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Secret copyright treaty leaks. It's bad. Very bad.
boingboing ^ | November 3, 2009 | Cory Doctorow

Posted on 11/04/2009 9:35:36 AM PST by antiRepublicrat

The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to "national security" concerns, has leaked. It's bad. It says:

* That ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material. This means that it will be impossible to run a service like Flickr or YouTube or Blogger, since hiring enough lawyers to ensure that the mountain of material uploaded every second isn't infringing will exceed any hope of profitability.

* That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability. This means that your entire family could be denied to the internet -- and hence to civic participation, health information, education, communications, and their means of earning a living -- if one member is accused of copyright infringement, without access to a trial or counsel.

* That the whole world must adopt US-style "notice-and-takedown" rules that require ISPs to remove any material that is accused -- again, without evidence or trial -- of infringing copyright. This has proved a disaster in the US and other countries, where it provides an easy means of censoring material, just by accusing it of infringing copyright.

* Mandatory prohibitions on breaking DRM, even if doing so for a lawful purpose (e.g., to make a work available to disabled people; for archival preservation; because you own the copyrighted work that is locked up with DRM)


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: achillwind; constitution; copyright; copyrightlaw; eussr; privacyrights; treaty
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This is the copyright treaty that was being discussed in secret, and both Bush and "Hope 'n Change" Obama tried their hardest to prevent the public from seeing. At the same time, companies of the copyright cartel were in on the negotiations, but rights groups were locked out.

This will be presented to us fait accompli. As a treaty, it will be considered to override the Constitution, and it will destroy our basis for copyright as allowed in the Constitution.

1 posted on 11/04/2009 9:35:37 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

Such as it was when we let the world assume control of the internet we established.


2 posted on 11/04/2009 9:36:22 AM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: N3WBI3; PAR35; Sir_Ed; SubGeniusX; TruthSetsUFree; rabscuttle385; ShadowAce; Baynative; holden; ...
The Copyfraud ping: copyright, patent and trademark law, mainly as applied to the digital age, especially their abuse.
If you want on or off the Copyfraud Ping List, Freepmail me.

Bad News!


3 posted on 11/04/2009 9:36:41 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

Related

http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/11/leaked-acta-internet-provisions-three-strikes-and-


4 posted on 11/04/2009 9:37:27 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: antiRepublicrat

One World Govt stuff

and its real


5 posted on 11/04/2009 9:38:23 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

All Congress wouuld need to do to snuff free speech is to extend a copyright on all Federal documents and pieces, and forbid distribution of it.


6 posted on 11/04/2009 9:39:25 AM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Thunder90

ping


7 posted on 11/04/2009 9:40:46 AM PST by Nobel_1 (bring on the Patriots!)
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To: antiRepublicrat

What would we expect with the Mark Lloyd perspective on media and the Anita Dunn methodology? The current administration is building a federal oligarchy. Media must be controlled in such a program because truth is their most dangerous enemy.


8 posted on 11/04/2009 9:42:21 AM PST by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: antiRepublicrat; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; ...

The list, ping


9 posted on 11/04/2009 9:42:27 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: FromLori

That link didn’t work for me. Is there another source for this (or sources)?


10 posted on 11/04/2009 9:43:48 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: antiRepublicrat

Where is the guy who wants to be president badly enough to run on a freedom platform?

I’d vote for him. Or her.


11 posted on 11/04/2009 9:43:48 AM PST by marron
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To: antiRepublicrat

Time to revolt.

These are more new laws that will make us all criminals.

There is no place to turn.


12 posted on 11/04/2009 9:44:14 AM PST by mlmr (Angry with what leftists are doing to our country, our children and our culture...)
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To: antiRepublicrat

I just sent this to Rush for sh*ts and grims...this stuff is just not American.


13 posted on 11/04/2009 9:44:32 AM PST by BreezyDog
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To: antiRepublicrat

DRM?


14 posted on 11/04/2009 9:45:59 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

I posted this exact thing yesterday and the mod pulled it within 60 sec —I don’t know why.

I hope yours lives, because we CANNOT have this....


15 posted on 11/04/2009 9:46:22 AM PST by gaijin
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To: antiRepublicrat

You mean to tell me I couldn’t post my OWN material if I happen to hold a copyright on it?


16 posted on 11/04/2009 9:47:10 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: MHGinTN
The current administration is building a federal oligarchy. Media must be controlled in such a program because truth is their most dangerous enemy.

This was started under Bush. Obama is just keeping with the program contrary to his promises.

17 posted on 11/04/2009 9:47:10 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

You mean to tell me I couldn’t post my OWN material if I happen to hold a copyright on it?


