Obama Passing Laws to Search Citizens Computer

Submitted by: fancylad 8 years ago in

Under the guise of "national security" by means of "intellectual property" protections. Change? Uh oh.
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Female 168
I had to make an account for this one.

Wake the hell up and pay attention. This is only the latest installment of our liberties being taken away. Things aren`t tasting a little Orwellian anymore, they reek of it because the Constitution is rotting. Taking our games, music, and software away is the least of our worries. Not convinced? Try looking up the GIVE Act. Infowars would be a good place to start. I`m starting to regret voting for this guy.

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Male 4
Well that`s some bull. Hell, doesn`t them having the right to copy anything off people`s hard drives a breach of the copyright agreement anyway? Seriously, WTF government?
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Male 3,431
See...S#it like this is why citizens MUST have guns.

A Government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take it away.

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Female 194
And... You`re surprised? Seriously, your rights are useless. If the government gives them, they can sure as hell take it away.
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Male 438
this tastes a little orwellen
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Female 523
O.O!

Nothing is sacred anymore o.O

What happened to privacy D:?????

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Male 2,576
OK
1- Never going back to the United States with things like that going around.

2- My laptop is going Linux (said from a PC user scince windows 3.1)

3- Time to learn how to code and encrypte.

4- Place everything on a USB key. Specifically, this one:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/thumb...

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Male 77
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Okay, I`ll bite.
How on earth is stolen music reliant to national security?
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Male 907
... Okay. Encrypting my HDD now.
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Male 31
Gay. I don`t give a poo. I have tons of torrented media on my computer. If feds come busting down mydoor and take my computer away.... well, I have everything on an external HDD. XD
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Male 3,369
Areopagus
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
2 Posts Saturday, March 28, 2009 8:27:31 AM
Lukas, man, you gotta start reading the news in the UK... they`re doing it there too, even worse in other respects even concerning the internet.
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Ahem...wrong! We have more data protection and human right laws than America! The idea was floated then put foward to the ISP providers (monitering what is downloaded rather than whats on your acctual PC). It back fired badly on the ISPs! The UKs safe...for now!
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Male 98
I have a feeling that Pirates will always be miles ahead of stuff like this.
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Male 16
Meh, just unplug your internet connection, problem solved.
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Male 2
Lukas, man, you gotta start reading the news in the UK... they`re doing it there too, even worse in other respects even concerning the internet.

For us this is just the start. For you, you`re already being screwed over. So are most of Western nation nowadays.

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Male 648
So they`re going to arrest us for bootleg music? Wow, so they cant win the war on drugs...or in the middle east...so now they turn to the music industry?

Our prisons will be full of 21-29 yr olds who download music lol, no room for the murderers and rapists.

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Male 3,425
On a side note, I don`t have to wrory about any of this pointless political crap as none of it has any affect on me. UK ftw!
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Male 3,425
Wooohooo! Massive political flame war which will make absolutely no difference to the world outside of IAB comment boards!!!!

On a side note, I couldn`t understand a thing the news reader was saying. I don`t know what accent that is, but she needs a new voicebox.

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Male 2,238
IDK, Obama has got a massive job on his hands. We can`t just expect him to do everything perfectly. Everyone makes mistakes.
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Male 719
And please, correct me.

Not only does that help make my argument more factually correct, but it also makes sure at least one other person doesn`t just accept facts from a single television outlet.

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Male 8,300
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Male 719
I`m glad that this thread has gotten to six pages without 99% of people actually looking into what it`s talking about.

The ACTA Treaty has been in negotiations for the last two years. Notice that Obama has been president for two months (= 1/12 of two years).

According to a leaked article released last November, ISPs will be required to comply more with copyright related searches, and searches will be permissible on international flights.

Please note that the wording of the treaty isn`t even finalized yet, and that Obama has had nothing to do with it as of yet. Also, we sort of have this "constitution" thing. Maybe you`ve heard of it.

If anybody thinks the EU or Canada is better:
The US, European Community, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the UAE, and Canada are all in negotiations for the ACTA act.

