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Thursday, March 29, 2012

U.S. trial program would spy on Internet users to prevent animal abuse

The government has a new justification for spying on Americans - protect the animals. But it really isn't about the animals, it's about collecting fees and licenses for the government's extortion racket. |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offered an unusual contract (PDF) this month, soliciting bids from private software developers for a trial program that would scour the Internet for detailed information on all animal sales, potential animal welfare abuses and other unlawful economic activities relating to animals within the U.S. In other words, the U.S. government is preparing to spend taxpayer money to spy on Americans’ Internet use, so that it can better protect animals and ensure their handlers have paid for all the proper licenses.
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