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What appeasement has wrought: Egyptian PM Mursi demands censorship at UN, Pakistani minister calls for murder of ”Innocence of Muslims” filmmaker

Washington Post Pakistani mi

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nister offers bounty for murder of ” Innocence of Muslims” filmmaker, calls on Al-qaeda to commit the murder. http://m.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistan-disowns-ministers-offer-of-100000-bounty-on-anti-islam-film-maker/2012/09/24/bcdab730-060a-11e2-9eea-333857f6a7bd_story.html Egyptian President Demands Criminalization of Anti-Islamic Speech At United Nations « JONATHAN TURLEY http://jonathanturley.org/2012/09/24/egyptian-president-demands-criminalization-of-anti-islamic-speech-at-united-nations/ Some time ago Dr.Leonard Peikoff called for responding to the fatwa against Salman Rushdie by declaring war on Tehran. I thought that he was overreacting then. I no longer think he was overreacting.

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Transcript reveals a model post-law Judge’s surreal contempt for #Freedomofspeech

Michelle Malkin » Going dark to urge congressional action: Who will protect the freedom to blog?

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/06/08/going-dark-to-urge-congressional-action-who-will-protect-the-freedom-to-blog/

”The most alarming aspect of Vaughey’s hearing was the judge’s disregard for
Brandenburg in favor of a standard of free speech of Vaughey’s own making. From the transcript:

WALKER: But it is my right under the First Amendment to talk about what this man did to me. It is my right to tell the world what he did to me. That — Galloway v. State made it very specific on harassment–

THE COURT: –Within reason, my friend. Within reason. [emphasis added]

WALKER: Within reason ?

THE COURT: Within reason.

WALKER: I have had a crime committed against me. What is unreasonable about seeking justice ?

THE COURT: You know, I shouldn’t say this, but I think you’ve got it twisted. The one who decides to prosecute the crimes is the government–

WALKER: –Of course–

THE COURT: –and only the government, and not you.

WALKER: Of course, Your Honor.

THE COURT: And you’re doing this, I think, under a guise — under this new banner of, “I’ve got the right to do.” You can’t. You can’t. Suppose you didn’t like a girl and you wanted to talk about her chastity. He feels the same way. He feels violated. And [inaudible] you have to look at the reasonableness between the two of you on the content. That’s why said, “Where’s this going?”

[RRD:The convicted bombers ”feelings” are not a legal standard.And how is talking about a girls chastity–which is also protected speech if it is true– comparable to condemning a convicted felon and those who ignore his past]

Vaughey then proceeded to make Walker and his blogging responsible for Kimberlin’s unsupported claims of death threats and other harassment. When Walker told the judge that Brandenburg protected his speech, Vaughey ignored Brandenburg, then described his own sense of justice:

THE COURT: Forget Bradenburg [sic]. Let’s go by Vaughey right now, and common sense out in the world. But you know, where I grew up in Brooklyn, when that stuff was pulled, it was settled real quickly.

[RRD:Forget Bradenburg ”let’s go by Vaughey”?!
Bradenberg is a SUPREME COURT RULING,it cannot be “forgotten” in lieu of Vaughey’s desires.This reads like something out of Judge Dredd… “I am the law!”]

WALKER: I’m not sure what that means, your honor.

THE COURT: –Very quickly. And I’m not going to talk about those ways, but boy, it ended fast. I even can tell you, when I grew up in my community, you wanted to date an Italian girl, you had to get the Italian boy’s permission. But that was the old neighborhoods back in the city. And it was really fair. When someone did something up there to you, your sister, your girlfriend, you got some friends to take them for a ride in the back of the truck.

WALKER: Well, Your Honor, what–

THE COURT: –That ended it. You guys have got this new mechanical stuff out here, the electronic stuff, that you can just ruin somebody without doing anything. But you started it.

[RRD:Is this man senile?He is invoking the macho vigilantism of thugs to justify prohibiting someone from pointing out a convicted bomber’s past criminal record??!!
And ”You started …”What? Condemning a convicted felon and those who seek to evade his past?I should certainly hope that someone would ”start it”,if It is criticizing a criminal for his crimes.And if he means threats or incitement then what specific comment by Walker could reasonably be understood to incite threats by the Bradenburg standard which the Judge discards in lieu of his personal whims based on his experiences growing up.]

