Top Democrat Frets That Net Neutrality Might Actually Help Terrorists

Dianne Feinstein wrote to the FCC asking it to "clarify" if net neutrality rules might be used to shield terrorist activities online.

Top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, has a problem with net neutrality.

The California politician wrote to the Federal Communications Commission asking it to "clarify" if net neutrality rules still let providers censor content that encourages terrorist activities.

For those who don’t know, net neutrality refers to the idea that no Internet provider should give preference to certain content – that means websites can't pay your provider more money for their site to load faster or more reliably than other sites.

Feinstein is worried if this freedom allows terrorists to circulate material such as bomb-making instructions in al Qaeda's Inspire magazine.

"It has recently come to my attention that some broadband providers are suggesting, including through discussions with my staff on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that the FCC order may prevent them from blocking the posting of information that inspires and aids terrorist activity," Feinstein wrote in her letter.

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"I write today to urge the commission to clarify that the Open Internet order does not protect content like [the al-Qaeda publication] Inspire magazine, which seeks to encourage and assist individuals in carrying out acts of terrorism,” she continued.

Feinstein is known for her decades-long crusade against online terrorist presence. She recently suggested that Internet companies should censor the Anarchist Cookbook, a famous bomb-making manual and other similar material.

However, Feinstein is also a staunch supporter of some of the most controversial National Security Agency’s clandestine operations, such as bulk collection of Americans’ communications data.

For her, government snooping on citizens’ data is not surveillance – it’s just data collection.

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