from the this-is-not-democracy dept
Turns out that the decks are being even further stacked.
Today, we're hearing that the head of NetCoalition, who many people expected to represent the wider tech and internet industry's significant concerns about SOPA has been denied a seat at the hearings. This is the same group that has been requesting a seat at the negotiating table all along, and has been denied by the MPAA and its supporters. Basically, the decks are being stacked so far in favor of SOPA, that next week's hearing will be a total joke. We're even hearing rumors that it will now be 4 representatives in favor of SOPA, and no one who will represent the wider concerns of the internet industry that's about to be regulated. Instead, the committee is looking for someone who will only raise some specific narrow concerns about the bill.
I guess I have a simple question: just what are Reps. Lamar Smith, John Conyers and Bob Goodlatte afraid of? Are they really so fragile that they can't handle the idea that the wider internet industry is seriously worried about this bill? Must they only hear from those who helped write the bill in the first place? What kind of democracy is that?