U.S. Senators To Parents: We Know Better Than Youby Doug Mataconis
Two United States Senators are advocating universal Internet filtering on the ground that parents aren’t capable of protecting their children:
US senators today made a bipartisan call for the universal implementation of filtering and monitoring technologies on the Internet in order to protect children at the end of a Senate hearing for which civil liberties groups were not invited.
Commerce Committee Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Vice Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) both argued that Internet was a dangerous place where parents alone will not be able to protect their children.
â€œWhile filtering and monitoring technologies help parents to screen out offensive content and to monitor their childâ€™s online activities, the use of these technologies is far from universal and may not be fool-proof in keeping kids away from adult material,” Sen. Inouye said. â€œIn that context, we must evaluate our current efforts to combat child pornography and consider what further measures may be needed to stop the spread of such illegal material over high-speed broadband connections.”
“Given the increasingly important role of the Internet in education and commerce, it differs from other media like TV and cable because parents cannot prevent their children from using the Internet altogether,” Sen. Stevens said. “The headlines continue to tell us of children who are victimized online. While the issues are difficult, I believe Congress has an important role to play to ensure that the protections available in other parts of our society find their way to the Internet.”
First, a question for Senator Ted “the Internet is a series of tubes” Stevens and Senator Inouye, what part of this little part of the Constitution of the United States don’t you understand ?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
More importantly, where in this part of the Constitution do you find Congressional authority to regulate the content of the Internet or force ISP’s to filter content to “protect the children” ?
Yea, I didn’t think so.
And, finally, I’m not a parent myself, yet, but I think I speak for parents and adults everywhere when I say, Senators, we can decide for ourselves what is appropriate for our children. Leave us alone.