Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Walberg's Town Hall

The Battle Creek Enquirer was the only media that attended the event. Nick Schirripa wrote a fair article about the event.

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Doug, just to be a total turd, I hope your typo (latter) does not end up in the final version either...
Yo, Fitzy,

Check this out:

There was a vote yesterday on the "Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act or Spy Act." The acronyn is reason enough to vote in favor of it. Then, you read the summary, available on Thomas.loc.gov:

"Makes it unlawful for any person who is not the owner or authorized user (user) of a protected computer (a computer exclusively for the use of a financial institution or the U.S. Government, or a computer used in interstate or foreign commerce or communication) to engage in unfair or deceptive acts or practices in connection with specified conduct, including: (1) taking unsolicited control of the computer; (2) modifying computer settings; (3) collecting personally identifiable information; (4) inducing the owner or authorized user to disclose personally identifiable information; (5) inducing the unsolicited installation of computer software; and (6) removing or disabling a security, anti-spyware, or anti-virus technology.

Makes it unlawful for a person to: (1) transmit to a protected computer any information collection program (a program that collects personally identifiable information and uses the information to send advertising), unless such program provides notice required by this Act before execution of any of the program's collection functions; or (2) execute any collection information program installed on a protected computer unless, before execution, the user has consented to such execution under notice requirements of this Act. Provides an exception with respect to Web pages visited within a particular website when the information collected is sent only to the provider of the website accessed."

That is, the bill would make it illegal to hack a computer in several ways.

Now, when I read that it makes pretty good sense. And it did pass, 368-48.

Guess what our Congressman did? I'm sure you can guess. He sided with the Club for Growth and all the huge corporate interests that benefit from data mining which we cannot even detect on our own computers. In the name of commercial freedom, Tim Walberg voted no. (Just a guess on his motive, but I'm sure it is something equally absurd.)
According to the Washington Post, there are only 19 Republicans who vote the party line more than Walberg. And, when he breaks ranks; destroying low-income home ownership programs, keeping the status quo on computer hackers, voting to continue OPEC's monopolistic cartel, slashing funding for Head Start, opposing rules against abuse by government contractors or refusing to offer protection to government whistleblowers...

When he breaks ranks with the GOP, he flies off the deep end, a puppet for Club for Growth and his fringe supporters and financial backers.

How is it the main stream media never seems to notice how far out of touch he is with us?
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