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Male 59
It really doesn`t, Abacab. I would love if we were ruled by imperialists, I would love if we acted like imperialists, and I would absolutely love to have an American Empire. But unfortunately it does not exist, it never has, and it never will. Anyone who claims it does in any way is either an idiot or insane. Or both.
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Male 3,648
And they complained when Bush tapped phone lines...
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Male 10,440
Sry for the tri-post.

Finally, if you have your computer full of the most illegal crap you can imagine inside your house/appartment, whats to stop you from just wiping it clean? The police need a warrant to enter your premises. That should give you ample warning. If nothing else you could just pull out your hard drive and throw it out the window.

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Male 10,440
Also, people, don`t use Kazaa and LimeWire and BearShare or any of that crap. Half of it is spyware anyway. Just do torrents and hide behind a router.
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Male 10,440
Hmmm. Ok first off... CANADA ftw!. Here you`ll get a `warning` if you host a torrent server and are caught.

Next, this seems contrary to Obama`s plans... Many MANY people will hate him for it. Can someone explain why he did this?

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Male 54
@ChronicJ
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-100479...
Want my address for that C-note?
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Male 4,793
wow. wowwwwwwww. now i have to make a program to delete all my pirated/illegal sh*t from a remote location (like a call with a cell phone). freakin gay, i now hate you obama. HATE. P.S. if this is true, i really, really, really hope somebody shoots him and puts him in a coma for 4 years. but i dont wish death upon anybody unless they deserve it, and as far as i know, he doesnt. yet.
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Male 432
Lionhart
Alright, maybe it IS just Bush we hated, come to think of it.
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*sigh*

This puts it best.

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Male 8,300
> outfire
> Wait, so all the other countries hated us when we had bush, then they liked us again when we got obama, and then they hate us again

No, you`re making a mistake assuming it has something to do with who your President is. We just hate America, period. Bigotry doesn`t need a reason, but if you insist: McRonalds. And Rap. And the Revolutionary Way. ESPECIALLY the Revolutionary War. You didn`t play fair and line up in ranks and get shot and move forward into the gap in the rank and so on. So :-P OK maybe hate is too strong a word, after all US did give us McGyver and the A-Team... and Star Trek. Alright, maybe it IS just Bush we hated, come to think of it.

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Male 367
So the citizens of the world`s icon for freedom are slowly losing their rights in the name of safety and. . . freedom. DAMN YOU, IRONY!
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Male 524
Wait, so all the other countries hated us when we had bush, then they liked us again when we got obama, and then they hate us again.... HEY WAIT A MINUTE, I`M ON TO YOU BLOODY TURNCOATS! I`LL KILL YOU! I`LL KILL YOU! lol jk.
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Male 788
haha U.S voters fail.

Or maybe it seemed like a good choice, and then they realised he was really fully black and now he`s STEALING their stuff.

yep Black President hahaha pwnt

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Male 695
as long as it results in dead muslims...i`m all for it!
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Female 25
OH MY GOSH!!! I hate her "REPOTER" voice!
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Male 144
this is poo. go research the news org this channel is associated with.

This is yet another red herring.

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Male 1,743
Look, there`s a treaty being worked on and we have no idea what they`re going to put in it! Let me make up a story about it and scare lots of people.
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Male 1,162
Actually, Copyright laws are there to protect your inventions or works from other people stealing them. Yes, corporations abuse it and are greedy. But to be honest, you`re stealing from them when you download. Are they in the right? Technically yes. Are they bat**** insane over suing people? Definitely.

Don`t break the law and they will have no motivation to search your computer. What`s more, is what do you care if they do search your computer? Do you have something to hide? If so, move it to a CD and don`t store it on a computer. Or buy an external HDD and hide it when they come.

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Male 502
Now I am convinced. This story is a fake. And people are just fearful lemmings just chasing each other to the edge of a cliff. Please, before you all jump, please provide a link to any legitimate news source reporting on this story.