18 posted on 11/04/2009 9:47:21 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

You mean to tell me I couldn’t post my OWN material if I happen to hold a copyright on it?


19 posted on 11/04/2009 9:47:26 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: gaijin

We will ignore any laws passed in this regard. Ignore and fight at every level. Wear them down to the point where enforcement is impossible.


20 posted on 11/04/2009 9:47:54 AM PST by sand lake bar (Obama: Take away my 1st Amendment and you'll force me to use the 2nd.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

looks like crap


21 posted on 11/04/2009 9:48:45 AM PST by dennisw (Obama -- our very own loopy, leftist god-thing.)
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To: TBP

Digital rights management.

It is the technology that prevents you from copying a DVD or putting an iTunes song on anything but an apple player.

Most DRM can be circumvented and it is probably/maybe legal for personal use at this time.


22 posted on 11/04/2009 9:48:54 AM PST by dangerdoc
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To: antiRepublicrat

Actually this started under Clinton. You also might recall as a gesture of trust to harmonize our copyright between the US and Japan the US gave them a copy of all pending patients.

Maybe that is what Clinton’s lawyer was stuffing in his pants at the National Security Archive center.


23 posted on 11/04/2009 9:49:29 AM PST by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: driftdiver

The internet killed Gore, Kerry and Dan Rather. It is killing, as I type this, Gore and Obama. They must stop the free flow of ideas and speech or become obsolete.

Their strength used to be in an impenetrably huge bureaucracy, against which the average citizen - or even citizen group - was no match. The internet changed all that, and gave us the power we had when government was small.

They must stop the free flow of ideas and speech or be obliterated by truth. They are in a fight for their lives. What they don’t know is a lot of other people feel that way too, which is why there are ammo shortages.


24 posted on 11/04/2009 9:49:43 AM PST by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: dangerdoc

I can run any digital feed into my pc and create a .wav or .mp3 file.


25 posted on 11/04/2009 9:50:23 AM PST by sand lake bar (Obama: Take away my 1st Amendment and you'll force me to use the 2nd.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

It is a fact that a form of this program was begun before Obammy came to office. HOWEVER, the current commies have altered the aims&means to achieve this usurpation to include more empowerment fro the central governmental authorites in America.


26 posted on 11/04/2009 9:51:33 AM PST by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

27 posted on 11/04/2009 9:51:49 AM PST by OB1kNOb (As government grows, corruption flows.)
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To: TBP

“Digital Rights Management”

The means to prevent you from copying the works you bought. DVDs have this in the form of CSS. Just copying the files from the DVD to your hard drive will normally result in unplayable files. The encryption of CSS must first be cracked. That’s easy, but illegal, even if you’re making a backup (normally legal) or format shifting (also normally legal) to your hard drive or iPod.

DRM has been severely abused for anticompetitive means and used to take away our fair use rights to copyrighted materials.

We already have an industry-purchased law enforcing DRM called the DMCA. This will go even further.


28 posted on 11/04/2009 9:52:24 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Nachum

Hmm it seems to work fine but here is the article

Negotiations on the highly controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement start in a few hours in Seoul, South Korea. This week’s closed negotiations will focus on “enforcement in the digital environment.” Negotiators will be discussing the Internet provisions drafted by the US government. No text has been officially released but as Professor Michael Geist and IDG are reporting, leaks have surfaced. The leaks confirm everything that we feared about the secret ACTA negotiations. The Internet provisions have nothing to do with addressing counterfeit products, but are all about imposing a set of copyright industry demands on the global Internet, including obligations on ISPs to adopt Three Strikes Internet disconnection policies, and a global expansion of DMCA-style TPM laws.

As expected, the Internet provisions will go beyond existing international treaty obligations and follow the language of Article 18.10.30 of the recent U.S. – South Korea Free Trade Agreement. We see three points of concern.

First, according to the leaks, ACTA member countries will be required to provide for third-party (Internet Intermediary) liability. This is not required by any of the major international IP treaties – not by the 1994 Trade Related Aspects of IP agreement, nor the WIPO Copyright and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty. However, US copyright owners have long sought this. (For instance, see page 19 of the Industry Functional Advisory Committee report on the 2003 US- Singapore Free Trade Agreement noting the need for introducing a system of ISP liability). (Previously available at http://www.ustr.gov/new/fta/Singapore/advisor_reports.htm.)

Second and more importantly, ACTA will include some limitations on Internet Intermediary liability. Many ACTA negotiating countries already have these regimes in place: the US, EU, Australia, Japan, South Korea. To get the benefit of the ACTA safe harbors, Internet intermediaries will need to follow notice and takedown regimes, and put in place policies to deter unauthorized storage and transmission of allegedly copyright infringing content.

