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House members want Internet Service Providers to keep track of your online activity

The bill is called Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011. Because who would want to vote against that? The bill passed in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday by a vote of 19 to 10. From CNET:

"A last-minute rewrite of the bill expands the information that commercial Internet providers are required to store to include customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses, some committee members suggested."

Supporters of this bill say it will be a big help to law enforcement. Those who oppose it say it's all about snooping on Americans. Again, from CNET:

"The bill is mislabeled," said Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the senior Democrat on the panel. "This is not protecting children from Internet pornography. It's creating a database for everybody in this country for a lot of other purposes."

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This is another example of how so-called conservatives are only interested in monitoring, compartmentalizing, and eventually ruling american citizens. They do not believe in personal freedoms unless it concerns owning guns. Violence and destruction are their only solution to local and world events. Their talk show hosts spread hatred and intolerance while claiming to be Christian. They ask for our trust and then turn around and pander to money - which is all they really worship. I always respected true conservatives, but the GOP has been taken over by the most callous, uncaring, hateful group of people to come along since the time of Joseph McCarthy. At this time, the GOP would not welcome the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, or even Ronald Reagan.

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