Bob Barr was the Presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party in 2008, as well as a former member of the House of Representatives as a Republican. Barr now writes a regular column in The Daily Caller–in this article he urges readers to actively oppose SOPA.
Congress has been in a constitutionally feisty mood lately. Shortly before taking off for its traditional Christmas recess, for example, it passed the annual defense authorization bill, which included a troubling provision that apparently permits the U.S. military to indefinitely detain anyone — including American citizens — it suspects of having even remote ties to any group it has determined to be linked to terrorism.
Now, in what would be another serious blow to our liberties, which are supposed to be protected against government intrusion, some members of Congress are pushing legislation that would greatly impede our freedom to communicate over the Internet. The inaptly named “Stop Online Privacy Act” (SOPA) would supposedly protect intellectual property rights, but in effect would dramatically enhance the power of the federal government to block websites it suspects infringe intellectual property rights or simply promote the distribution of copyrighted content.
While Bob Barr’s byline biography notes his time in the House of Representatives, it does not mention his presidential candidacy with the Libertarian Party.