The internet is a terrorist tool. Apparently, the US House passed a bill that declares it so. This would mean, I assume, that funds and effort will be spent on controlling the Internet, and all bets would be off on things like Constitutional Protections for those of us working, blogging, using the internet to do our banking, etc. in the US. Details here.


  1. #1 C
    November 29, 2007

    “all bets would be off on things like Constitutional Protections”

    from the bill:
    “`(8) Any measure taken to prevent violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence and homegrown terrorism in the United States should not violate the constitutional rights, civil rights, or civil liberties of United States citizens or lawful permanent residents.”

    Of course, the bill’s purpose wasn’t to declare the internet a terrorist tool but rather to set up a commission to research homegrown terrorism. The internet part is a (perhaps awkwardly phrased) statement that the existence of the internet has enabled terrorists to reach and radicalize people in the US.

  2. #2 chezjake
    November 29, 2007

    Since the evidence so far indicates that most of our home grown terrorists are radical right wing Christians, this may prove to be a good thing. 😉

  3. #3 Pierce R. Butler
    November 29, 2007

    C : … a (perhaps awkwardly phrased) statement…

    Have the Busheviks ever perpetrated vague phrasing they didn’t immediately stretch to their own corrupt & totalitarian purposes?

  4. #4 C
    November 29, 2007

    “Have the Busheviks ever perpetrated …”
    umm… this is a Democratic piece of legislation.

  5. #5 Pierce R. Butler
    December 1, 2007

    C: umm… this is a Democratic piece of legislation.

    A valid point, if I had been commenting on Republican perpetrations.

    Alas, de facto support for the Bush-Cheney agenda has been, and continues to be, widely bipartisan.