Fancy, I admire your business savy. It`s like a mini Jesus vs Dinosaurs :D

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Male 1,064
i thought this was fake...but i guess it`s real. What a load of bullocks!
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Male 650
The government is beginning to really turn into a police state
Copyright was invented by the corporations... all they care is profit, not art
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Female 5
If your not doing anything illegal, it shouldn`t matter. But I think that they shouldn`t be focusing on copyrighted material, they should focus on the disgusting freaks with child porn..
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Male 512
So this is how liberty dies...with "Yes we can!"

Also, I agree with Technikal. I have enough guns and ammo to probably supply an entire platoon of soldiers, ain`t no way they`re getting to my PC!

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Female 876
They can already search through your computers. What`s changing? I don`t get it.
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Male 2
Obama is the devil, but luckily I know a way to get my songs without downloading them. I just use Audacity to record the song from the music video on Youtube. Works like a charm and big brother cannot track it in the slightest. Another way to stick it to big brother is to encrypt every file on your computer, so if they do search it, it will be impossible for them to find anything. Our government sucks. We need some people leading it with good conservative values.
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Male 734
To be fair, it IS illegal to have copyrighted material on your compy without paying for it. It`s more common than jaywalking, but that doesn`t make it legal; it just means a lot of people are breaking laws.

Of course, one does wonder how well this will work when pitted up against the fourth amendment. We shall see...

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Male 162
Obama`s harshest critics have been all over this story. There has been extensive coverage from Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingrham, Glen Beck, Bill O`Reilly, Michelle Malkin... NOT!

Look at me... I can make poo up and put it on the internet as well.

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Male 1,089
yep, thers change for ya. and so the socialism creeps in.
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Male 153
Holy crap!
This is not cool.
Not cool not cool not cool.
I`m really pissed now.
damn government. This cant be true. please don`t let it be true.
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Male 8,300
So Homeland Security, CIA, FBI etc can search your computer and jail you now for anything they don`t like? Er, well, um personally I think that is a great idea, definitely a very wise decision, yessiree they can do anything they like to my computer, no objections here, nosir, the more the better, very smart move, no patriotic citizen could object, any time you like, well done, are they paying you enough? Can I polish your shoes? Or lick them clean? Yessir, nothing to see here, move along.
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Male 353
P.S. everyone: The earth`s magnetic poles are gonna reverse in 2012 and the world is gonna end. The Mayan`s said so.
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Male 353
@Desert Wolf.. Wikipedia?

Google News search results:

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&q=...

Show us anything... Even FOX News, Drudge... anything... Show me a legit account of this and I will mail you a C-note.

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Male 54
@Mornaf,
Check out ThinkGeek.com for a jump drive with great security... one wrong password entry and it self fries... :)
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Male 54
@Lost,
Before you cry not true (unless you are being sarcastic, then bravo) do a little research...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Counte...
This link is just the wiki page, I`m sure you can find more...
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Male 82
Not true. It`s obviously fake...if it was true this would be everywhere.
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Male 134
personal privacy rape ftw
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Male 1,244
Bad news for fancy...
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Male 820
time to get a jump drive with more encryption than a military computer.
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Male 98
>.>
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*Moves vore porn to external HD*

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Male 814
Also, Grim, way to post an article only university students can read.
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Male 98
Also, GWP, its called a Civil Revolution, and yes, there will probably be one. It`s gonna be a fun little joyride to 2012, but at the rate we`re going, it looks like we`ve been sucked into a time warp anyways.
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Male 814
lol, Ollie, Snopes.com is just some guy`s wife working out of her house. I`ve never seen an article not by Barb.

Also....
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*moves loli porn to external HD*

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Male 98
Nobody is touching my computer without my permission. I have a .38 magnum, and I will use it.
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Female 665
I was about join this big debate and give you all my opinion, but then I remembered that I`m already bored.
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Male 502
"Do any of you realize that Snopes.com is just a guy and his wife working out of their house?"

Do you realize that The Obamas are just a guy and his wife working out of their (white) house? Look at what they are trying to do!

