FOSTA and CLOUD Acts Give American Police State the Power to Micromanage Speech
The U.S. government continues making bold, tyrannical moves while citizens do nothing but complain about its transgressions against liberty online. Worse, many tyrannical moves go unreported by the media, or don’t receive the emphasis they deserve.
While former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is now openly calling for the 2nd Amendment to be repealed in a David Hogg-wild Brave New World, Congress has launched an attack on the First Amendment under the guise of the FOSTA act. As reported by Reason magazine:
The U.S. Senate just passed one of the worst bills in recent memory, the so-called “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA) that cleared the House of Representatives in late February.
Now FOSTA is off to President Trump’s desk to be made official. As we are well aware of by now, Trump is a Trojan Horse who made a lot of noise about upholding conservative values while betraying his base at every turn after ascension to the throne. No doubt, FOSTA will be signed, marking Trump’s latest let-down.
What does the bill do? Plainly stated, FOSTA is a bill that’s an overt attack on the First Amendment.
This is the measure that would make online prostitution ads a federal crime and decimate Section 230, the federal provision shielding web publishers and platforms from certain legal liabilities for the things that users post. It’s largely portrayed as a response to Backpage, but its reach goes far far beyond that.
Indeed, cloaking the true intentions of FOSTA in a cloud of Puritanical sexual repression was a master stroke of the corporate-government complex. They know the prevailing culture well.
Anglo culture’s squeamishness about sex (and especially sex for hire like that found on Backpage) means this bill has faced little resistance. At face value, FOSTA is supposed to be about stopping sex trafficking. (Note our masters aren’t even bothering to call it human trafficking, anymore.) But, the bill is really about giving digital gatekeepers a reason – and incentive if they want to stay in business – to start micromanaging speech in real-time online. Expect a push for A.I. that polices what people are typing as they type it. Otherwise, web site and app operators could face massive penalties and prison time (up to 25 years) when those who use their services do illegal things like rent a sexual encounter. And later, express ideas that aren’t state-approved.
The bill hasn’t even been signed yet and already Craigslist has removed its personals section, Backpage now only allows women to post photos and a phone number, and Badoo now offers an Orwellian feature for users to report “inappropriate” or “against the law” individual personal messages to the thought police that manage the web site.
Only two Senators objected to the bill, illustrating how bought off Congress is. Rand Paul was one. A liberal from the Pacific Northwest was the other. From Reason:
“In the absence of Section 230, the internet as we know it would shrivel,” warned Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) from the Senate floor Wednesday. “Civic organizations protecting their right to free speech could be [ruined] by their more powerful political opponents” and “there would be an enormous chilling effect on speech in America.” That’s why big companies like Facebook like efforts like this to weaken it, Wyden added—”because it would pull up the ladder in the tech world” so new companies couldn’t afford to get in.
Yes, the bill also helps further cement established tech monopolies. Oh, and then there’s this little gem. The CLOUD Act was also sneaked into the Ominibus spending bill. What does the CLOUD Act do? Why, it further destroys your online privacy. The Anti-Media gives us the rundown of which liberties have been taken away by it. The CLOUD Act will:
- Enable foreign police to collect and wiretap people’s communications from U.S. companies, without obtaining a U.S. warrant.
- Allow foreign nations to demand personal data stored in the United States, without prior review by a judge.
- Allow the U.S. president to enter “executive agreements” that empower police in foreign nations that have weaker privacy laws than the United States to seize data in the United States while ignoring U.S. privacy laws.
- Allow foreign police to collect someone’s data without notifying them about it.
- Empower U.S. police to grab any data, regardless if it’s a U.S. person’s or not, no matter where it is stored.
The FOSTA bill is likely to face some opposition in the court system, but the CLOUD Act probably won’t. Ultimately, Americans can chalk another liberty lost up to the fact they’ve become a nation of sheeple begetting a government of wolves.
This move WILL NOT stop at sex trafficking. In fact, TNMM predicts it won’t stop until the whole of online human conduct and speech is micromanaged by tech overlords obeying tyrannical dictates of the pseudo-democratic republic the USSA has become.
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