Re: Telecommunications Law
Mike Montoya (mmm@IMS.MARIPOSA.CA.US)
Sat, 10 Feb 1996 20:54:32 -0800
At 07:22 PM 2/10/96 -0500, LaDonna L. Albert wrote:
>I certainly agree with the premise that Scout forums should not have any
>opposition to banning sexually implicit or other pornographic or vulgar
>materials on-line to kids. I wonder if the council that the person who
>opposes the law knows of their stance on the subject!
First, if I am the person that LaDonna L. Albert is referring to in the
above post, let me say that in no way shape or form did I mention anything
having to do with making indecent materials available to minors via the
internet. My post consisted of only the following statement:
>No, this is a First Amendment issue, by this law, we at Iron Mountain
Systems are required to monitor our user's email traffic and turn in anyone
that uses language that MAY be offensive to someone. Our fine for NOT noing
this is up to $250,000. We refuse to do this. By the way, under the
wording of this law, you could go to jail for quoting portions of the Bible
in your e-mail.
Let me state for the record that I do not condone minors accessing any site
deemed offensive by the laws of our land. Since all the laws that we need
in this area are already in place, and it is the responsibility of THE
PARENTS of these children to monitor what they are doing, (which can be done
with software available to everyone), I feel that this is yet another
government legislative intrusion into an area where no further legislation
is necessary. How would you like it if all your snail mail is read by
someone whose job it is to see if you have written anything that may be
offensive to someone. This is the issue that my post addressed.
I live in the United States of America, the Greatest Nation ever to have
existed on this Earth, and the reason for this is the FREEDOM that it's
citizens have enjoyed in the past, the ones given us in the Bill of Rights.
When the govenment acts to try to take away the rights that the Law of The
Land gave to me, I tend to oppose it, no matter whether the issue is gun
control, or e-mail censorship. It doesn't matter whether I actually own
guns (I do) or use an occasional expletive in an e-mail message (I do)(Are
you watching, Big Brother?). I oppose the government legislating against my
right to Freedom of Speech.
Just think, if our founding fathers were alive right now, they'd probably
all be in jail due to acts of the govenment of the Republic that they created.
What scares me the most is what is illustrated by LaDonna L. Albert's post:
How the propaganda machine of those in power can make the general public
believe that anyone opposed to this bill must want to distribute
pornographic materials to children.
Feel free to call my council and turn me in.
Yosemite Area Council
Oh, by the way, if I am not the one you were referring to, LaDonna, I quote
Rosanna Rosannadanna: "Never mind."
Mike Montoya, ASM, Troop 94 email@example.com
"I used to be ...Faster, Lighter, & Less Gray!"
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