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Related To The Kimberlin Situation: With ‘Friends’ Like These…

23 May 2012 @ 11:58

From David Kravets, over at Wired, we learn [tip of the fedora to Memeorandum]:

Did you hear the one about the New York state lawmakers who forgot about the First Amendment in the name of combating cyberbullying and “baseless political attacks”?

Proposed legislation in both chambers would require New York-based websites, such as blogs and newspapers, to “remove any comments posted on his or her website by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post.”

Republican Assemblyman Jim Conte said the legislation would cut down on “mean-spirited and baseless political attacks” and “turns the spotlight on cyberbullies by forcing them to reveal their identity.”

Had the internet been around in the late 1700s, perhaps the anonymously written Federalist Papers would have to be taken down unless Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay revealed themselves.

Sen. Thomas O’Mara, a Republican who is also sponsoring the measure, said it would “help lend some accountability to the internet age.”

Great….thanks GOP.

We’re fighting to protect conservative and libertarian bloggers from attacks and you’re planning on making it easier for the Leftist thugs who want to harm us to find out everything about us, including where we live and work.

Way to go, you bunch of clowns.

  1. theebl permalink
    23 May 2012 @ 12:28 12:28

    I do not want first amendment rights curtailed because of Kimberlin. Because then Kimberlin wins. Free speech is allowed, even if offensive and that I completely disagree with. Cyber stalking, physical threats, and intimidation are not.

    This particular legislation is of course stupid. Because if you run a blog or newspaper, it is your blog or newspaper. You can put up or take down anything you wish. You can require people to reveal or not reveal who you they are. No one was compelled to print the Federalist Papers when they were published. They had merit and people wanted to read them. If a paper (such as the WSJ for example) wants to compel you to reveal your name to comment it has the right to do so. Other publications do and do not require that. It is all good. Personally I am absolutely good with people commenting anonymously. I do not delete comments, but I reserve the right to do so for whatever reason I choose.

    The way to deal with cyber bullies is to deal with cyber bullying behavior that crosses the line of free speech and becomes stalking, threatening and intimidation. And treating that sort of behavior seriously.

    I want to see felon and terrorist Kimberlin tracked down, have his crimes exposed, and see him prosecuted and sent back to prison.

  2. dandapani permalink
    23 May 2012 @ 12:47 12:47

    I believe the correct term is “ass-clowns”.

  3. Adobe_Walls permalink
    23 May 2012 @ 13:59 13:59

    Well it isn’t as if we didn’t already know that we needed to abolish New York.

  4. 23 May 2012 @ 18:43 18:43

    New York is just the more fashionable east coast version of Kalifornia.

  5. M. Thompson permalink
    23 May 2012 @ 21:09 21:09

    NYGOP: still full of fail.


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