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India's internet censorship: could it happen in the USA?

 
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08/30/2012 11:32 AM
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India's internet censorship: could it happen in the USA?
India's government has clamped down on various media and communication outlets after rumours of attacks against those from the Northeast led to panic and a mass exodus. In response, the government has blocked hundreds of websites, disabled Twitter accounts and imposed an SMS ban to prevent additional rumours from going viral.

While the government claims it's for the sake of national security, citizens are crying censorship.


[link to stream.aljazeera.com]

India doesn't have the same free speech protections Americans have in our Constitution. But America does business with India (calling centers) and supposedly share many of the same market and national security goals, so could the United States ever impose such a sweeping "clampdown" on the internet because of "rumor mills?"
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08/30/2012 11:46 AM
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Re: India's internet censorship: could it happen in the USA?
Censorship is now reality in Russia: [link to online.wsj.com]

Internet Censorship in the U.S.: [link to en.wikipedia.org]

Another bill snaking it's way through Congress right now shows promise >>

Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act of 2011: [link to www.govtrack.us]

§2(10) neither the President, the Director of the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications, nor any other officer or employee of the Federal Government should have the authority to shut down the Internet.

Haven't had a chance to read all of it yet.
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08/30/2012 01:28 PM
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India is sinking. They have been sinking for a while. The sea is pouring inland into the country. It has flooded Millions and Millions of acres of land. There have been other weird anomolies like sink holes and land cracks. The people are starting to ask questions. The government is lieing about the cause. They say it is the rain but it isn't. They are quite litterally sinking leading up to the EVENT. People are starting to freak out.They want to keep people calm and from panicking. So they are pulling the plug on the Net. Go see the sinking for yourselfs. Extincton Protocol. The Watchers. Pole Shiftning. Search Flooding India and add it all up.Earthquake Swarms that never make the boards here or anywhere else. They are in big trouble.The people know this.
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08/30/2012 01:36 PM
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India is sinking. They have been sinking for a while. The sea is pouring inland into the country. It has flooded Millions and Millions of acres of land. There have been other weird anomolies like sink holes and land cracks. The people are starting to ask questions. The government is lieing about the cause. They say it is the rain but it isn't. They are quite litterally sinking leading up to the EVENT. People are starting to freak out.They want to keep people calm and from panicking. So they are pulling the plug on the Net. Go see the sinking for yourselfs. Extincton Protocol. The Watchers. Pole Shiftning. Search Flooding India and add it all up.Earthquake Swarms that never make the boards here or anywhere else. They are in big trouble.The people know this.
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you want the cause?

[link to www.bbc.co.uk]

there's ya cause.

[link to www.bbc.co.uk]

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