Texas Republicans need to stop this crap:
“While the Internet has generated many positive changes in the way we communicate and do business, its limitless nature offers anonymity that has opened the door to criminals looking to harm innocent children,” U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said at a press conference on Thursday. “Keeping our children safe requires cooperation on the local, state, federal, and family level.”
Joining Cornyn was Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who said such a measure would let “law enforcement stay ahead of the criminals.”
Two bills have been introduced so far–S.436 in the Senate and H.R.1076 in the House. Each of the companion bills is titled “Internet Stopping Adults Facilitating the Exploitation of Today’s Youth Act,” or Internet Safety Act.
Each contains the same language: “A provider of an electronic communication service or remote computing service shall retain for a period of at least two years all records or other information pertaining to the identity of a user of a temporarily assigned network address the service assigns to that user.”
Technologically, that’s next to impossible to enforce, since user information is not currently built into any of the technologies.Â It would require businesses and providers to add an extra layer of authentication onto their networks.Â In other words, this is an IT nightmare of epic proportions, not even mentioning the civil liberties implications.Â Republicans have been driving educated voters from their party in hoards, and it’s especially true in the Philadelphia Suburbs, which even a decade ago was considered a Republican stronghold.Â Measures like this is part of the reason why.Â I believe the Texas delegation ought to seriously rethink the implications of this bill on the party as a whole.
Kiddie Porn is becoming the new drug war.Â There’s no civil liberty or aspect of commerce that where federal meddling can’t be justified in order to stamp it out.Â Next time Steele comes soliciting for funds, I might have to send a copy of this bill back in the envelope with “no thanks” written on it.
Hat Tip to War on Guns for the link.