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SOPA and PIPA Bills Are Dead: Wikipedia Blackout Caused Congress to Shelve These Fascist Bills

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For weeks, a potentially disastrous bill was being negotiated in Congress, while being swept under the rug by the mainstream news media.

Thanks to sites like Wikipedia, Reddit.com, and many others, the so-called SOPA and PIPA bills have been shelved by Congress.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales should get a Nobel Peace Prize for his public campaign - by blacking out Wikipedia Jimmy Wales WikipediaWednesday to draw attention to the matter. Thanks to his efforts, what was previously a little-known bill being pushed by Nazis in Congress (like Lamar Smith of Texas) is now the biggest news story of the year.

Let's just consider what right wing extremist Smith attempted to do. He along with his cohorts in Congress wanted to usher through legislation that is designed (on the surface) to prevent piracy. However, what this law really was meant to do is put control of the internet into the hands of Washington D.C. and ultimately result in complete censorship of the web as we know it.

To illustrate how ridiculous this bill is, a website could be shut down simply because it has LINKS on the site, which are deemed to be infringing - even if a user posted the links through a comments section!

The proposed legislation came at the behest of Hollywood and the Music Industry, who have lost millions over the years in lost sales due to P2P file sharing.

When you dig a little deeper and look at who donated the most money to Lamar Smith's election, the TV/Movie/Music Industry was his biggest contributer.

It's no shock that Lamar Smith was ignoring the public outcries on Wednesday and still moving forward with trying to make this horrific legislation a reality...until Friday when the bills were withdrawn.

Smith issued the following statement, "I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products." Smith also added, "The committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation."

When you consider how pitiful of a job our government has done in the past decade, this would be a death sentence for the internet as we know it. Even though President Barack Obama will hardly go down as the greatest President ever; he knows that this bill is a terrible idea and came out against it. Even Republican's like Eric Cantor and Marco Rubio came out against the bills.

After Friday's announcement, many aides and lobbyists say that the bill is unlikely to be voted on this year due to the pressures of the election year.

Not only are SOPA and PIPA fascist, they are foolish. Forget about the free-flow of information on the internet. And, forget about free speech as we know it.

Then, there's the issue of over-arching authority. The United States doesn't have the authority to dictate to companies outside the country who they can do business with. Furthermore, the economic impacts would be brutal considering how many jobs would be lost to due to companies Lamar Smith Congressman Texasbeing unjustly shut down.

Texas has had it's share of embarrasments over the years and Lamar Smith is just the latest to come out of the "Lonestar state."

Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas would be better suited to serve the Third Reich in Germany than the United States. He is a disgrace to America.

Perhaps he should take stock of himself not just as a lawmaker, but as a human being.

Here is a complete list of the SOPA supporters in Congress, which can be found on Philly2Philly.com.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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