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Foreign Internet Laws Enforced in US?

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posted on Aug, 4 2006 @ 08:11 AM

The World's Worst Internet Laws Sneaking Through the Senate

The Convention on Cybercrime is a sweeping treaty that has been waiting in the wings of the Senate for nearly three years. Now the administration is putting pressure on the Senate to ratify it in the next two days. If it does, it would mean the U.S. would enforce not just our own, but the rest of the world's bad Net laws. Call your Senator now, and ask them to hold its ratification.

The treaty requires that the U.S. government help enforce other countries' "cybercrime" laws - even if the act being prosecuted is not illegal in the United States. That means that countries that have laws limiting free speech on the Net could oblige the F.B.I. to uncover the identities of anonymous U.S. critics, or monitor their communications on behalf of foreign governments. American ISPs would be obliged to obey other jurisdiction's requests to log their users’ behavior without due process, or compensation.

The treaty came into force last year on the international front, but not in the US, where it needs to be ratified by Congress first. So far, ratification has been blocked thanks to a "hold" placed by conservative lawmakers. But Republican senators this week are now being heavily pressured by the administration to drop their objections, and let it fly.


I'm speechless.


[edit on 4-8-2006 by loam]

posted on Aug, 4 2006 @ 08:45 AM
Thanks for bringing this to my attention Loam.

Already made two phone calls and sent two E-mails.

posted on Aug, 4 2006 @ 10:56 PM
Amazing, isn't it?

I'm surprised it hasn't received more press.... Talk about a back door to spying on American citizens...and for foreign interests too!!!

Like I said, simply amazing... :shk:

posted on Aug, 5 2006 @ 03:56 AM
Since when are the Copyright and IP cartels "Foreign" interests? They are the ones who pushed the hardest for this treaty in the first place(they want to be able to sue Joe Schmoe who panned the latest Scary Movie). I am also kinda surprised it's taken this long for the treaty to reach this stage. Seems like they are trying to slip it in the backdoor(which is par for the course for any of the Treaties and Laws authored and/or sponsored by the RIAA/MPAA, remember the Broadcast Flag fiasco?). You can try to stop it, but it's an effort in near futility because they have Time, Money, and Politicians on their side. All we have is our voice and that can be silenced easily enough in the Senate through various means(Character Assasination is the most popular).

[edit on 5-8-2006 by sardion2000]

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