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So, with that SOPA/PIPA garbage legislation shelved until we're not looking, looks like there's another: ACTA. It's been in the works for a while.

The University of Ottawa's Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic filed an access to information request but received only a document stating the title of the agreement, with everything else blacked out.
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It's that bad? Yep.

Not only does it target free speech, but it targets a lot more. Generic medicine. Seeds for plants.

The people behind these things are all over the place. Everywhere. They're like cockroaches.

You just can't make this stuff up. It's like a dystopian horror novel/movie. But worse.

I live in Wa State and got the below email about the "OPEN Act." NOw I need to figure out that that's all about.  Sounds like more of the same.

Dear Mr. Kunkel,
Thank you for contacting me about the internet streaming of copyrighted material . I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
On May 12, 2011, Senator Leahy (D-VT) introduced S. 968, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act. Under current federal law, U.S. law enforcement officials and holders of copyrights, trademarks, and patents, have limited legal remedies available to combat internet websites that are registered in foreign countries but operate in the United States by selling products, services, and/or content that violates U.S. intellectual property law. If enacted, the proposed legislation would create an expedited process for the Department of Justice and intellectual property rights holders to shut down through a court order these websites by targeting the owners and operators of the Internet site, if known, or the domain name registrant associated with the Internet site.
While I am supportive of the goal of protecting intellectual property, I am deeply concerned that the definitions and the means by which the legislation seeks to accomplish these goals will have unintended consequences and hurt innovation, job creation, and threaten online speech and security. On November 17, 2011, I signed a letter along with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) objecting to the bill as it is currently written.   
On December 17, 2011, Senator Wyden introduced the "Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade" (OPEN) Act (S. 2029), of which I am an original co-sponsor. The bill has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee, where it is currently awaiting further review. The OPEN Act is a more effective approach to stop foreign web sites that are found to be primarily and willfully used to infringe intellectual property rights. The OPEN Act builds on the existing legal framework used by the International Trade Commission (ITC) for addressing unfair acts in the importation of articles into the United States, or in their sale for importation, or sale within the United States after importation.
Our trade laws have yet to catch up to deal with the global digital economy. The OPEN Act recognizes that the Internet has created new opportunities for foreign products to reach the U.S. market and that there is little difference between downloading a pirated movie from a foreign website and importing a counterfeit movie DVD from a foreign company. For those foreign web sites that are determined after an investigation to be primarily and willfully infringing, the International Trade Commission will issue a "Cease and Desist" order. The "Cease and  Desist " order may also be served on financial intermediaries that provide services to that foreign web site, compelling financial payment processors and online advertising providers to cease doing business with the foreign site in question.  This would cut off financial incentives for this illegal activity and deter these unfair imports from reaching the U.S. market.
The OPEN Act addresses the same challenges as the PROTECT IP Act, while protecting freedom of speech, innovation, and security on the Internet. The challenge of rogue web sites is one that many nations face. The United States has always been seen as a leader on Internet issues. Laws we establish in the United States regarding the Internet are likely to be used as models around the world. And because the Internet is global in nature, it is important that we carefully consider how the laws and policies we adopt in this area may be received and translated by other countries.
The Protect IP Act was scheduled to go to the Senate floor for a procedural vote on January 23, 2011. Due to the effective grassroots advocacy and public outcry against the bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has pulled the proposed legislation from the floor calendar. 
I appreciate Majority Leader Reid's decision to postpone a vote on the PROTECT IP Act. America's economy thrives on innovation and freedom of speech. We can't afford to rush an Internet policy that could trample on our innovation economy. The American people clearly spoke and their voices were heard. As we move forward, I'll continue to advocate for a policy that protects both creative content and online freedom of speech.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. You may also be interested in signing up for periodic updates for Washington State residents. If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website at . Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

Yeah... Just saw the OPEN stuff...

I have not read it yet, but my guess is that it's going to try to slip in some of the same stuff.

The attack on free speech has many fronts. There's a full out Von Clausewitz total war of Biblical proportion on free speech now.

They're not going to stop until they are stopped.

Ooops... Looks like it's too late...


The people behind these things are all over the place. Everywhere. They're like cockroaches.
-Renegade (January 24, 2012, 06:56 AM)
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"Infiltrate, organise, agitate." - a Communist catchcry.
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- but it's not just the Communists that use it nowadays.

