Cornyn Wants Wi-Fi Spys – S.436 and H.R.1076
- Politicians are calling for a federal law to save Internet users’ records for police use
- Law would apply to all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi spots
- It would require providers to keep records for two years to aid police investigations
- Republican-led bill is certain to draw fire from businesses and privacy advocates
Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, even hotels, local coffee shops, and home users, to keep records about users for two years to aid police investigations.
“While the Internet has generated many positive changes in the way we communicate and do business, its limitless nature offers anonymity that has opened the door to criminals looking to harm innocent children,” U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said.
“Keeping our children safe requires cooperation on the local, state, federal, and family level.”
Joining Cornyn was Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who said such a measure would let “law enforcement stay ahead of the criminals.”
Two bills have been introduced so far–S.436 in the Senate and H.R.1076 in the House. Each of the companion bills is titled “Internet Stopping Adults Facilitating the Exploitation of Today’s Youth Act,” or Internet Safety Act.
Each contains the same language: “A provider of an electronic communication service or remote computing service shall retain for a period of at least two years all records or other information pertaining to the identity of a user of a temporarily assigned network address the service assigns to that user.”
This demonstrates the prevailing view from the right side of our political spectum. When you are in a position to oppress your opponent, you will do everything to pull the rug out from under their base. Republicans used to be fiscal conservative watchdogs, and social elites. As long as their social position was secure, they quietly left everyone else to their own devices. Now you are a threat to their inflated opinions of themselves if you managed to escape your social barrier. You are considered suspect if you have ideas and opinions out of line with their security blanket. You criticise their methods, you become their enemy. Now that progressives are right wing’s vision of ‘domestic terrorists’, they want to know everything you do and say. So! They want to spy on your internet activity. Like they have just realized that their version of ‘freedom’ must be reinforced by ‘authorized access’ to your thoughts. They have been doing this for years under the cloak of Bush/Cheney totalitarianism. Now they want it official! John Cornyn is a powerful influence for the extreme right, seeking to oppress American Freedoms and Rights as they apply to his opponents. But, he will scream bloody murder if you dare tread on HIS rights.
Why should we be concerned about China spying on Americans when our own government is already on the job?
The Constitution of this country has a provision to protect Americans from this sordid behavior. Its called THE BILL OF RIGHTS, Sixth Amendment:
Article the sixth [Amendment IV]
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Your “papers and effects” are now your digital thoughts, and they “shall not be violated“
I don’t care what kind of spooky villians these Republicans think we are, but, shredding America’s Bill of Rights is not an option. Granted, there are extremists pulling both the Right and the Left of our political spectrum. That is what used to make America.hold a steady centrist course. When one of these extremes become to powerful, America is pulled off course. That is why America is having to take such drastic measures today. America has been pulled to the brink of oblivion by a too powerful Right Wing who sees terrorism around every corner instead of where terrorism really is.
America’s course correction will take a powerful tug from the Left Wing to find the center again. The tricky part will be to stop that correction before it pulls too far. History has seen the consequences of both extremes. History tries to show those, who study it objectively, that “all things in moderation” is the safest course. History is very tricky, because it is written from an agenda promoting the winner’s attitude. Objective history is a challenge to find, but it is there if you try.
No, we cannot endorse this last desperate pull from the extreme right. The edge of the cliff is too close. America’s economy has been devastated by extremists already. Americans are no longer the “suckers born every day”. Becoming wise to extreme tactics, masquerading as “homeland security” or “patriot acts” should give Americans a more powerful say in the determination of their own future.