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Re: [News] Freedom of (Anonymous) Speech Suppressed in the Republic of... Texas???

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____/ Homer on Thursday 24 Sep 2009 23:43 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee, that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>> Police ready to 'take on' commenters, chief says
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | People who misrepresent themselves as officials in online
>> | comments could face civil, criminal penalties, Acevedo says.
>> `----
>> http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/2009/09/18/0918comments.html
> Sorry, but I agree with this decision.
> This is not an anonymity issue, is more comparable to astroturfing,
> where people misrepresent themselves. If someone claims "I work for the
> FBI", then they're already voluntarily giving up a part of their
> anonymity, so claims for protection of that which they've given up are
> rather moot. And if this claim turns out to be false, then that lie
> should be exposed as such, for exactly the same reason astroturfers
> should be exposed and punished.

With laws being passed (precedence?) to unmask commenters, it's likely to be abused elsewhere.

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