Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Six strikes makes your ISP your online parents

From Demand Progress:

Tell ISPs: No "Six Strikes" Plan -- Or We'll Take Our Business Elsewhere

Here it comes: After over a year of secret negotiations with the players who pushed SOPA, the major Internet Service Providers on the verge of implementing their "Six Strikes" plan to fight "online infringement". With essentially no due process, AT&T, Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon will get on your case if you're accused of violating intellectual property rights -- and eventually even interfere with your ability to access the Internet. (You can contest accusations -- if you fork over $35.)

After the first few supposed violations, they'll alert you that your connection was engaging in behavior that they -- the giant corporations that provide your Internet service -- deem inappropriate.

And then it gets really dicey: They can make it difficult for you to access the web, or start throttling down your connection. From Wired:

After four alerts, according to the program, “mitigation measures” may commence. They include “temporary reductions of Internet speeds, redirection to a landing page until the subscriber contacts the ISP to discuss the matter or reviews and responds to some educational information about copyright, or other measures (as specified in published policies) that the ISP may deem necessary to help resolve the matter.”

That's right: These mega-corporations now claim the authority to undermine your Internet access -- and want to serve as judge, jury, and executioner. Tell them to back off -- or that you'll start looking for other places to bring your business.

Just add your name at right to tell the ISPs to back down.

To sign the petition:click here

You pay your ISP for internet service now you can pay them to be your parents too. If this appeals to you do nothing,you don't deserve this republic serviceMEN died for. On the other hand If you're not a big fan of this maneuver then sign the petition. The freedoms you save may be your own.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

End the TSA

From Campaign For Liberty:

Have you heard?

About the TSA, I mean.

You'd think the TSA realized its screening policies violated Americans' civil liberties and begged forgiveness for violating our dignity...

At least based off the headlines and self-congratulatory statements from politicians I saw earlier this year.

I'm referring to the stories about TSA ending its contract with Rapiscan to use its "backscatter" nudie scanners.

The headlines led many to believe ALL the scanners would be gone.

Wouldn't that be nice?

In reality, the truth is much less straight forward.

Most of the press got this one wrong. Way wrong...

While the TSA ended its much publicized contract with Rapiscan, they still have contracts with three separate companies (L-3, Smiths Group Plc, and American Science & Engineering Inc.).

Rapiscan was unable to comply with a Congressional mandate requiring the scanners to have a "privacy filter."

In other words, there will still be potentially harmful backscatter and millimeter wave scanners in our nation's airports - only with "privacy filters."

That's comforting...

Only 250 machines are leaving our airports, and while they may just end up collecting dust in a government warehouse, the TSA says it is searching for a new home for the scanners with another government agency.

While this is a small step in the right direction, it's clear we have a long way yet to go.

That's why it's more important than ever that we double-down our pressure on politicians to rein in the rogue agency.

For too long, you and I have been treated more like cattle than human beings for simply exercising our natural right to travel freely.

I refuse to trade my dignity for any fleeting promise of "security."

And I hope you feel the same way.

Last Congress, Campaign for Liberty worked with Senator Rand Paul to create a plan to End the TSA!

We intend to do so again, but you and I must help Senator Paul show there is overwhelming support for such a heavy undertaking.

You can pledge to stand with Senator Rand Paul and C4L to End the TSA by signing your Statement of Support today!

Taking on the most visible aspect of America's national security state is not going to be easy.

You and I know the TSA operates retroactively in response to yesterday's terrorists, but many Americans fail to see the TSA for what it is - tens of billions worth of "security theater."

Furthermore, there is a lot to address about this agency beyond its demeaning screening procedures.

TSA employees officially unionized last year under the American Federation of Government Employees Union, a national affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

This means it will be that much harder to fire that disgusting screener who seemed to enjoy your "enhanced pat-down" a little too much.

And as if that weren't enough, there's the "mission creep" aspect.

Campaign for Liberty has long warned about the TSA's plans for expanding far beyond our airports.

Unfortunately, it's already happening, and at a frighteningly fast pace.

You see, here in Washington, D.C., it's not uncommon to run into TSA bag-checkers on the Metro (that's our "subway" to those of you outside D.C.).

TSA VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) teams have been deployed to train stations and highways.

And that's not even the worst of it.

Inexplicably, Transportation Security Officers were present at both the Republican and Democrat National Conventions.

A bit removed from their "transportation security" mandate, no?

For these, and many more reasons space prevents me from expounding on, it should be a high priority for Americans to seek to End the TSA!

It offends our decency, our dignity, and our self-respect.

Any agency that is so blatantly committed to infringing on our natural and constitutionally protected rights simply must be abolished.

I hope you'll sign your Statement of Support to show you will stand with Senator Rand Paul and C4L to End the TSA!

After you've signed your Statement, please share this letter with your contacts to let them know about our efforts.

A task this monumental will require much heavy-lifting from the grassroots.

Will you stand with us?

In Liberty,

Tim Shoemaker
Director of Legislation

P.S. The TSA was in the news again recently. This time, the headlines made it appear we'd won a huge victory! Unfortunately that was far from the truth.

