" or anything like that but liken him to a dog that gets locked on to a target and just shuts everything else out. He focused on this TSA story and began posting articles and as soon as he realized that the mainstream was picking them up.....he focused his entire show, from guests to call in's, on this TSA story. All the while, this internet bill(which is especially damaging to him) is being snuck in under the radar. I can honestly say that I listened to him today and he didn't even mention it.....that is how distracted he was.

These people understand the huge impact that Alex has on the people of this movement and since they cannot co-opt him; the easier prospect is to make him think he's winning. Michael Tsarion constantly speak of how these people focus the majority of their work on psychology and understanding what makes people tick. They understand that with guys like AJ, all you have to do is make it look like he's hurt you and he'll charge in for the kill without ever questioning whether or not it's all a trick to distract him from the real attack that is on the way. I'm no psychologist but just listening to AJ will give anyone with an elementary understanding of human psychology this understanding.

In the end, his own head strong and passion for defeating these people was the very weapon they used to defeat him. This is why in my film that I speak of balance and plan on doing an entire film on the concept of balance. We cannot just charge in, guns blazing and hope for a good outcome. If we have no understanding of TRUE spirituality, nothing good will come from never has. The same can be said for those who just want to sit up on a hill and meditate.....that is great for you now but what of your children and their children in the future? This is just another aspect of apathy and selfishness that most people whom we fuss at for being "sleeping" show only in a reversed is the same nonetheless.

We cannot be so blind as to not see this.

In all honesty, this slip up(even though appearing to be minor on the surface) could very well be the nail in the coffin that finishes this movement least from an internet standpoint. How much resistance do they have in China? Yeah, they will have the same internet we are about to have here, people.

Either way, we must stay in it for the long haul.......


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