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Male 15,832
Do any of you realize that Snopes.com is just a guy and his wife working out of their house?
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Male 104
Well Fancylad`s F*cked
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Male 15,832
I agree, I don`t think ANYBODY should be going through that gal`s underwear drawer.
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Female 1,545
Watch out guys. Big Brother`s watching.

For real though, if this were true, Ann Coulter and Bill O`Reilly and the rest of the Fox News team would be all over this.

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Male 230
http://www.stallman.org/
^ his homepage

Obama is too far to the right for Richard Stallman...everyone take a deep breath...
and Slade8.. put your furry porn back on your hard drive.

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Male 54
omfg... theres terrorists out there, murderers, drug dealers, and worse, but why worry about them? screw them! lets get nazi-ish on the otherwise law abiding citizens of the country that arent hurting anyone! these bands/ record company`s/ stores selling cds are still getting their effin money from tours and merchandise and crap! plus a pooload of people still buy cds. WTF DOES IT MATTER! SCREW THIS BULL CRAP!!!
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Male 230
Where the hell is this from? She sounds kind of Russian. So they have their own Onion now? :D
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Male 2,229
LOL, all the sh*t about the American border guards, they already do what this article states. And the american media is as free as whats in say Croatia or Botswana. This would be very difficult to enforce unless there was all bits and pieces of a police state fully in place, like in the US, but not here in Canada, in the EU it would be spotty enforcement at best.
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Male 1,788
Also, if this took effect it wouldn`t be long before court cases started popping up and I believe the supreme court would overturn it, whether it be now or in a few years.
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Male 1,254
If the government has an open warrant to your downloads, they pretty much also have a warrant to your entire HD.

So they can be snooping around for your jacked copy of Photoshop with one script, but the other script is also looking for threats and misdeeds.

This is a stretch too, but knowing how corrupt humans can be, someone could easily plant some evidence onto your drive. Political opposition, dissidents, anyone. Its a very slippery slope, and Obama is picking up from Bush and marching America closer to the edge.

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Male 1,788
"People; your civil rights do not protect you from being persecuted IF YOU ARE A CRIMINAL."

First, yes moron civil rights protect everyone. You can`t pick and choose who the civil rights protect, remember we tried that once? Didn`t turn out so well.

"if you have nothing to hide, this shouldnt be a problem"

You are too stupid to argue with.

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Female 1,082
hmmm this just doesnt seem legit to me, however i will keep an open mind. if you google it there are NO links with any info, and if its being kept under wraps then how does this news team know about it?
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Male 162
This is just a small part of Obama`s master plan. Copyrights do matter. In addition to doing this, he is also going to propose, pass and execute legislation allowing Muslim terrorists (remember we were warned about his Muslim herritage during the campaign) to copyright things like terrorist plots and IEDs and other terrorist tools. He will disolve the Congress and the Supreme Court to accomplish this. The copyright enforcement will prevent terror groups such as the IRA and Jews for Jesus from stealing those plans and then smuggling them into the U.S. in order to wreak havok on America, depriving groups such as Al Queda their due credit. Common people!! You knew who you were voting for, right? I need to reline the soles of my shoes with more aluminium foil to keep these signals from penetrating my feet. That is how they get to your brain, you know?
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Male 949
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*moves furry porn to external HDD*

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Male 361
this probably is not even true but even if it is Obama has had a top secret national secruity briefing and has a good reason to pass a law allowing the government to look on your computer
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Female 2,289
hmm.... This kind of pisses me off.... I hope it`s fake.
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Male 1,835
yeah i`m not even gonna state my opinion on this. it should be fairly obvious. i`m curious as to why the drat we`re spending money on this. out of all the things our nation has drated up doing.
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Male 309
"they will be able to go through, copy, and delete any digital material a person has on their laptop."
copy? they`ll be able to copy it? hypocrites. also, since this is on a news channel ive never heard of i dont think ill worry about it until i see it on CNN
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Male 78
they cant search my hard drive if they cant find it
(goes to bury it in backyard)
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Male 533
yeah.... THIS IS SO dratING STUPID!!!


wasn`t it the liberals who kept bitching about Bush for wire tapping?

