Thursday, May 07, 2009

Vir Speluncae Catholicus: Prisoner #781,018
Who will be #781,019?

Here's some of the article from Wired.com; (Emphasis mine)
Prison Awaiting Hostile Bloggers

Proposed congressional legislation would demand up to two years in prison for those whose electronic speech is meant to “coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person.”

The proposal by Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Los Angeles, would never pass First Amendment muster, unless the U.S. Constitution was altered without us knowing. So Sanchez, and the 14 other lawmakers who signed on to the proposal, are grandstanding to show the public they care about children and are opposed to cyberbullying.

The measure, H.R. 1966, is labeled the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act. It’s designed to target the behavior that led to last year’s suicide of the 13-year-old Meier.

Sanchez’s bill goes way beyond cyberbullying and comes close to making it a federal offense to log onto the internet or use the telephone. The methods of communication where hostile speech is banned include e-mail, instant messaging, blogs, websites, telephones and text messages.

The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

3 Comments:

Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

I am!

8:43 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

That would be true ecumenism.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Subvet said...

Put me down as #781,020.

Remember guys, no dropping the soap!

12:13 PM  

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