Finally, as Judge Vaughey rendered his decision, he displayed an incredible degree of ignorance of modern forms of speech. In concert with his disregard for Supreme Court precedence, his gross ignorance resulted in an illegal prior restraint on Walker’s speech and his arrest for exercising a constitutional right:

THE COURT: Okay. All right, sir, this Order shall remain in effect until 11-15 2012. During that period of time, you not —shall commit any act that causes in person (ph) fear and apprehension of bodily harm, any act that places the gentleman in fear and apprehension of grave bodily harm, any assault, rape, attempted rape, sex offense, false imprisonment, harassment, stalking, [inaudible] or malicious destruction of property. The Respondent shall not contact the person in person, by telephone, in writing or any other means, and any other means is putting it on a blog, a Tweet, a megaphone, a — smoke signals — what else is out there — sonar, radar, laser, nothing.

WALKER: So I’m not allowed to speak about him for 6 months ? How about the First Amendment ?

THE COURT: How many times have you been interrupting? And you shall not contact or harass him in any way. You shall not enter his residence, wherever he may be living. You shall remain away from his place of employment, wherever that may be, he may be employed.

Now, let me get to the — now, should this — should you violate this order, sir, you are subject to being prosecuted by the state’s attorney’s office as a criminal case, and if found guilty, the maximum penalty for the first violation is 90 days in jail and/or it’s a $500 fine, could be a $1,000 fine. Or worse than that, you could be in contempt of this court, where you could —I could do anything that I deem necessary to keep you away from — or e-mailing him or Twitting him or Googling him or Tooting him or smoking (ph) him, whatever phrase you use. I don’t know if [inaudible]. Thank you [inaudible]. [all emphasis mine]

RRD:If you wish to see what I think of when I hear people say that “Judges must have empathy”,& that “they must not be legal automatons”,and that “they must be bring their personal experiences to bear on their rulings” this is it.

And I have witnessed this type of contemptuous disregard for the law by Judges first hand.

Yet in many states it is almost impossible to get these little dictators out of office.

Ayn Rand once observed:

…”It is a grave error to suppose that a dictatorship rules a nation by means of strict, rigid laws which are obeyed and enforced with rigorous, military precision. Such a rule would be evil, but almost bearable; men could endure the harshest edicts, provided these edicts were known, specific and stable; it is not the known that breaks men’s spirits, but the unpredictable.
A dictatorship has to be capricious; it has to rule by means of the unexpected, the incomprehensible, the wantonly irrational; it has to deal not in death, but in
sudden death; a state of chronic uncertainty is what men are psychologically unable to bear.”(fn2)

Judge Vaughey is certainly not a dictator in the literal sense used by Ayn Rand(as opposed to my phrase “little dictator”).
He has not condemned people to death.
But the dangers of non-objective,undefined laws are the same:Chronic uncertainty & fear about what is legal & what,isn’t.

This is not to say that Strict Constructionist Judges are always correct(or even sincere)in their rulings.

They may not be.

But to come to that conclusion you must first acknowledge that there is a actual law,that it has a actual objective meaning and that can be rationally understood.

“Subjective Law”,practiced consistently,is not law.

It replaces the society “of laws and not of men”(that is men’s whims) with a society of men’s whims and not of laws.

Footnotes:

fn1

Judge Dredd (1995) – Quotes – IMDb

http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0113492/quotes

Judge Dredd: ”I am the law!”

fn2

“Antitrust: The Rule of Unreason,”

The Objectivist Newsletter, Feb. 1962, 5

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Family Fears Iranian Pastor Behnam Irani Dying Behind Bars #xcot #jcot #tcot

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BosNewsLife – Christian News Agency » Blog Archive »

NEWS ALERT: Family Fears Iranian Pastor Dying Behind Bars

http://www.bosnewslife.com/21524-news-alert-family-fears-iranian-pastor-dying-behind-bars

…”Family members of jailed Iranian Pastor Behnam Irani fear he may die behind bars amid mounting concerns about his rapidly deteriorating health and prison mistreatment, an official assisting him with advocacy told BosNewsLife Wednesday, April 25.

Irani, who suffers of several ailments including an intestinal disorder, is “frequently beaten by prisoners under the watchful eye of prison officials,” said Jason DeMars of advocacy group Present Truth Ministry.

