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Governments will NOT BE SAFE until all citizens' abilities to read and write are under the strictest possible control.
In that drones lack magical gender testing ability and military-age has been shown to cover everything from very young to very old, a better catch all phrase would be he "counts all bipedal hominids in a strike zone as combatants".
The MPAA and RIAA, content distribution collectives, driving forces behind these efforts, have the same attitude toward the Internet as buggy makers had toward the internal combustion engine. They don't understand it and it scares the hell out of them. They would be far more comfortable if they could casually disappear any website they found particularly scary by removing the DNS entry for the domain hosting the alleged infringing content.
Not to suggest that movie and music makers shouldn't be paid for their work, but some multi-billion dollar corporations are under the crazy notion that every piece of shared content means a lost sale. This is the assumption that drives their loss estimates, their "damages". This is the lie they've been telling their shareholders. All we have to do to let them prove themselves wrong is take down the Internet and replace it with Cable TV over IP.
A good chunk of the software industry, who ought to know better, is quietly in favor of SOPA and PIPA, confident of their ability to not become targets of this giant enforcement gun, blinded by illusory lost sales.
What greases this slippery slope is Everything is Copyrighted. For a tangential but valid example, just ask the Church of Scientology.