November 23, 2008
Get ready for a push for “reasonable” restrictions on the internet. It appears Obama’s presumptive choice for AG will be Eric Holder, a former Clinton Justice Department official. As the corporate media throws confetti and heralds the possibility of America’s first black AG, it ignores something more sinister lurking beneath the surface: in 1999, Holder advocated internet regulation. On May 28, 1999, Holder told NPR (see video below):
The court has really struck down every government effort to try to regulate it. We tried with regard to pornography. It is gonna be a difficult thing, but it seems to me that if we can come up with reasonable restrictions, reasonable regulations in how people interact on the Internet, that is something that the Supreme Court and the courts ought to favorably look at.
Holder’s frame of reference was the April 1999 Columbine High School massacre. It was said at the time that shooters Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris had learned how to construct bombs on the internet. More troubling, however, is the fact Holder was a “hate crimes” advocate.
In an op-ed at the neocon standard, the National Review, the editors predictably drag out the old false left-right paradigm and lambaste Holder as a “creature of the Left.” In an effort to portray Holder as a bad choice to fill the spot of AG in an Obama administration, they note that Holder is “excited about hate crimes” and would “burden police departments with accusations of racial profiling and the states with charges of racially skewed death-penalty enforcement.”
If an Obama administration is successful in establishing so-called “hate crimes” and this passes Supreme Court muster — and with the dinosaurs on the court, Obama may get to nominate one or two — it will not be simply guys (usually undercover cops) in white sheets fond of burning crosses that will be prosecuted, it will be critics of the government as well. Since time immemorial, governments have gone after critics first and foremost. An Obama administration will be no exception to the rule.
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