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Lawmakers take P2P hacking too far

A News.com reader writes: Someone should remind Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., of a clause in the Constitution termed due process.

    In response to the June 25 News.com article "Lawmaker: Let studios hack P2P nets":

    Someone should remind Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., of a clause in the Constitution termed due process. What Berman suggests would be tantamount to allowing the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to dispatch its own brand of vigilante "justice." This subjugates the proper role of the executive and judicial branches in determining whether someone broke the law and in determining suitable punishment for the offense. Unless the RIAA becomes part of the executive branch, subject to the same rules and regulations (particularly those relating to unreasonable search and seizure), the proposal could not possibly be upheld in a court of law.

    It seems lawmakers these days are all too willing to abdicate their constitutional responsibility for representing and protecting their constituents to earn some campaign "contributions."

    Robert Dean
    Bloomington, Ill.