Internet Filters: Voluntary OK, Not Government Mandate

People are talking about internet content filtering, especially since the ACLU won its case against the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which tried to censor all speech about sex from the internet. But don’t be confused between voluntary use of filters as an alternative to a criminal statute and governmentally imposed filters. ACLU First Amendment attorney Chris Hansen explains more about filtering and when it works and doesn’t.

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Filtering has been shown to be quite successful in blocking sexual sites, but at a price — it over-blocks. As much as 20 percent of all internet content can be over-blocked by some filters, including valuable nonsexual material. Reports by the Kaiser Family Foundation (PDF), Consumer Reports, and the Free Expression Policy Project (PDF) have all found that filters improperly block important web sites about health, sex education, civil rights, and politics. A recent test by the San Jose Public Library (PDF) of three software filtering programs even found substantial over-blocking of information in resource databases and online catalogs of available books. Parents can decide that price is worth paying but it is another thing altogether for the government to make that decision for all of us.

The ACLU is currently working in several states to prevent censorship of online information due to the use of overbroad internet filters. For more detail on ACLU cases about internet filters, see http://www.aclunc.org/tech and http://www.aclu-wa.org/detail.cfm?id=557.

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Vic Livingston

ONCE AGAIN, THREE ATTEMPTS TODAY TO POST TO THE WASHINGTON POST 'THE FIX' POLITICAL BLOG ELICITED THE 'HELD FOR BLOG OWNER' MESSAGE...

...WHEN WA-PO ONLY FILTERS OBSCENE LANGUAGE.

THIS APPARENT GOVERNMENT 'FUSION CENTER' CENSORSHIP/PRIOR RESTRAINT HAS BECOME MORE BLATANT AND FREQUENT IN RECENT DAYS.

WHEN WILL THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ADDRESS THIS APPARENT OFFICIAL DISREGARD FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS?

Here is today's apparently CENSORED comment to The Washington Post, intended for the nation's governors gathered in D.C. for their annual conference:

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GOVERNORS / TEAM OBAMA:

ONGOING 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK'
TORTURES INNOCENT BUT TARGETED AMERICANS...

...WITH DOJ-APPROVED RADIATION WEAPONS, GOV'T-SUPPORTED COMMUNITY GANG STALKING, AND 'PROGRAMS OF FINANCIAL DESTRUCTION.'

WHEN WILL BARACK OBAMA AND ERIC HOLDER RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW IN BUCKS COUNTY, PA, PHILA., NYC, D.C. AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA?

An IMMEDIATE series of executive orders banning the ongoing "extrajudicial punishment vigilante network" assembled under Bush-Cheney...

...and its coordinated array of "programs of personal destruction"...

...could dismantle this American Gestapo -- and stop the persecution of untold thousands of unconstitutionally "targeted" U.S. citizens and their families...

...a methodical social genocide that surely has contributed to the mortgage meltdown that spawned the global financial crisis.

The "Truth Commission" is needed.

But first, President Obama and Atty. Gen. Holder, end the crimes against humanity and the unconstitutional abuses of power.

LOCAL OFFICIALS: Do your duty and end the complicity.

IT IS DAY 35 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER IS UP TO?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network...
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-ameri...
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/u-k-e-u-humanists-head-london-protest-rad...

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):
http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Vic Livingston

ONCE AGAIN, AN ATTEMPT TO POST A POLITICAL COMMENTARY TO A POLITICAL BLOG ELICTED A 'HELD FOR BLOG OWNER' MESSAGE...

WHEN THE SITE IN QUESTION IMMEDIATELY POSTS ALL COMMENTS UNLESS FOUL LANGUAGE WAS USED.

The blog, once again, was The Washington Post's "44: The Obama Presidency" -- specifically, a thread concerning the President's revised and delayed timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.

In the interests of free speech...

...and in a continuing battle against apparent government "fusion center" prior restraint and censorship of telecommunications, here is the post that "they" don't want you to see:

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The article linked below originally was headlined:

"SHADOW GOVERNMENT SHACKLES OBAMA ON TORTURE."

Addendum:

"...AND IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN."

