Then they came for our speech

This story should chill/anger/motivate everyone who loves liberty and fears central planners

There is a plan by the FEC to regulate free online political sites to include free youtube postings and blogs like Drudge and Sean Hannity and much smaller sites.

Free speech on the Internet has not been regulated but Democrats want to change that. It’s an enormous overreach by government – the FEC does not legitimately have the power to regulate free speech on the Internet.

All blogs, videos, and Internet sites would be affected by a move at the FEC to add burdensome regulations.

The FEC under Democrat Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel is poised to come up with rules governing political speech on the Internet. She wants to treat political blogs like PACs.

The terms have expired for the three GOP members and they are waiting to be replaced. Once the FEC is led by Democrats, you can expect all these regulations to go through. The Democrat party does not support free speech when it can regulate, especially if it’s political speech.

More here

FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman, a Republican, described what Ms. Ravel wants as something like a Chinese censorship board.

He said if regulation extends that far, then anybody who writes a political blog, runs a politically active news site or even chat room could be regulated. He added that funny internet campaigns like “Obama Girl,” and “Jib Jab” would also face regulations.

“I told you this was coming,” he told Secrets. Earlier this year he warned that Democrats on the panel were gunning for conservative Internet sites like the Drudge Report.

And this! Do we really trust Senator Feinstein with our liberty?

Senator from California Dianne Feinstein is actively pursuing a law that would regulate free speech with an amendment to theFree Flow of Information Act. The title is comical because the last thing she wants is the free flow of information.

The law is operating under the guise of protecting journalists but the protections the law outlines only apply to “covered journalists”. They get to decide who they are and who they can work for to be covered. It would leave bloggers at such risk that it would end the practice.

Feinstein wants to define who a real reporter is and who gets the protection of the Shield Act. She doesn’t want bloggers to have free speech.

“I can’t support it if everyone who has a blog has a special privilege … or if Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have a privilege. I’m not going to go there,” Feinstein said, completely misunderstanding the purpose of the First Amendment.

Feinstein introduced the amendment that defines a “covered journalist” as someone who gathers and reports news for “an entity or service that disseminates news and information.” The definition includes freelancers, part-timers and student journalists, and it permits a judge to go further and extend the protections to any “legitimate news-gathering activities.”

She clearly indicated that bloggers are not to be covered by the Shield law along with terrorists.

According to her, you are only a legitimate journalist if you on her list of news services.

Note that a President Hillary would name Leftists to replace the three retiring Republicans at the FEC! If that happens, well do the math

2 thoughts on “Then they came for our speech

  1. They can censor my free speech when they pry my keyboard from my cold, dead hands.

    Outrage at the treason committed by the G.W. Bush administration is why I started Blogging in the first place, way back in 2006.

    They see what the internet makes ordinary people capable of and it scares them.

    Fuck ’em with a flaming pitchfork.

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