Skip to content

Stop the Texas Internet Censorship Bill!

Stop the Texas Internet Censorship Bill!

By byron_schirmbeck_tx
Are you ready for a communist-style takeover of the Internet in Texas? Are you ready to ask permission from a government-approved panel to view websites they deem inappropriate? A bill has been filed in the Texas House that is one of the most dangerous threats to free speech, privacy, and free markets in Texas history. I wish I were making this up. It sounds so unbelievable — Im going to include quotes from the actual bill below so you know Im not exaggerating. H.B. 2266 was filed by Texas Representative James White (R-Woodville). The bill claims to crack down on child pornography and human trafficking. But like so many other laws that sound good. .. .. . it takes what we all want — an end to the ability to profit from human misery — and turns it into an overreaching, unnecessary restriction on law-abiding adults who have done nothing wrong. You know common sense gun control is actually more about controlling lawful gun owners than stopping criminals from having guns. Likewise, H.B. 2266 is more about controlling all online content than protecting children and victims of human trafficking. According to the text of H.B. 2266: *** Certain retailers would be required to ensure that certain products sold or leased by the retailers contain a digital blocking capability that renders obscene material inaccessible; creating a criminal offense. *** Retailers may not sell or lease to a consumer a product that makes content accessible on the Internet unless the product contains an active and operating digital blocking capability that renders obscene material inaccessible. So the question is, what is considered obscene? And who gets to decide? The Texas Internet Censorship bill requires retailers and manufacturers of Internet capable devices (cellphones, computers, tablets, etc.) to control the content of what Texans can access online. It establishes a call center where people can report what they believe to be obscene websites. The retailer or manufacturer must decide if the material is obscene and then add the site to their filter. There are criminal and civil penalties for retailers and manufacturers for failure to block what Texans can view online. H.B. 2266 turns businesses like Verizon, Dell Computers, and Best Buy into the Obscenity Police. And failure to block something obscene will result in criminal charges! How do you think these businesses will evaluate things like an online copy of 50 Shades of Gray or a Victoria’s Secret website? What about an online virtual tour of a museum with classical paintings containing figures with various amounts of skin showing? Or an R -rated movie? Common sense says theyll block harmless content to avoid being charged criminally. So how does the bill define obscene? According to H.B. 2266, obscene is defined by Section 43.21 of the Penal Code which was passed into law in the 1970’s before the Internet was even invented! It would include any material that anyone in the community finds offensive, such as a play, a motion picture, a book, a magazine, or any other tangible thing. Some of this code has been found to be unconstitutionally restrictive. But thats not stopping Representative James White from trying to impose subjective decency standards on the digital age in Texas. Shouldn’t it be up to you to decide for yourself what legal websites you should have access to? Aren’t horrific child pornography websites and human trafficking hubs already illegal? Parental guides and filters already exist so parents can protect their children from material they don’t want them to see. I need you to help save the Internet in Texas. If you and I do nothing, state Rep. James White’s Texas Internet Censorship bill will destroy free speech, privacy, and free markets. It will also create an undue burden on private businesses who sell electronics, by forcing them to become the Internet police. Please contact Representative James White, and tell him to drop his Internet Censorship bill (H.B. 2266). 512-463-0490 [email protected] Twitter Facebook Texas Campaign for Liberty has already reached out to Representative James White to explain how dangerous his bill is. We asked him to pull his bill. His response? I am not going to pull a damn thing. So it will take a lot of pressure from you and me to make him turn away from his Big Government takeover of the Internet. When you are done telling Representative White to drop H.B. 2266, please contact your own state representative as well. Demand they vote against H.B. 2266 — the Texas Internet Censorship bill — every chance they get! You can find your Texas representative by clicking here. Then, be sure to chip in a donation of $50, $30, or $10 to help Campaign for Liberty mobilize the grassroots to end this threat in Texas. With your help, we can expose and end this terrible threat to your rights. In Liberty, Byron Schirmbeck State Coordinator Texas Campaign for Liberty Facebook P.S. Please contact Representative James White, and tell him to drop his Internet Censorship bill (H.B. 2266). 512-463-0490 [email protected] Twitter Facebook Then, be sure to chip in a donation of $50, $30, or $10 to help Campaign for Liberty mobilize the grassroots to end this threat in Texas.

View the original article at

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Posted in Analysis & Review, Civil Rights and Privacy, Freedom of Speech, Internet.

Tagged with , , , , , .

0 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.

