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Re: EU "Freedom" [sic] Commissioner wants to make it illegal to post on the internet material that is entirely legal elsewhere

____/ dapunka on Wednesday 19 September 2007 10:44 : \____

> Check this out:
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07/09/internet_terror_incitement_sentence/
> Please don't assume that I'm arguing that incitement to terror should
> be legal!  But consider this:
> "EU Justice, Freedom and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini said
> this week that he wants to criminalise other kinds of internet
> publishing. He said that he wants to make it illegal to post
> instructions on how to make a bomb on the internet.
> "I would propose the incrimination of dissemination of information of
> bomb making and explosives," he told journalists last week. "I think
> it's simply not possible to make people free to instruct other people
> on the internet on how to make a bomb."
> "That is nothing to do with the freedom of expression, you can
> imagine, and my proposal will be to criminalise actions and
> instructions to make a bomb. It's too frequent, it's too often,
> unfortunately, we discover websites that contain complete instructions
> to home made bombs," he said."
> What is he on about, that it's nothing to do with freedom of
> expression?  How to make bombs is a byproduct of science - very useful
> science!  Pyrotechnics is a legitimate hobby, yet its techniques can
> be used to make weapons - so should the ng rec.pyrotechnics be banned,
> its contributors jailed as terrorists?
> And there are thousands of books that cover this material.  Personally
> I own a copy of a book called /Total Resistance/, published in
> Switzerland during the Cold War - it details how, in the event of an
> invasion, Swiss patriots could wage guerrilla war against the
> aggressors.  Shall I organize a book-burning?
> For our US friends - your "right to bear arms" also enables American
> terrorists to obtain the materials necessary to cause atrocities.
> Hadn't you better amend your constitution?
> This "War Against Terror" crap has gone too far.

I read this article the other day. The  "War Against Terror" argument is a way
of introducing technologies that go far beyond this scope (back door, Patriot
Act, eavesdropping, censorship, etc.) and give more control to the
authorities -- a control that is lost because of decentralisation of
information. Watch how AT&T censored bands that criticised Bush. It did this
silently until it got caught and admitted it was part of a pattern.

                ~~ Best of wishes

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