“Sources close to the family are concerned that he will die before the end of his five-year prison sentence,” DeMars explained. Besides known health issues, he is also “having trouble with his eyesight and his foot,” he added, suggesting the situation may be even more serious than previously thought.

Irani, who is in his 40s and married with two children, has been behind bars in a prison of Karaj city where he led a congregation of the Church of Iran house church movement.

He has been held on charges of “crimes against the Islamic state” apparently linked to his involvement in the unauthorized house church”…..

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The myth that Robert Tracinski was arrested by the Secret Service has been debunked by Robert Tracinski himself

RRD:On Sunday February 12,2012
a individual identifying himself as ”Ronbo Soldier” posted this story:

The Freedom Fighter’s Journal: ROBERT TRACINSKI – INTELLECTUAL LEADER OF THE TEA PARTY – ARRESTED BY SECRET SERVICE?

http://ronbosoldier.blogspot.com/2012/02/robert-tracinski-intellectual-leader-of.html

It’s a hoax.
(Or at best the ravings of a lunatic.)
I don’t know with certitude whether “Ronbo Soldier” himself made it up,or whether a hoax was played on him,or whether the person who allegedly sent him the e-mails was insane.(Though Mr.Tracinski believes ”Ronbo Soldier” made it up.)

Tracinski publicly popped up on his Facebook page here.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150665827486202&id=751896201&notif_t=feed_comment_reply

Fortunately,& contrary to the views of statists,the internet,the same mode of communication that makes it easy to spread rumours and myths,can also debunk them.
It does not need government ”fact checkers”.
A thinking people can act as their own fact checkers.In this case,less than a day after the fact,it was exposed by the alleged victim himself.
We may err for awhile,but we can correct our own errors without needing minders or ”gatekeepers”.
The answer to false speech is MORE speech.

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Tunisia’s secularists under siege by Islamists.

RRD:(I will paraphrase the New York Times piece below,except for the parts in quotation marks)
Background:Tunisia,along with Turkey and the Kurdish area of Iraq,(& Indonesia to a degree) is one of the(comparatively) more secular & sane Muslim majority states.
It is known as the land of “Beer and Bikinis”.
It may be more familiar to westerners by the name “Tatooine”(fn1).
Recently there was a fire at a Synagogue believed to be arson,(though this is disputed)(fn2).
And now a TV executive is being charged with “libeling religion” and with…”broadcasting information that could ‘harm public order or good morals.’”… (As the Times reports).
And three men who came to his defense were attacked by Islamist Brownshirts.
The title of the Times’ article is unintentionally,(if bitterly) comic:

”Tunisia Navigates a Democratic Path Tinged With Religion”

(Video of the assault)

Zyed Krichen et Hamadi Redissi agressés par des salafistes – YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NBgHVA32gHY

Tunisia Navigates a Democratic Path Tinged With Religion – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/world/africa/tunisia-navigates-a-democratic-path-tinged-with-religion.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

…“We’re surrendering our right to think and speak differently,” said Hamadi Redissi, one of the two men, still bearing a scab on his forehead from the attack last week.”…

….”The aftermath[RRD:Of the ”Arab Spring”] has brought elections in Egypt and Tunisia as well as more decisive Islamist influence in Morocco, Libya and, perhaps, Syria”. …..

RRD:Secular protesters alarmed by the threat the Islamists pose, turned out in one of the largest pro-secularist demonstrations in recent memory.

….“Make a common front against fanaticism,” one banner declared.”…

RRD:(What follows is my paraphrase of the New York Times piece,except for the parts in quotation marks which are quoted directly,as well as my summary of the video above.The parts from the video not mentioned in the NYT piece have ”see video” next to them.)

RRD:The movie Persepolis(fn3) was broadcast on October 7, 2011,on Neesma TV.One week later a mob of Islamist barbarians attacked the house of Neesma TV’s director;Nabil Karoui.
Shortly afterwards Mr.Karoui was charged with …”libeling religion”
and with…”broadcasting information that could ‘harm public order or good morals.’”…(As the Times reports)

He faces five years in prison for this ”crime”.

On January 23 2012,outside the courthouse where Mr.Karoui was to be tried for this thoughtcrime,
Mr.Hamadi Redissi & Mr.Zied Krichen arrived to express their support for Mr.Karoui.
(The trial would be later postponed until April).
The Islamists at first seemed non-violent(see video).
But soon Redissi and Krichen were accosted with cries of “Infidel!” , “Apostate!”(source NYT ).
Redissi and Krichen,outnumbered and fearing for their safety,started to leave.
The Islamists pursued them.

