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How About a Government That Leaves Me Alone?

I hate the GOP, and I hate my choices. So with the Democrats, I can either have my money, and my kids’ money, spent so fast that our head spins, or, under the GOP, I can deal with stupid Internet snooping bills that invade my privacy and force ISPs to spend huge sums of money watching what everyone does. Let’s not even, for a moment, think about what this will do to the performance of high speed connections, where services will have to be forced through proxies, in order for their behavior to be logged. I propose an amendment to this bill, suggesting that Congress’ and the White House’s internet connection get tapped too, and the logs opened up to anyone who wants to look. Think it’ll pass then?

I should note that Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Rep. Chaffetz (R-UT), and Rep. Issa (R-CA), all voted against this stupid, stupid bill. The rest of the GOP fell in line. The GOP is still for big government, they are just for different big government than the Democrats.

15 Responses to “How About a Government That Leaves Me Alone?”

  1. Bitter says:

    We need more Rep. Chaffetz’s in the House. And with lots of photos. He’s my new political crush.

  2. persiflage says:

    Drat all these statist dopes! Only, stronger, with more variety in language, and not in the nicest possible way.

  3. wfgodbold says:

    I saw this yesterday, and forgot about it until reading your post. Now I’m angry again.

  4. Sage Thrasher says:

    “The GOP is still for big government, they are just for different big government than the Democrats.”

    Bingo! Same goes for violating our civil rights.

  5. PT says:

    Stupid Party or Evil Party. Either way you lose.

  6. Bubblehead Les says:

    One wonders how long this has been actually going on? It sounds like someone behind the scenes just wants to Legalize what has been Illegally done for awhile. Kinda like the Patriot Act just “Magically Appeared” out of Thin Air and was passed so quick we never got a Chance to Read It. But as to the Democratic Opposition to it? Trust me, if they were in Charge of the House, they would have done the same thing.

  7. Euphrates says:

    If you aren’t already a ready of this website, here you go:

    http://www.dslreports.com/

    They have loads of article of all the BS laws that try to get pushed out by various interested parties that do nothing but saddle the end-user with most of the burden.

    Also interesting, is it shows all the various political mechanisms of the entertainment industry, various other special interest groups, including the ISP’s themselves.

  8. Chas says:

    Markie Marxist sez: “We can’t leave people alone! It’s too much fun taking their money and spending it! Besides, they do such a lousy job of hanging on to their money that they deserve to lose it. Soaking the American taxpayer is like taking candy from a baby! Ha! Ha! What are they going to do, say, ‘No’? Ha! Ha!”

  9. Dirk says:

    Don’t they have better, more important things to be doing right now?????

  10. Mobo says:

    I would pay double, even triple, for an ISP that doesn’t store ANY data whatsoever related to my internet activity. As it would be legal (at the present), I can’t understand why this isn’t offered on the market.

    I am not a criminal, and should not be forced to prove otherwise to anybody.

  11. Bryan S. says:

    We haven’t had a real choice in years. And it doesn’t help that most of congress is so technologically inept that they couldn’t properly send a nude picture to the right person.

    These are the folks making laws about our “tubes”.

    How about we get congress to work on rejecting laws?

  12. alcade says:

    Even though we are totally broke, I would support paying ten times congress’ salary if they would just sit quietly on their hands and do nothing.

  13. Nylarthotep says:

    Looks like the bill has 10 democrats as co-sponsors. Why is it you think t his is solely a GOP issue?

    The PATRIOT act was extended and expanded by a democratic president and congress, so snooping isn’t just an ill of one party.

    They both deserve derision.

  14. Gun Blobber says:

    The relevant text of the bill reads:

    “A provider of an electronic communication service or remote computing service shall retain for a period of at least 18 months the temporarily assigned network addresses the service assigns to each account,”

    The bill only requires ISPs to retain your assigned IP addresses for 18 months. It does not require ISPs to keep logs of your activity. But if some sort of illegal activity has been traced to a certain IP address, this will make it easier for law enforcement to tie that IP address to a particular ISP user account instead of a pool of potential users who might have been assigned the IP.

    This is still a step towards a creeping police state, but nowhere near requiring all traffic to pass through a proxy. They’re just required to keep any assigned IP addresses on file for 18 months. I’m actually kind of surprised that they don’t do this already.

  15. Mobo says:

    @gun blobber,

    This is the first step toward internet tracking. If they are given a single inch, they will almost certainly try to grab a mile.

    Look no further than what happened with PICS, and how it lead to registration in PA……….

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