For example: Big Business:
SpoilerAfter watching the film Food Corp., you understand that there are huge shadowy psychopathic Capitalist organisations - the biggest of which seems to be Monsanto - which are successfully patenting GM (Genetically Modified) grain seeds - the staple foods necessary for human life. The example in the film was GM corn - now used on a massive scale for animal feed, as the feedstock for synthetic and apparently dangerous byproducts ("Corn syrup" and HFCS - high-fructose corn syrup), and as the feedstock for ethanol fuel. The strategy appeared to be to develop a GM strain, patent it, then get all farmers to use it, and push out the main competitor (ordinary strains of corn) by making it illegal to use them, and destroying the livelihoods of anyone who tried to use the old strains - by legal process. At the same time, the marketing of all corn products is being pushed with amazing thoroughness. So thorough in fact that:

* it is now difficult to find many sweetened processed foods that do not contain corn HFCS,
* corn is becoming the only feed allowed for factory-farmed beef cattle and battery hens,
* the increasing use of corn for strategic ethanol supplies risks limiting the supply of and pushing up the price of corn as a food.
Them're BIG cockroaches.

But the smaller ones are vastly more numerous and are arguably more successful than the larger ones. They work with and through almost all elements of social and civil organisations.

For example, from Wikipedia - Communist Party USA
    1 Personnel
    2 State Affiliates
    3 Purpose
    4 Work in the South
    5 Religious work
   6 Cultural work
    7 CPUSA Printing Shops
    8 Communist Party fronts
    9 Events
   10 Environmental activism
    11 Membership numbers
    12 Daily World 50th Anniversary celebration
   13 Communist Party infiltration of the Democratic Party
        13.1 Mitchell on moving the Democrats left
        13.2 "People's forces"
    14 CPLAN
       14.1 Working through the Quad caucus"
        14.2 Running as Democrats
   15 Relations with China and Vietnam
    16 Possibilities under Obama
    17 Solidarity with Sept. 24 FBI Raid Activists
    18 External links
    19 References

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Communist Party USA is America's oldest and most influential Marxist-Leninist organization. It was founded in 1919 and its constitution was first published in 1987. The constitution states the Communist Party USA is "the party of and for the U.S. working class."

It works to battle capitalism and the drive for maximum profits, because it believes the living standards of workers and the natural environment are under attack.[1].

Click here for a page containing comprehensive information on CPUSA leadership.

State Affiliates
KeyWiki has in depth information on the following state affiliates and Party clubs of the CPUSA:
    Arizona District Communist Party USA
    California District Communist Party USA - Northern Region
    California District Communist Party USA - Southern Region
    Communist Party of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware
    Communist Party of Illinois
    Communist Party of Indiana
    Communist Party of Maine
    Communist Party of Maryland
    Communist Party of Massachusetts
    Communist Party of Michigan
    Communist Party of Minnesota and the Dakotas
    Communist Party of New Jersey
    Communist Party of New Mexico
    Communist Party of Ohio
    Communist Party of Oregon
    Communist Party of Texas
    Communist Party of Washington State
    Communist Party of Western Pennsylvania
    Communist Party of Missouri-Kansas District
    Connecticut Communist Party
    Communist Party USA of North Carolina
    Communist Party USA of South Carolina
    Florida District Communist Party USA
    New York State Communist Party
    Communist Party of Alabama
    Communist Party of Colorado
    Communist Party of Georgia
    Communist Party of Hawaii
    Communist Party of Tennessee
    Communist Party of Wisconsin

From the Communist Party USA constitution;[2]
    The Communist Party USA is the party of and for the U.S. working class, a class which is multiracial, multinational, and unites men and women, young and old, employed and unemployed, organized and unorganized, gay and straight, native-born and immigrant, urban and rural, and composed of workers who perform a large range of physical and mental labor—the vast majority of our society. We are the party of the African American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, all other Latino American, Native American, Asian American, and all racially and nationally oppressed peoples, as well as women, youth, and all other working people..."

    "Founded in Chicago in 1919, the Communist Party of the United States has an outstanding history in the struggles for peace, democratic rights, racial and gender equality, economic justice, union organization, and international solidarity. Our Party is organized on the principle of democratic centralism, combining maximum democratic discussion and decision-making with maximum unity of will and action, ensuring our ability to play a strong organizing role in the class struggle. We focus our efforts on increasing our ability to organize millions into struggle, fighting anti-communism as a divisive weapon of the capitalist class. With Marxism-Leninism guiding our actions, the Communist Party strives to build the broadest unity against global capitalist imperialism now headed by U.S. imperialism, for immediate gains and reforms that benefit working people, and for a progressive democratization of the government, the economy, and society of our country on the road to and after winning socialism..."

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Unfortunately, if you want to do something about cockroaches, then your only option seems to be to exterminate them.


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