09 January 2006 @ 11:40 am
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Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime.

It's no joke. Last Thursday, Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity. In other words, it's OK to flame someone on a mailing list or in a blog as long as you do it under your real name.

And how did this go through so quietly? because it was buried in the so-called "Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act". Not that it has anything to do with that act, of course, it was merely hidden inside to make it politically infeasible for politicians to oppose the measure.

Yes, just one more nail in the coffin of the present administration.
Chrisdeusinnomen on January 9th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, just one more nail in the coffin of the present administration.

Which part, the law itself or hiding it in the bill? Cause politicians have been doing this irrelevant riders on large bills for years. It's always been bullshit, and it will continue to be bullshit cause they'll never stop doing it.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Spectrearchmage on January 9th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
The law itself. I'm all too aware that this is a sick and sad tradition.
paradoxparadox13 on January 9th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
Sounds like something that would be very easy to challenge on free speech grounds. But then, SCOTUS has been doing rather screwy things in that area of law over the last 20 years or so.
bitterfun on January 9th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
You absolutely right. If you do a google search on this subject you'll come up with several blog/articles on people and lawyers just waiting for someone to try and enforce this one.

Personally I'm betting that the only people that will try and utilize this new law will be offended corporations(to shut up bad press) and federal law enforcement(used as a gateway charge to look for other things).
egonix on January 9th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
I'm picturing 3 guys in a Maximum Security Prison

I'm here for triple homicide, what about you?

I'm here for bank robbery and rape. What about you?

I anonymously flamed a Harry Potter community on Live Journal.....Hey! What are you doi-AAGH!@# STOP! HELP! GUARDS!@#
paradox: pillz-eparadox13 on January 9th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
I...LOVE...that...icon :p
~LisaHopephoenxbutterfly on January 9th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
That icon cracks me up.
Chrisclipdude on January 9th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
That is really... annoying. I hate this kind of crap.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on January 9th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
Especially since it's such a transparent bunch of bullshit. This is going to be used against people bashing the government, or by big biz getting trashed by the people they mistreat (enforced by the government they bought and paid for).
Dr. McMayhem, Licensed Cynic and Elitist Zombiemcmayhem on January 9th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
"You oppose the prohibition on annoying email? Well, you must hate women, then."
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Smackdown (Anger)archmage on January 9th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
Among the many things that need to be overhauled in our governmental system, riding in shit like this on unrelated bills needs to stop.
Sribbles McBottomfootachmanage on January 10th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
So a stupid act gets a stupid addition?
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Cerebus (WTF)archmage on January 10th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
Seems that way. I'm not sure how "violence against women" and "DoJ reauthorization" go together in the first place.
ahlricahlric on January 16th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

The time draws nigh
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Burn The Worldarchmage on January 16th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
Welcome to the People's Army, brother. you will be called whren the revolution starts.