Hood search engine attack way off base

Published 12:06am Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has global aspiration. The lone Democrat holding statewide office in the distinctly conservative state continues to pick a fight with, of all entities, Google.

You read that correctly. The Mississippi attorney general is working hard to protect the world against the evils of the Internet search giant.

His beef?

Hood doesn’t believe Google does enough to prevent citizens — in Mississippi and around the world — from using Google’s search engine to find illegal drugs and pirated goods such as music, games and videos.

Hood, chairman of the intellectual property committee of the National Association of Attorneys General, demanded recently in a letter that Google make the search results for such goods either disappear or appear lower on the page, not sell ads to companies that deal in illegal merchandise and generally try to live up to the search firm’s unofficial motto — don’t be evil.

While such demands may make good political points and perhaps even nice sound bites to be used during his next political run, the demands seem, at best, difficult to enforce, and at worse, the government regulating free speech.

Hood’s quest to rid the world of evil is likely better made attacking the criminals, not the people on whose backs criminals ride into battle.

Using his theory on Google’s alleged moral culpability, Hood should also go after other similar communication means.

Telephone directories — particularly in large cities — often contain page after page of “adult” services, just a phone call away.

Speaking of phones, why not also go after the communication companies? How many illegal goods must be sold each day using phone calls, text messages and email?

Once those are scrubbed clean, then perhaps, Hood can address the nasty pencil, ink and paper producers. Just imagine the generations of evilness that can be stopped.

We feel safer already. Don’t you?