I’ve treated abused children, so I have no problem with the government attempting to shut down sites that promote internet child pornography.

Yet I do wonder about a bill that Congress just passed under the guise of stopping internet pornography.

The AP headlines read:

House Ups Penalties on Internet Porn, 

But the details are more than merely having services that support web sites from monitoring their sites. The AP report says that snooping would include those who log onto such sites.

The first bill, passed 409-2, expands the reporting duties of Internet service providers with respect to violations of child sexual exploitation and pornography laws. The ISPs would have to inform the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of the Internet identity and geographic location of suspected sex offenders and the time child pornography was downloaded….ISPs that fail to report incidents of child pornography would be subject to fines …

Yet CNET reports that the vote was rushed through without much discussion, and that the final bill was changed from the initial bill–and is not yet made available to the public.

They also note that what constitutes Child pornography is vague, and that names are to be reported not to a government agency but the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s “CyberTipline”…hmm…isn’t that a private group? Who is watching them to insure that they don’t abuse this broad power of snooping?

Finally, the act covers public internet access, such as libraries, hot spots, and businesses.

So more federal snooping, not for those planning jihad, but for the sake of the children. In other words, if Bush wants to snoop for security reasons, the courts will let him but the MSM will let everyone know about it. But if Congress wants to do the same thing “for the children” you probably will only read about it here on BNN or on business and geek websites.
As for me, I had to remove my porn filter from my private computer because it blocked too many medical sites…does that mean if I visit Pediatric sites showing photos of child sexual abuse that I will be arrested and fined? For example, last week on BNN I wrote about female circumcision…included was a graphic photo and a link to a youtube film that showed circumcision of the genitals of underaged girls. Would that type of film be blocked, and would everyone reading the article be reported to Big Brother?
Ironically, only two Congressmen voted against it: and one was Ron Paul.

Way to go, Ron…another victory for the Paulistas to trumpet.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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