Krichen:
….”All I could think was to not look behind me, walk ahead, and not open my mouth”….

RRD:As he tried to escape
Mr.Krichen was assaulted from behind and apparently knocked to the ground(see video).
A woman screamed(see video).
Mr.Redissi tried to defend Mr.Krichen & was head-butted, apparently by the same thug(see video)The police walked with them –for what seems like a eternity–as the Islamists pursue them, screaming at them,eventually,
after being stalked by the Islamists,they are able to make their escape into a building,(see video,a police station according to the Times)

Another dissident,Mr. Abdelhalim Messaoudi, a journalist at Nessma,was also assaulted.

One of the attackers was identified through the video,& was arrested.

The Times:

…”For people like Mr. Messaoudi, though,the incident reflected a months-long trend of thuggery by Salafis, from an attack on a theater airing a film they deemed objectionable,to their brief control last month over a northern Tunisian town called Sanjan.”

“Certain Islamist factions want to turn identity into their Trojan horse,” Mr. Messaoudi said. “They use the pretext of protecting their identity as a way to crush what we have achieved as a Tunisian society. They want to crush the pillars of civil society.”

“We’ve become the ahl al-dhimma,” he said, offering a term in Islamic law to denote protected minorities in a Muslim state. “It’s like the Middle Ages.”

Footnotes:

fn1.

From the original Star Wars movie,& Return of the Jedi,& The Phantom Menace,named after the location in southern Tunisia where part of the film was shot.It has become a popular tourist destination.

Tataouine – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tataouine

”The real Star Wars?”

http://asap.ap.org/stories/319404.s

fn2.

Tunisian synagogue attack disputed | JTA – Jewish & Israel News

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/02/02/2742802/tunisian-synagogue-attacked-by-arsonists

fn3

The movie Persepolis,based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi,is a work about a young woman’s girlhood in Iran both before and after the Islamic Revolution.

The New York Times > Movies > Interactive Feature > Drawn to Life

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2007/12/22/movies/20071225_PERSEPOLIS_FEATURE.html?ref=movies

Persepolis – Movie Trailers – Preview – NYTimes.com

http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/351485/Persepolis/trailers

Persepolis – Movies – Review – NYTimes.com

http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/12/25/movies/25pers.html

Pantheon Graphic Novels

http://www.randomhouse.com/pantheon/graphicnovels/persepolis.html

Persepolis (2007) – IMDb

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808417/

PERSEPOLIS | A SONY PICTURES CLASSICS RELEASE

http://www.sonyclassics.com/persepolis/

Amazon.com: The Complete Persepolis (9780375714832): Marjane Satrapi: Books

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Persepolis-Marjane-Satrapi/dp/0375714839/ref=pd_vtp_b_4

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Facebook page calls for execution of Saudi Journalist who ”insulted the Prophet Mohammed”

RRD:One wonders where this strange notion that Islam is less than pacifistic came from.

Saudi journalist faces death calls over tweets | News | National Post

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/09/hamza-kashgari-saudi-journalist/

”Hamza Kashgari, 23, tweeted, “I have loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there is a lot I don’t understand about you.”

“I will not pray for you,” he added.

Mr. Kashgari quickly apologized, but the calls for his execution only multiplied.

A Facebook page entitled “The Saudi people demand Hamza Kashgari’s execution” already has nearly 10,000 members.

“Our page has almost 10,000 members… but we need you to work harder. The Prophet deserves more respect,” said one post.

A committee of top clerics in charge of issuing religious edicts in the kingdom issued a statement calling Mr. Kashgari “an apostate” and an “infidel,” and demanded he be tried in an Islamic court.

It is therefore “the duty of our leaders to judge based on sharia law,” which stipulates that an apostate must be sentenced to death, the statement added.

One individual disagreed:

“Brothers, the man has repented. If the Prophet himself was here he would have forgiven him and ended this,” said tweeter Saleh al-Ghamdi”

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Iranian Judiciary Chief who delayed Pastor Youcef’s vertict criticizes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

http://au.christiantoday.com/article/iranian-judiciary-chief-who-delayed-pastor-youcefs-vertict-criticizes-the-universal-declaration-of-human-rights/12789.htm

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Chris Dodd,now head of MPAA laments that people ”can say whatever they want” about #SOPA #stopsopa

…..”The developments were a setback for former Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, who has made fighting online piracy his No. 1 priority since becoming head of the Motion Picture Assn. of America last March. The Connecticut Democrat was selected in part for his political savvy and 30-year experience in Congress.

