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

ACLU:

Post #39 is a hoax. The link leads to a sample webpage, not to a real web site.

Please take down my post #40. And this one, too.

Or should you leave these posts up as an indication of what we are up against?

And to think our tax dollars may be paying for this mischief...

Vic Livingston

ONCE AGAIN, A COMMENT SUBMITTED TO A WASHINGTON POST POLITICAL BLOG ELICITS THE 'HELD FOR BLOG OWNER' MESSAGE... WHEN WA-PO ONLY WITHHOLDS SUBMISSIONS IF FOULD LANGUAGE IS INVOLVED

What language in the following "withheld" post may have triggered government fusion center censors to insert a "held for blog owner" full-screen message into my data stream?

Please carefully read the comment, and to whom it was directed, to come up with some theories:

TO: TEAM OBAMA; SPECIAL ATTENTION, ATTY. GEN. ERIC HOLDER / DEFENSE SEC. ROBERT GATES; DHS SEC. JANET NAPOLITANO; DNI DENNIS BLAIR; CIA DIR. LEON PANETTA; TREAS. SEC. TIMOTHY GEITHNER; FBI DIR. ROBERT MUELLER; SECRET SERVICE DIR. MARK SULLIVAN

(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

Vic Livingston

STILL CANNOT POST COMMENTS TO FULL ARTICLES AT POLITICO.COM. BUT...

When I tried to sign in, I got the message that my account was still "deactivated." But the system still let me into the article comment web form, which also allowed me to enter my commentary.

BUT WHEN I HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON THE FUNCTION WAS DISABLED. THE SUBMIT LINK WAS "DEAD."

I can't get a straight answer from Politico.com; my emails asking why I am still banned are not answered. (A voice on the phone had told me it was because I made duplicate posts to multiple threads, something posters do all the time at Politico, with apparent impunity.)

BUT THE NON-RESPONSE MAY NOT BE POLITICO'S DOING.

Because it appears most of my email is being intercepted. Most of my outgoing email do not bring a response.

Phone calls are not productive, because ALL of my telecommunications seem to be intercepted. Follow-up calls to Politico.com have gone unanswered.

Perhaps someone reading this could relay this post to Politico editor John Harris by posting to his personal web form:

http://www.politico.com/reporters/JohnFHarris.html

Did Harris get my emails and he just did not respond? Or am I not being permitted to get through?

I'd like to get to the bottom of this. I'd hate to think that Politico.com is a party to government censorship. That remains an open question.

Vic Livingston

YET AGAIN, AN ATTEMPT TO POST A COMMENT TO THE '44' BLOG AT WASHINGTONPOST.COM ELECITED THE 'HELD FOR BLOG OWNER' MESSAGE...

...ALTHOUGH ONLY FOUL LANGUAGE WOULD CAUSE A POST TO BE REJECTED.

CENSORSHIP/PRIOR RESTRAINT IS MORE BRAZEN IN RECENT DAYS, AFTER A RELENTING FOR A SHORT TIME AFTER OBAMA'S INAUGURATION.

AN OMINOUS SIGN.

Here is the headline to the post that "they" apparently don't want Washingtonpost.com internet readers to see:

MR. PRESIDENT: GOOD. NOW SIGN SOMETHING THAT WILL SAVE LIVES AND HELP THE ECONOMY...

...AN EXECUTIVE ORDER BANNING MICROWAVE RADIATION WEAPONS ASSAULTS ON 'TARGETED' U.S. CITIZENS; HI-TECH COMMUNITY 'GANG STALKING;' AND SECRET FEDERAL 'PROGRAMS OF PERSONAL FINANCIAL DESTRUCTION.

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Vic Livingston

LATEST EVIDENCE OF CENSORSHIP BY GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE OPERATIVES:

The following comment to http://warofillusions.wordpress.com elicited a "discarded" message, despite multiple attempts to post.

The comment was in response to a posting of an article I authored entitled "Domestic Torture Via Radiation Weapnry: America's Horrific Shame," which has received worldwide distribution.

