Saturday, February 21, 2009

Latest Wireless Absurdity from Congress

Politicians on Thursday (02/19/09) called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet Service Providers (ISP's) and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, including hotels, local coffee shops, and private in-home users, to keep records about users who access their networks for two years to aid police investigations. They even have come up with a silly acronym so that the title of the bill - Internet Stopping Adults Facilitating the Exploitation of Today's Youth Act - spells out "Internet SAFETY Act."

More on this absurdity here:\

Geeez...and to think we elected some of these folks. What's the matter with us, anyway? Would someone explain to me just how this law will help prevent the "exploitation of today's youth"? IMHO, the promoters of this legislation have either lost track of reality or, are suffering from a high BER. (Actually, it's probably some of both!)



jj999 said...

Wow. This seems like a really bad idea from Senator Cornyn. I think it is too broad and I agree with the Center for Democracy & Technology that this is invasive and unnecessary.

Hopefully Congress will actually choose to open up a discussion about this. Now that they have passed the stimulus package, they should be able to move on to issues like this.

I saw that the Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is still asking people to give their opinion on the most important thing for Congress to do next. Then they are going to focus their efforts on getting Congress to accomplish what we actually want them to do.

What do the other readers think Congress should do? Should they work against this Internet Safety Act? Should they work to prevent further exploitation of "for-the-children"-type bills? Or should they focus their efforts on completely different areas? Make sure to add your opinion so Congress can know what we want them to do next -

Anonymous said...

I think it is the staffers who come up with these ideas/names. I don't think these beauracrates are smart enough to do that on their own!!!