Our Dark Overlords Introduce Bill Which Bans Websites

Still think you are living in the land of the free?:

U.S. Government Seeks to Create Website Ban List     
Written by Raven Clabough    –  TheNewAmerican

The U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced a “rogue websites” bill that has managed to attract bipartisan support even though it would force Internet Service Providers to create a list of banned websites and prevent users of those websites from accessing their sites. The list is all too similar to the “ban lists” that are found in China.

Breitbart.com reports: “US lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday that would give US authorities more tools to crack down on websites accused of piracy of movies, television shows and music and the sale of counterfeit goods.”

Entitled the Stop Online Piracy Act, the bill reads:

A service provider shall take technically feasible and reasonable measures designed to prevent access by its subscribers located within the United States to the foreign infringing site (or portion thereof) that is subject to the order, including measures designed to prevent the domain name of the foreign infringing site (or portion thereof) from resolving to that domain name’s Internet Protocol address.

It is the House version of a bill that was introduced in the U.S. Senate earlier this year called the Theft of Intellectual Property Act or Protect IP Act.

While the touted focus of the bill is on foreign websites, it may just as easily be applied to all .com domains.

The very language of the bill indicates it is trying to empower the federal government to ban websites.

According to journalist Paul Joseph Watson, “The only difference between this system and the draconian measures currently in place in countries like Iran, China and North Korea, is that the ISP’s would be mandated to enforce the ban list, rather than the websites being blocked via a centralized government hub.”

The Center for Democracy and Technology issued a statement indicating that the House version of the bill “includes the most controversial parts of the Senate’s Protect IP Act, but radically expands the scope.” It adds, “Any website that features user-generated content or that enables cloud-based data storage could end up in its crosshairs.”

“Internet Service Providers would face new and open-ended obligations to monitor and police user behavior,” the CDT said. “Payment processors and ad networks would be required to cut off business with any website that rightsholders allege hasn’t done enough to police infringement.”

The proposal is not much different from the Internet kill switch proposed by Senator Joe Leiberman (D-Conn.), who said during an appearance on CNN, “Right now in China, the government can disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war and we need to have that here too.”

Lieberman has moved to shut down websites such as Amazon and Wikileaks without a court order.

Likewise, the Department of Homeland Security has seized a number of websites just for linking to copyrighted material, even when that material wasn’t hosted on the website itself. Responding to this, the Electronic Frontier Foundation called the government’s actions “Blunt instruments that cause unacceptable collateral damage to free speech rights.”

Once again, the federal government is being given permission to act in violation of individual rights just based on an accusation of something believed to be unlawful, without legal process.

The newest proposal to acquire the ability to ban websites should not come as too much of a shock, as the government has already taken the authority to demand that websites remove information and videos which contain too much “government criticism.” Google admits that there has been a substantial increase in the number of requests by the federal government to take down certain information.

“In the US, Google received 757 takedown requests across its sites and services, up 70 per cent from the second half of last year,” reports technology website V3.co.uk.“US authorities also called for the removal of 113 videos from YouTube, including several documenting alleged police brutality which Google refused to take down.”

In Google’s newly released transparency report, it reveals that the number of “user data requests” by U.S. authorities has increased by 29 percent over the course of the last reporting period. In the case of the removal of a YouTube video, for example, the reason listed was “government criticism,” and no content of the video was indicated or explained. Other videos which have been ordered to be taken down pertain to police brutality on the grounds of defamation.

Interestingly, the number of items requested by the U.S. government to be removed actually surpasses the number requested to be removed by authorities in China.

Meanwhile, Verisign, the global authority over .com domain names, has already demanded the power to destroy any website deemed “abusive” when a government orders it to be done, even if it is so ordered without court order and without any oversight.

“The company said today it wants to be able to enforce the “denial, cancellation or transfer of any registration” in any of a laundry list of scenarios where a domain is deemed to be “abusive,” reports the UK Register.

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12 Comments on “Our Dark Overlords Introduce Bill Which Bans Websites”

  1. Gonzo Says:

    If enacted, I wonder how long until sites critical of islam are banned.

  2. tgusa Says:

    Our Momar guvmint…

    Ever wonder how dictators become so hated? Now you know.

  3. tgusa Says:

    Of course I could just not care as conservatives don’t even watch most of the stuff that is being pirated. Besides, only the socialist left pirate capitalist goods and of course the boss leftist is a redistributionist. If we conservatives like something we buy it. That’s probably why the socialists are mad, theres nothing out there we want to buy. All we have are the rendering of these modern artists, its pretty foul. Also, only the live artist gives a darn about intellectual property rights, it’s the greedy live ones we see today. Shouldn’t today’s lefty socialist artists just give it away to begin with?

  4. tgusa Says:

    Rogue guvmint introduces“rogue websites” bill. Fund the international jihad but crack down on piracy! Err, won’t the success of the international jihad take care of the piracy? When all the content has been burned there will be no need for pirating. Theres a name for this, dyslexia.

    • Gonzo Says:

      Things that offend islam that will no longer be around to pirate when islam takes over the world:
      advanced literature
      certain foods
      most types of clothing
      advanced science

      Yep, wont have to worry about it much longer.

      • tgusa Says:

        There’s no telling how many artifacts have been obliterated over the last 1400 years. Entire cultures, wiped out. No wonder its so hard to find any proof of anything. The western leftist has so much to lose and yet they have joined in a suicide pact with these destroyers of people, cultures and civilizations. I would have to believe that muslims are largely responsible for the backwards plight of the entire African continent. So that’s what they can do on a continental level, oh boy!

  5. Leatherneck Says:

    How long will it be before one must take an oath to worship the false god of this world, or not be allowed to buy and sell? Can’t be to far behind.

    You will be assumulated, do not resist.

  6. tgusa Says:

    What we will end up with is a situation similar to TV where people, men and women, are being raped at democrat protest communes and the story will not be reported while a couple of women fantasizing about a black conservative having sex with them is put across as sexual misconduct by the victim. White liberals, the TV media, but I repeat myself, they all believe that all black men are predatory sex offenders, they just can’t help it and should be banned when they forget their place!

  7. And we’re only one Supreme Court justice away from having this happen!

  8. Big Frank Says:

    It’s all part of our ‘Dear Leader’ and his Orwellian globalist cabal to usher the USA into the ‘New World Order’.

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