Time was--in the musty era before even the commercial internet was generally available--an upstart America Online would charge you depending on how much time you spent crawling the internet (surfing came later). Ah, memories of spending interminable minutes watching a two-color AOL logo gradually load on your computer screen.

We've come a long way since those slow old days. Under the newly updated Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), for example, the Bush administration now can monitor your online activities unobtrusively and at blazing speeds. You'd think, therefore, we'd all be safe, secure, and completely content.

But oh, no.

Now, certain internet service providers


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