The Internet Blackout

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on January 18, 2012

If you don’t like the fact that Wikipedia, and some of your other favorite websites–here is one of mine–are blacked out, you can blame the various Senators and Representatives who have decided to line up in favor of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). I just called my Representative, and both Senators today, and found out that one of them–Dick Durbin is actually a co-sponsor of PIPA, though he opposes SOPA, which is in the House. It’s nice that he opposes SOPA, but favoring PIPA is yet another reason to vote against Durbin the next time he is up for re-election.

Oh, I am also perfectly all right with Lamar Smith being forced to find another line of work. Normally, of course, I am all for having as many Republicans as possible in public office, but trying to shut down free speech and Internet liberalization ought to have consequences. Yes, I recall that Eric Cantor has stated he will stop all action on SOPA, but apparently, Smith never got the memo. Perhaps it is time for the Majority Leader to read the riot act to a certain member of his caucus.

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