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  1. #1
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    Don't be annoyed by this thread! I don't want to go to jail.

    It has recently become a federal offense to post "annoying" web messages or send "annoying" e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity.

    No word on what's "annoying" or what a "true identity" is!

    I tried looking it up myself, to find it in the unrelated "Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act" where it's been buried.

    But where would it be?

    * TRAINING AND SERVICES TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES?
    * REPEAT OFFENDER PROVISION?
    * SAFE HAVENS FOR CHILDREN?
    * PRESENCE OF VICTIMS OF A SEVERE FORM OF TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS?
    * GRANTS TO INDIAN TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS?
    * OFFICE OF WEED AND SEED STRATEGIES?
    * OFFICIALLY APPROVED POSTAGE?
    * USE OF OPT-OUT PROCEDURE TO REMOVE SAMPLES FROM NATIONAL DNA INDEX?

    Nope, I'm just a citizen - I shouldn't expect to understand the law. Perhaps the police will explain when they come to drag me away for today's entry.

    Declan McCullagh's article, Create an e-annoyance, go to jail, quotes the relevant language he somehow found:
    "Whoever...utilizes any device or software that can be used to originate telecommunications or other types of communications that are transmitted, in whole or in part, by the Internet... without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person...who receives the communications...shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."
    Anyway, I'm sure this law won't be used to silence political dissidents or anything like that. Phew.

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    Re: Don't be annoyed by this thread! I don't want to go to jail.

    Be afraid, be very afraid :eek:

    Step by step, slowly they turn. :confused:

    Freedom of the press? :(

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    Re: Don't be annoyed by this thread! I don't want to go to jail.

    I find it disturbing that my thread leaves ads for "Sex Crime Attorney" and "Sex Crime Lawyer," both offering "secure proper representation. I really wish they'd keep these ads out of the posts and on a sidebar or something.

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    Re: Don't be annoyed by this thread! I don't want to go to jail.

    Found it!

    http://aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=18208

    H.R. 3402 Section 113.

    Preventing Cyberstalking. It's pertaining to sex crimes guys. I think the author of the article doesn't seem to understand the bill.

    Namaste'

    Lady Mod

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