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The 19 Senators Who Voted To Censor The Internet
Techdirt ^ | 11/19/10

Posted on 11/20/2010 10:46:57 AM PST by Libloather

The 19 Senators Who Voted To Censor The Internet
from the free-speech-isn't-free dept

This is hardly a surprise but, this morning (as previously announced), the lame duck Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to move forward with censoring the internet via the COICA bill -- despite a bunch of law professors explaining to them how this law is a clear violation of the First Amendment. What's really amazing is that many of the same Senators have been speaking out against internet censorship in other countries, yet they happily vote to approve it here because it's seen as a way to make many of their largest campaign contributors happy. There's very little chance that the bill will actually get passed by the end of the term but, in the meantime, we figured it might be useful to highlight the 19 Senators who voted to censor the internet this morning:

Patrick J. Leahy -- Vermont
Herb Kohl -- Wisconsin
Jeff Sessions -- Alabama
Dianne Feinstein -- California
Orrin G. Hatch -- Utah
Russ Feingold -- Wisconsin
Chuck Grassley -- Iowa
Arlen Specter -- Pennsylvania
Jon Kyl -- Arizona
Chuck Schumer -- New York
Lindsey Graham -- South Carolina
Dick Durbin -- Illinois
John Cornyn -- Texas
Benjamin L. Cardin -- Maryland
Tom Coburn -- Oklahoma
Sheldon Whitehouse -- Rhode Island
Amy Klobuchar -- Minnesota
Al Franken -- Minnesota
Chris Coons -- Delaware

This should be a list of shame. You would think that our own elected officials would understand the First Amendment but, apparently, they have no problem turning the US into one of the small list of authoritarian countries that censors internet content it does not like (in this case, content some of its largest campaign contributors do not like). We already have laws in place to deal with infringing content, so don't buy the excuse that this law is about stopping infringement. This law takes down entire websites based on the government's say-so. First Amendment protections make clear that if you are going to stop any specific speech, it has to be extremely specific speech. This law has no such restrictions. It's really quite unfortunate that these 19 US Senators are the first American politicians to publicly vote in favor of censoring speech in America.


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They all deserve to get the boot.
1 posted on 11/20/2010 10:47:03 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Why do these law and order liberals and Rinos feel as though they need to “protect” us?


2 posted on 11/20/2010 10:49:46 AM PST by NorthStarStateConservative (I'm just another disabled naturalized minority vegan pro life conservative.)
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To: Libloather
Don't see much difference between party's on that one.

Just another boost for the Tea Party Movement!

3 posted on 11/20/2010 10:50:19 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Libloather

John Cornyn.

Kick the RINO out next time, Texas.


4 posted on 11/20/2010 10:50:53 AM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: Libloather

Which one’s are up in ‘12? The primaries start now.


5 posted on 11/20/2010 10:51:11 AM PST by Jane Long (2 Chron 7:14)
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To: Libloather

Not a single name that surprised me.


6 posted on 11/20/2010 10:52:30 AM PST by jessduntno (In the news: Arab assassins. Pirates. Dengue. Cholera. Typhoid. Hookworm. Bedbugs. Cripes ...)
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To: Libloather

The big shocker I see in that list is Jeff Sessions. Was his vote on a “protecting traditional values” basis?


7 posted on 11/20/2010 10:53:33 AM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Libloather

Chuck Grassley? Someone should poke him and see if he was even awake when he voted.


8 posted on 11/20/2010 10:53:48 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Libloather

Thanks for this post. The usual suspects strike again!


9 posted on 11/20/2010 10:54:03 AM PST by fuzzthatwuz
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To: Libloather

I don’t think you understand the bill. I don’t see censorship here, I see protection of intellectual property rights.

The following summary was written by the Congressional Research Service...

9/20/2010—Introduced.

Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act - Amends the federal criminal code to authorize the Attorney General (AG) to commence an action for injunctive relief against a domain name used by an Internet site that is “dedicated to infringing activities,” even where such a domain name is not located in the United States. Defines an Internet site that “dedicated to infringing activities” as a site that is: (1) subject to civil forfeiture; (2) designed primarily to offer goods or services in violation of federal copyright law; or (3) selling counterfeit goods. Requires the AG to maintain a public listing of domain names that the Department of Justice (DOJ) determines are dedicated to infringing activities but for which the AG has not filed an action. Allows parties to petition the AG to remove such a domain name from the list and obtain judicial review of the final determination in a civil action.


10 posted on 11/20/2010 10:54:08 AM PST by stormer
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To: Libloather

Al Franken: Say no More.


11 posted on 11/20/2010 10:54:38 AM PST by fuzzybuzzard
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To: stormer

Go Read Sarah Palin’s latest Facebook. It is AIMED at these 19!


12 posted on 11/20/2010 10:55:48 AM PST by BillM (Don)
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To: Libloather
Tom Coburn???

Strange times...strange times...

