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>(This was written by my good friend Matt Franco.)
>
>Dear informed reader,
>
>I would like to write a short explanation and warning concerning the
passing
>and future implications of the Exon/Coats/Gorton Communications Decency
Act. As
>you may know, this bill is a limitation on materials written and
accessable
>through the internet. Also, strict fines are included for not "monitering"
and
>"restricting" the acessability to such materials (language and content).
Plus,
>a final rider reguarding limiting cable content to minors through an
adapter
>controlled by parents. This bill has tremendious support in Congress and
will
>pass. Basically the biggest infringment on the first amendment rights of
the
>citizens of the United States EVER enacted in the history of our country.
>
>Now, the question is asked: "What does this mean in a nut shell?" Well, I
have
>a some what believable theory reguarding all this. First of all, this bill
was
>supposedly constructed by the Christian Coalition in order to protect the
 
>"innocent children from the evils of the harsh world." This is sort of
true.
>The "excuse" of protecting the children from "inapropraite" material,
>pornography, and other such stuff is a cover. This was basically a
modified
>for, aided by, and lobbied through by big businesses and corporations.
Check
>this out, when this bill was first introduced corporations screamed that
it was
>horrible because of the massive fines that would be layed upon them
because of
>it. Then, a few months and many slight changes and agreements later, big
>businesses and corporations adopted it. Think about it, what does this
bill
>mean for them? Certainly not fines. Definatly not prossecution, they are
now
>protected. It means an end to their small competitors. Really, these small
 
>companies could not put up with the enourmous fine and litigations that
would
>take place. They would dissapear. But, there is more.
>
>If the internet must be cleansed of all foul material and the corporations
will
>not directly take responsibility for doing so, how will it get done?
Simple, an
>internet police. Think about it, the companies have so much to gain. They
would
>get the internet "policed" for obscene materials and have another
advantage...
>an inforcement against hackers. Really, that is what the government and
the
>corporations have wanted for years. And, this bill uses the excuse of
>protecting the "poor, innocent, defenseless children" as a way to do it.
Look
>at it logically, the government has used the excuse of protecting children
as a
>way to regulate and stop hackers by putting things in simple terms for the
 
>unenlightened public can understand. It's simple, bad material... bad
people
>put on bad material... we must stop the bad people. Done, that simple.
>
>Never forget, Rome did fall; World War II did occur.  Shit happens, so
wake up
>and smell the coffee, and don't let the government screw you up the
asshole.
>
>
>Matt Franco.
>
>
>
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>Subject: **Their screwing you up the asshole**
>Date: 18 Jun 1995 08:45:27 GMT
>Organization: Valley Tech Corporation
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