Instead of whining that they can find no evidence of wrong-doing by the agencies they are supposed to oversee, they can turn that around and state that they can find no evidence of the agencies working within their mandates, and therefore should be de-funded and shut-down immediately.
They give us no evidence to the contrary, we must assume that they are violating every rule, and so far, that is what all the evidence that eventually comes out shows.
If the agencies can't PROVE that they are working within the rules - bye bye.
1) It is illegal to NOT link to our sites and every article. For every non-published link you will be fined $150,000. 2) Links MUST include snippets. 3) Tax MUST be paid on those snippets each and every time those snippets show up in search results whether or not the user clicks on them or even sees the page that the link would be on.
There you go. Shuts down all linking services.
As there would be NO more search engines, users would have to type URLs directly. And since mis-typing a URL is considered a felony breach of the CFAA, we can put all those pesky internet users into our lovely for-profit prison system.
The remaining Luddites will watch only the approved 3 channels of news and entertainment, only read news from approved media sources, purchase the new records that are released every week, and go to the movies on Saturday Night.
All better now - back to the "good old days" of a century ago...
We the voters need much earlier primaries with a "none of the above" on the ballot - which must force the party to go and get a new slate of candidates - but we'd have to pass a law making it illegal to change your name to "none of the above".
As all we get now is "choose the least offensive from the following list" we really have damn little choice.
And this election is shaping up to be a barrel scraper...
Scenario #1: I have crapcast cable, connected to a dedicated computer (their set-top box), which connects to an HDMI monitor to show selected entertainment which is streamed to their dedicated computer over that cable. This is considered good and legal.
Scenario #2 I have crapcast cable, connected to my computer, which connects to an HDMI monitor to show entertainment which is streamed to my PC over that cable via a 3rd party service. This is considered bad and illegal.
Seems to me that I am still paying for a digital cable to deliver digital packets of information which I have paid to receive.
I hope they truly push "We aim to inspire individuals to make a personal commitment to the future of the UK creative industries and to the creation of music, film, games and other entertainment, which they love so much.”.
The result will not be what they expect; but it will work incredibly well. All these folks will be inspired to go out and do it ON THEIR OWN WITHOUT THE MIDDLEMEN.
Passing or not passing a bill has no relevance on the agencies version of "reality".
The agencies have already demonstrated that whatever law is written can be "interpreted" to mean what ever they want it to mean, and therefore let them do whatever it is they want to do.
A targeted law just means having to use the "not under this program" excuse.
They are going to monitor everything on everyone all the time. Let's check on where they are now:
Cell Location? Check. Who you call and who calls you? Check. Auto Location? - ALPRs everywhere. Check Friends? - facebook et. al. scraped and analyzed? Check email? all intercepted, stored, key-word analyzed. Check. Packages? Intercepted and "modified". Check Software Security? Weakened at the very source. Check. Software Vulnerability? #1 purchaser of day 0 exploits. Check. Where you work? IRS knows, they all know. Check How much you make? IRS knows, they all know. Check Whether or not you are a "valued citizen" ? (i.e. contribute the right amounts to the right candidates) Check.
One more law to work around? Check.
Time for us to secure everything we have and do. VPNs for all - free SSL certs are coming - use 'em. Phone encryption - get it.
They are forcing us to lock down and make them "go dark".