13 posted on 11/20/2010 10:57:04 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: fwdude

We’re working on it. Up first is KBH, who supported term limits but when the bill didnt pass, stayed anyway. Then, said she would retire to run for Gov but lost the primary and decided to stay in the Senate.


14 posted on 11/20/2010 10:57:57 AM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: fwdude
John Cornyn.

Kick the RINO out next time, Texas.

This is one Texan who is going to try!...and I was his county re-elect chair part of last election. I quit before the election.

15 posted on 11/20/2010 10:58:57 AM PST by lonestar
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To: Libloather
Jeff Sessions -- Alabama

What???
16 posted on 11/20/2010 10:59:00 AM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: NorthStarStateConservative

They don’t feel a ‘need’ to “protect” us. They feel the need to “control” us.

If you look at that list, the repubs on there want to hang on to their seats by any means possible and that includes going against the constitution. Americans are awakening and that is due, in large part, to the ‘free exchange’ of ideas and information on the internet. Their reasoning is, kill it so we can’t monitor what it is they are doing and will not be able to inform others that might not know.

The Post office is under attack as well. That entity has pissed away billions and has been running at a loss for years. Now Saturday deliveries are on the chopping block and who knows what other days they may cut in the future. What a wonderful opportunity for the government to shut it down or cripple it to where it is no longer useful.

Communication is vital to a free people and that’s the problem.

This is all designed to keep us oblivious to their treasonous acts.


17 posted on 11/20/2010 10:59:10 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (Lock & Load-Coming to a Neighborhood near you)
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To: fuzzybuzzard
Al Franken: Say no More.

The honerable Alan Franken

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18 posted on 11/20/2010 10:59:10 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Raider Sam

Yes, Kay Bailey is a bigger Target than Cornyn. Both have to go.


19 posted on 11/20/2010 10:59:46 AM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: Libloather

WE already done took care of Russ Feingold. heh heh


20 posted on 11/20/2010 11:00:00 AM PST by chickadee
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To: Jane Long

Herb Kohl is up in 2012. We are hoping that he joins Russ Feingold in retirement.


21 posted on 11/20/2010 11:01:57 AM PST by chickadee
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To: BillM

I’d rather not.


22 posted on 11/20/2010 11:02:10 AM PST by stormer
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To: Libloather

Surprised by Sessions and Kyl. Disappointed by Cornyn, Hatch, and Coburn, but not surprised.


23 posted on 11/20/2010 11:02:35 AM PST by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: Libloather

OUT with you Cornyn!! Out with all these elitists who wish to rule over us. We’ve caught on to their game but a bit late IMO—not TOO late however, but close...


24 posted on 11/20/2010 11:03:52 AM PST by brushcop (CW4 Matthew Lourey CW2 Joshua Scott/ Kiowa pilots KIA Iraq '05. Thank you for our son's life.)
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To: Vision

Yea, there are at least 7 Republicans on there. Shades of the “Gang of 14”. I’m sure McCain would vote with them if they needed him.


25 posted on 11/20/2010 11:04:17 AM PST by shalom aleichem
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To: stormer

Wow, another really open minded liberal navel gazer!


26 posted on 11/20/2010 11:04:20 AM PST by BillM (Don)
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To: Libloather

WHAT was Coburn thinking??


27 posted on 11/20/2010 11:05:02 AM PST by FourPeas (Pester not the geek, for the electrons are his friends.)
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To: Libloather

Go ahead and TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


28 posted on 11/20/2010 11:05:06 AM PST by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: stormer
Can you name any bill that is used strictly for it's intended purposes? It always morphs into something that works against the people. Always. It is always a stepping stone; always that "crack in the doorway". Summary? Please...all the "congressional oversight" type bodies have been corrupted. Now, if Heritage or Hillsdale came out and stated that something was innocuous....I might believe it...might. It's a guarantee there is something in this bill that will be used to stifle free speech. What you have to ask yourself is: just how bad is the problem they are claiming to solve?
29 posted on 11/20/2010 11:06:05 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (Lock & Load-Coming to a Neighborhood near you)
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To: jessduntno; Libloather
Not a single name that surprised me.

And THAT is what surprised me.

I know practically every name on the list. WHY IS THAT? None of them are from my state.

Then I remember....

It's because there names have been in the headlines associated with corruption in office, voting corruption, and lack of moral standards.

30 posted on 11/20/2010 11:06:35 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: BillM

Whatever.


31 posted on 11/20/2010 11:06:49 AM PST by stormer
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To: stormer
You're joking, right? How is giving Attorney General Holder the right to shutdown any website he deems in violation of copyright protection a good idea.

Post an article from a website, Holder deems FreeRepublic to be in violation and shuts it down. No problem. /rolleyes

Giving more power over anything to Holder doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
32 posted on 11/20/2010 11:08:02 AM PST by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: Libloather
Damn communists, all of them expecially Orrin G. Hatch. What a nitwit.
33 posted on 11/20/2010 11:08:51 AM PST by Logical me
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To: NorthStarStateConservative
Why do these law and order liberals and Rinos feel as though they need to “protect” us?