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/shadow-government-shackles-obama-torture

Mr. President: At the very least, please immediately make good on your campaign pledge to restore constitutional and human rights:

End the ONGOING Bush-Cheney "Extrajudicial Punishment Network" that is using vigilantes and radiation weaponry to covertly degrade the lives of innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens...

...and dismantle the array of "programs of personal financial destruction" that have led to the economic crisis:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network...

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-ameri...

OR (if links are corrupted/disabled):
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Vic Livingston

YES. THE APPARENT, BLATANT, UNCONSTITUTIONAL, SECLECTIVELY APPLIED PRIOR RESTRAINT/CENSORSHIP CONTINUES...

An attempt to post the following commentary to Chris Cillizza's "The Fix" blog at washingtonpost.com again elicited a "held for blog owner" full-screen message -- even though The Washington Post immediately publishes blog comments unless foul language is used, which was not the case here.

The message appears to be a "spoofed" page inserted into my datastream by government surveillance operatives who are actively CENSORING political speech in America.

Again, in the interests of free speech, I memorialize this latest apparent example of a continuation of unconstitutional government "surveillance" policy -- with the hope that ACLU renews its legal battle against these draconian, undemocratic policies:

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(Today's "held for blog owner" post:)

Chis:

Best to you, the missus and "ccJr."

What happened to Huntsman? You were so high on him a short while back.

As for Palin "governing well" up in Alaska, yes, that would be a positive change.

To provide some perspective on your list, consider what eight years of GOP rule under Bush-Cheney visited upon America. Until this crew embraces traditional democratic, libertarian values and a renewed respect for constitutional, civil and human rights, the Republican party will languish.

Consider what eight years of Bush-Cheney autocratic rule visited upon America:

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URGENT TO:

ATTY. GEN ERIC HOLDER; DOD SEC. ROBERT GATES; DHS SEC. JANET NAPOLITANO; DNI DENNIS BLAIR; CIA DIR. LEON PANETTA; FBI DIR. ROBERT MUELLER; TREASURY SEC. TIMOTHY GEITHNER; S. SERVICE DIR. MARK SULLIVAN

RE: Ongoing BUSH-CHENEY JUSTICE DEPARTMENT APPROVAL OF RADIATION WEAPONRY USE (read: TORTURE)...

...on "TARGETED" U.S. CITIZENS -- including those deemed "UNDESIRABLES" and POLITICAL "DISSIDENTS"...

... and associated "PROGRAMS OF PERSONAL FINANCIAL DESTRUCTION"

***

Silent, injury- and illness-inducing, potentially lethal radiation weaponry and devices ("Directed Energy Weapons") are being used by security/intel/law enforcement operatives...

...via their nationwide vigilante "Extrajudicial Punishment Network"...

...to inflict pain upon, and to degrade the health of, innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens in communities across America...

...with the apparent knowledge of local law enforcement -- whose officers believe they are "covered" by supervising federal agents.

These covert assaults are facilitated by "organized community gang stalking" units whose citizen vigilantes are recruited from the ranks of federally-funded volunteer organizations; local public safety departments; community policing groups; public safety retirees and government/municipal employees; and their families. These gang stalkers make surreptitious entries of private homes, and commit various acts of vandalism and physical and psychological harassment.

It appears that this system of extrajudicial targeting and punishment, justified as "intelligence-based policing," is directed by federal and local officials representing multiple agencies.

WHEN WILL BARACK OBAMA AND ERIC HOLDER RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW IN BUCKS COUNTY, PA, PHILA., NYC, D.C. AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA?

President Obama must issue an IMMEDIATE series of executive orders banning the Bush-Cheney "extrajudicial punishment vigilante network"...

...and its array of coordinated government "programs of personal financial destruction" -- one of the root causes of the global economic crisis that began with a meltdown of the home mortgage market.

THIS IS AN AMERICAN SOCIAL GENOCIDE.

Sen. Leahy's "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" is needed.

But first, President Obama, Vice President Biden and Atty. Gen. Holder, you must act to end these crimes against humanity and unconstitutional abuses of power. And bring to justice all of those who are responsible for this national disgrace.

