Thursday, May 07, 2009

Offend Someone Online - Go To Prison

This from your friendly neighborhood Leftist fascist. Why isn't Rep Snachez shouted down for this kind of crap?

Oh, that's right. She's from California. Link here.

At a time when freedom of speech is already under attack like never before, a shocking new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would make it a felony to offend someone online.


Under this new law you would not just be slapped on the wrist and have to pay a fine.

You would go to big boy prison.

While most free speech activists have been watching the recent "hate crimes" bill, this much more insidious piece of legislation has received almost no notice whatsoever.

Just take a look at what H.R. 1966 actually says.....

Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.


So if you offend someone on Facebook you could go to federal prison for two years?


If your blog insults someone and causes them to feel bad you could go to prison for two years?


If you are in a bad mood one day and you send fire off an angry tweet on Twitter that you maybe should not have you could go to prison for two years over it?

Yes indeed.

Are you starting to get the picture yet?

Talk about an attempt to chill free speech.

So if someone reads something that you have written and it makes them feel bad they can take it to the feds and have them come get you?

That is a very, very frightening thought.

The reality is that the government is increasingly trying to control even the very small details of our lives. They are even increasingly trying to control what we say and what we think.

Freedom of speech is one of the cornerstones of a free society. If we are not free to express ourselves without the fear that someone will be offended, then what freedom will we really have left?

The reality is that if we do not stand up to this, the United States of America will quickly become overrun with politically-correct "commissars" who are eager to throw anyone who disagrees with them in jail for "hate crimes" and "thought crimes".

Things are already out of control in the United Kingdom. Did you know that there are actually undercover officers in some areas of the U.K. that sit in bars and restaurants listening for anyone who might say something offensive or racist?

You may laugh, but the United States is quickly heading down that road.


  • WC -- This is the Megan Meier Cyberbullyiing act. Megan Meier was the 13 yr old who was tricked by an ex-friend's mother online into beleiving the mother was actually a boy interested in her. Then turned on her saying horrible things online about a 13 year old. Megan commited suicide 3 weeks before her 14th birthday, never knowing the boy didn't exist and it was this mother causing the trouble.

    story here:

    that said, this bill has only just been refered to committee. Full text and info here:

    The intent is, I believe, to stop this sort of thing.

    All that said this is still a bad idea and a foot in the door. Preventing cyberbullying should be done by parents monitoring what their kids are looking at online.

    By Blogger midnight rider, at 2:00 PM  

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