... which is what , which is what Congressmen Gus Bilirakus (R-FL) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY) apparently have in mind with proposed legislation that would make it illegal for satellite carriers in the US to allow the broadcast of Al-Manar, Al-Aqsa, and other radical Muslim channels.
In fact, the bill would legally define those satellite carriers as terrorist organizations if they broadcast these channels.
Don't get me wrong: I am not a lover of programming inciting people to kill Americans or Jews, or soliciting money for Hamas, but....
1) In this broadband world you are nuts to believe that this action will do anything to prevent their message spread, since you can see their programming on the web virtually any time.
2) This legislation, if passed, would then allow the government to move in the direction of making satellite carriers legally liable for the content of every single channel they carry. If experience is any guide, this will eventually lead to them becoming more and more conservative in their selection, because who knows who a pro-Greenpeace program on the gardening channel might strike as domestic terrorism.
3) It is the perhaps intended effect to say to Americans, Look, trust us: we'll keep anything too disturbing off the air. Don't worry your pretty little heads about it. Move along. Nothing to see here.