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Anti-Defamation League criticized for efforts to "curb" online speech it doesn't like

Anti-Defamation League criticized for efforts to "curb" online speech it doesn't like
Anti-Defamation League criticized for efforts to "curb" online speech it doesn't like

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Subject: ADL Welcomes House Vote In Support of Federal Hate Crimes 
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 07:16:30 -0700
From: Richard Smith  

"Hate crime" means thought crime. Why a special protection for groups 
against 'hate' when individuals are already protected by traditional 
laws ? If I burn down a synagogue instead of a church I should spend 
more time in jail ? The ADL is also trying to destroy freedom of speech 
on the internet (link in my next e-mail) 

ADL Welcomes House Vote In Support of Federal Hate Crimes Legislation

New York, NY, September 14, 2005 =E2=80=A6 The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) 
welcomed the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives today in support 
of legislation to expand federal hate crimes laws. The measure, the 
Local Law Enforcement Hate Crime Prevention Act, was approved, 223-199, 
as an amendment to the Children's Safety Act of 2005.

"This important action by the House of Representatives continues the 
history of bipartisan, majority support for enactment of this necessary 
legislation," said Barbara B. Balser, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. 
Foxman, ADL National Director. "This is the third time since 2000 that 
the House of Representatives has voted in support of these provisions. 
We will work hard to ensure that these provisions are enacted into law 
this time."

In the last session of Congress, bipartisan majorities in both the 
Senate and the House voted to approve this important measure.  On June 
15, 2004, the Senate approved the measure as an amendment to the 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (S. 2400) by a 
vote of 65-33.  The House voted 213-186 to urge its members working to 
reconcile differing versions of that legislation to retain the hate 
crime provisions.  Unfortunately, the hate crime provisions were 
stripped from the final version of the legislation.

"We will continue to help lead a coalition of law enforcement, civic, 
religious, and civil rights groups designed to assist federal and state 
authorities work more closely together in combating hate," said Ms. 
Balser and Mr. Foxman.

Forty five states and the District of Columbia have passed hate crime 
statutes, many based on model legislation drafted by ADL.  The League 
has been a pioneer in drafting and promoting tougher hate crimes laws 
across the country.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: (ADL again) U.S. House Briefed on International Cooperation on 
Internet Hate
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 07:32:24 -0700
From: Richard Smith  

without the First Amendment that the ADL wants to destroy there would be 
no freedom of speech not only for americans but for the whole world. If 
some stupid "anti-hate" law in a non-US country forbids a company from 
hosting a website it's eventually going to be hosted by a american company 

Washington, DC, September 9, 2005 .... Continuing to further efforts on 
international cooperation regarding online hate stemming from the OSCE 
Conference on Hate on the Internet in Paris in June 2004, ADL experts 
addressed a packed room on Capitol Hill to discuss how governments, 
industry and advocates could partner to curb online hate. The session 
was sponsored by the Congressional Task Force Against Anti-Semitism and 
co-hosted by ADL and the French Embassy.

The meeting began with remarks from Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Tom 
Lantos (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). Ambassador Jean David 
Levitte of France and Ambassador Samuel Zbogar of Slovenia discussed the 
ongoing efforts by France and OSCE nations to combat Internet hate and 
foster international cooperation.  Slovenia currently chairs the OSCE.

Panelists included Christopher Wolf, Chair of ADL's Internet Task Force 
and Partner, Proskauer Rose, who spoke about the complex legal issues 
surrounding bigotry online; Markham Erickson, General Counsel for 
NetCoalition, who discussed the Internet industry's responses and 
continued commitment to enforcing their already-existing usage policies 
for users regarding online hatred; and Brian Marcus, ADL Director of 
Internet Monitoring gave a multi-media presentation that highlighted 
many examples of hate materials from around the world.

"We all know and appreciate that the Internet has transformed the ways 
in which we communicate, educate, inform and entertain.  But there is a 
dark side to the Internet," Mr. Wolf testified.  "Terrorists, 
anti-Semites, racists, homophobes  and other haters have logged on and 
are online. ... Unfortunately, the Internet has become the new frontier 
in spreading hate."

Mr. Wolf offered recommendations for coordinating an international 
response to online hate, including:

     * Better international cooperation and coordination of monitoring 
the use of the Internet for hateful and terroristic purposes.
     * Studies on the ways in which vulnerable people, especially 
children, become exposed to hate sites and content, and the ways in 
which such content affects that audience.
     * An examination of the link between hate speech and hate crimes.
     * Annual reports should be prepared on the "State of Hate on the 
Internet" setting forth trends and describing where there has been 
progress in fighting such hate.

Panelists discussed the ongoing efforts to coordinate the fight against 
online hate, and agreed that government, industry and nongovernmental 
organizations need to work together =E2=80=93 even in vastly different 
frameworks. International differences can be bridged, and all players 
can agree on a common set of principals regarding hate online that 
respect the differences, but still seek to expose hate, get industry to 
act on sites that violate their terms of service and to educate parents, 
educators and kids about what to do when they encounter hate online.


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