However, contrary to current US law and practice, the US text apparently conditions the safe harbors on Internet intermediaries adopting a Graduated Response or Three Strikes policy. IDG reports that:

“The U.S. wants ACTA to force ISPs to “put in place policies to deter unauthorized storage and transmission of IP infringing content (for example clauses in customers’ contracts allowing a graduated response),” according to the [leaked European] Commission memo.”

Let’s reflect on what this means: First, the US government appears to be pushing for Three Strikes to be part of the new global IP enforcement regime which ACTA is intended to create – despite the fact that it has been categorically rejected by the European Parliament and by national policymakers in several ACTA negotiating countries, and has never been proposed by US legislators.

Second, US negotiators are seeking policies that will harm the US technology industry and citizens across the globe. Three Strikes/ Graduated Response is the top priority of the entertainment industry. The content industry has sought this since the European office of the Motion Picture Association began touting Three Strikes as ISP “best practice” in 2005. Indeed, the MPAAand the RIAA expressly asked for ACTA to include obligations on ISPs to adopt Three Strikes policies in their 2008 submissions to the USTR. The USTR apparently listened and agreed, disregarding the concerns raised by both the US’s major technology and telecom companies and industry associations (who dwarf the US entertainment industry), and public interest groups and libraries.

How does this fit with the oft-repeated statement of the USTR that ACTA will not change US law, which justified the decision to negotiate ACTA as an Executive Agreement outside of regular US Congressional oversight measures? That remains to be seen.

The safe harbors in the US Copyright law require ISPs to adopt and reasonably implement a policy for termination of “repeat infringers” “in appropriate circumstances”. US law currently gives ISPs considerable flexibility to determine what are “appropriate circumstances” justifying the termination of a customer’s Internet account. If the leak reports are correct, this would no longer be true. Instead, ISPs would be required to automatically terminate a customer upon a rightsholders’ repeat allegation of copyright infringement at a particular IP address. Could the USTR be relying on the somewhat specious distinction between a Three Strikes law, and its implementation by a policy adopted by ISPs as part of a gun-to-the-head self regulation regime?

According to IDG, the leaked European Commission memo also states that the US Internet chapter is “sensitive due to the different points of view regarding the internet chapter both within the Administration, with Congress and among stakeholders (content providers on one side, supporters of internet freedom on the other).”

That’s hardly surprising, given that the ACTA text appears to leave the door open for major changes to the existing national Internet intermediary liability regimes that have been the global status quo since the mid 1990s, and which have underpinned both tremendous Internet innovation, and citizens’ online freedom of expression and the rich world of user generated content that we take for granted today.

European citizens should also be concerned and indignant. As reported, the ACTA Internet provisions would also appear to be inconsistent with the EU eCommerce Directive and existing national law, as Joe McNamee, the European Affairs Coordinator of EDRi notes:

“The Commission appears to be opening up ISPs to third party liability, even though the European Parliament has expressly said this mustn’t happen,” McNamee said, adding that ACTA looks likely to erode European citizens’ civil liberties.”

Last, but by no means least. ACTA signatories will be required to adopt both civil and criminal legal sanctions for copyright owners’ technological protection measures, in line with the US-Korea (and previous) FTA obligations. They will also be required to include a ban on the act of circumvention of technological protection measures, and a ban on the manufacture, import and distribution of circumvention tools. This will reduce the flexibility otherwise available to countries drafting these sort of laws under the WIPO Copyright Treaty and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty. The majority of WIPO’s Member States rejected the circumvention device ban sought by the US delegation in the draft Basic Proposal for the 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaty. Because ACTA is intended to create new global international IP enforcement standards, including these provisions will allow US negotiators to achieve what they have not been able to do to date – ensuring that the US’s overbroad implementation of the WIPO Internet Treaty TPM obligations becomes the global standard.

This should give all citizens - and the ACTA countries negotiating in their names - pause for thought.

Also great coverage of what this means for other countries: Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing; Michael Geist (Canada); Kim Weatherall at LawFont here and here and Electronic Frontiers Australia (Australia); and InternetNZ (New Zealand).

Related Issues: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

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29 posted on 11/04/2009 9:52:24 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: sand lake bar
You forget that they have the big guns....the IRS. Via the tax code and access to our money before we even see it the government can socially engineer and get what they want every time.

