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A bill introduced in Congress would require numerous government agencies to study the role of telecommunications in the encouragement of hate crimes.

A bill introduced in Congress would require numerous government agencies to study the role of telecommunications in the encouragement of hate crimes.

The bills require a report within one year by the NTIA (The National Telecommunications and Information Administration) with the assistance of the DOJ, the Commission, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, to be submitted to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate on the role of telecommunications in hate crimes. … The report, according to the bill, “shall analyze information on the use of telecommunications, including the Internet, broadcast television and radio, cable television, public access television, commercial mobile services, and other electronic media, to advocate and encourage violent acts and the commission of crimes of hate, as described in the Hate Crime Statistics Act.”

The bill leaves the definition of “hate” entirely up to the government, and would produce a report that would be a great tool in the hands of politicians to squelch speech they don’t like.

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6 comments

  • Pzatchok

    This sounds very very bad.

    Hate crimes are not that much of a problem, statistically.

    Very very few crimes get hit with that charge.

    Looking for a connection to telecommunications in any way is juts looking for a way to curtail free speech.

  • Richard

    Liberal guilt is the ultimate hate crime.

  • mpthompson

    I guess Overzealous Photoshopping counts as a hate crime?

  • LTCStein

    Can anyone say “tyranny”?

  • john benz

    This is not a worthy use of my tax dollars

  • Jake

    This will mean that Brendan Eich of Mozilla can be charged with a hate crime for his 2008 donation to a California constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. It also means that, since that constitutional amendment passed overwhelming by 2/3 of California voters, all those who voted for the marriage protection amendment are not longer considered fit for employment in California since they are all guilty of a hate crime.

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