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For the childrruuunnn

2009-02-21 14:43:07.742006+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Fascist Texas Republican (but I repeat myself) U.S. Senator John Cornyn is pushing a bill to make ISPs and WiFi operators keep logs for 2 years:

While the Internet has generated many positive changes in the way we communicate and do business, its limitless nature offers anonymity that has opened the door to criminals looking to harm innocent children," U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said at a press conference on Thursday.

The "for the children" angle is, of course, unmitigated bullshit, this is really about statist wackos getting woodies at the ability to further subvert law and order and due process by giving us more silly crap to do to stay legal, and to track people. Don't you feel safer, citizen?

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-02-21 16:41:18.247346+00 by: ziffle

"Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with." ('Atlas Shrugged' 1957)


#Comment Re: made: 2009-02-22 12:51:24.761552+00 by: meuon

Publically: "I agree with Ziffle's post and quote from Atlas Shrugged". sigh..

And for the record: "Criminals" don't intend to harm innocent children. There is no profit in it (usually). Sick twisted broken people do, and they become criminals if they break the law and are convicted. They may be nuts, but they are innocent people until they break the law and are convicted, then they are criminals. At least that is the way it used to be.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-02-22 13:28:32.712586+00 by: crasch

Just pointing out that this sort of thing has bipartisan support:

"Attorney General Eric Holder, a Democrat, said in 1999 that "certain data must be retained by ISPs for reasonable periods of time so that it can be accessible to law enforcement." Rep. John Conyers, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that FBI proposals for data retention legislation "would be most welcome."

#Comment Re: made: 2009-02-22 16:00:09.799675+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

Crasch, yep, thanks, in fact I should have pointed out that the slimeballs on both sides have been pushing this sort of crap for years. It was unfair of me to push this one just on the Texas Republicans.