Dodd said Friday that the industry would now seek a compromise version of the legislation. He acknowledged that Hollywood lost the public relations battle and blamed his Silicon Valley counterparts.

“You’ve got an opponent who has the capacity to reach millions of people with a click of a mouse and there’s no fact-checker. They can say whatever they want,” he said. “We need to engage in a far better education process. People need to know … that 98% of people who work in the entertainment industry make $55,000 a year. They’re not moguls and they’re not walking red carpets.”…..

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-hollywood-post-sopa-20120121,0,300154.story

RRD:This is not the first time that statists have complained about the alleged lack of a “fact checker” on the internet,by which they presumably mean a “independent” fact checker,who works for the government,and polices the web for “lies” directed against government officials and laws.(fn1)Nor do I suspect it will be the last.Of course there is a “fact checker” built into the law:The First Amendment.Countless groups and individuals can and do fact check stories at Politifact,Factcheck,Snopes etc,(and some in turn fact check those sites’ “facts”)It was bloggers who used their ”unfactchecked” blogs,to check the facts of Dan Rather.

”Oh,Robert you’re being unfair,he wasn’t advocating censorship….”.Which universe are we living in?

The one where we should afford the benefit of the doubt to lying statist politicians(see below)?

If he wanted to criticize Facebook,Wikipedia,Google and WordPress why not just say”They’re wrong,here’s why”,why use this phrase: “You’ve got an opponent who has the capacity to reach millions of people with a click of a mouse and there’s no fact-checker. They can say whatever they want,” without a fact-checker?What kind of “fact-checker”?From where?Who is the MPAA’s “fact checker”?

Who is Dodd’s?

And why is it outlandish for Facebook,Wikipedia,and Google to object to laws that they think will harm their businesses?

Don’t they have a right to speak on their own website?

Or to shut it down if they wished?

Again why this phrase:” “You’ve got an opponent who has the capacity to reach millions of people with a click of a mouse and there’s no fact-checker. They can say whatever they want,”.

Dodd is the representative of a multi-billion industry,which has vast resources at its disposal to argue for their case night and day,and to lobby congress,and they do just that.I have not argued that the problem,or a problem,is that Dodd “can say whatever he wants”,I’ve said that he’s wrong.

The solution to(allegedly) false speech is more speech,not to bewail the fact that “people can say whatever they want”,which is a vital right,and which is one of the key features of a free society that distinguishes it from a dictatorship.(And it cuts both ways,Dodd etal have the same right to say “whatever they want” though since Dodd and his collegues speak TRUTH and the rest of us who oppose him speak LIES,I suspect that he would argue that there is no comparison).

Chris Dodd is a former Senator,& advocate of Cap & Trade.

Chris Dodd: Dodd Touts Energy Plan At Biodiesel Plant, Kitchen Tables In Southeast Iowa | All American Patriots: Politics, economy, health, environment, energy and technology

http://www.allamericanpatriots.com/48722990_2008_presidential_election_chris_dodd_dodd_touts_energy_plan_biodiesel_plant_kitchen_tables

And a man who ruled out lobbying after he ended his Senate career:

Chris Dodd on life after the U.S. Senate – Capitol Watch

http://blogs.courant.com/capitol_watch/2010/03/chris-dodd-on-life-after-the-u.html

Dodd said he will not lobby, but, like Hagel and Nunn, he may teach

Dodd forswears a lobbying career | The Connecticut Mirror

http://www.ctmirror.org/story/7485/lawmakerlobbyists

….”No lobbying, no lobbying,” Dodd said in a recent interview. That Dodd would forgo a trip through Washington’s “revolving door,” using his policy and political expertise–and a thick Rolodex–to launch a new career in the influence industry, may come as a surprise”…

Dodd to be Hollywood’s top man in Washington – The Hill’s Hillicon Valley

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/personnel-notes/146769-mpaa-names-former-sen-chris-dodd-chairman-a-ceo

….“Sen. Dodd is a battle-tested leader whose reputation as a strong leader on major issues facing this country has prepared him to serve as the ambassador for the movie business. I, along with my colleagues, agree that he was worth the wait,” said Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman Jim Gianopulos in a statement, joining his fellow studio bosses in cheering Dodd’s hiring.”…

RRD:But Robert why do you cite this?Are you saying that because a statist is one of those leading the charge for SOPA that that invalidates arguments for it?

