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Internet Regulation Still a Threat in the 112th Congress

By:  Kurt Hyde
08/14/2012
       
Internet Regulation Still a Threat in the 112th Congress

 Freedom advocates breathed sigh of relief when a coalition of Senate Republicans and a few Democrats opposed the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S. 3414). Unfortunately, the recent setback of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 has all the earmarks a false sense of security. The timing has created a false impression that Internet regulation legislation has failed for this session of Congress, but the 112th Congress is virtually certain to convene a lame duck session after the election.

Freedom advocates breathed sigh of relief when a coalition of Senate Republicans and a few Democrats opposed the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S. 3414). Unfortunately, the recent setback of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 has all the earmarks a false sense of security. The timing has created a false impression that Internet regulation legislation has failed for this session of Congress, but the 112th Congress is virtually certain to convene a lame duck session after the election.

If anyone thinks a lame duck session is only a minor concern, the lame duck session of 2010 should serve as a warning. The outgoing congressmen, predominantly Democrats, submitted a blizzard of bills. The Senate Republicans had enough votes to stop every one of the bills. The voters gave a mandate for change at the ballot boxes that November. All the Senate Republicans needed to do was to stand with the American people and block those bills in the Senate. Instead they chose to pretend they were powerless. They fiddled while America’s freedom burned. There doesn’t appear to be any evidence a lame duck session in 2012 would be much different than the lame duck disaster of 2010.

Regulating the Internet appears to be a top priority for the liberals and neocons in Washington. The Internet has become the main medium of communication for many politically minded people. While the use of the Internet is open to people of all political persuasions, it has become the most important means of communicating for many advocates of return to constitutional government.

Public outcry stopped, at least temporarily, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). But an even worse bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed the House and is now waiting for action in the Senate.

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