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Open letter to the ACLU and it's affiliates
    #2291196 - 02/01/04 05:55 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Open letter to the ACLU and it's affiliates

Including: 2004 Presidential Candidates; Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist;
The President of the United States& First Lady.

I ask for assistance in a matter I believe to be of extreme importance
in regards to the continued welfare of the Free-World

Due to the real possibility that the integrity of my e-mail has been compromised
I'm pleading to a sense of decency and hope concerned citizens will rally around
a call for justice and forward this statement...

Sirs and Madams,

It has been my experience that expressions judged innapropriate on the internet
are quickly erased without regard for due process and their authors barred
from participation in defense of their opinions.

Such actions constitutes a breach of civil liberties
and cultivates the perception that the Ideals and Principles that free nations are
founded on are an illusion.

Summary execution without trial is a gross misrepresentation of justice in my opinion;
and any activity designed to incapacitate is contemptible and will only lead us back
into the dark ages where supremecy belonged to the knife rather than the intellect.

What example are we setting to the children and the developing countries of the world?

For the sake of the children and our children's children I beg you;
On behalf of our fathers and our father's fathers I beg you.

Burl Smith
Drayton Island, fla
email: riverbluff2@msn.com

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Re: Open letter to the ACLU and it's affiliates [Re: castaway]
    #2291243 - 02/01/04 07:23 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

That guy needs another few layers on his aluminum foil beanie.



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Re: Open letter to the ACLU and it's affiliates [Re: Phred]
    #2291303 - 02/01/04 08:57 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Gosh darn it did I just Spam?

If so, What's my best defense?

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Re: "Dear Fellow Member of the Internet Community:"~ ACLU Ad [Re: castaway]
    #2292597 - 02/01/04 10:53 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

"Dear Fellow Member of the Internet Community:"~ ACLU Address


"Dear Fellow Member of the Internet Community:

I am writing to express the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU)very deep concern about the tenor and the outcome of the recent
White House "Summit" on Internet content rating and filtering.

We fear that the stunning and sweeping victory for free speech on the Internet won in the Supreme Court case Reno v. ACLU is being
put at risk by a headlong and uncritical rush to embrace content rating and blocking systems, that may banish provocative and
controversial speech to the farthest corners of cyberspace.

Attached is the ACLU White Paper, Fahrenheit 451.2: Is Cyberspace Burning ? How Rating and Blocking Proposals May
Torch Free Speech on the Internet. The White Paper examines the free speech implications of the various proposals for
Internet blocking and rating. Individually, each of the proposals poses some threat to open and robust speech on the Internet
? some pose a considerably greater threat than others.

But linked together, the various schemes for rating and blocking could create a regime of private "voluntary" censorship
that is every bit as threatening to what the Supreme Court called "the most participatory form of mass speech yet developed."

This time the threat may not come from the blazing inferno that would have been set off if the CDA had gone into effect,
but from the dense smoke created by "voluntary" blocking technology, that hides all but the most innocuous speech from plain view.

We fear that the widespread adoption of the rating and blocking schemes will move us inexorably towards an Internet that is bland
and homogenized. The major commercial sites will still be readily available ? they will have the resources and inclination to self-
rate and third-party rating services will be inclined to give them acceptable ratings. Quirky and idiosyncratic speech, individual
home pages, or postings to controversial newsgroups will be blocked by the filters and made invisible by the search engines.

As the lead plaintiff and attorneys in Reno v. ACLU, we call for an open and genuine debate and discussion among the Net community,
industry, policy makers and family groups about the details and free speech implications of the systems that now exist
and that are being proposed.

Civil libertarians, human rights organizations, librarians, and Internet users, speakers and providers all joined together to
defeat the CDA.

We achieved a victory which established a legal framework for the Internet that gives it the highest constitutional protection.
All that we achieved can now be squandered, if those same groups participate in a redesign of the very architecture of the Internet
that builds in tools for content blocking that are readily available to waiting private and governmental censors.

The movement to embrace the new blocking schemes has built with remarkable speed, but it is not too late for the Internet community
to slowly and carefully examine these proposals and to reject those that will transform the Internet from a true marketplace of ideas,
into just another mainstream, lifeless medium.

We urge you to read the paper and join us in the debate."


Barry Steinhardt
Associate Director


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Re: Open letter to the ACLU and it's affiliates [Re: Phred]
    #2293895 - 02/02/04 12:30 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Does anybody remember SouthernGent?



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