Not at all.

Ron Wyden is one of SOPA’s leading opponents and a longtime supporter of Socialized Medicine,it does not logically follow that all opponents of SOPA are either advocates of Socialized Medicine,or dupes of Wyden,any more than SOPA supporters are dupes of Chris Dodd and Pat Leahy

(e.g. now ex-SOPA/PIPA supporter Marsha Blackburn).

It is certainly true that some SOPA supporters are irrational,as are some SOPA opponents.That does not address the specific criticisms of the bill:that it is vague,violates due process,breaks or damages the internet by damaging the DNS system(which is a highly technical matter requiring technical expertise to evaluate,forcing layman to evaluate the arguments & credibility of various experts in the field.),Other arguments have been presented on those matters but saying,in effect,that:”Since some of SOPA’s critics were irrational on some past issues,their arguments about SOPA breaking the net must be wrong”,is not a valid argument.There are many cases of otherwise rational people who make irrational arguments on some issues,and other cases where otherwise irrational people make rational arguments on some issues.

And there are cases where a rational person and a irrational person make the same argument, though for different motives.

(And this does not even take into account the cases of people,with flawless past records for rationality,simply making mistakes).

It is for precisely this reason that I look at the argument rather than the man.It is true,as I noted,that there are highly technical issues in which one is forced,to a degree,to trust in expert witnesses.But even in those cases,the matter is complicated by the fact that experts do not always agree,and also by cases where a good person,with a good philosophy,gets it wrong,and a person with a bad philosophy,happens to be simply better versed in a particular technical issue(science,medicine,engineering etc),and is right.

(And what does one do when the person with the most expertise in a field,has a bad philosophy?)

This is precisely why any law that affects the technology underlying the internet,or that may harm it,( in the opinion of some experts in the field),must be subject to the most intense scrutiny.

We have far too much evidence of the government smashing peoples lives to pieces and then saying “oops”,(and in some cases not even that).The cases range all through all branches of government,from false imprisonment and accusations and wrongful executions,to banning life saving medications,to using “reason”,and “science” to ban DDT at the cost of countless lives,to taking down a internet site under existing laws,and then,returning it a year later.(fn2),to accept the argument that ”abuses happen”.

It is precisely for that reason,that abuses can occur under any legal doctrine no matter how well crafted,that the law must be very carefully vetted,against anything that needlessly violates individual rights.(Or that can be misinterpreted).

Lord knows we have far too many cases of the courts,or the executive,or Congress,ignoring the plain meaning of existing laws without making the Statist’s job easier for them.

Footnotes.

fn1.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/07/cass_sunsteins_despicable_idea.html

fn2

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111209/03385017020/ice-admits-to-returning-domain-while-riaa-threatens-dajaz1-with-more-legal-actions.shtml

(As I have noted before,posting a link does NOT imply agreement with everything said)

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The Protect IP act threatens the internet & Freedom of Speech #tcot #tlot #p2

