Sunday, January 15, 2012

Last Chance...

I fear that this is it. With the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which allows the President or his designees to indefinitely detain persons whom are considered to be terrorists or subversive (without due process or access to a lawyer - FEMA camps, anyone?) and the Stop Online Piracy Act bill (SOPA) which will impose draconian penalties on accidental or fair use that is deemed (by who?) to violate copyright laws, I think this country is circling the drain when it comes to freedom. The NDAA attacks the fourth amendment & potentially the first if speech itself is seen as an act of terrorism. SOPA is an attack on first amendment rights in the guise of "protecting" corporate interests and well-meaning artists that are overprotective of their intellectual material. The internet could be heavily censored even by "free" countries like the United States & the act will definitely affect countries that are already battling censorship.

What's wrong with current copyright laws? It's like the anti-2nd amendment lobby asking for more gun laws instead of focusing on enforcing the ones on the books. This is the same only worse because it attacks the ability to speak against what could be construed as an attack on use of information.

Anonymous is definitely against the SOPA nonsense and I would wager is against the NDAA for the only reason that it could potentially be used against them.

Anyway, here is a video about Ron Paul & how he predicted much of the shadow that our country has fallen under.

Here is more information about SOPA that explains exactly what it will mean & the potential ramifications of it.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

And finally, here is one of my favorite Ron Paul videos - The "What if" speech which outlines the dangers of interventionism. I truly believe this man would be a great president. We do NOT need to be barbarians to maintain our freedoms. And if too many in the country DO believe that, then perhaps we have gone the way of the Roman Empire.