Barely noticed in the shitstorm that has enveloped DC this past couple of weeks, a House panel manged to find time to debate, amend, vote on at least twice and pass out of committee one of the most far reaching intrusions on the lives and privacy of ordinary Americans that we’ve seen yet.
It’s not a done deal yet of course, and to be perfectly honest, it may not ever be, at least in it’s present form, given the past and current opposition of most Democrats and many Republican leaders, but after this past few weeks, I’m not sure the the Republicans are even in control of their party anymore and frankly, nothing they’d do to kiss the Teaper’s backsides would surprise me..
Just like Social Security and Medicare, it’s something the radical right has been hammering on for years and this version… yet another product of the lunatics that have apparently assumed total control of the Republican party… is probably the most egregious and pervasive proposal so far.
And they did it while we were supposedly preoccupied… a favorite tactic… by the theatrical production they themselves were staging over the debt ceiling. Nobody was supposed to notice just one more turd in an avalanche of turds rolling downhill at a time when turds are all we can expect from our “leaders” because they’re about the only thing left in plentiful supply in Washington.
Internet providers would be forced to keep logs of their customers’ activities for one year–in case police want to review them in the future–under legislation that a U.S. House of Representatives committee approved today.
The 19 to 10 vote represents a victory for conservative Republicans, who made data retention their first major technology initiative after last fall’s elections, and the Justice Department officials who have quietly lobbied for the sweeping new requirements, a development first reported by CNET.