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"A horrible ruse": Lindsey Graham's internet bill blasted as a "nightmare" that grants sweeping powers to Bill Barr

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Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has been promoting an internet-related bill dubbed the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (the EARN-IT Act), which he says is designed to combat “online child exploitation conduct.” But according to Ashkhen Kazaryan, director of civil liberties at TechFreedom, as well as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Cato Institute, Graham’s bill seriously overreaches and raises troubling privacy concerns. Kazaryan, in an op-ed published in the conservative Washington Examiner, warns, “If Sen. Lindsey Graham gets his way, the federal government will launch another attack on online privacy. The South Carolina Republican will ask lawmakers to give Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice unchecked access to all of your messaging, file-sharing and video-sharing tools.”
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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