Silly me – I thought I was actually going to get to sleep before midnight tonight…
After finally calling it a day, I went upstairs to hear my husband ask if I saw the article about Hawaii State Representative John Mizuno featured on whistleblower Michael Savage’s website today. The answer to that was no, and remember that saying “Curiosity killed the cat”? I could be asleep right now but nooooo – I just had to ask what he was talking about…
With absolutely NO disrespect towards the author of the article, this is truly a classic case of misunderstanding/miscommunication. HB2288 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2012/bills/HB2288_.htm the focus of the article on Michael Savage’s website entitled Hawaii may keep track of all Web sites visited http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57366443-281/hawaii-may-keep-track-of-all-web-sites-visited/?tag=mncol#addcomm does look pretty bad from a distance but depriving freedoms and inserting more “big brother” is not where it comes from nor is where its introducer, Representative John Mizuno, was “at” when he introduced it.
If you go back to my article entitled Debriefing From The Cyber Crime Briefing on July 14, 2011 http://modenook.com/domestic-violence-abuse-in-honolulu/debriefing-from-the-cyber-crime-informational-briefing you’ll see for yourself where this all started from (paragraph #5).
While Representative Kymberly Pine was indeed a victim of cyber crime, she was not alone nor was she the motivating factor behind this bill. If you go to the very first piece of testimony submitted on HB2288 (from HPD) http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2012/Testimony/HB2288_TESTIMONY_ERB_01-26-12_.PDF you’ll see for yourself that apprehending and prosecuting cyber criminals was the true intention behind this measure.
A bill in the legislative process is like a ball of clay – it gets molded as it goes along. HB2288 is broad, unattractive and totally misunderstood at the moment BUT it can still be molded to achieve its originally-intentioned purpose BUT that’s actually up to us you guys because this is a process for the people by the people. I just know someone’s smart enough out there to make HB2288 say what it’s supposed to so please give it a shot by submitting testimony with suggestions for improvement.
Democracy is what we make of it folks and if you’re wondering how any of this ties into domestic violence, check this out: http://womensissues.about.com/od/violenceagainstwomen/a/CyberstalkingFS.htm
Oh – and I’ve forgotten to mention – January is National Stalking Awareness Month.