U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 14, 2006. McCain said that America should deploy 15,000 to 30,000 more troops to Iraq to control its sectarian violence and give moderates within the Iraq's democratically elected government the stability they need to take the country in the right direction. (AP Photo/Sabah Arar, Pool)This exciting tale comes via Think Progress: John McCain, seen fresh as a daisy today in Iraq, above, thinks that the era of constant coddling and protection of child molesters by the blogosphere has gone far enough, thank you very much. Thank goodness for brave warrior John, who has introduced legislation which makes the following delightful promises:
- Commercial websites and personal blogs “would be required to report illegal images or videos posted by their users or pay fines of up to $300,000.”
- Internet service providers (ISPs) are already required to issue such reports, but under McCain’s legislation, bloggers with comment sections may face “even stiffer penalties” than ISPs.
- Social networking sites will be forced to take “effective measures” — such as deleting user profiles — to remove any website that is “associated” with a sex offender. Sites may include not only Facebook and MySpace, but also Amazon.com, which permits author profiles and personal lists, and blogs like DailyKos, which allows users to sign up for personal diaries.
- Blogger A, let's call him "Freeper", doesn't like Blogger B, let's call him "Kos", at all.
- Freeper uses one of his many ghost email addresses to create an account at Kos's blog.
- Freeper playfully inserts objectionable material deep within the bowels of the diaries at Kos's blog.
- Freeper dutifully informs federal officials of the objectionable material he has "found" on Kos's blog.
- Hapless Kos, unaware of Freeper's clever shenanigans, is fined $300,000 and kicked off the internets.