Friday, August 05, 2011

GOP Push to Force ISPs to Track User History Approved by House

What happened to the presumption of innocence? We the people are guilty until proven innocent, anymore. Since the Patriot Act shredded the Bill of Rights, and the Military Commissions Act of 2006 did away with due process and habeas corpus, there is very little, if anything, safeguarding our individual freedom against arbitrary and lawless state action.

Now, once again, under the guise of protection and security, our government, in particular, the GOP, in order to empower themselves, will target and violate the rights of law abiding American citizens, by not only  tracking our every move, but also collecting that information and creating an easily accessible database.

A last-minute rewrite of the bill expands the information that commercial Internet providers are required to store to include customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses, some committee members suggested. By a 7-16 vote, the panel rejected an amendment that would have clarified that only IP addresses must be stored.

It represents "a data bank of every digital act by every American" that would "let us find out where every single American visited Web sites," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, who led Democratic opposition to the bill.

Of course, the bill is mislabeled: Protecting the Children from Pornographers Act of 2011 in order to ensure its passage.

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