Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Opposes Net Neutrality

This is scary. Conservatives, liberals, and Libertarians alike will be disappointed that Kavanaugh not only rejects the FCC’s reclassification of ISPs under Title II, but seems to also support a broad First Amendment right to “editorial control,” allowing ISPs to selectively block, filter, or modify transmitted data.

A recent report “also mentions Kavanaugh’s support of NSA surveillance: ‘In November 2015, Kavanaugh was part of a unanimous decision when the DC Circuit denied a petition to rehear a challenge to the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone metadata. Kavanaugh was the only judge to issue a written statement, which said that ‘[t]he Government’s collection of telephony metadata from a third party such as a telecommunications service provider is not considered a search under the Fourth Amendment.’ Even if this form of surveillance constituted a search, it wouldn’t be an ‘unreasonable’ search and therefore it would be legal.”

The sad details may be found in an article by Jon Brodkin in the ArsTechnica web site at: http://bit.ly/2NKf96K.

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