Support #altnews & keep Dark Politricks alive

Remember I told you over 5 years ago that they would be trying to shut down sites and YouTube channels that are not promoting the "Official" view. Well it's all happening now big time. Peoples Channels get no money from YouTube any more and Google is being fishy with their AdSense giving money for some clicks but not others. The time is here, it's not "Obama's Internet Cut Off Switch" it's "Trumps Sell Everyones Internet Dirty Laundry Garage Sale". This site must be on some list at GCHQ/NSA as my AdSense revenue which I rely on has gone down by a third. Either people are not helping out by visiting sponsors sanymore or I am being blackballed like many YouTube sites.

It's not just Google/YouTube defunding altenative chanels (mine was shut), but Facebook is also removing content, shutting pages, profiles and groups and removing funds from #altnews that way as well. I was recently kicked off FB and had a page "unpublished" with no reason given. If you don't know already all Facebooks Private Messages and Secret Groups are still analysed and checked for words related to drugs, sex, war etc against their own TOS. Personally I know there are undercover Irish police moving from group to group cloning peoples accounts and getting people booted. Worse than that I know some people in prison now for the content they had on their "secret private group". Use Telegrams secret chat mode to chat on, or if you prefer Wickr. If you really need to, buy a dumb phone with nothing for the NSA/GCHQ to hack into. Ensure it has no GPS tracking on it and that the battery can be removed. These are usually built for old people to get used to technology storing only a set of numbers to call. However they have no games, applications to install or other ways people can exploit the computer tracking device you carry round with you most of the day - your smart phone. If you are paranoid ensure that you can remove the battery when travelling around and do so to prevent GPS tracking or phone mast triangulation. Even with your phone in Flight mode or turned off, it can be turned on remotely and any features like front or back cameras, microphones and keylogging software can be installed to trace you.

So if your not supporting this site already which brings you news from the Left to the Right (really the same war mongering rubbish) then I could REALLY do with some..

Even if it's just £5 or tick the monthly subscription box and throw a few pound my way each month, it will be much appreciated. Read on to find out why.


Any support to keep this site would be appreciated. You could set up a monthly subscription for £2 like some people do or you could pay a one off donation as a gift.
I am not asking you to pay me for other people's articles, this is a clearing house as well as place to put my own views out into the world. I am asking for help to write more articles like my recent false flag gas attack to get WWIII started in Syria, and Trump away from Putin. Hopefully a few missiles won't mean a WikiLeaks release of that infamous video Trump apparently made in a Russian bedroom with Prostitutes. Also please note that this article was written just an hour after the papers came out, and I always come back and update them.

If you want to read JUST my own articles then use the top menu I have written hundreds of articles for this site and I host numerous amounts of material that has seen me the victim of hacks, DOS plus I have been kicked off multiple hosting companies, free blogging sites, and I have even had threats to cease and desist from the US armed forces. Therefore I have to pay for my own server which is NOT cheap. The more people who read these article on this site the more it costs me so some support would be much appreciated.

I have backups of removed reports shown, then taken down after pressure, that show collusion between nations and the media. I have the full redacted 28/29 pages from the 9.11 commission on the site which seems to have been forgotten about as we help Saudi Arabia bomb Yemeni kids hiding in the rubble with white phosphorus, an illegal weaapon. One that the Israeli's even used when they bombed the UN compound in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. We complain about Syrian troops (US Controlled ISIS) using chemical weapons to kill "beautiful babies". I suppose all those babies we kill in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Syria are just not beautiful enough for Trumps beautiful baby ratio. Plus we kill about 100 times as many as ISIS or the Syrian army have managed by a factor of about 1000 to 1.

I also have a backup of the FOX News series that looked into Israeli connections to 9.11. Obviously FOX removed that as soon as AIPAC, ADL and the rest of the Hasbra brigade protested.

I also have a copy of the the original Liberal Democrats Freedom Bill which was quickly and quietly removed from their site once they enacted and replaced with some watered down rubbish instead once they got into power. No change to police tactics, protesting or our unfair extradition treaty with the USA but we did get a stop to being clamped on private land instead of the mny great ideas in the original.

So ANY support to keep this site running would be much appreciated! I don't have much money after leaving my job and it is a choice between shutting the server or selling the domain or paying a lot of money just so I can show this material.

Material like the FSB Bombings that put Putin in power or the Google no 1 spot when you search for protecting yourself from UK Police with "how to give a no comment interview". If you see any adverts that interest you then please visit them as it helps me without you even needing to give me any money. A few clicks per visit is all it takes to help keep the servers running and tag any tweets with alternative news from the mainstream with the #altnews hashtag I created to keep it alive!

However if you don't want to use the very obvious and cost free ways (to you) to help the site and keep me writing for it then please consider making a small donation. Especially if you have a few quid sitting in your PayPal account doing nothing useful. Why not do a monthly subscription for less money instead. Will you really notice £5 a month?