Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wisconsin Governor aping Middle-Eastern Dictators

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has taken a page out of the playbook of Middle-Eastern dictators and has tried to cut off protestors' access to the internet:
According to pro-labor protesters in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) may be taking a page from former Egyptian Dictator Hosni Mubarak and cutting off internet access to key protest organizers within the state Capitol building.

If you are in the Capitol attempting to access the internet from a free wifi connection labeled “guest,” you cannot access the site defendwisconsin.org. The site has been used to provide updates on what is happening, where you can volunteer, and where supplies and goods are needed to support protesters. Administrators of the website were notified on Monday that the page is being blocked. Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate says that the site was put on a blacklist typically used to filter out pornography sites so that protestors inside the Capitol could not access this key site.

Former Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Charles Hoornstra said that, if Walker is blocking the website, it could be a violation of state and federal laws concerning free speech laws. The accusation by the Wisconsin Democratic Party accompanies an accusation by the Teaching Assistants Association that Wisconsin state authorities cut off wifi access to a room they had taken over as a headquarters inside of the Capitol.
Scott Walker apparently has Hosni Mubarak's playbook open on his desk. What's next, Wisconsin State Troopers on camelback?

It was recently revealed that Scott Walker's previous attempts to bust unions had cost the county where he was employed an additional $500,000 while seriously compromising the security of the county's buildings. Rachel Maddow had the best coverage of the of how Governor Walker replaced the union security personnel at a court building with at least one convicted felon.

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