(Don’t) Do It for the Children
How could any politician vote against “Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers?” That’s what H.R. 1981 Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 purports to do. However, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) has a much more accurate name for the bill: “Keep Every American’s Digital Data for Submission to the Federal Government without a Warrant Act.”
Sponsor Lamar Smith (R-TX) of SOPA fame is attacking our 1st and 4th amendment rights again. (One wonders if he operates out of complete cluelessness or a personal vendetta against the Bill of Rights?) Along with 29 other co-sponsors, H.R. 1981 has already made it out of committee and is on the schedule for a House vote despite protests from the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association.How could a bunch of nice old ladies who read to kids at library story time be against H.R. 1981? Well, because it has very little to do with children and a lot more to do with making every single American’s internet activities readily available for inspection:
“A commercial provider of an electronic communication service shall retain for a period of at least one year a log of the temporarily assigned network addresses the provider assigns to a subscriber to or customer of such service that enables the identification of the corresponding customer or subscriber information …”
Your Internet Service Provider will be legally required to keep detailed records including your name, phone number, address, bank account numbers, credit card numbers and every Internet site you’ve visited in the last 12 months. Literally every internet page you visit and every detail you type into any form on any website will be available to any federal agent who says please. Ouch.
I’d love to ask all 30 bill co-sponsors to publish their page-by-page internet history for twelve months just to see the look of horror on their faces at the prospect. More importantly though, you need to ask your congressional representatives to vote against this latest attack on your fundamental rights as a U.S. citizen.