WHAT THE drat IS THIS!!?

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Female 70
OK, I am gonna reserve further comment on this. I submitted this link to Snopes.

However, perhaps of interest to IABers... #12 on the Hot 25 at Snopes: "Petition protests an upcoming film that will portray Jesus as gay."

lol

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Male 380
what the drat does having copyrighted material (legally or not) have to do ANYTHING with national security? Is my adobe CS4 going to cause a nuclear strike??
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Female 507
NOT CANADA NOT CANADA NOT CANADA NOT CANADA

There is going to be some kind of war if they`re let into people`s PCs and they start deleting things. How will they tell apart illegal copies from legal ones? I rip my CDs to my PC, would they delete all my music?

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Female 70
"Me thinks we`ve been punked."

OK, now I have to go to snopes. Also the legislative branch passes bills, the executive... never mind... it`s IAB.. not worth getting into it.

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Male 27
Vindicate...why are you surprised by downwards` comment? Look where she is from for God`s sake. Canada is damn near a communist country now. She is, and has obviously already been brainwashed. If this story is true, all I have to say is, Obama supporters, rejoice! This is what you wanted...now you, and everyone else is going to get it. It is really irrelevant, anyway. This stimulus plan is the final nail in the coffin for the United States. Wait and see...soon, the U.N. will have just as much say so over your lives as our own government does. Welcome to the new, global society...[sigh]...most of you idiots will stand there and cheer, while they are taking away your "inalienable rights."
What a joke.
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Male 59
Actually the it`s the President`s job to sign a bill, which is what makes it a law. If he vetoes it, Congress can overturn the veto, but not easily.
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Male 132
i hate obama now
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Male 502
Search Results for "ACTA Treaty" on foxnews.com:

http://www.foxnews.com/search-results/?q...

Maybe they have been co-opted by Obama and it is a big conspiracy! o-O

*inserts dramatic chipmunk sound bite*

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Male 949
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*moves furry porn to external HDD*

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Male 502
Hmm. My first reaction was, here we go. Politics as usual. My second impression is that (in the U.S.) Presidents do not pass laws, they execute laws; Congress passes bills into law.

Then I googled "ACTA Treaty." Hmm... This "story" broke on or about March 13th. No notable meadia outfits are covering this. My question: Why the hell if this is real isn`t FOX News, The Washington Times and every conservative media outlet in the U.S. all over this like white on rice? Me thinks we`ve been punked.

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Male 674
is possible.”

God I love Thoreau.

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Male 674
Well, there goes any moral gain Obama had gotten from closing gitmo...

"Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.… where the State places those who are not with her, but against her, – the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor.… Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence. A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight. If the alternative is to keep all just men in prison, or give up war and slavery, the State will not hesitate which to choose. If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such

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Male 247
"Another reason to be thankful for living in Europe."
Huh? Maybe I am wrong. What I got from this report is that it would allow customs officials the right to search the laptops of people who were travelling across national borders. This would not hold up in the States under the Fourth Ammendment of the U.S. Constitution. Whether it would legally apply to foreign nationals travelling to/from the States, is a muddier question. Thank you GWB and U.S. Congress for the Patriot Act.

*Deletes post* lol

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Female 778
welcome to 1984.
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Male 949
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*moves furry porn to external HDD*

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Female 2,064
Oh snap, they totally made a reference to George Orwell`s 1984.
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Male 105
Ah, yes. Obama`s doing a great job distancing himself from Bush`s administration.

This is pretty much just like the patriot act, only less subtle, and with less purpose. I sure HOPE that this isn`t the first step in a severe CHANGE in how the US handles privacy. It`s the principle of the thing.

