Tomorrow you go to your computer and check your email. That done, you decide to go to YouTube to view a video by, say, Ben Shapiro, or maybe Bill Whittle or Michael Savage or The New American, or maybe an old music video by the Bee Gees. Or look for a “how-to”. Or maybe research your genealogy or check the weather or travel advisories. But, to your great shock and consternation the site you attempt to visit isn’t there. Maybe you saw it just yesterday, but today it is gone and there’s a message that says “censored.”
Would this bother you? Do you like to be able to go to your computer and look up quotes, news, history, events, etc.? This could begin happening very soon due to Obama’s determination that we have too much information. According to Obama:
“With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a means of emancipation.” (emphasis mine)
Our freedom of speech and the right to hear others is under attack right now. We don’t hear much about it above the din of this blighted presidential campaign. But, before the election is over this issue will already have been settled.
I am referring to the plan to cede our internet control to an independent organization vulnerable to control by a consortium of other nations. The Obama administration, through the Department of Commerce, is going to transfer control of the internet from the United States government to a quasi-private organization whose stakeholders include Russia and China.
The usual alphabet soup is there to confound and confuse us; the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) is a government agency set up to regulate – to act as a sort of traffic cop for domain names, addresses, etc. Its authority and functions will be turned over to the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).
ICANN’s senior advisor is Tarek Kamel. No, I didn’t know who he was either, but in fact he is the man who shut down Egypt’s internet during the Arab Spring a few years ago – an act so out of bounds that even Barack Obama scolded Kamel, calling it a “violation of human rights” and insisting that he reverse the action. Do you want Kamel in a position to determine what you may or may not view on the internet?
If this isn’t a clear enough indication of the bent of ICANN, bear in mind that its former CEO went to China to advise the Chinese Internet Conference, which bans such outlets as the New York Times and the Washington Post. “Why,” asks Senator Ted Cruz, “would we hand our free internet over to these people?” Why, indeed? But then, maybe if this is good enough for the people of Egypt it will be good enough for you. Maybe if the Chinese people are okay with it we should get used to it, also. But if it is not, we need to take action within the next few days and weeks.
This issue should unite us all – whether we like Trump or not, whether we like Hillary, the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, or whether we like to hear Alex Jones or MSNBC – wherever in America we live, we need freedom to seek and find information, to speak freely, and to create.
This move on the part of the Obama administration is a serious and immediate threat to that freedom. Fortunately, there is something we can all do about this. We can support a bill sponsored by Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Sean Duffy called, Protecting Freedom Internet Act. We can and we must support this. Please take time out from this year’s dreary presidential campaign to attend to this.
The internet control is scheduled to transfer by September 30th.
Anyone wishing to stop this and retain control in our own country of our own internet can phone the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Ask for your senators’ and representatives’ offices and tell them to support the Cruz-Duffy bill to protect the internet. Pass the baton on to your contacts; your friends, business associates, family members, and neighbors. Go on Facebook, ask them to do the same and pass it along to their contacts.
If American citizens melt the wires to Congress about this there is a chance to avert it. Otherwise, one day we will go to buy something, look something up, or post our own messages and we will be told, No!
Don’t put this off for a week. Begin this week and do it all over again next week. You know what you can do. Only you know how important the internet is to you.
We cannot exist as America without freedom of speech and free exchange of information. Today’s medium is the internet. We get our news here, we hear others’ opinions and share our own, we shop, we read, we study and learn, and we find entertainment. The internet embodies our freedom.