Politicians Blame P2P Software For Not Stopping Gov't Employee Stupidity

from the no,-seriously dept

Would you elect as your Congressional representative someone who blamed automakers because a bad driver crashed a car through his or her own negligence? Would you elect as your Congressional representative someone who claimed that email was a threat to national security because it can (and has) been used by spies to transmit confidential data? Probably not. Why? Because that's clearly misplaced blame. However, it appears that we have elected Congressional representatives who have made an almost identical argument and stick by it when it's pointed out how ridiculous it is. A bunch of our representatives are pushing for laws against file sharing networks claiming that file sharing is a national security threat. Why? Because some idiot government employees, against gov't regulations and policy, installed file sharing networks on their computers and then screwed up the installation to make confidential files available via P2P. Yes. Because government employees are stupid and disobeying rules, file sharing system providers must be punished. This is based on an equally poorly argued USPTO report from a few months ago that incorrectly blamed P2P networks for gov't employees stupidity.

In the meantime, while this magical law is being written, (and we can't wait to see the law that will somehow punish P2P software providers in a way that prevents gov't employee stupidity), many Congresscritters teamed up to scold the head of file sharing software firm Limewire. Rep. Jim Cooper accused Limewire's CEO of being naive (amusing, since Cooper doesn't appear to understand what he's talking about) and claiming that Limewire provided the "skeleton keys" to accessing material that harms national security. If that's true, then it's equally true that any internet provider is providing similar skeleton keys. And any search engine. Plus any computer maker. Or any telephone maker or service provider. They're all about as equally guilty as any P2P provider. Yet why isn't Cooper harassing any of their executives? Cooper goes on to demonstrate his complete ignorance of what's going on by saying: "you seem to lack imagination about how your product can be deliberately misused by evildoers against this country." That's laughably wrong. The misuse isn't by so-called "evildoers." It's by gov't employees who are disobeying policy and stupidly revealing confidential documents by misusing the software. Rep. Darrell Issa then warned Limewire that it may find itself legally liable if someone were stupid enough to share their tax returns via Limewire. Does this mean if I were so stupid to post my tax returns to Blogspot that I could sue Google? Technically, that's no different than Issa's argument. This is yet another case where politicians want to regulate a technology they don't understand.

Filed Under: congress, file sharing, national security, p2p


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  1. identicon
    Mitch the Bitch, 25 Jul 2007 @ 8:04am

    #3 $ #4.

    We are now calling ALL government employee's STUPID because every single person that takes a government jobs know full well that they are jumping on the "Gravy Train" that STEALS working Americans money without their consent filling their bank account and retirment account up with my money without concern.

    Guilt by association you stupid motherf#$#ers!

    It's time for a Civil War against ALL (self proclaimed) Civil servants. What a oxymoron that is eh....

    Do any of you even realize that almost half of Americans (48%) get their paycheck directly from a Government? In other words MY MONEY!!!!! At what point do we stop calling America a Republic and start calling it what it is. A Communist regime? Hillary is chomping at the bit to take over. Be scared, be very scared...

    If we can convince 100 million American Patriots to stop paying taxes (claim 10 on W2) then on April 15th we will see how these idiot traitors against the American dream can last without OUR MONEY...

    As the idiots said during the illegal immigrant fiasco they cannot round up 12 million criminals then why should 100 million worry?

    It is time....

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