Monday, January 09, 2006

OHTEHNOES!!!!! Calm down.

Hammer of Truth's "Anonymous" recently posted about the recently presidentially signed "Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act", which essentially forces those who use communication mediums to "annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person" to not be anonymous. Superficially, this is a grave danger to our civil liberties, but going on the assumption that brain-eating zombies haven't attacked the nation's courts, I see the stunning incompetence of our legislators in writing this bill as a good thing: a better-nuanced version could have passed by judicial scrutiny as a "justifiable" infringement upon our rights, but such a broad and groping assault on free speech as this law couldn't stand up in any court.

Additionally, the law literally requires "offenders" to disclose "his identity". Since it uses "identity," not "given name" or "name on birth certificate," I can decide that in fact, my identity is 2821912874023880091284009823740982134, which though a really pedantic thing to do would at least give a little more work to the investigators. Also, the delay caused by appealing to successive courts might last long enough for a more rational Congress to come into power and pass something less ridiculous.

Folks, everything Congress does can be interpreted in multiple ways. Crying wolf at each and every thing doesn't make you the guardian of the people, it makes you somebody who's lost all his sheep.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I's hard to read your posting due to the black background and white text. I hope you will consider changing the background to white or a light color.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make the background alight color and the font color black becausethe way it is is hell on my eyes

10:57 PM  

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