The fact that I am prohibited from posting to multiple web sites, including some of those that are vital to my ability to function as a journalist, tells me that free speech is virtually dead in America.

HERE IS THE CENSORED POST:

I'm the author of the posted article. Very interesting to read the comments here -- a number of which read like actual, legitimate comments as opposed to what is deposited on my blog site, where most comments read like lame, often sadistic psy ops (but with some valuable kernels of truth offered by closet humanists).

This is not some private enterprise, although private companies are involved, as in any fascist organization where government co-opts private businesses to gain societal control. This extrajudicial punishment network is a "multi-agency action" of various agencies. I agree with some others, such as Peter Mooring in the Netherlands, that among the "lead agencies" worldwide are armed forces, intel agencies, law enforcement and at the top of the food chain secretive security services. This is a global control mechanism accountable to no public body -- with serious geopolitical ramifications for human liberty.

The mainstream media from which I spring does not have a clue that global military, security and intelligence agencies appear to have taken over the world by way of these secretive "programs, employing silent, deadly microwave radiation weaponry to quell potential "dissent." DON'T call these instruments "directed energy weapons;" that term reeks of obfuscation and disinformation. The term is deceptively benign.

In the interest of free speech, I would ask real readers here to please visit my blog site and leave some responses. I should be able to distinguish the true coin from the phony slugs.

Or, this could be a training exercise for the "black hats": "Fool the 'targets.'"

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

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ACLU, I IMPLORE YOU ONCE AGAIN:

Live up to your mission and represent we, the censored, in a class action lawsuit against the U.S. government and its various intelligence agencies and other agencies that have failed to protect free speech in America.

Vic Livingston

New Twists on Apparent Government Censorship and Prior Restraint of Internet Speech...

* FUSION CENTER ROGUES APPARENTLY INTERCEPT INTERNET TRAFFIC OF 'TARGETED' CITIZENS, WON'T LET PAGES REFRESH...

* USE 'MODERATION' OF BLOG COMMENTS AS A SUBTERFUGE... WITHHOLDING COMMENTS AS THE 'TARGET' GETS A MESSAGE THAT THE COMMENT 'AWAITS MODERATION'....

* PREVENT PAGES FROM 'REFRESHING,' SO THE 'TARGET' CANNOT VIEW THE LATEST REFRESHED PAGES OR CHECK TO SEE IF A SUBMITTED COMMENT HAS POSTED.

* INSERT 'SPOOFED PAGE' ADVERTISING INTENDED TO PSYCHOLOGICALLY HARASS THE 'TARGET' -- NOTABLY, ADS WITH A HOMELAND SECURITY THEME, OFTEN FEATURING PICTURES OF POLICE.

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ACLU: This is MALICIOUS INTERFERENCE AND HARASSMENT via telecommunications. These "psy ops" tactics are applied on an ad hoc basis, seemingly based on the CONTENT of internet postings and knowledge of the personal preferences of the "targeted" persons.

THIS IS OUTRIGHT CENSORSHIP AND HARASSMENT. The examples posted on this thread lay the basis for a CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT on behalf of Americans whose telecommunications are subject to unconstitutional surveillance, interception and malicious tampering.

THESE ARE DIFFERENT GROUNDS than presented by the ACLU lawsuit challenging pervasive NSA warrantless wiretapping.

THIS IS MALICIOUS INTERFERENCE with telecommunications, using electronic communications as a TOOL OF GOVERNMENT HARASSMENT.

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PLEASE, ACLU, LIVE UP TO YOUR MISSION.

Please file a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the untold thousands of Americans whose telecommunications are subject not only to warrantless surveillance, but to MALICIOUS, SADISTIC INTERFERENCE WITH TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

This NOT just a "free speech" issue. It appears that GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS ARE BEING USED AS A TOOL OF HARASSMENT AND SOCIAL CONTROL, A FORM OF PSYCHOLOGICAL HARASSMENT.

