Lie on Facebook, go to federal prison? It just might happen.
Imagine that President Obama could order the arrest of anyone who broke a promise on the Internet. So you could be jailed for lying about your age or weight on an Internet dating site. Or you could be sent to federal prison if your boss told you to work but you used the company’s computer to check sports scores online. Imagine that Eric Holder’s Justice Department urged Congress to raise penalties for violations, making them felonies allowing three years in jail for each broken promise. Fanciful, right?
Think again. Congress is now poised to grant the Obama administration’s wishes in the name of “cybersecurity.”
The little-known law at issue is called the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. It was enacted in 1986 to punish computer hacking. But Congress has broadened the law every few years, and today it extends far beyond hacking. The law now criminalizes computer use that “exceeds authorized access” to any computer. Today that violation is a misdemeanor, but the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to meet this morning to vote on making it a felony.
This is wrong on so many levels I hardly know where to start. First of all, if you believe anything you are told without exercising reasonable skepticism, you are a fool. Protecting fools should not be an issue of federal policy. That’s way we have so many Democrats.
What about Personals ad in your local newspaper? Will we send someone to ADX Florence because they fudge on their age?
We already have too many laws. Too many foolish things are now federal crimes. The average American already commits three felonies a day now and prosecutors have tremendous power to break people they simply do not like. Chicago thugs, a genus from which Obama hails, makes great use of stuff like this.
Can we make it a federal crime to be a congresscritter?