Thursday, September 15, 2011

Yet another felony that everyone will be guilty of

Should Faking a Name on Facebook Be a Felony?

This new expansion and re-interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act would make felons of us all. This is the point.

Laws don't write themselves. Politicians don't draft legislation because they are bored. Every bill has a purpose behind it, even if that purpose is not obvious.

When everyone is a criminal because it is impossible to live without violating the law, enforcement becomes a political exercise. This law, and other laws that criminalize the trivial, allows agents of the state to selectively target people they or their masters don't like.

A free society is one in which it is safe to be unpopular. This is never more true than when it is the government that dislikes you. When the government has the power to arbitrarily charge virtually anyone with a felony, that society is not free. A nation in which citizens cower silently before the state and its agents, keep their heads down and walk briskly, hoping they will not be noticed - is not free.

Any government that is the enemy of the people and the usurper of their rights is a criminal enterprise.

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