RRD:There is a bill in Congress that threatens the functioning of the internet,and,potentially,your free speech rights. It is a bill that has been drafted and redrafted in different versions with different names:COICA,(the Combating Online Infringements & Counterfeits act),PIPA(the Protect Intellectual Property Act) aka the Protect IP Act,The E-Parasite Act,& SOPA(the Stop Online Piracy Act). Under whatever name all the variants share two things in common: 1.They are intended to stop online piracy of intellectual property. 2.They go to far and give the government broad powers to take down legitimate,non-infringing content.And those powers could be abused to suppress free,speech. The history of the legislation is convoluted.Rather than rehashing it, in detail I will give you a brief overview & then point you to the links which support my assertions. 1.The bill permits content and blogs to be taken down without adequate legal safeguards to protect the innocent.(See “legal problems with the bill” below) 2.The bill will have the unintended side effect of “breaking” the internet by its requirement to block certain DNS addresses(the technical details are spelled out in the letter of the internet engineers linked to below). RRD:The technical problems with the law. An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the Senate Judiciary Committee | Electronic Frontier Foundation https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/09/open-letter Tim Berners-Lee Comes Out Against COICA Censorship Bill; Shouldn’t You? | Techdirt http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100927/10290611182/tim-berners-lee-comes-out-against-coica-censorship-bill-shouldn-t-you.shtml RRD:Argues that Protect IP could outlaw TOR (The Onion Router),a service used by political dissidents to protect themselves from their dictatorships. PROTECT-IP Act Becomes E-PARASITE (And Gets Much Worse) – HotHardware http://hothardware.com/m/News/PROTECTIP-Act-Becomes-EPARASITE-And-Gets-Much-Worse/Default.aspx RRD:The legal problems with the law: The Volokh Conspiracy » Once Again, the Copyright/Trademark Tail Tries to Wag the Internet Dog http://volokh.com/2010/11/13/once-again-the-copyrighttrademark-tail-tries-to-wag-the-internet-dog/ The PDF of Law Professors arguing COICA(the original bill)was unconstitutional,referred to above.Though the name has changed,the bill presents the same problems. http://www.publicknowledge.org/files/docs/LawProfCOICA.pdf OTHER LINKS: Sequel To COICA Bill, The PROTECT IP Act, May Be Even Worse – TechCrunch http://m.techcrunch.com/2011/05/10/sequel-to-coica-bill-the-protect-ip-act-is-even-worse/ Son Of COICA: PROTECT IP Act Will Allow For Broad Censorship Powers, Even Granted To Copyright Holders | Techdirt http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110510/13285714230/son-coica-protect-ip-act-will-allow-broad-censorship-powers-including-copyright-holders.shtml Disastrous IP Legislation Is Back – And It’s Worse than Ever | Electronic Frontier Foundation https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/10/disastrous-ip-legislation-back-%E2%80%93-and-it%E2%80%99s-worse-ever What Congress Can Learn from the Recent ICE Seizures | Electronic Frontier Foundation https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/02/what-congress-can-learn-recent-ice-seizures New Letter From Artists & Content Creators Against PROTECT IP/E-PARASITE Act | PHP Hosts http://www.phphosts.org/blog/2011/10/new-letter-from-artists-content-creators-against-protect-ipe-parasite-act/ Ron Wyden Speaks Out Against COICA: We Shouldn’t Toss Out The First Amendment Just To Go After A Few Bad Actors | Techdirt http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110216/11305113129/ron-wyden-speaks-out-against-coica-we-shouldnt-toss-out-first-amendment-just-to-go-after-few-bad-actors.shtml

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Would TOR be outlawed under #eparasite censorship bill? #pipa #coica #tcot #tlot #p2 #censorship

RRD:The author below argues that TOR could be outlawed under the E-Parasite bill.The E-Parasite bill is the U.S. House’s even more draconian version of the Senate’s PIPA,(The Protect Ip act).TOR(The Onion Router) is a free web service used by political dissidents throughout the globe,Iran,China etc. to bypass their Dictatorship’s control of the Internet.Frankly I’m not sure that the bill goes that far;but if it does,& those lobbying for,& supporting the E-Parasite bill know that it does,then they have gone beyond “just” defacto censorship,& indifference to individual rights,to enabling murderous tyrannies.For the record,unlike some individuals,I do wholeheartedly support the rights of copyright holders.I also support the right of children not to be sexually molested,yet I would not support a anti-pedophile bill that required that all Americans submit their DNA to the state,or one that permitted house-to-house searches.That something should be illegal does not mean that anything proposed to stop the unlawful act should automatically be approved.The sin of the Copyright Lobby is not that they seek to protect their rights,but that they seek to protect their rights without any regard to the rights of others.      PROTECT-IP Act Becomes E-PARASITE (And Gets Much Worse) – HotHardware   http://hothardware.com/m/News/PROTECTIP-Act-Becomes-EPARASITE-And-Gets-Much-Worse/Default.aspx   istorically, the movie and music industries have railed against inventions like radio, the ability to record musical performances, home video, movie rentals, and MP3 players. Onetime MPAA president Jack Valenti famously predicted that VCR’s would utterly destroy the movie industry if viewers were allowed to tape TV broadcasts. The new law would also allow the Attorney General to take legal action against anyone who provides services or creates a product designed to bypass such blocks—the anonymous browsing service Tor would almost certainly be illegal, as would nearly any software product that includes DVD ripping. The House version o

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