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New Internet Censorship Bill Introduced

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New Internet Censorship Bill Introduced - by Stephen Lendman


Like most others in Congress, Senator Patrick Leahy is no progressive. He voted to fund imperial wars, regressive Obamacare, Wall Street-friendly financial reform, and other pro-business measures, including agribusiness-empowering bills, harming small farmers and consumers.


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Now he's at it again. On September 20, he introduced S. 3804: Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), "A bill to combat online infringement, and for other purposes." Referred to committee, it awaits further action. In fact, it needs a dagger thrust in its heart to kill it.


According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Richard Esguerra:

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If enacted, this bill lets the Attorney General and Justice Department "break the Internet one domain at a time - by requiring domain registrars/registries, ISPs, DNS providers, and others to block Internet users from reaching certain websites."


Two online blacklists will be created:


-- one for web sites the Attorney General may censor or block, and

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-- most disturbing, domain names the Justice Department decides (without judicial review) are "dedicated to infringing activities."


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