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Male 376
Man its gonna be a fun ride to 2012.
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Male 695
Another reason to be thankful for living in Europe.
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Male 9,305
They already have this, it`s called Limewire.
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Female 2
so anyone of us with music downloads from [limewire, bearshare, etc.] could be charged with music pirating. Awesome.
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Male 11
Yet another step toward communism. This is absolutely ridiculous, this is like the police coming into your home with no warrant and searching through all of your stuff to find stolen things. The only reason the police can look through your possessions (physical and digital) is with a warrant, and it needs to stay that way. Gotta love Obama... not.
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Female 15,763
I just ADORE how Obama went from the media love child to the media scapegoat.

[email protected]

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Male 719
Before jumping to conclusions, I want to know [i]any[/i] of the details. The report only says that the government would be able to search your hard drive, Obama is involved, and nobody really knows anything about it.

I`m not just blindly supporting Obama, but I`d really like to have [i]any[/i] information before judging.

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Male 362
and just because im not doing anything illegal doesnt mean i have nothing to hide. i have a few songs that ive been working on on here that at the moment sound a little too girly for my tastes; nobodies gonna see that poo till its done.
and what of computer illiterate people who buy a hard drive off of someone else because its cheap but it has a crapload of kiddie pronz. innocent people have gone to jail before.
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Male 817
d0wnward: "if you have nothing to hide, this shouldnt be a problem"

Well, then I suppose you wouldn`t mind if we put camera`s in every room of your house, just in case. I mean, it`s not like you have anything to hide, right?

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Male 268
So when Obama does it, it MUST be okay lol. But omg this is so kewl because he represents, "CHANGE".


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Female 511
d0wnward... that`s a bs argument. We have the right, as citizens of the US, to demand some privacy. It`s a personal computer for a reason. Or will you suggest that warrants aren`t necessary anymore either? After all, if you have nothing to hide...

This situation is crap. But I guess it`s not totally shocking that governments want to control the internet. Too many people thinking for themselves (or not), lol. Scary prospect if you`re in a position of power.

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Male 807
If Obama approves it, then it must be good!
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Male 56
Male 2,796
I have kept my peace ever since he took office, but I am getting increasingly alarmed at his socialistic crap. That man, his policies and his entire operation are seriously screwed up.
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Male 362
lol, cant the government just dl their porn in private like the rest of us?
pervs
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Female 59
if you have nothing to hide, this shouldnt be a problem
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Male 15,510
Just another excuse to check on peoples porn files
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Male 292
If there is no reasonable suspicion to check something you cant check it... Its hard to believe a person outraged by Gitmo would support or advocate this.
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Female 538
How trustable is this source? Is it an extremist conspiracy channel or an actual reputable source?
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Male 1,219
I don`t think my laptop is interesting enough for them to spy on.
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Male 1,148
@enzo213

Yea, but you`re innocent until PROVEN guilty, they shouldn`t search your computer if they just suspect you.

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Male 2,440
Horray for pissing all over the Constitution and continueing to screw us over! YAAAAAY!
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Male 362
but they are supposed to protect us if we are`nt
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Male 100
People; your civil rights do not protect you from being persecuted IF YOU ARE A CRIMINAL.
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Male 3,255
"Violation of your civil rights is never a good thing"

Yea, I did kinda ignore that whole aspect didn`t I? lol

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Male 56
"All laws like this will do is help keep the idiot masses from pirating, and that`s a GOOD thing"

Violation of your civil rights is never a good thing

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Male 328
does this mean they will find my huge stash of child pornography?
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Male 56
This is why programs like truecrypt will become all the more necessary.
It`s funny that they said they can copy files from your hard drive. If they copied a movie or something wouldn`t that make them copyright violators as well?
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Male 3,255
So, in summation, go ahead Obama! Do whatever the hell you want to stop piracy! It will have ZERO effect on me, and in the end, will let more money return to the hands of my favorite game developers, meaning better games. :)
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Male 3,255
@hamalina

"There will always be ways to bypass whatever the government comes up with and the pirates would always be several steps ahead. Obama is wasting his time."