***

IT IS DAY 39 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER IS UP TO?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network...
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-ameri...

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):
http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Vic Livingston

Addendum to post #33, supra:

Shortly after the above "protest notice" was posted, the commentary that supposedly was "held for the blog owner" suddenly appeared on The Washington Post "The Fix blog, which does NOT "hold posts" except in the case of foul language.

A couple other political comments to Washington Post blogs went through without interference...

UNTIL I attempted to post the message below. ONCE AGAIN, I got the "held for blog owner" message -- apparently, a "spoofed page" inserted into my data stream by government surveillance spies/censors who have interfered with my telecommunications for FIVE YEARS -- harming my ability to earn a living as a journalist.

So again, in the interest of free speech and in the hope of legal assistance in filing a CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT against the U.S. government and its surveillance policies, here is the latest post that has been subject to prior restraint and/or censorship:

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WHEN POTUS SAID THAT 'OUR COMBAT MISSION WILL END IN 2010,' AND THAT ALL TROOPS WILL COME HOME BY 2011...

...EVEN THE CAMP LEJEUNE JUGHEADS BROKE OUT IN SUSTAINED, IF MODEST, APPLAUSE.

OBAMA APPEARS TO HAVE ENTERED THE LION'S DEN AND HAS DISARMED SOME OF HIS MOST POWERFUL CRITICS.

THAT IN ITSELF WAS A PROFILE IN COURAGE... WHATEVER ONE THINKS OF HIS RESIDUAL FORCE LEVELS.

WHEN HE COMPLIMENTED THE MARINES ON VOLUNTEERING THEIR SERVICE, AND PROMISED ASSISTANCE TO VETS AND THEIR FAMILIES, A PAY RAISE AND A NEW G.I. BILL, HE EVEN GOT SOME REAL LOVE.

OBAMA KNOWS HOW TO CO-OPT AND DISARM. THANKFULLY.

BECAUSE HE APPEARS TO HAVE SERIOUS ENEMIES WITHIN (see below):

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URGENT TO:

ATTY. GEN ERIC HOLDER; DOD SEC. ROBERT GATES; DHS SEC. JANET NAPOLITANO; DNI DENNIS BLAIR; CIA DIR. LEON PANETTA; FBI DIR. ROBERT MUELLER; TREASURY SEC. TIMOTHY GEITHNER; S. SERVICE DIR. MARK SULLIVAN

RE: Ongoing BUSH-CHENEY JUSTICE DEPARTMENT APPROVAL OF RADIATION WEAPONRY USE (read: TORTURE)...

...on "TARGETED" U.S. CITIZENS -- including those deemed "UNDESIRABLES" and POLITICAL "DISSIDENTS"...

... and associated "PROGRAMS OF PERSONAL FINANCIAL DESTRUCTION"

***

Silent, injury- and illness-inducing, potentially lethal radiation weaponry and devices ("Directed Energy Weapons") are being used by security/intel/law enforcement operatives...

...via their nationwide vigilante "Extrajudicial Punishment Network"...

...to inflict pain upon, and to degrade the health of, innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens in communities across America...

...with the apparent knowledge of local law enforcement -- whose officers believe they are "covered" by supervising federal agents.

These covert assaults are facilitated by "organized community gang stalking" units whose citizen vigilantes are recruited from the ranks of federally-funded volunteer organizations; local public safety departments; community policing groups; public safety retirees and government/municipal employees; and their families. These gang stalkers make surreptitious entries of private homes, and commit various acts of vandalism and physical and psychological harassment.

It appears that this system of extrajudicial targeting and punishment, justified as "intelligence-based policing," is directed by federal and local officials representing multiple agencies.

President Obama must issue an IMMEDIATE series of executive orders banning the Bush-Cheney "extrajudicial punishment vigilante network"...

...and its array of coordinated government "programs of personal financial destruction" -- one of the root causes of the global economic crisis that began with a meltdown of the home mortgage market.

THIS IS AN AMERICAN SOCIAL GENOCIDE.

Sen. Leahy's "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" is needed.

But first, President Obama, Vice President Biden and Atty. Gen. Holder, you must act to end these crimes against humanity and unconstitutional abuses of power. And bring to justice all of those who are responsible for this national disgrace.

