Chris's Rants

Saturday, March 08, 2008

I've got a little list,,,

... and they'll none of them be missed, they'll none of them be missed.

A Wave of the Watch List, and Speech Disappears
The report, by Shirin Sinnar, said that there were 6,400 names on the list and that, like no-fly lists at airports, it gave rise to endless and serious problems of mistaken identity.

“Financial institutions, credit bureaus, charities, car dealerships, health insurers, landlords and employers,” the report said, “are now checking names against the list before they open an account, close a sale, rent an apartment or offer a job.”

But Mr. Marshall’s case does not appear to be one of mistaken identity. The government quite specifically intended to interfere with his business.

That, Professor Crawford said, is a scandal. “The way we communicate these days is through domain names, and the Treasury Department should not be interfering with domain names just as it does not interfere with telecommunications lines.”

Curiously, the Treasury Department has not shut down all of Mr. Marshall’s .com sites. You can still find, for now,
And you thought that the First Amendment guaranteed free speech. Not in Bush-world, where the Constitution is "just a goddamned piece of paper". Court proceedings to prove that Mr Marshall's web sites were truely in violation of some law (they were not)? Nope.

Welcome to the Soviet Union.


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