Explaining To Congress That Blocking YouTube Videos Doesn't Stop Terrorism
from the that's-not-a-strategy dept
Thankfully, there are people who recognize this is ridiculous. It looks like a bunch of experts testified at a House Committee hearing on homeland security, and repeatedly made this point:
"A mandate requiring the removal of terror-recruiting content online could be counterproductive to the fight against terrorism," said John Morris Jr., general counsel of the Center for Democracy and Technology. "Using appropriate legal process, government agencies may be able gain invaluable information about terrorist operations by monitoring online sites and services."Hopefully, the politicians listen, but I fear the opportunity to grandstand on this issue will be too much of a draw.
Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, urged the committee against "sacrificing our civil liberties in pursuit of security."
"We leave it to others to debate whether evidence shows that terrorists’ use of the Internet makes them more effective or simply more vulnerable to interception of their communications," Romero said. "Instead we are here to implore this subcommittee not to level its legislative guns at this most democratic of communications tools."