Tag Archives: COICA

Where should we send your card, from the President? (Our answer)

By Honest Elections Cow
with additional comments (in red) by Rady Ananda

Please send my thank you card from the President to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, and wherever else we are still causing death and suffering and tell them I am so sorry this Presidency has failed to stop the war the last regime started, with the approval of Democrats. Then send a copy to all the poor of our nation  and indeed of all the world and tell them I am so sorry that corporations are still more important than people, and that greed still rules the world and that it doesn’t seem to make any difference whether we have Democrats or Republicans in power over here.

Continue reading

SHIELDing the truth: WikiLeaks opponents aim to ‘kill the messenger’

By Rady Ananda

UPDATE: Over 1,200 mirror sites now host Wikileaks.

On Dec. 2nd, Senators John Ensign (R-NV), Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Scott Brown (R-MA) introduced a bill entitled the Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Lawful Dissemination Act (SHIELD), effectively criminalizing whistleblowers.

The next day, the Library of Congress confirmed that it blocked Wikileaks from its database, bluntly denying access by the Congressional Research Service. Not only is the public being prevented from viewing whatever Wikileaks has to say, but so are government researchers who advise Congress.

Writing for the Federation of American Scientists, Steven Aftergood said, “if CRS is ‘Congress’s brain,’ then the new access restrictions could mean a partial lobotomy.”

Continue reading

Endgame Legislation: Lame Duck Session Ushers in Tyranny

By Eric Blair
Activist Post

When most of us think about “lame duck” Congressional sessions we think of a “do-nothing” government. However, this so-called lame duck session appears to be a time where legislation that has the most restrictions to individual rights is being rammed through.

It seems the members of government who have been recently voted out of office are vying for corporate jobs by pushing such legislation as the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act which are now on the fast track to becoming law. Both of these laws reek of tyranny for the citizens and a means of corporate consolidation for the big boys.

Continue reading

COICA Blacklisted by Senator Wyden

By Chris Pratt
COTO Report

First the scary part. Leahy’s Law, called Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeit Act (COICA), was introduced as a bill by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy on September 20th. It was then referred to the Judiciary Committee which he chairs. On Nov. 18, the bill received a unanimous 19-0 vote in Leahy’s committee and was headed to the Senate floor for a full vote. It was definitely on its way, until Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon stepped in.

Continue reading

End of Free Internet: US Senate Committee Approves COICA

Internet ‘Blacklist’ Bill Moves Forward

By Activist Post

It seems the lame duck Congressional session is becoming anything but unproductive. Yesterday, we saw the cloture of the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), and today, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act was unanimously approved by the US Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday with a 19-0 vote.  COICA has been overwhelmingly viewed by bloggers as a corporate hijacking of the internet by mega-media cartels.  Indeed, it’s eventual passage will be the end of the free internet as we now it.

Continue reading

COICA Could Be Voted out of Committee This Week: Scary Stuff

By Chris Pratt

Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number –
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you

— Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Masque of Anarchy” (1819)

My film deceptions and the works of others document the many lies and the hypocrisy that our politicians and government have foisted upon us. However, the public has begun to wake up. They are beginning to realize that 9/11 revelations will be the first of many cascading dominoes as conspiracy theory will morph into cover-up, over and over again.

Continue reading

COICA kills free speech: Write Sen. Leahy

By Chris Pratt

Blacklisted domains and terminated websites are both possibilities if bill S.3804 becomes law. It is called “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” (COICA) and it was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy on September 20, 2010.
Hard to imagine that the same man who could say:

“I commend Secretary of State Clinton for reaffirming our nation’s deep commitment to openness and freedom of expression on the Internet. The Internet has become a vital tool to protect and ensure the rights and basic freedoms of Americans and the human rights of people everywhere.”
Released by Leahy’s Office in January 2010


“Why did 9/11 happen on George Bush’s watch when he had clear warnings that it was going to happen?…. Had there been an independent congress, one that could ask questions, these questions would have been asked years ago. We’d be much better off…..”
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy — interview with Amy Goodman, 9/29/2006 

is now proposing legislation that will allow the government to blacklist and close down websites engaged in “infringing activities.”
Continue reading

COICA stalls in Senate; Back Door Man cometh; DU fights back

By Electronic Frontier Foundation

News updates on internet freedom and privacy

Victory! Internet Censorship Bill Delayed, For Now
Great news for those who care about free speech and fair use online: the Senate Judiciary Committee won’t consider the dangerously flawed “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” (COICA) bill until after the midterm elections, at least. This is a real victory, and the support from all of you who used EFF’s Action Center to write to your Senators played a key role. Thanks as well to the 87 Internet scientists and engineers whose open letter to Congress reminded lawmakers what is at stake, and to all the other voices that helped sound the alarm.

Continue reading