Tuesday, November 15, 2011

US House Committee Hearing Internet Blacklist Bill Blacklists Opponents

In a remarkable display of arrogance the House committee holding hearings on the so-called Internet Blacklist bill have not invited any opponents to testify. Of course this is what happened when health care reform came before the Senate. Those that supported single payer were left out of the process. Anyway this alert from Demand Progress provides the background.
"Irony Alert: The House is holding hearings on sweeping Internet censorship legislation this week -- and it's censoring the opposition!  The bill is backed by Hollywood, Big Pharma, and the Chamber of Commerce, and all of them are going to get to testify at the hearing.
But the bill's opponents -- tech companies, free speech and human rights activists, and hundreds of thousands of Internet users -- won't have a voice.
Will you click here to demand that opponents of the Blacklist Bill be allowed to testify -- it'll just take a second.
As if you need a reminder: This is the most offensive Internet legislation we've seen in years.
It will give the government and corporations new powers to block Americans' access to sites that are accused of copyright infringement, force sites like YouTube to go to new lengths to police users' contributions, and put people in prison for streaming certain content online.
The bill will wreck much of what's great about the Internet, and this sham of a hearing represents everything that's broken about our political system.
Will you click here to demand that opponents of the Blacklist Bill be allowed to testify this week?  
And we keep pressing forward,
-The Demand Progress team"

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