The TSA remains a grave threat to our civil liberties, as "mission creep" sets in, and they expand far beyond our airports.

Will you join C4L and Senator Paul in working to End the TSA?

Sign the statement here

Sounds great. Let's get some of our freedoms back by reining in a rouge agency. Now if we can de-unionize them and get rid of them that would be great. It's one thing to be a threat to terrorists,which they're not. It's another to be a threat to American citizen's privacy,which they are and what do they have to show for it? Nothing. How many terrorists plots were thwarted by TSA? None. The TSA hasn't stopped the terrorists they've just replaced them.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Deliever the knockout blow that will knockout SOPA

Imagine sitting down at your computer one morning to catch up on the latest at CampaignForLiberty.org and instead having this pop up on your screen:(see above)

After doing a little digging, you find out that Campaign for Liberty's web domain was seized by the government because a Federal Reserve official claimed content we had posted violated copyright - with no more than the accusation serving as cause and C4L receiving no chance to defend itself against the charge.

Hoping this is a temporary mistake - a fluke move by a bored bureaucrat that will soon be corrected - you head to another favorite site to get the latest on the freedom movement...

...only to have the same image assault your eyes.

And it doesn't stop there.

Time and again that morning you encounter the same notice - seeing it over and over as you try to access any alternative to the establishment echo chamber that claims to be "news."

In only the time it takes to stroke a few keys, the federal government has muzzled its opposition.

And they did it while you were sleeping.

Ray, this isn't an exaggeration or desperate fear mongering.

This is exactly what statists are working to make happen at this very minute.

But together, you and I can turn this Big Government-lover's dream into a nightmare for the political class.

We've done it before.

In just a moment, I'll show you how you can fight back.

But first let me provide a little background on the threat you and I are facing.

Last year, thanks to the quick action of C4L members and millions of other Americans, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) was thrown out the window right when it seemed to be fast-tracked to pass.

Proposed under the cloak of "protecting copyright," SOPA would have allowed the federal government to shut down websites for minor copyright violations or even a private allegation of a violation.

Without due process, entire websites could have been shuttered for inadvertent violations, malicious attacks, or a made-up claim.

To illustrate SOPA's potentially devastating impact, CampaignForLiberty.org and many other websites, including Wikipedia, "went dark" for 24 hours.

Activists rose up with such a backlash that legislators couldn't trample each other fast enough in a mad scramble to backpedal from the bill.

Many believed SOPA gone for good.

As it turns out, it was just on the ropes.

Now you and I must deliver the knockout blow.

In recent weeks, stories have surfaced reporting that pro-SOPA forces are gearing up to resurrect the legislation with a vengeance.

Some in Hollywood even believe President Obama's reelection gives him a mandate to pass bills like SOPA, and you better believe attacks on our freedoms from highly connected lobbyists will be well-funded.

So today, I'm asking you to take 30 seconds to exercise your right to free speech on the Internet by signing our "Hands Off the Internet" fax form to your representative and senators.

Our "Hands Off the Internet" statement clearly puts politicians on notice that if they thought the first backlash over SOPA was intense, they haven't seen anything yet.

The establishment uses pro-SOPA rhetoric to distract from the real agenda - shoving government's foot further in the door to rein in the area where our movement is growing the fastest.

The Internet is a refuge for liberty-minded Americans looking to get educated about the issues, equipped with the knowledge to be effective activists, and connected with other concerned citizens.

The web fuels pro-liberty efforts all across the globe.

And the elites can't stand it.

There's still time to act before SOPA's supporters gain momentum, so please sign our "Hands Off the Internet" fax form to your representative and senators right away.

Don't let the hypothetical situation from the beginning of this email turn into your cold, hard reality one future morning.

Take action today.

In Liberty,

Matt Hawes
Vice President of Programs

P.S. After its crushing defeat in 2012, many believed SOPA gone for good.

But recent reports indicate it is just on the ropes - waiting for us to deliver the knockout blow.

Help preserve Americans' freedoms online and safeguard the liberty message by signing our "Hands Off the Internet" fax form to your representative and senators today.

Sign fax form here

If the idea of the government censoring the news and deciding what you can watch and what you can't appeals to you then you are in the wrong part of the web. On the other hand,if all those things sound repugnant to you then please fill out this fax form and let those we elect know we will not tolerate them stepping on our liberties. The civil liberties you save may be your own,sign that fax form today.

A couple of things I want to bring to your attention

First,the bad news: CISPA is back. That anti-privacy bill is back for the new Congress. It was bullshit last time and it is just as equally bullshit now. If you believe in safeguarding your privacy stand up for it by opposing CISPA. More on CISPA here

Now the good news: Good guy U.S. Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky-R) introduced Audit The Fed in the Senate. What Audit The Fed will do is make the Federal Reserve accountable to the American people. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve,Ben Bernanke,is fighting Audit The Fed tooth and nail. This is where Senator Paul needs you help click here. You want transparency in government? Make it happen.