Bloggers Face Jail Time

I’m trying to tone down the number of political posts, but this shit has gotten out of hand:

“In what sounds like a comedy sketch from Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, but isn’t, the U. S. Senate would impose criminal penalties, even jail time, on grassroots causes and citizens who criticize Congress.

“Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, would require grassroots causes, even bloggers, who communicate to 500 or more members of the public on policy matters, to register and report quarterly to Congress the same as the big K Street lobbyists. Section 220 would amend existing lobbying reporting law by creating the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever. For the first time in history, critics of Congress will need to register and report with Congress itself.

“The bill would require reporting of “˜paid efforts to stimulate grassroots lobbying,’ but defines “˜paid’ merely as communications to 500 or more members of the public, with no other qualifiers.

“On January 9, the Senate passed Amendment 7 to S. 1, to create criminal penalties, including up to one year in jail, if someone “˜knowingly and willingly fails to file or report.’ Congress To Send Critics To Jail

Can America get anymore screwed up then it already is? This proves the answer is a definite “YES”.

The only possible reason for this type of legislation is because of Congress itself, which has utterly and totally failed in it’s job to protect and serve the American people. Silencing critics will simply give Congress and even freer license to practice its gross incompetence.

Of course, this thing will never pass. But like all the other resolutions and proposed legislation of the past, it will come back surreptitiously and will be sneaked in a watered down form that will gain strength over time.

I can’t hardly prevent myself from saying this, but the collapse is going to get mightly ugly.

admin

admin at survivalacres dot com

5 thoughts on “Bloggers Face Jail Time

  • January 17, 2007 at 9:28 pm
    Permalink

    quintessential ‘Golden Rule’, he who has the gold …

    – what else can you except from Career Criminals Club

  • January 18, 2007 at 10:51 am
    Permalink

    Like what was said at the end. “Congress is trying to blame the grassroots, which are American citizens engaging in their First Amendment rights, for Washingtonâ’s internal corruption problems.”
    This will never fly, people simply will not allow it to happen. Suppression is near the end of its road in many parts of the world, it’s just not happening fast enough for most of us.

  • January 18, 2007 at 9:03 pm
    Permalink

    Found this tonight at the Pump Handle blog. Mike Dunford of The Questionable Authority decided to investigate this, and found no such provision in the bill.
    Last sentence of his findings are below:
    Thatâ’s right. It looks like the alarmist and dishonest) “Congress is going to lock up bloggers” press release was written by an astroturf group, in an attempt to influence bloggers to oppose (at the grassroots level) a piece of legislation designed to make it harder to use astroturf groups to influence legislation.
    Link if you’d like to read it all.
    http://thepumphandle.wordpress.com/2007/01/18/astroturfing-to-protect-astroturf/#more-93

Leave a Reply