***

IT IS DAY 39 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER IS UP TO?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network...
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-ameri...

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):
http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Vic Livingston

The latest insult to free speech on the internet:

While writing a commentary on my internet blog site, My.NowPublic.com/scrivener, I urged Attorney General Holder to take immediate action to end Bush-approved microwave radiation weapons assaults on "innocent but targeted" U.S. citizens.

When I tried to copy the entry -- just in case it should disappear when I hit the "send" button, as has happened many times before -- the copy function within my web browser became disabled.

I tried to "drag and drop" the comment to a text program; but that function, too, was disabled, denying me any means of copying the post.

This is apparently being accomplished by third-party remote computing software and an unauthorized (by me) "network" connection that appears on my desktop at startup.

I believe this is another example of malicious, sadistic internet tampering and interference -- and issue that to date has not been addressed by the ACLU, even though my experiences indicate that such malicious interference is part and parcel of the government's warrantless surveillance program.

Please, ACLU, realize that the telecommunications system is apparently being used as a tool of government intimidation and harassment. Only a class-action lawsuit can hope to cure this ill.

I intended to post the comment here to memorialize it, but since the copy function in my browser was disabled, I am unable to do so.

If history is an indicator, once I send this post to the ACLU blog, I may find that the copy function in my browser again is restored. But maybe not.

This is harassment, pure and simple, an apparent component of unconstitutional government surveillance of telecommunications in America 2009.

Are you reading this, ACLU?

Vic Livingston

APPARENT GOVERNMENT FUSION CENTER USE OF 'SPOOFED PAGES' TO CENSOR POSTINGS TO POLICAL BLOGS ON THE INTERNET

This correspondent is unable to get his comments to CQPolitics.com to post. It appears that a government surveillance program is inserting "spoofed pages" that require a sign-in to post a comment -- when in the past, the site's blog sections also have accepted comments from non-registered readers.

Even when this writer complies with the sign-in demand, and a requirement to "share" his email address, all of his recent posts have been elicited a "held for blog owner" message -- and none of his recent comments have been posted as of this time.

This writer also has been blocked from posting comments to Broadcastingandcable.com, where he was a frequent contributor advocating a delay in the digital TV transition. His recent attempts to post comments have elicited a "wrong email address" message, even though no email address is required to post.

And this writer has been blocked from posting comments to full articles at Politico.com, after having published commentary about extrajudicial punishment and other controversial topics.

A reading of the comments posted to this thread, supra, reveal a pattern of prior restraint and outright censorship that the author believes is a purposeful product of unconstitutional government surveillance programs. This apparent censorship also involves the use of the telecommunications system as a tool of harassment, through the apparent use of real-time site mirroring and third-party remote computing software that "hijacks" the user's computer -- slowing down or disabling functions, making it difficult and sometimes impossible to effectively communicate.

For a protracted period, comments to the ACLU site also failed to post; the writer's persistent complaints apparently caused government surveillance censors to relent in the case of posts to this site.

Again this writer asks the ACLU to intervene on the behalf of similarly affected persons with a class-action lawsuit challenging the government's surveillance programs and what appears to be an institutionalized campaign of telecommunications-based prior restraint, censorship and harassment.

Vic Livingston

STILL MORE APPARENT GOVERNMENT CENSORSHIP OF THE INTERNET...

THIS TIME, APPARENTLY, FUSION CENTER SURVEILLANCE OPERATIVES ARE BLOCKING ACCESS TO KEY PAGES OF A 'GANG STALKING' VICTIMS' WEB SITE.

COULD MY REPORTING ON GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT IN COMMUNITY GANG-STALKING, HARASSMENT, CHARACTER ASSASSINATION AND VANDALISM HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS?

(See http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener)

As I have written in the posts above, my freedom to surf and post to the internet is infringed upon daily.

As a journalist who has worked for major newspapers and TV stations, someone who had his own cable network TV show, you would think I could obtain legal assistance fighting what the evidence shows is persistent and blatant infringement upon my constitutional rights.

If this is happening to me, how many thousands of other Americans are similarly affected?

