Congress withdrew the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) but the issues remain. This piece of legislation, H.R.3261, in its original form, was one of the worst, draconian attempts to circumvent our nation's founding principle of Due Process. Both parties supported this legislation. Fogcutters conducted word searches. There were no provisions for "hearings" or "appeals" or any other due process actions!
There are good and valid issues included in this bill. We, at Fogcutters do agree that there are many fraudulent web sites that attempt to victimize consumers. On-line pharmacies offer prescription drugs without a doctor's prescription and sell medicines laced with rat poison among other things.
In response to the public out-cry Rep. Darrell Issa has introduced a far better compromise in H.R.3782. Sen. Ron Wyden has also introduce companion legislation in the Senate, S.2029. These proposed bills do provide protection but within the framework of due process. See the following links for more information:
Chicago Tribune, Rallying 'round the Web;
On-Line Discussion, opinions and suggestions can be submitted;
Thomas Congressional Registry - Search for Bill Number H.R 3782 or S.2029
And now for a personal opinion.
Here are three links for contacting your politicians, from Fogcutters.net :
Find your Representative - Contact information, committees, etc.
Find your Senator - Contact information, committees, etc.
Here is another site: http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html
Consider this: It is impossible to control how political party leadership behaves out of sight. It's just pure power politics. However, if one wants to chip away at the dictatorial powers of Congressional leaders, one might choose to make their campaign donations directly to their candidate and NEVER to the central committee, PACs, Super PACs or similar groups that could exert undue influence over the candidate.
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