(NaturalNews) Freedom of speech is under attack once again as the bloated US federal government continues its quest to destroy the last bastion of free and open communication -- the internet.
Sen. Patrick Leahy's (D-Vt.) "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property" bill, also known as the Protect IP Act, is more oppressive and restrictive to free speech than even communist China's internet censorship protocols, and a group of law professors recently wrote an open letter warning that the bill would allow thegovernmentto freely pull websites without any proper legal restrictions.
Last November,NaturalNewsreported that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had already begun seizingwebsitedomains and ordering that they be shut down permanently for supposed copyright infringement -- and the agency did this apart from due process or a proper trial (http://www.naturalnews.com/030542_c...).
No law or legal precedent permitted this rogue agency -- which is a tyrannical spawn of post-9/11 hysteria that is not even constitutionally legitimate to begin with, by the way -- to undergo its website seizing operation. The agency simply decided to break the law and do as it pleased.
Now, certain members ofCongressare pushing to turn this oppressive, illegal tyranny into law through the Protect IP Act, which by all appearances is even more severe thanSenateBill (SB) 3804, the "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeit Act," or COICA (http://www.usa-anti-communist.com/w...). Though it is currently stalled in the Senate, according to a recent report from PrisonPlanet.com (http://www.prisonplanet.com/protect...), the Protect IP Act may eventually get passed under the radar, and eventually turnthe internetinto a government-run propaganda tool similar to network and cable news.
"At a time when many foreign governments have dramatically stepped up their efforts to censor Internet communications, the [Protect IP Act] would incorporate into US law -- for the first time -- a principle more closely associated with those repressive regimes: a right to insist on the removal of content from the global Internet, regardless of where it may have originated or be located, in service of the exigencies of domestic law," says a portion of the open letter.
You can view a leaked draft of the Protect IP Act here: