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Oregon Attempting to Criminalize Twitter?Tim King Salem-News.com
State legislators take a shot at freedom of speech.
(SALEM) - It's no secret that Twitter and other social media has helped launch things like the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. Now Oregon Senator Jackie Winters and others want to have people arrested for using this high technology when officials deem their activity is encouraging "civil disobedience".
Civil disobedience has brought tyrants to their knees, buckled evil regimes and in the United States, it is largely responsible for ushering in the Civil Rights legislation that allows equal rights for African-Americans and others who were persecuted under Jim Crow laws and lingering tools of political prejudice used against the populace by the government.
Oregon's Senate Bill 1534- being debated today, would criminalize what they call, "aggravated solicitation applicable to use of electronic communication to solicit two or more persons to commit specific crime at specific time and location."
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The 76th Oregon Legislative Assembly's Senate Bill 1534 would make it a felony for one to direct others over twitter or other social media to participate in civil disobedience, even if it cannot be proved that the directions were followed.
This would be a felony in Oregon: https://twitter.com/#!/Re_Occupy/status/165278347071463426
To many this is simply the latest attempt to strip essential rights away from Americans. As we have detailed in many reports, Oregon has very serious issues when it comes to understanding and enforcing Civil Rights, and seems to have more interest as a government in retaliating against whistle blowers, than responding to their allegations of illegal activity taking place within the government. This bill seems like the very last thing anyone needs.
Full text of Senate Bill 1534: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.leg.state.or.us/12reg/measpdf/sb1500.dir/sb1534.intro.pdf&pli=1
These are the sponsors of the bill, and contact information that enables you to contact them. The majority of the legislators supporting the bill are Republicans, and they are joined by two Democrats. *
Doug Whitsett - (R)
Jason Atkinson - (R)
Ted Ferrioli - (R)
District Phone: 541-490-6528
Larry George - (R)
Betsy Johnson - (R)
Jeff Kruse - (R)
Frank Morse - (R)
Alan Olsen - (R)
Bruce Starr - (R)
Chris Telfer - (R)
Joanne Verger - (D)
Jackie Winters - (R)
* This story incorrectly stated that an Oregon Republican named Mark Johnson was one of the legislators behind this bill, in fact it is Betsy Johnson, a Democrat. The story previously stated that all but one of the signors was a Democrat, in fact two members of this party supported the legislation also. Salem-News.com apologizes for this mistake.
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