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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

No anonymity?

Matt Drudge, bless his slimy soul, does us a public service by noting a NJ bill that would prohibit anonymous posts on the Internet to cut back on defamatory and libelous comments. While the end goal is admirable, the means is utterly ridiculous. The bill's sponsors may not realize the severity of their mistake, but in my mind at least, the complete abolition of anonymity, whether it be in journalistic sources, online posts, or public actions, reeks of a government that is unconsciously embracing a quasi-totalitarian mindset, where it can't imagine why anyone would seek the ability to make comments without being identified.

The Bush administration has said something similar along these lines to justify invasions of privacy: "If you have nothing to hide, then you of course won't mind if we dig around in your life. If you do have a problem with this, we'll need to have a talk, you stinking communist. Terrorist. Fascist. Fan of Britney Spears."

Let's hope more capable minds prevail in NJ.


  • At 8:50 PM, Blogger The Gentle Cricket said…

    Republicans everywhere should be ashamed by this action. I, for one, am. I do not, however, think that this will garner much support.

    The Only Republican in San Francisco rightfully says that "I suppose any politician might be tempted [to propose this]."

    Even if those of my party in NJ decide to support it, I think any judge in their right mind would see the clear violation of the first amendment.

  • At 10:35 AM, Blogger Sean said…

    I agree, it is a crazy proposal and one that will not pass muster in the courts.
    Still, embarassing.


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