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So much for Amendment the First…

OpenMarket.org advises us of yet another behind the scenes move by the current administration to control more stuff.

This time it’s blogging…

First Amendment Menace: Obama Administration to Expand Americans with Disabilities Act over Websites?

by HANS BADER

Can websites be forced to change to accommodate the disabled — by using “simpler language” to appeal to the “intellectually disabled,” or by making them accessible to the blind and deaf at considerable expense?

The key passage:

But now, the Obama administration appears to be planning to use the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to force many web sites to either accommodate the disabled, or shut down. Given the enormous cost of complying, many small web sites might well just go dark and shut down. The administration wants to treat web sites as “places of public accommodation“ subject to the ADA, even though they are not physical places. Courts used to reject this argument when it was made just by disabled plaintiffs, but now that the Justice Department is making it, too, some judges are beginning to buy it, opening the door to trial lawyers surfing the web and sending out extortionate demand letters to every small business whose web site is not accessible to the blind (or perhaps too hard to understand for the mentally-challenged).

What?  Seriously?

Can you say government wholesale censorship?  Sure you can.  And I can, too, but perhaps not for long.

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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14 thoughts on “So much for Amendment the First…

  1. Sigh…

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | May 13, 2013, 7:30 am
  2. So why should we be surprised by an attack on the First Amendment. It will make attacks on all of our rights that much easier.

    Posted by C Uptegraff | May 13, 2013, 8:16 am
  3. No abridgement of our rights is too far-fetched for these intellectual pygmies, or so it seems.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | May 13, 2013, 9:30 am
  4. to appeal to the “intellectually disabled”

    Websites have to dumb it down so Congress and the WH can understand??
    What a crock of $#!+.

    Seems like pissing on rights using the guise of protecting rights is all the rage these days. The useful idiots are once again trashing the Republic and the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ fixated voter will probably think it’s a good thing.
    Oh look! Squirrel!!

    Posted by KM | May 13, 2013, 10:20 am
  5. But Guffaw, it is for our own good, and that makes it alright. SOBs just never quit.

    Posted by WellSeasonedFool | May 13, 2013, 10:56 am
  6. Given accessibility ‘expert’ Jared Smith’s call for “plain language” on websites, he apparently thinks ‘Harrison Burgeron’ is an instruction manual for equality, not a warning against handicapping individual strengths.

    Posted by UncleMikes1897 | May 14, 2013, 11:58 am

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