The internet is at once the most resourceful medium of information and the most misleading.
I read four articles about the controversial SOPA/PIPA laws that have been signed into legislation by President Obama and I still don’t get what the big fuss is about.
None of the articles I read made the connection between these pieces of legislation and the death of the bill of rights – as so many popular online forums have done.
How does preventing people from illegally posting movies and music on the internet taking away our rights? I thought the constitution protected private/intellectual property?
I also don’t understand this provision Obama apologized about, the one regarding the indefinite detainment of American civilians. The details remain ambiguous.
“I want to clarify that my administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation,” Obama stated, after signing the bill this past Saturday.
I asked a friend of mine what he thought about the bill. I told him I wasn’t worried about it because I trust the Obama Administration. He told me he wasn’t worried about the Obama Administration either. What worried him however was the prospect of a Republican taking office and using the bill to justify profiling and government breaches of individual rights. At that moment I thought of George Bush. I thought of the WMD lies we were spoon-fed prior to the invasion of Iraq. Then I thought of the Patriot Act.