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Protecting Children Or Spy Bill?

The Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 (H.R. 1981) will require ISP companies to store internet data for up to a year. The proposition is that the act would protect children from pornographers. The House panel has already approved the bill.

The ISP snooping bill will give access to your emails, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, IP addresses, and who knows what else is on the list.

Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) sponsored H.R. 1981.

Opponents believe that the law would permit the U.S. government to further become a police state. This is another move by Congress to initiate an extension of power on Americans’ right to privacy.

Retrieving public data isn’t necessarily a recent advancement. For years the government has obtained information from your social security card, your phone bill, drivers license, etc. There have been tools in place for some time now.

Laws were enacted when George W. Bush was in office to obstruct terrorism, only now they’re saying it’s to protect the community from child pornography. The truth is — the Patriot Act was going to die this year if nothing was done about it, and now government has just extended the same policy. U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren voted against the measure.

Whatever the case may be, Big Brother has been listening more than you think.

You would expect the military to gather intelligence when there is a real threat to the nation. Is spying on innocent citizens helpful or healthy for the nation? Who’s going to pay for all of the manpower and equipment? The debt ceiling nation?

Wired Magazine gave us clues about expenses in 2007:

Despite its ease of use, the new technology is proving more expensive than a traditional wiretap. Telecoms charge the government an average of $2,200 for a 30-day CALEA wiretap, while a traditional intercept costs only $250, according to the Justice Department inspector general. A federal wiretap order in 2006 cost taxpayers $67,000 on average, according to the most recent U.S. Court wiretap report.

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