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    A shocking new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would make it a felony to offend someone online

    At a time when freedom of speech is already under attack like never before, a shocking new bill sponsored by democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives would make it a felony to offend someone online.

    A felony.

    Under this new law you would not just be slapped on the wrist and have to pay a fine.

    You would go to big boy prison.

    While most free speech activists have been watching the recent "hate crimes" bill, this much more insidious piece of legislation has received almost no notice whatsoever.

    Just take a look at what H.R. 1966 actually says.....

    Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

    Whoa.

    So if you offend someone on Facebook you could go to federal prison for two years?

    Yup.

    If your blog insults someone and causes them to feel bad you could go to prison for two years?

    Yeppers.

    If you are in a bad mood one day and you send fire off an angry tweet on Twitter that you maybe should not have you could go to prison for two years over it?

    Yes indeed.

    Are you starting to get the picture yet?

    Talk about an attempt to chill free speech.

    So if someone reads something that you have written and it makes them feel bad they can take it to the feds and have them come get you?

    That is a very, very frightening thought.

    The reality is that the government is increasingly trying to control even the very small details of our lives. They are even increasingly trying to control what we say and what we think.

    Freedom of speech is one of the cornerstones of a free society. If we are not free to express ourselves without the fear that someone will be offended, then what freedom will we really have left?

    The reality is that if we do not stand up to this, the United States of America will quickly become overrun with politically-correct "commissars" who are eager to throw anyone who disagrees with them in jail for "hate crimes" and "thought crimes".

    Things are already out of control in the United Kingdom. Did you know that there are actually undercover officers in some areas of the U.K. that sit in bars and restaurants listening for anyone who might say something offensive or racist?

    You may laugh, but the United States is quickly heading down that road.

    The full text of H.R. 1966 is below.....

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    Search Results - THOMAS (Library of Congress):

    Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act (Introduced in House)
    HR 1966 IH

    111th CONGRESS
    1st Session

    H. R. 1966
    To amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to cyberbullying.

    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    April 2, 2009

    Ms. LINDA T. SANCHEZ of California (for herself, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. YARMUTH, Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD, Mrs. CAPPS, Mr. BISHOP of New York, Mr. BRALEY of Iowa, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. HARE, Mr. HIGGINS, Mr. CLAY, Mr. SARBANES, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Mr. COURTNEY, and Mr. KIRK) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

    A BILL
    To amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to cyberbullying.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act’.

    SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    Congress finds the following:
    (1) Four out of five of United States children aged 2 to 17 live in a home where either they or their parents access the Internet.
    (2) Youth who create Internet content and use social networking sites are more likely to be targets of cyberbullying.
    (3) Electronic communications provide anonymity to the perpetrator and the potential for widespread public distribution, potentially making them severely dangerous and cruel to youth.
    (4) Online victimizations are associated with emotional distress and other psychological problems, including depression.
    (5) Cyberbullying can cause psychological harm, including depression; negatively impact academic performance, safety, and the well-being of children in school; force children to change schools; and in some cases lead to extreme violent behavior, including murder and suicide.
    (6) Sixty percent of mental health professionals who responded to the Survey of Internet Mental Health Issues report having treated at least one patient with a problematic Internet experience in the previous five years; 54 percent of these clients were 18 years of age or younger.

    SEC. 3. CYBERBULLYING.


    (a) In General- Chapter 41 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
    Sec. 881. Cyberbullying

    (a) Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
    (b) As used in this section–
    (1) the term ‘communication’ means the electronic transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user’s choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received; and
    (2) the term `electronic means’ means any equipment dependent on electrical power to access an information service, including email, instant messaging, blogs, websites, telephones, and text messages.’.
    (b) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 41 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:
    881. Cyberbullying.’.

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    Anyone on here from the UK? I'd like to confirm this:
    Things are already out of control in the United Kingdom. Did you know that there are actually undercover officers in some areas of the U.K. that sit in bars and restaurants listening for anyone who might say something offensive or racist?
    That just seems amazing that they'd have people assigned to do that. Absent threats against the crown or investigating terrorist cells, why the hell would they care?

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    Wow criminalized thought. Guess people would have to quit thinking all together just to be safe huh?

    Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkzV5AIK8iM
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    That's what the government wants, don'tcha know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt. Slaughter View Post
    That's what the government wants, don'tcha know?


    YaaaaH!!!

    Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkzV5AIK8iM
    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it." -- Frederic Bastiat

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    hehehehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five-0 View Post
    Wow criminalized thought. Guess people would have to quit thinking all together just to be safe huh?
    Lot of sheeple do that already............
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