It`s not a waste of time. Those who know what the hell they`re doing will ALWAYS be able to get what they want, but that`s okay! It`s only a very small amount of people who know what the hell they`re doing. All laws like this will do is help keep the idiot masses from pirating, and that`s a GOOD thing. Those who know what they are doing will always get what they want, it`s when the idiot masses get their hands held though the piracy process that we get trouble. I want money in the hands of my favorite game developers... I just want the regulars to be the ones to give them that money. :P

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Female 1,653
Im sure this is a breach of human rights.
Not that I claim to know anything about human rights in America, where they can always just export you to Cuba if you don`t comply.

Wouldnt have expected this from Obama. Especially since he`s attempting to stop the exporting of people to Cuba.

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Male 134
haha, now those dumbasses who voted for NObongo are gonna see his true colors. can`t wait!
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Male 2,076
RussiaToday is legit. Depressingly they do a better job of covering balanced stories than most news presses in the states. Here the media is busy sucking up to Obama...or whatever.

I`m going to try and contact my Congressman in opposition to this. I encourage you to do the same.

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Male 362
actually i could be wrong. looking up russiatoday. while they give some different news stories, they seem to be legitimate.
crap
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Male 130
If you think there wouldn`t be a way to counter this, think again. Off the top of my head I can think of several ways to hide what`s actually on my computer - programs that encode my files so it would return jumbled up information back, fake reports of what files are on my computer, you name it.

And there are more computers out there than you can count, while the staff that might be hired to "search" is only limited. There`s no way they can keep track of even a minuscule percent of what`s going on.

Alternatively I can get an additional offline computer to store all my personal stuff. Let`s see them searching that.

Spreading stuff offline (by discs, etc). Even going as far as to establish a separate, private internet network.

There will always be ways to bypass whatever the government comes up with and the pirates would always be several steps ahead. Obama is wasting his time.

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Male 362
i dont want to have to be the first one to call it.
so im not going to....
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...... FAKE!!!
...dammit
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Male 1,254
I getting mixed reactions here, and I couldn`t watch the video, but from what I see its like Obama is keeping this option on the table. And of course the government has no right to access any personal information like this without a warrant.

So my question to all those thinking Obama should be able to do this is, how did you feel when Bush was under fire for the wire-tapping incident?

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Male 17,511
I hope this proposed law goes down in flames.

This law would essentially strip people of their 4th amendment rights against search and seizure.

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Female 70
"I hate knowing my band`s music is getting passed around while we`re not making enough to cover production."

I have legally downloaded all of you work on iTunes. Can I get your autograph?

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Male 1,226
"no specific reason whatsoever"
Uhm...yeah...what the drat is wrong with these people. There`s nothing wrong with being able to search somebodys computer. What`s wrong is that they`re searching for copyrighted material. drat that, I want to keep my songs (took me long enough to download them). But how about child porn? I bet that 90 % of all CP is digitally stored on somebodys computer. drat privacy. This WOULD be a good way to stop cybercrime, but if you`re trying to make war against file sharing you should search everything (including mp3 players, usb sticks, external hard drives etc.). Useless.
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Male 88
The reporters voice is incredibly irritating.

But yes, this sucks. Surely there are more pressing matters for Obama to deal with than copyright?

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Male 424
This dosn`t sound so bad, although, in America, it`s easier to be convicted for trivial, or even, non-existant crimes.

Am truely worried about what will happen when they get round to Fancylads drive.

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Male 236
"What`s up with her accent and inflections? Brain damage? European? Both?"

My guess is European. The RT stands for Russia Today. Sure she`s in NY, but it makes sense to have a European on a European channel.

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Male 237
I`m closer to for this than against it. I hate knowing my band`s music is getting passed around while we`re not making enough to cover production.

HOWEVER searching is crazy. Tighter laws might not be.

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Female 447
What`s up with her accent and inflections? Brain damage? European? Both?
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Male 502
"Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss"

-Pete Townshend, "Won`t Get Fooled Again"

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Male 222
Sucks, but I don`t mind sharing my porn collection with the feds =D

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Male 20,916
Link: Obama Passing Laws to Search Citizens Computer [Rate Link] - Under the guise of `national security` by means of `intellectual property` protections. Change? Uh oh.
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