Restrictions on Freedoms

In recent years, there have been a number of restrictions placed on our right to assemble, free speech, detention under military law, and others.  In addition, Mainstream Media channels of communication simply do not share all news.

These restrictions apply to both the physical and the online worlds.    Here is some background information about some of the issues to watch.

  1. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) could effectively give the government and corporations new powers to block Americans’ access to sites that are merely ACCUSED of copyright infringement. For a useful summary read the Washington Post article, SOPA’s ugly message to the world about America and internet Innovation
  2. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 contains several provisions that would permit federal law enforcement agencies to detain indefinitely American citizens who they “suspect” of terroism.   What is meant by “suspect” is not clearly defined but seems to be whatever law enforcement agencies believe to be something to watch and changes over time.   A good summary of the provisions is available from the Christian Science Monitor entitled, Guantánamo for US citizens? Senate bill raises questions  Ron Paul in this video tries to address what some of the “criteria” for being a suspect might be.

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