on Internet Subversives
President says "we must stop this evil
spread of ideas"
a far reaching announcement today, President
Bush announced that an imminent clampdown
into the dissemination of
subversive and dangerous ideas via the Internet.
this new initiative alongside director Tom
Ridge, the president said: "We
must stop this evil spread of ideas. Far
too many people are being exposed to thoughts
and concepts that challenge those things
this administration stands for. The Internet
is clearly an example of outmoded liberal
ideas gone badly out of control."
Director Ridge added: "It is
unfair for the federal government to pass
the burden of this onto tax-payers and citizens.
Instead, we are proposing that the cost
be shared between web site publishers and
those minority of the population who visit
such things. Screening this information
is expensive and those costs must be passed
The proposed charges will be in the region
of $100 per web page to be analysed for
content and 10 cents per page viewed by
visitors, this charge will go towards an
upgrade to the Carnivore systems already
in place. Sites belonging to government
agencies are exempt, as are sites belong
to Fortune 500 companies - Director Ridge
said "We can trust major corporations
to always act in the interests of the United
States, so we do not propose to screen their
content. However, in the current climate
of terrorist threats we must consider everyone
else to be a potential subversive".
Charges will be levied after 31st March
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