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Friday, May 30, 2008

Hey Joe, you wanna give it a go?

What could have been for Joe Lieberman:

The strange case of Joe Lieberman just gets curiouser and curiouser. Had things gone slightly different in Florida eight years ago, the current "Independent" senator from Connecticut might be wrapping up the Democratic presidential nomination as Al Gore's anointed successor. In such a bizarro world, Lieberman might be preparing for a general-election campaign against Republican nominee John McCain....

Instead:

Most recently, Lieberman has become front man for the latest assault on Internet free speech, in his guise as chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. (Why Democrats are allowing him to chair anything more significant than a Passover seder at this point is beyond me.) Among other things, he has written a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt demanding that YouTube - which, in case you've forgotten, is now part of the Google empire - remove dozens of videos that "disseminate [terrorist] propaganda, enlist followers, and provide weapons training."

There's a lot more at Popdose, including the argument that when you shut down one, ten more are bound to pop up. Also, the author mentions his own personal preference that sometimes it's better to keep these things out in the open. I agree. At least give it some thought, as in the war on terror. Case in point: Bombing the hell out of Afghanistan didn't exactly shut down al-Qaeda. That may be a pretty thin parallel, but I think there's something there.

It's part of the push to enact a bill called the "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007," which already passed the House overwhelmingly. The act would create a new National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism, which would have broad powers to propose new laws curbing the "radicalization" of U.S. citizens by foreign groups, and to investigate Americans suspected of involvement in subversive activities overseas or at home.

I suspect this is more of that kind of legislation that will do more to put the government's boot on the neck of its citizens rather than the terrorists.

Article: Political Culture: Why Won't You Go, Joe Lieberman?

Posted by Marie at May 30, 2008 10:18 AM

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