Thursday, January 18, 2007

Let me get this straight...

...listening to our enemies' phonecalls in a time of war is a dastardly and underhanded infringment of civil liberties, but requiring the registration of bloggers as lobbyists is o-kee-dokey?

Just asking...

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Blogger Kobayashi Maru said...

Snarky response: but the folks on the tapped phone calls are opressed freedom fighters whereas the bloggers are mean-spirited conservatives. They were asking for it!

Real response: The inmates have truly taken over the asylum. The provision in S.1 is chilling, to put it mildly. One looks at a proposed law like this and the first question that comes to mind is: "who gets to decide?" (E.g., on what constitutes a 'comment' on 'policy' much less how they're going to audit readers). Thank goodness we got a few conservative judges onto the Supremes or this would be disastrous.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Kobayashi Maru said...

Oh, side note: I wrote to both Kennedy and Kerry on this. The former sent me a very nice form letter reply. (No doubt after throwing my note away.) The latter sent nothing.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Jerub-Baal said...

I can believe that last bit, KMaru. Ed Markey is supposed to be the guy with the great record of understanding tech issues and the impact of bad tech legislation on people and the economy...

...and I've long since stopped bothering to email him through his website. Even his form letter reply is, well, a form letter reply. It is amazing, it almost seems that they make an effort at not listening.

9:19 PM  

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