SPAM COMMANDMENT?

Jonathan Turley believes Congress Must Send Spammers a Message and opines

If the Internet had existed when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai, there might have been an 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not spam thy neighbor.”

In fact, some faithful might have asked Moses whether the 10th might be better directed at spamming than coveting. Unlike some harmless fantasy featuring the neighbor’s wife or goods, spamming imposes huge costs on the system and society.

Indeed. We’re all agreed that spam is evil, but I’m not sure how it is that Congress could actually do anything effective here, since, as Turley notes, many of the spammers are using overseas accounts.

(Hat tip: RealClear Politics)

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