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Bloggers Who Criticize Government May Face Prison

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posted on Jan, 19 2007 @ 10:41 PM
Bloggers Who Criticize Government May Face Prison

You'd be forgiven for thinking that it was some new restriction on free speech in Communist China. But it isn't. The U.S. Government wants to force bloggers and online grassroots activists to register and regularly report their activities to Congress in the latest astounding attack on the internet and the First Amendment.

Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of, a website dedicated to fighting efforts to silence grassroots movements, states:

"Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, would require grassroots causes, even bloggers, who communicate to 500 or more members of the public on policy matters, to register and report quarterly to Congress the same as the big K Street lobbyists. Section 220 would amend existing lobbying reporting law by creating the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever. For the first time in history, critics of Congress will need to register and report with Congress itself."

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[edit on 20-1-2007 by DontTreadOnMe]

posted on Jan, 20 2007 @ 09:18 PM
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posted on Jan, 20 2007 @ 09:27 PM
As vagabond mentined, there is a current thread about this subject.

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