By Rebecca DiFede
recently reported by NetRightDaily, both the Senate and the House
2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA); a $662 billion
Defense bill. It broadens the military’s power to arrest and detain any
and all people as suspected terrorists without due process
protections, whether captured here or abroad. Despite veto threats from
our illustrious president, the bill passed and was
signed into law.
Then, as if that wasn’t enough, another bill was introduced into
Congress that threatened the safety and security of not just Americans,
but nationalized residents as well. It is called The Enemy Expatriation Act
or EEA (H.R.3166) and it is something out of a fascist’s playbook.
Introduced by Charles Dent [PA-15], and co-sponsored by Jason Altmire
[PA-4], Robert Latta [OH-5] and Frank Wolf [VA-10], this bill allows
the government to remove the nationality of anyone who participates in
any terrorist activity, or activity that seems to be of a terroristic
nature, or even something that only sort of has loosely to do with the
subject of terrorists. As
NetRightDaily also stated recently, this means that an American’s
citizenship rights and the constitutional protections those rights
infer can be stripped away merely based upon an allegation.
Both of these bills send shivers down the spines of the average
American, and yet somehow the powers that be saw fit to draft yet
another horrific piece of legislation that will haunt our dreams for
generations to come. A bill that goes beyond our physical security and
national status, and begins to threaten our First Amendment rights, the
very foundation on which our country was built.
This bill is called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and its Senate
ugly cousin, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). SOPA and PIPA would give the
government the power to obliterate the most important aspect of the
internet that separates it from all other media: its freedom.
Essentially what these acts set out to do in the name of preventing
copyright infringement is to target the host site itself, rather than
simply removing the copyrighted content and prosecuting the illegal
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