A senior Homeland Security official recently argued that Internet anonymity should outlawed in the same way that driving a car without a license plate is against the law.
Erik Barnett, an assistant deputy director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and attache to the European Union at the Department of Homeland Security, outlined his argument in an article titled “Whose Privacy Are We Protecting? Balancing Rights to Anonymity with Rights to Public Safety,” published in FIC Observatory, a French publication dedicated to debates about cybersecurity.Because speech needs a license, just like your car does. Or something. And of course he rolls out the do-it-for-teh-childrenz excuse as justification. Odd that he doesn't spend much time discussing government suppression of free speech, like the IRS audits of the Administration's political enemies.
Actually, he doesn't spend any time discussing that. Must not be a problem*, or something.
* To him.