Internet Censorship In the USA - a Possibility?

Published Thursday, December 01, 2011 -

Would anybody think that America a land that symbolizes the dream of free access to information and the internet would become a censored environment where the government controls the world wide web? Well as the world has seen in the past this scenario just may be on its way. Members of the government have already said they will introduce two bills on the floor to put an end to online piracy and censor internet service providers who allow downloads of copyrighted materials.

There is already a movement on the internet to create a very long list of names of people who object to the censorship or blocking of web sites and present it in the Congress.
Apparently there are over 800,000 signed names on the petition.  There is one Senator that will block the vote by reading out the petition for hours. Right now, the US Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world's Internet and creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and other groups. Under the new law, the US could force Internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation, or even failing to sufficiently police their users' activities. And, because so much of the Internet's hosts and hardware are located in the US, their blacklist would clamp down on the free web for all of us.

Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, is calling on the public to help fight two Internet censorship bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Wyden is also threatening to filibuster the legislation if it comes up for a vote. Wyden claims both bills will do damage to the economy and restrict free speech. America may come to its senses far to late to realize the basic freedoms of choice are fast disappearing in that great nation.


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