Friday, March 16, 2007

'Citizens of the Internet'- UNITE!

There should be an outcry AND a REACTION that reverberates throughout the internet...and beyond.

'Sinister' speech plan to track Americans

Records show it would impose vast new requirements on executive branch officials to keep track of the names of citizens who contact them, and the subjects of any conversations, so that information could be compiled four times a year and published for all the world to see.

According to National Right to Life Committee:

The so-called “Executive Branch Reform Act” (H.R. 984), authored by Congressmen Henry Waxman (D-Ca.) and Tom Davis (R-Va.), that would require thousands of Executive Branch officials to file quarterly reports listing every letter, e-mail, fax, and verbal communication that they receive from any “private party” in which the communicator “seeks to influence official action by any officer or employee of the executive branch of the United States.” The bill defines “private party” as any person other than another government official or staff person. So unless you are a governmental official, this means you. According to the Washington Post (March 6), "A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says that she backs the measure . . . and that she expects it to get a vote in the House."

Congressman Waxman's & Congressman Davis' contact page/email would not be available...hmmm...I guess that's really want they want, don't you think? Maybe they're concerned that their servers will go down because of too much email? Or maybe they just don't want to be subjected to their constituent's opinions and communications?

Action on either or both bills could come before the end of March.

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