They're not protecting us. They're protecting people whose copyrighted material is being shared on the web -- journalists, publishers, music producers, etc.

It's a case of interests who don't want to adjust to the reality of the internet and legislators who have no clue what they're doing.

34 posted on 11/20/2010 11:09:18 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Libloather

What the heck is wrong with Chuck Grassley? Minnesota’s dumb and dumber I can understand.


35 posted on 11/20/2010 11:10:51 AM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Have you read the bill?


36 posted on 11/20/2010 11:12:16 AM PST by stormer
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To: Libloather

There is more to this than we are seeing....with this vote...I see Senators on this list that are truth worthy...Sessions for one...so what is going on here?


37 posted on 11/20/2010 11:12:16 AM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Libloather

Yup-


38 posted on 11/20/2010 11:12:48 AM PST by Red6 (IMHO)
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To: Libloather

Liberals and their RINO puppets will always be sniveling cowards at heart. We are probably limited in what we can do with liberals, but the RINO infestation is a problem that can be solved.


39 posted on 11/20/2010 11:14:06 AM PST by pallis
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To: stormer

Have you?


40 posted on 11/20/2010 11:14:34 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (Lock & Load-Coming to a Neighborhood near you)
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To: Jane Long

>Which one’s are up in ‘12? The primaries start now.

2016 Patrick J. Leahy — Vermont
2016 Herb Kohl — Wisconsin
2014 Jeff Sessions — Alabama
*2012 Dianne Feinstein — California
*2012 Orrin G. Hatch — Utah
Gone! Russ Feingold — Wisconsin
2016 Chuck Grassley — Iowa
Gone!! Arlen Specter — Pennsylvania
*2012 Jon Kyl — Arizona
2016 Chuck Schumer — New York
2014 Lindsey Graham — South Carolina
2014 Dick Durbin — Illinois
2014 John Cornyn — Texas
*2012 Benjamin L. Cardin — Maryland
2016 Tom Coburn — Oklahoma
2016 Sheldon Whitehouse — Rhode Island
2016 Amy Klobuchar — Minnesota
2014 Al Franken — Minnesota
2016 Chris Coons — Delaware


41 posted on 11/20/2010 11:15:24 AM PST by Kent C
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To: UCANSEE2

“It’s because there names have been in the headlines associated with corruption in office, voting corruption, and lack of moral standards.”

Exactly. The dregs.


42 posted on 11/20/2010 11:15:25 AM PST by jessduntno (In the news: Arab assassins. Pirates. Dengue. Cholera. Typhoid. Hookworm. Bedbugs. Cripes ...)
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To: Libloather
They all deserve to get the boot.

Yes, they truly do.


Runaway Slave

Apostle Claver tells the world how the real party of racism is the Democrats

43 posted on 11/20/2010 11:17:00 AM PST by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: Sudetenland; stormer

Now expect him/her to ask if you’ve read the bill. You know because we’re just a bunch of rubes because we are against Congress implementing another law on the premise that it’s ‘for’ something; ‘for’ protection of something; ‘for’ resolving an imaginary problem. We are to go along like good little sheeple.


44 posted on 11/20/2010 11:18:28 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (Lock & Load-Coming to a Neighborhood near you)
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To: Libloather
Since when did the US government get the notion inside their collective pea brains that they own the internet? I never saw the US government in my neighborhood laying cable for it. I don't pay my internet bill to the US government.

The US government didn't invent or manufacture or install any of the routers, cable, or computers that make the internet function. And they certainly don't maintain any of it except their own government equipment.

So what makes them think they can tell anybody what they can say on the internet?

45 posted on 11/20/2010 11:19:45 AM PST by StormEye
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To: Sudetenland

They don’t “shutdown any website”, they seek injunctions against sites that have been foreclosed on, offer goods or services in violating intellectual property laws, or are selling counterfeit goods. Sarah Palin’s publisher just filed suit against Gawker.com - what for you may ask? Look it up.


46 posted on 11/20/2010 11:19:47 AM PST by stormer
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To: Libloather

I am in awe that the two idiots from New Jersey did not appear on this list. Menedez and Lautenberg. Menedez was probably out of the office and LBerg entranced in a senile coma.


47 posted on 11/20/2010 11:21:16 AM PST by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: BillM

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/palins-publisher-files-suit-over-leaked-excerpts-from-new-book/


48 posted on 11/20/2010 11:23:38 AM PST by stormer
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To: Outlaw Woman

Yep


49 posted on 11/20/2010 11:24:08 AM PST by stormer
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To: Libloather

Jeff Sessions? JEFF SESSIONS???

WTH?!?!


50 posted on 11/20/2010 11:24:08 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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