The coming crackdown on blogging

Oh My God!  You must all read this and we MUST all do something about this!
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FEC Attack on Internet-Based Political Advocacy?
by Armando
Thu Mar 3rd, 2005 at 08:00:38 PST

atrios draws our attention to what could be a very worrisome development - an apparent attempt to regulate Internet political advocacy in such a way that would kill it. From an interview with FEC Commissioner Bradley Smith (who seems to be a good guy on this issue):

Bradley Smith says that the freewheeling days of political blogging and online punditry are over. In just a few months, he warns, bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign's Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate's press release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished by fines. Smith should know. He's one of the six commissioners at the Federal Election Commission, which is beginning the perilous process of extending a controversial 2002 campaign finance law to the Internet.

more.....
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/3/3/11038/08559

The coming crackdown on blogging
March 3, 2005, 4:00 AM PT
By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Bradley Smith says that the freewheeling days of political blogging and online punditry are over.

In just a few months, he warns, bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign's Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate's press release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished by fines.

more.....
http://tinyurl.com/5a4o8

We must all take ACTION Now!!!!!!  Make them HEAR us!

Call, Write, Email your congress people and the media.. no matter what party or side they are on we must make them hear us NOW!
  http://congress.org

  Seems this ONLY became "important" because the left has started to fight back!  What about all the right wing radio and Faux News?

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9 Comments

bill of rights
what happened to the first amendment?
by ypsilanti 2005-03-03 04:37PM | 0 recs
Impossible.
Sorry but it's impossible to gag the internet. The FEC has no jurisdiction over internet communication, so how is it supposed to carry out any of this? I think this is much ado about nothing. In fact, it's completely ridiculous tinfoil hat stuff.
by Vote Hillary 2008 2005-03-03 06:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Impossible.
Look, we've defeated the Democratic party far better than the cons ever could have. We've elected a grassroots, free thinking governor from Vermont to head the Democratic party. We've shamed the trillion dollar corporate media.

Do you think they are just going to let us start governing?

Do you think that the corporate media is just going to let us run them over?

Think of the tinfoil of a few years ago:

  • loyalty oaths to view the president
  • Free Speech Zones
  • Perpetual War for peace
  • $5 trillion in the red by '05
  • torture as policy
  • publicly disappeared American citizens

I am sure we can come up with a few more.

I would not look at this as an idle threat.

We are engaged, anonymous, freethinkers, and we threaten their lock on power; we are dangerous.

Sounds like tinfoil to me. I don't think we have anything to worry about.

by k9disc 2005-03-04 12:10AM | 0 recs
Re: Impossible.
Everything you listed as "tinfoil" is completely normal for a president such as Bush. Most of those occurred during Nixon's paranoid presidency as well. Only someone who believes politics is about doing what's right or that politicians themselves really care about making a positive difference, would believe any of those things are hard to believe.

Sure, let's see them try and shut down internet free speech. Not only is that impossible from a legal point of view, it's impossible from technical standpoint as well. Just ask China.

by Vote Hillary 2008 2005-03-04 12:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Impossible.
Everyone has freedom of speech, but everyone does not have the freedom to be heard.

They have totally shut down free speech. If you don't have the cash you cannot be heard.

by k9disc 2005-03-04 02:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Impossible.
Being heard is relative. It only happens if someone is willing to listen. And btw, I can hear you just fine.
by Vote Hillary 2008 2005-03-04 05:48PM | 0 recs
Ha ha ha... Good luck...
I don't think that this could possibly fly..

And it will totally backfire on any idiot who attempts it. Or make his party an instant pariah with anybody intelligent.

I mean, if they eliminated the Internet, a tenth of the country would probably move away in disgust. The important quarter.

Get it?

The GOP is not God..

As if they haven't already shown their true colors by trying to eliminate Social Security and Medicare!

The problem with megalomaniacs is that they start believing their own bullshit

by ultraworld 2005-03-03 06:43PM | 0 recs
I meant 'the important tenth'
But the point stands..

The GOP's policies are arguably making the US more and more irrelevant.. For example, because of offshoring's downward pressure on wages, US computer science majors declined 23% in 2003 alone

So now they are trying to apply the same coercive, vengeful logic to the net - the modern village commons

There is no easy way out for liars.. *

*They are going to have to stop lying or face the consequences of lying.. nobody listening to them..nomatter how much money or corporate largesse they enjoy...

by ultraworld 2005-03-03 06:49PM | 0 recs
Whyare TV COMMERCIALS our source of political info
Blogs - official, structured blogs would be a good vehicle for political information..

The blogosphere is just the village commons web-enabled...

Lets end the connection between money and politics..

If we have to make a choice, Id say that Commercial media should not be allowed to advocate political causes, not blogs...

Blogs are just the voice of the people..

by ultraworld 2005-03-03 08:18PM | 0 recs

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