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courtesy of FV--all about the Constitution (you'd think an adult would have known all this already, but I learned from it):

 

 

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14 minutes ago, grieker said:

 

The supreme law of the land (here in America) is the Constitution 

 

 

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"If these reports are a trial balloon from the White House, then it's time to pop it."
—Chris Lewis, Public Knowledge
 
 
Sunday, August 11, 2019

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

"In practice, this executive order would mean that whichever political party is in power could dictate what speech is allowed on the Internet."

 

A leaked draft of the order would give broad authority to the FTC and the FCC to censor political speech across the internet, including on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Trump administration has floated controversial proposals like this before, only to back down later. With a big enough public outcry, we can stop this horrifying idea from going any further.

The draft order would allow the FCC and the FTC to revoke free-speech protections under the Communications Decency Act of 1996, the law that allows websites with user-generated content, like forums and social media, to exist.

It would allow the political appointees in charge of the FCC and the FTC—former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai and former Rupert Murdoch lawyer Joseph Simons—to censor political speech on the internet that they deem unacceptable.

....But no matter who's in the White House, this proposed executive order would trample on our First Amendment rights and stifle free speech. Free-speech experts across the political spectrum say if the proposal goes into effect, the government would have sweeping new censorship powers.

Our best chance to stop this plan is by organizing a major backlash RIGHT NOW to convince Trump to back away from the proposal. 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/11/leaked-draft-trump-executive-order-censor-internet-denounced-dangerous?noredirect=on

via DemandProgress.org

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances
 

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44 minutes ago, prettylight said:

 

IMPEACH THE MOTHER FUCKER!

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

 

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It's well covered that Trump admires some of the world's leading autocrats and aspires to emulating their misrule. One of those he has lavished praise on is Hungary's Viktor Orban, who has dismantled Hungarian democracy and its free press.

Here's the Orban playbook for dismantling a free press:

Step 1: Use the regulatory powers of government to investigate and fine media outlets that are critical of the government and spend state resources (ad dollars etc) to boost those media outlets that are friendly.

Step 2: When those critical outlets face business troubles because the govt has tilted the commercial competitive landscape away from them, investors who are allies of the govt swoop in to buy those outlets.

more at

https://twitter.com/ianbassin/status/1171213442658623488

 

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On 8/21/2019 at 11:37 AM, prettylight said:

This seems like it would go against First Amendment rights:

Oil lobbyist brags about criminalizing gas and oil pipeline protests: leaked audio recording

https://theintercept.com/2019/08/19/oil-lobby-pipeline-protests/

 

     

Set up a protest within 15 feet of a rail road line and find out what happens.

You progressives can protest all you want - i'm all for it.  Howsoever; when it interferes with the minute-to-minute commerce or puts people at risk - like when blocking roadways - your right to do so has to be terminated. 

That too is in the United States Constitution somewhere.

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On 9/9/2019 at 10:12 PM, prettylight said:
 
 
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

 

--

 

It's well covered that Trump admires some of the world's leading autocrats and aspires to emulating their misrule. One of those he has lavished praise on is Hungary's Viktor Orban, who has dismantled Hungarian democracy and its free press.

Here's the Orban playbook for dismantling a free press:

Step 1: Use the regulatory powers of government to investigate and fine media outlets that are critical of the government and spend state resources (ad dollars etc) to boost those media outlets that are friendly.

Step 2: When those critical outlets face business troubles because the govt has tilted the commercial competitive landscape away from them, investors who are allies of the govt swoop in to buy those outlets.

more at

https://twitter.com/ianbassin/status/1171213442658623488

 

"Step 1: Use the regulatory powers of government to investigate and fine media outlets that are critical of the government and spend state resources (ad dollars etc) to boost those media outlets that are friendly."

Obama and his henchmen carried out this step.

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In a development that the Electronic Frontier Foundation declared "an enormous victory for privacy," a federal judge in Boston ruled Tuesday that suspicionless searches of travelers' phones, laptops, and other electronic devices by government agents at U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional.

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