Not surprising this comes from both sides of the aisle...frankly We The People have too much freedom, too much information and can inform/talk to each other instantaneously thanks to the Internet and that's scary stuff to politicians.
30 posted on 11/04/2009 9:53:43 AM PST by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: Nachum

http://www.lawfont.com/2009/11/04/acta-here-we-go-again/

http://www.lawfont.com/2009/11/04/geist-on-acta/

http://www.efa.org.au/2009/11/04/acta-copyright-negotiations-underway-still-secret-still-worrying/#more-707

http://internetnz.net.nz/media/media-releases-2009/internetnz-alarmed-by-latest-acta-leaks

Sorry these were what I meant to send


31 posted on 11/04/2009 9:55:08 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: FromLori

Thanks for that. Important stuff. I have put it up on the website too.


32 posted on 11/04/2009 9:55:14 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: antiRepublicrat

This would be like the phone company being required to ensure we don’t discuss confidential information or the US Postal Service ensuring we don’t mail confidential information. These liberals are idiots and dangerous to this country.


33 posted on 11/04/2009 9:57:30 AM PST by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: FromLori

Interesting that Australians and New Zealanders are posting this. Makes one wonder how much protest elsewhere we will see.


34 posted on 11/04/2009 9:58:17 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: TBP
You mean to tell me I couldn’t post my OWN material if I happen to hold a copyright on it?

It would depend on the wording of the treaty. If you put DRM on your works, then forgot the code needed to free them, then it could be illegal for you to break your own DRM to get to your own works.

Remember, DRM can be anything. It doesn't even have to be effective. Since what we write here is by law copyrighted at the moment we write it I am applying DRM to the following sentence:

"DRM Sucks!"

If you select the text between the quotes, you just broke the DRM I used to protect my copyrighted comment without my permission. I didn't give my permission, so, seriously, you just broke the law. Idiotic, isn't it?

I promise not to turn you into the copyright cartel for reeducation. It doesn't really matter though, since they think copyright is only for big corporations. They honestly don't care about the copyright of the average person, and have violated it repeatedly with a "So sue us" mentality.

35 posted on 11/04/2009 9:58:55 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

Kissinger said you can bypass the constitution via the use of treaties.


36 posted on 11/04/2009 9:59:17 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Nachum

Sure what website?


37 posted on 11/04/2009 9:59:47 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: antiRepublicrat

So, just “accusing” a person or organization is enough for “punishment”? That’s denial of Due Process.........................


38 posted on 11/04/2009 10:01:47 AM PST by Red Badger (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: Nachum

The Australians seem to be a freedom loving bunch so I am glad to see they are making waves. I guess the New Zealanders are really starting to make some waves too with recent remarks the pc world is whining about.


39 posted on 11/04/2009 10:01:52 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: antiRepublicrat

It also went on in the Clinton administration.


40 posted on 11/04/2009 10:02:24 AM PST by twigs
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To: antiRepublicrat

This Chicago gang of Marxists think they have every angle figured out to successfully impose tyranny.


41 posted on 11/04/2009 10:02:28 AM PST by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American (u)
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To: FromLori

About three strikes, I’ve been wondering if it would apply to companies. Sony has been caught repeatedly electronically distributing the songs of artists it no longer has rights to. Can we pull the plug on Sony’s Internet connection?

Of course not, this only applies to us little people.


42 posted on 11/04/2009 10:02:34 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

Enjoy the internet while you can. Won’t be long. :(


43 posted on 11/04/2009 10:02:44 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( The only historical figure I admire in his present condition is Jesus.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

LOL. This will only affect the law-abiding. At the end of the day, porn sites and spammers will still fill up your emailbox and the Chinese will be selling bootleg copies of every book and movie produced—ever in history.


44 posted on 11/04/2009 10:03:20 AM PST by Antoninus (The RNC's dream ticket: Romney / Scozzafava 2012)
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To: FromLori
I meant mine.

http://nachumlist.com/

45 posted on 11/04/2009 10:03:34 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: antiRepublicrat
Fascism! Are we getting IT yet?
46 posted on 11/04/2009 10:03:50 AM PST by Candor7 (The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (.Member NRA)
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To: FromLori

http://nachumlist.com/


47 posted on 11/04/2009 10:04:27 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: FromLori

Bad link?


48 posted on 11/04/2009 10:04:51 AM PST by bvw
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To: antiRepublicrat
>>This was started under Bush. Obama is just keeping with the program contrary to his promises.
 
Yep.... it's a familiar pattern....
 
 





Who holds the Copyright on THIS:
 
 
COMMERCE BETWEEN MASTER AND SLAVE IS DESPOTISM
--Thomas Jefferson


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49 posted on 11/04/2009 10:06:12 AM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: Nachum; Alamo-Girl

That’s like Alamo Girl’s work during the Clinton Era.


50 posted on 11/04/2009 10:08:08 AM PST by bvw
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