Vic Livingston

ATTEMPTS TO POST TO AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY BLOG ELICITS 'HELD FOR BLOG OWNER' MESSAGE, BUT SOMETIMES THE POST NEVER APPEARS.

Attention American Constitution Society staff:

My experience indicates that rogue government surveillance agents are using "spoofed pages" to prevent innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens from making posts to your web site.

On two recent occasions, this writer has received the "held for blog owner" message, which notes that this feature is reserved for "first-time" posters.

However, I have successfully posted before.

I believe the CONTENT of my comments determines whether government fusion center operatives allow the post.

The incidents outlined above seem to indicate that the government is exercising prior restraint and censorship of internet telecommunications, especially in the case of political speech.

I would suggest that ACS exercise ex post facto moderation of its blog, to thwart attempts by rogue surveillance operatives to use moderation as a pretext for censorship.

ACS members: Please forward the link to this page to your executives. As explained above, my ability to do so apparently is persistently circumscribed.

And if any of you would like to represent me and similarly affected persons in a class-action lawsuit against the relevant government agencies and/or private contractors who are violating constitutionally guaranteed rights, please leave contact information here, or at http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener.

Since my email appears to be subject to persistent interception and often does not get answered, I ask that you make contact via a blog post.

Vic Livingston

ONCE AGAIN, AN ATTEMPTED POST TO THE WASHINGTONPOST.COM'S 'THE FIX' BLOG ELICITS THE 'HELD FOR BLOG OWNER' MESSAGE...

Another apparent instance of blatant, persistent censorship/prior restraint on the part of rogue government surveillance operatives.

Here are the first few paragraphs of the post that was subject to prior restraint and/or censorship (I say "and/or" because the apparent censors may relent after this protest is lodged):

THE GOP IS THE PARTY OF LINCOLN.

WHAT WOULD LINCOLN HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS?

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TO: OBAMA CABINET OFFICERS, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS (special attention, Atty. Gen. Eric Holder)

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.

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ACLU, the forces of draconian government are mocking those who value freedom of speech. These operatives violate daily the constitutional rights of untold thousands of "innocent but targeted" citizens.

The time for a class-action suit is NOW.

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Vic Livingston

YET AGAIN... ATTEMPTED POSTING TO THE WASHINGTONPOST.COM 'THE FIX' BLOG ELICITS 'HELD FOR BLOG OWNER' MESSAGE... ALTHOUGH WA-PO DOES NOT HOLD POSTS UNLESS FOUL LANGUAGE IS DETECTED.

Here is today's "subject to prior restraint" post, the apparent work of over-reaching (and somewhat sadistic) government"fusion center" operatives:

SPECIAL TO PRESIDENT & FLOTUS OBAMA / VP JOE BIDEN / WH STAFF / CABINET MEMBERS / MEMBERS OF CONGRESS / NATIONAL PRESS CORPS

SY HERSH 'EXECUTIVE ASSASSINATION SQUAD' REPORT: JUST ONE ELEMENT IN NATIONWIDE, ONGOING 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK'

http://minnpost.com

(Then read in full the comments section of said article.)

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TEAM OBAMA: WHAT DO YOUR BUSH HOLDOVERS (AND CHIEF KERLIKOWSKE) KNOW ABOUT THIS:

* Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons (D.E.W.) assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens and their families;

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

* Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction" that have used the IRS as an ideological tool of "social cleansing."

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

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Sometimes, but not always, after I post here at ACLU, the censors relent and let the post go through -- but usually, only after I make some material changes that could be construed as a "watering down" of the intended message.

The intent seems to be to send me a message: "We are watching you, and you are in our control."

ACLU, I say once again: This is the face of creeping fascism.

Please consider using the above contemporaneous log as the basis for a class-action suit challenging pervasive, intrusive, malicious and unconstitutional surveillance of, and interference with, the telecommunications of innocent but apparently "targeted" U.S. citizens.

a concerned per...

Mr. Livingston, I think you're posts are being "held" because you're a nutcase!

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