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House OKs Wiretapping and New domain 173

proj_2501 writes: "Yahoo! has a story about how the US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved two new bills: one for the creation of a federally overseen TLD called (participation is voluntary), and the other for more ease of wiretapping to supposedly prevent dangerous meetings between kids and 'child predators'." Remember, an equivalent bill has not yet been introduced in the Senate.
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House OKs Wiretapping and New domain

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  • by StupidKatz ( 467476 ) on Wednesday May 22, 2002 @08:33AM (#3564652)
    waaay too much said.
  • by HiQ ( 159108 ) on Wednesday May 22, 2002 @08:38AM (#3564666)
    So when I register sites like: or
    I'm actually saying that the government and Bush are fooling us?
  • by shippo ( 166521 ) on Wednesday May 22, 2002 @08:51AM (#3564719)
    Adds an whole new meaning to underage pr0n!
  • by afferoman ( 572026 ) on Wednesday May 22, 2002 @09:05AM (#3564764) Homepage
    House OKs CB Radio Protection for Kids
    Wed May 22, 1:35 AM ET
    By DENNIS MORAD, Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing the recent death of a Connecticut child who apparently fell victim to a man she met using a Citizens Band (CB) Radio, the House voted overwhelmingly to establish a new channel for kid-friendly chat and to expand surveillance authority to target CB predators.

    The channel measure, approved on a 406-2 vote, would have the federal government oversee a ".kids" channel on CBs that would have only material appropriate for children under 13. CB operators' participation would be voluntary. Parents could set CB radios to limit a child's access to only the kids channel.

    "Sometimes I think the Citizens Band Radio should be renamed the Wicked Mans Radio," said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.

    Supporters of the channel bill, sponsored by Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., say it should reduce the chance of accidental exposure to pornography and to other conversations considered harmful to children, and it would not provide any access to interactive features, such as the ability to talk back.

    Groups opposing the domain, including the American Civil Liberties Union (news - web sites), have called the legislation a backdoor attempt at censorship.

    Shimkus said parents need to be aware of what channels their children are scanning.

    "I have repeatedly said that libraries have children's book sections, why can't CBs have the same type of section devoted to children's interests?" he said.

    "The threat to our children is real," its chief sponsor, Rep. Nancy Johnson, R-Conn., said.

    Rep. Robert Scott, D-Va., argued against expanding wiretap authority, voicing concerns that even current limited use by law enforcement typically results in overhearing innocent conversations.

    "It ought to be necessary," he said of wiretapping authority. "It's not enough for it to be helpful for law enforcement."

    A similar wiretapping bill passed the House last year but died in the Senate.
  • by Chundra ( 189402 ) on Wednesday May 22, 2002 @09:10AM (#3564786)

  • by FearUncertaintyDoubt ( 578295 ) on Wednesday May 22, 2002 @10:08AM (#3565067) long do y'all figure it would be before someone showed up at my door asking what i was doing?

    and do they make something like that?

    Yes, they do make something that shows up on your door like that. It's called an FBI agent. You can't buy one, but the government will send you one for free if you ask in the right way. Try threatening a government official, that usually works.

  • Re:Ummm (Score:3, Funny)

    by Observer ( 91365 ) on Wednesday May 22, 2002 @03:51PM (#3567629)
    WTF does the government have to do with creating domain names???
    Back in the 19th century, Michael Faraday was asked by a member of the audience at one of his popular Royal Society lectures on the new science of electricity, of what possible practical use this new thing could be.

    The questioner was Gladstone, later to be Prime Minister, at the time the finance minister.

    Faraday's caustic answer: "One day, Sir, you shall tax it."

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