"Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime. "It's no joke. Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity. ... "This ridiculous prohibition, which would likely imperil much of Usenet, is buried in the so-called Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act. Criminal penalties include stiff fines and two years in prison. ... "To grease the rails for this idea, Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, and the section's other sponsors slipped it into an unrelated, must-pass bill to fund the Department of Justice. The plan: to make it politically infeasible for politicians to oppose the measure." "Create An e-Annoyance, Go To Jail" by Declar McCullagh. 9 January 2006 http://news.com.com/Create+an+e-annoyance%2C+go+to+jail/2010-1028_3-6022491.html "The new law rewrites existing telephone harassment laws and says that 'Whoever...utilizes any device or software that can be used to originate telecommunications or other types of communications that are transmitted, in whole or in part, by the Internet... without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person...who receives the communications...shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.'" http://www.northcountrygazette.org/articles/010906EmailCrime.html I don't know what position the administration takes as to extra-territorial effect of this law. For instance, I'd like to know whether it is claimed that persons making "annoying" postings from outside the USA are subject to extradition and prosecution here. I don't know whether the administration views it as material that the "annoying" message is stored on a server located outside the physical boundaries of the USA.