American citizens think, wrongly, that the internet is a place where they can somewhat freely express their opinions about social issues important to them. But they are dead wrong – for there is an internet company, based in London, England that continuously monitors internet traffic – and if that company, or any of its members, or its customers, don’t like what an American is saying on the internet, they can, and will, shut down that person’s access to the internet.
Surprised? Don’t be.
Controlling internet access, and preventing “free speech” is a despot’s dream come true – for it has been the internet, for some time now, that has provided the means for social activists on important issues to communicate, not only with each other, but with the media and the public.
The internet has, basically, changed the way people communicate worldwide. Everyone knows that, on the internet, you can type out a message to someone, “CC” it to any number of friends at all corners of the Earth, and in seconds you can get responses.
But that’s over. Those social activists are being identified by a British company called Spamhaus for its customers, and barriers and blocking devices are being put in place to block communication between activists, groups, and the American public. So far, Spamhaus has taken sides on several issues, and despite the fact that the US is a “free speech” nation, Spamhaus openly states on its website “we don’t care what US laws say…”
How are they able to do that?
In 2003 the people of the United States, in their infinite wisdom, decided to do something about the internet problem of SPAM (unsolicited commercial email) – so the US legislature passed the Can-Spam act of 2003. In that law, and you can read your copy at www.legalarchiver.org/cs.htm, the legislature clearly defined what SPAM is, and what it is not, and set rules for legal broadcasting of commercial email advertising (and, it IS legal – providing the law is followed). The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was given the enforcement job, and was required to establish specific rules & regulations further defining the Can-Spam law. On the FTC website there is clear language about that Can-Spam law. It says, for instance, that “this law is not intended to regulate, or limit, free speech…”
Spamhaus, though, ignores the “will of the people” of the United States, and has openly declared war on any, and all, that THEY, using their own over-zealous, and anti-free-speech definition, decide are “spammers.” Spamhaus operates a so-called Spam Blocking List (SBL), and makes it available to unknowing Internet Service Providers (ISP) companies to use to block access to customers of the ISPs
Spamhaus’s website list the top-ten CRIMINAL spammers, for instance, in obvious defamation – for anyone who sends out bulk email in the US, acting under the rules laid down by the Can-Spam Act of 2003 is labeled, by Spamhaus as a “criminal.” In addition, Spamhaus listed ten major corporations as the worst “spammers” – including MCI, SBC, Comcast, Yahoo, and six others, because those providers allow their customers to operate under Can-Spam laws.. Publicly labeling someone as a “criminal” is clearly legal “defamation.”
But limiting “free speech,” and who can broadcast “political speech,” in the US is a new wrinkle. If your email messages are not getting where you send them, or you find out through other means that you are not getting emails sent to you about vital social issues, you can review Spamhaus’s strange tirades at www.spamhaus.org. Call your ISP and see if they use these people, and ask them if they’ve reviewed Spamhaus’s policies, lately.
How did we find out about this?
How did we find out about this? The last time we broadcast we had about 25% rejects – the emails came back from certain ISPs and jammed our network – so we traced the problem, thinking something went wrong with the software. Nope, it wasn’t the software. We traced it to Spamhaus, who, on their website referred anyone asking questions to two “quackbuster” websites.
The Spamhaus US Representative(?), named John Blasik, has an interesting record, both criminal and otherwise. His photo, below, copied off another website is a message to all Americans.