Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012
* As you can tell by the black banner at the top of this page, today is a national day of protest over stupid attempts by Congress to dangerously meddle with the 1st Amendment and the Internet’s functioning. Click here for more info about the legislation. I laid out my own opinion opposing the bill here.
I hate to take sides on issues, particularly federal issues, but this congressional meddling has to be stopped.
* Thankfully, US Sen. Mark Kirk just announced his opposition to the goofy proposal…
United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today released the following statement announcing his opposition to S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act.
“Freedom of speech is an inalienable right granted to each and every American, and the Internet has become the primary tool with which we utilize this right. The Internet empowers Americans to learn, create, innovate, and express their views. While we should protect American intellectual property, consumer safety and human rights, we should do so in a manner that specifically targets criminal activity. This extreme measure stifles First Amendment rights and Internet innovation. I stand with those who stand for freedom and oppose PROTECT IP, S.968, in its current form.”
Congressman Aaron Schock is also opposed.
* Sen. Dick Durbin has been a particular problem. He is listed as a sponsor of the legislation, which is supported by Senate Democratic leadership. But I talked to one of his top aides today who clearly signaled that Durbin is backing away from the bill. “It’s not a priority,” I was told.
I also asked a Durbin spokesperson to send me the Senator’s official position on this legislation. I’ll post it when it arrives.
You might want to call Durbin’s office if you get a chance today: (312) 353-4952. Please, be polite, but firm.
* There will be no Question of the Day today in observance of the national strike.