New Jersey Assemblyman Peter Biondi (R) wants to ban anonymous online speech. Biondi has introduced a bill “that would require Internet forum operators to register their users’ real names and addresses or face liability for defamatory posts.” One problem: NJ’s Supreme Court has ruled banning anonymous online speech unconstitutional.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) “threatened to write legislation to limit funding for the [warrantless surveillance] program if he can’t get more information about it.” “If we cannot find some political solution to the disagreement with the executive branch, our ultimate power is the power of the purse,” Specter said.
$5.9 billion: The amount spent per month in Iraq. The Wall Street Journal notes, “War costs are rising despite Pentagon estimates of lower personnel costs.”
The Congressional Progressive Caucus will introduce a plan today, dubbed the Common Sense Budget Act, to divert $60 billion in defense spending to humanitarian assistance, social programs, energy conservation, homeland security and deficit reduction.
More than 9,000 truckers are given cards to handle cargo at the ports of New York and New Jersey, giving them access to all areas of the ports. But a new Homeland Security report found that more than half of the truckers had criminal records and nearly 500 had bogus driver’s licenses. Read more