Anonymous, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Protect IP Act
Whatever one thinks of Anonymous and other “hacktivist” organizations, they couldn’t pick a nicer target than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Anonymous attempted to hack the U.S. Chamber’s computer systems last May, with mixed results. Now they’re planning another attack.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce exists mostly as a money launderer, enabling large corporations and wealthy individuals to make huge anonymous political contributions. Elections and politicians can be purchased without the public even knowing who the purchaser was.
But now the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has found another purpose: lobbying aggressively for the Protect IP Act (also known as the Stopping Online Piracy Act, SOPA).
If you like the idea of people getting fined millions of dollars for downloading music without paying, you’ll love the Protect IP Act. Using the smokescreen of “stopping online piracy,” the Protect IP Act would give the U.S. government sweeping unprecedented powers for censoring the Internet.
So which is it? Does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce want a tiny bathtub-size government that lets the Free Market run wild, or do they want a gigantic Orwellian Big Brother controlling everything we do online?
Here’s Anonymous’ description of the Protect IP Act:
“This bill would allow the United States Government to force ISP’s and search engines to censor websites they do not like under the guise of ‘copyright protection.’ Instead of reducing piracy, this bill endangers the free flow of information. Through Domain seizures, ISP blockades, search engine censorship, and the restriction of funding to accused websites, this bill takes Internet censorship to a new level…
“The Internet is a place where anyone and everyone can come together freely to share information and opinions. The freedom the Internet provides has served us well, and driven our intellectual progress, sparked revolutions and changed the lives of many, all of which has been accomplished without the interference of corporations, governments, or any other global institutions until now.”
Aside from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the only other group that favors the Protect IP Act is the entertainment industry — i.e. those Hollywood Elitists that conservatives are always ranting about.