Intl Cybercrime Treaty Undermines Constitution

Slashdot brings news of what may possibly be the most chilling effect on Internet free speech, ever:

espo812 writes

“A story from says, ‘The Senate has ratified a treaty under which the United States will join more than 40 other countries, mainly from Europe, in fighting crimes committed via the Internet.’ Ars Technica says it’s the ‘World’s Worst Internet Law.'”

From the Ars story:

“According to the EFF, ‘The treaty requires that the U.S. government help enforce other countries’ ‘cybercrime’ laws–even if the act being prosecuted is not illegal in the United States. That means that countries that have laws limiting free speech on the Net could oblige the F.B.I. to uncover the identities of anonymous U.S. critics, or monitor their communications on behalf of foreign governments. American ISPs would be obliged to obey other jurisdictions’ requests to log their users’ behavior without due process, or compensation.;”

It’s kinda retarded that if I talk shit about China’s stupid censorship laws (or link to a new software utility that allows dissidents to get around their firewalls), they’ll potentially be able to come after me with some international DMCA lawsuit. Stupid laws in other countries should have no effect on my constitutional rights, and this treaty is treading on very thin ice in that direction.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. I think that failing to put LibertyMix out all summer should be an international cybercrime.

  2. Ian B — your answers to these sorts of problem are intractably incorrect, so far as I am concerned. (Don’t forget: “Company Town”, Mr. Bernard.)

    I will either succeed or die trying. Secession is the coward’s way out. That’s just how I stand.

  3. Fighting an unnecessary battle is foolish. Focusing libertarian effort on one area is an intelligent solution.

    That’s just how I stand.

  4. The Free State Project will never succeed without a sufficiently motivated ‘underground’ supporting it throughout the remainder of the nation.

    That’s just how it is. The FSP is not the end-all be-all of libertarianism. Anyone who attempts to imply that it is… is either an asshole or an idiot. (Forgive the invective.)

    That’s just how *it is.*

  5. Don’t you Fuckers know Countries have to pass these Draconian laws?
    – How else are we going to get to the 24/7 monitoring of
    everything we do?
    – How else is the Supreme Leader going to control
    everything? (No, it’s not George Bush.)
    – How else is the number system going to be ratified that
    essentially says, “Guess what Fuckers, you can’t buy shit
    without my mark on your hand or forehead.”
    – Look around, earthquakes, volcanoes, famine, pestilence,
    nation rising against nation, one world governments,
    international laws. Hell, even the U.N. wants to tax
    every American and all other citizens of the world too.
    – Get ready Fuckers…the time is at hand.