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The Stop Online Piracy Act: Yet Another Stealth Maneuver to Control the Internet

December 13, 2011

John W. Whitehead, Canada Free Press


“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busy bodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”—C.S. Lewis

Americans have seen their freedoms decline on almost every front over the past decade. We have been spied on by surveillance cameras, eavesdropped on by government agents, had our belongings searched, our phones tapped, our mail opened, our email monitored, our opinions questioned, our purchases scrutinized (under the USA Patriot Act, banks are required to analyze your transactions for any patterns that raise suspicion and to see if you are connected to any objectionable people), and our activities watched. We’ve also been subjected to invasive patdowns and whole-body scans of our persons and seizures of our electronic devices in the nation’s airports. We can’t even purchase certain cold medicines at the pharmacy anymore without it being reported to the government and our names being placed on a watch list.

One of the few things that has kept us teetering on the edge of a full slide into tyranny is the internet, the primary source of news and information for many people and the only place left where citizens still have the opportunity to freely speak their minds and exercise their First Amendment rights. It has also become a vital resource for activists and protesters in their efforts to raise awareness about injustice, record evidence of government abuse and organize demonstrations. Little wonder, then, that federal and state governments continue to try to gain control of the world wide web. After all, he who controls the internet controls the world.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2011 3:29 am

    It?s hard to search out educated folks on this topic, but you sound like you already know what you?re speaking about! Thanks

  2. December 13, 2011 10:58 am

    There seems to be a common backstabbing ideal on capitol hill that “The American People don’t have to like it, we’ll pass it for their own good.”. Well, idiots, unless the American People WANT it, you don’t have the authority to legislate it. Anything else is treason.

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