Once again, I ask ACLU to file a class-action lawsuit to counter the government's apparent use of telecommunications as a tool of harassment, prior restraint, and outright censorship.

ANY PERSON READING THIS WHO IS EXPERIENCING SIMILAR PROBLEMS, PLEASE POST HERE!

Maybe then we can get ACLU to step up to defend free speech of innocent but apparently "targeted" U.S. citizens. The change in leadership in Washington does not seem to have had an effect.

Rogues appear to still rule.

It is time to send a message: Protect free speech in America (if there is any left to protect).

Vic Livingston

COMPUTER FUNCTION DISABLED TRYING TO POST THIS COMMENT TO GLENN GREENWALD'S BLOG AT SALON.COM -- BLOCKED FROM POSTING

* Would readers here please forward this post (with this preamble) to him at ggreenwald@salon.com ? Thank you for helping fight for the restoration of free speech in America.

HERE IS THE COMMENTARY THAT, APPARENTLY, FUSION CENTER SURVEILLANCE CENSORS DO NOT WANT SALON READERS TO SEE:

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TO: TEAM OBAMA -- SPECIAL ATTENTION, ATTY. GEN. ERIC HOLDER (staff, please forward)

cc: NATIONAL PRESS CORPS AND INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS

RE: BUSH DOJ LEGAL MEMOS USED TO PROVIDE LEGAL JUSTIFICATION FOR ONGOING DOMESTIC TORTURE VIA MICROWAVE RADIATION WEAPONRY

The Bush Justice Department "torture memos," some still secret, are believed to have been used to provide legal justification for the covert use of classified, silent microwave radiation weapons on U.S. citizens -- "targeted" under the pretext of the "war on terror" as "undesirables" and "dissidents."

Victims, including the journalist who authored the articles linked below, say these painful, debilitating and illness-inducing microwave assaults constitute torture and "slow-kill," a military descriptive for prolonged assaults that eventually result in death -- what could be described as an American genocide.

Victims of these assaults say their family finances are decimated by an array of secret "programs of personal financial destruction" that involve the forced cooperation of private enterprise; surveillance and interception of mail and telecommunications; and the forging of billing, utility, banking and mortgage statements -- what they charge is a process of expropriation and theft by deception.

Sources say these covert programs were justified by the Bush Justice Department under legal theories that are said to include a suspected "nexus to terrorism" and, according to a source, the legal theory that weapons and/or medical experimentation on U.S. citizens is permissible if subjects are under federal investigation for suspected offenses.

These microwave weapons assaults have continued under the Obama administration, and are facilitated by an "extrajudicial punishment network" enabled by federal agencies; local police nationwide; and "community gang stalker" citizen vigilantes fronted by government-funded community policing and volunteer organizations.

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Victims have asked the FBI/Justice Department to launch a civil rights investigation. They say officials have told them they see nothing to investigate, and hint that victim accounts are delusional.

Victims maintain that marginalizing the persecuted as "unstable" or "mentally ill" is a tactic being used to cover up crimes against humanity, a highly organized and well-funded social genocide.

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TEAM OBAMA: WHAT DO YOUR BUSH HOLDOVERS KNOW ABOUT THIS:

* Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

* Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

* Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction."

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network...
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-ameri...

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

ioffersearch001

Hiii to all!,..

I believe The Philadelphia Inquirer has no idea that their pages apparently are being “spoofed” by over-reaching government spies. If you have contacts at the paper, please email them this column, because MY email is apparently subject to the same kind of prior restraint and interception.

http://ioffersearch.com Ioffersearch.com Blogs - Just another Ioffersearch.com weblog

Vic Livingston

ioffersearch001:

Thanks for checking in. Only when victims of the "extrajudicial punishment network" speak up will these abuses be curbed. My email is still being intercepted and I haven't found any authorities willing to investigate.

Perhaps as more victims of government censorship and prior restraint tell their stories, the ACLU will be motivated to take the class-action route.

The organization might even be able to fund its operations with the proceeds, should it take this innovative approach toward protecting our constitutional rights.

Please spread the word on your blog. I have listed above links to stories I have written about these infringements. Feel free to re-post the links.

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