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    The U.S. Supreme Court gives OK to government crackdown on the airwaves.

    WASHINGTON — DEVELOPING: The U.S. Supreme Court gives the tentative OK to a government crackdown on indecency on the airwaves.

    But the court, in a 5-4 decision Tuesday, is refusing to pass judgment on whether the Federal Communications Commission's "fleeting expletives" policy is in line with First Amendment guarantees of free speech.

    The justices say a federal appeals court should weigh the constitutionality of the policy.

    The decision throws out a ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

    The appeals court had found in favor of a FOX Television-led challenge to the policy and had returned the case to the FCC to let the agency provide a "reasoned analysis" for its tougher line on indecency
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    The commission appealed to the Supreme Court instead.

    FOXNews.com - Supreme Court: FCC Can Monitor Every Curse Word on Live TV - US Supreme Court | Cases | Justices



    This certainly isn't the beginning but none the less could prove as a tipping point down the slippery slope. What's interesting is what indecency will be defined as.

    There was little doubt that this was going to come surface once a Democratic majority was in place in Congress.

    Campaign Aide Tapped to Head FCC


    President Obama said yesterday that he will nominate Julius Genachowski, a technology adviser during the presidential campaign and law school friend, to head the Federal Communications Commission.

    Obama Names Campaign Adviser to Head FCC - washingtonpost.com

    This could get ugly and scary. Estimates on how long until a similar attempt is really materialized against the internet?
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    Re: The U.S. Supreme Court gives OK to government crackdown on the airwaves.

    Its technically impossible to censor the internet to avoid porn or other "objectionable material". Its part of what makes the internet such a threat to people who like to control everything.

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    Re: The U.S. Supreme Court gives OK to government crackdown on the airwaves.

    The internet isn't airwaves though... but everything else is.

    Looks like censorship will be increased.

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    Re: The U.S. Supreme Court gives OK to government crackdown on the airwaves.

    Ah **** this god damn ****ing sucks.

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    Re: The U.S. Supreme Court gives OK to government crackdown on the airwaves.

    The FCC should be all but abolished. It's only power to police airwave piracy and nothing more.

    I hate the ****ing Federal Communist Commission.
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    Re: The U.S. Supreme Court gives OK to government crackdown on the airwaves.

    Just another reason why the FCC is a violation of the First Amendment.
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    Re: The U.S. Supreme Court gives OK to government crackdown on the airwaves.

    The Court decided on no First Amendment issue here, and specifically remanded that question back to the lower court. This was a regulatory decision only.
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    Re: The U.S. Supreme Court gives OK to government crackdown on the airwaves.

    Seriously...what purpose does the FCC serve? Anyone?

    If there were no laws at all governing what could appear on television, what's the worst that could happen? I doubt Nickelodeon would start showing hardcore pornography just because it was legal.
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    Re: The U.S. Supreme Court gives OK to government crackdown on the airwaves.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Seriously...what purpose does the FCC serve? Anyone?
    It's a manner by which the government controls the content of what we are allowed to see and hear from the TV. A form of censorship over the rights of the individual and nothing more. The FCC should be used for property management and that's it; not government action against free speech.
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    Re: The U.S. Supreme Court gives OK to government crackdown on the airwaves.

    Well conservatives have to protect the public from those obscene 0.4 sec tit shots from Janet Jackson.

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