[h=1]Big chill: Feds want to scour Net, media for 'hate speech'[/h] [h=2]'Perhaps he could crack a briefing book on the crisis in Ukraine'[/h] Published: 21 hours ago Aaron Klein If two Democratic lawmakers have their way, Barack Obamaâ€™s Justice Department will submit a report for action against any Internet sites, broadcast, cable television or radio shows determined to be advocating or encouraging â€œviolent acts.â€ This according to the text of a new bill from Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 â€œwould create an updated comprehensive report examining the role of the Internet and other telecommunications in encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation and create recommendations to address such crimes,â€ stated a news release from Markeyâ€™s office. The one-page bill, reviewed by WND, calls for the Justice Department and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to â€œanalyze information on the use of telecommunications, including the Internet, broadcast television and radio, cable television, public access television, commercial mobile services, and other electronic media, to advocate and encourage violent acts and the commission of crimes of hate.â€ The bill does not define which actions by broadcasters would be considered to have encouraged violence, seemingly leaving that open to interpretation. Once the report is compiled, the bill calls for â€œany recommendationsâ€ for action â€œconsistent with the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United Statesâ€ that is determined to be an â€œappropriate and necessaryâ€ way to address the purported encouragement of violent acts. The Boston Herald took issue with the bill, calling it â€œfrankly chillingâ€ that Markey is seeking to â€œempower an obscure federal agency to begin scouring the Internet, TV and radio for speech it finds threatening.â€ â€œPerhaps he could crack a briefing book on the crisis in Ukraine rather than looking for his own extra-constitutional methods of punishing speech he finds unacceptable,€ added the Herald editorial.