Skip to main content

     In urging the Senate to consider Bush's FISA violations and other "imperial-unitary executive" actions, re filibustering Alito, it may be instructive to ponder recent governmental actions re Google, "the globe's premier Internet search engine".
     In "Google to censor itself in China" (1/26/06), CNN notes

     

    Internet search engine Google has rolled out a China-based version of its popular Web site -- one that bows to Beijing's censorship laws and will edit the content of its results.

     ...Previously, the Beijing government blocked the results of search requests that violated its regulations. The new Google site will self-censor based on Chinese law.

     ...Google's cooperation with the Chinese government comes on the heels of the company's resistance to a U.S. Justice Department subpoena, asking Google to turn over a week's worth of search results.

     The request is part of a case designed to protect children from Internet porn.

     Google said the government query "overreaches."

     Has anyone noticed that the American government is BEING MORE INTRUSIVE THAN THE CHINESE ONE? at least in some ways, and especially considerning Google's degree of resistance. (I.e., since Google is resisting the U.S. government pressure more, that pressure is deemed in some way more intrusive or coercive than the Communist Chinese pressure/censorship.) Does this set off a red flag (so to speak) for anyone, including lovers of liberty?

     So, in speaking to your senators and the media, you may want to emphasize that confirming FISAlito (as one could call Alito, seeing he would abrogate judicial responsibility, for the FISA court or the Supreme Court, to rein in the executive), they would be degrading American freedom to a level that might resemble the Red Chinese.
     Wiretapping, e-mail tapping, request for Google search results...when will the Bush Administration stop? Not with a toady lickspittle like FISAlito on the court. If America is becoming more like China in some bad ways ("ChinAmerica Syndrome") and democracy is melting down, surely our Senators must filibuster Alito to stop this. Let them know today! and tomorrow as well!

     God bless America. And liberty under law. And you too.

Originally posted to David Boyle on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 11:18 AM PST.

Poll

More harmless:

33%5 votes
26%4 votes
40%6 votes

| 15 votes | Vote | Results

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site