So this is what they are wasting their time on...
May 17, 2010 1:34pm CST
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/17/obama-sign-law-authorizing-new-list-nations-behaving-badly/?test=latestnews President Obama signed a law Monday morning hailed as a hammer against countries that stifle press freedoms -- though the law, a tribute to murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, does not entail any enforcement. The Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act would require the State Department to compile a list of nations where press freedoms are violated in its annual Human Rights Practices report. But the bill, championed by Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Mike Pence, R-Ind., and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., leans on a mostly name-and-shame strategy. It would require the State Department to identify countries where there are press freedom violations -- ranging from imprisonment to censorship to physical attacks -- and break out countries where "particularly severe violations" occur. For those countries, the State Department would state whether the governments allow or support the violations and what the governments are doing to reverse the trend. Though the exercise pretty much stops there, co-sponsors say it's a big step forward in spotlighting bad behavior. They cite Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was killed in Pakistan by kidnappers shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, as the inspiration. "With this bill we pay tribute to Daniel's life and his work by shedding a bright light on this repression, and hope to prevent this sort of tragedy from ever happening again," Dodd said in a written statement after the bill unanimously passed the Senate two weeks ago. Schiff said the hope is that the bill will help the United States and others "better protect his colleagues serving on the frontlines in the fight for greater accountability and transparency." The State Department would add its efforts to those of other groups that have tracked repressive nations for years. The media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders does an annual accounting of press freedom around the world, while tracking the number of journalists who have been killed or imprisoned. Freedom House issues a similar report -- which found that in 2009 press freedom declined for the eighth consecutive year. so this is already being done but now our geniuses want to do it too? What the heck?
• United States
17 May 10
Name and Shame...bet that works like a charm. What another waste of taxpayers' money...first our Congressmen's/women's and staff salaries devoted to studying/writing this bill and then the money needed to enforce it. Why not spend that time/resources on real issues impacting the country? On second thought, I don't want them addressing the real issues, they'll screw it up... Go ahead and "piddle"...