Skip to comments.Obama’s Move to Surrender Control of the Internet Endangers Freedom Here and Abroad
Posted on 03/26/2014 4:04:40 PM PDT by Kaslin
+++++In his freedom-charting essay Common Sense, one of the most famous works of the revolutionary era, Thomas Paine describes government as a necessary evil in society. "For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver," wrote Paine; who concluded, "but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest." In other words, we all sacrifice a small amount of individual liberty in order to establish a governing body designed to protect liberty overall.
As we know all too well, it has not worked out exactly as Paine foresaw. The equation, in fact, has been turned on its head. We now have sacrificed a great deal of personal liberty to the government in the hope government will protect what tiny bit has been retained by us. The speed at which that transfer has progressed has accelerated greatly during the presidency of Barack Obama.
The most recent evidence of this is the move by Obama to surrender control of the Internet the communications vehicle through which innovation travels in this 21st century to bureaucrats abroad over which we have no control.
On March 14th, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a component of the U.S. Commerce Department, announced a plan to begin transitioning "key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder [sic] community." In doing this, the United States would surrender ultimate control of what keeps the Internet free and accessible to virtually anyone, anyplace, anytime, to an unelected, uncontrollable "global community." That "community" of wolves includes, among others, the likes of Russia, with its military already occupying a large portion of a neighboring country; Turkey, which is currently blocking its citizens from communicating on Twitter; and China, with its government-control of social media as tight as anywhere on the planet.
At the moment, Americas role in managing the Internets domain administration is accomplished through a nonprofit entity known as "ICANN," the acronym for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, through which the Commerce Department contracts to handle these vitally important responsibilities. Because of the highly sensitive nature of ICANNs work, the U.S. government has pledged to limit its role to oversight only. The intentional use of ICANN, a non-government organization, as a government contractor has, according to the Electronic Freedom Foundation, "always guaranteed free speech and due process, since it has been done by U.S. Government contractors who are required to follow the U.S. Constitution."
It may strike observers as a contradiction to consider the federal government as the best guardian of Internet freedom, in light of what we know now about the massive domestic and international surveillance activities being conducted by the NSA and other agencies. This is a situation, however, in which the U.S. government, even with its well-known penchant for snooping, is by far the best entity to serve as global gatekeeper to the Internet if the goal is to maintain its universal accessibility. That goal is now in real danger as a result of Obamas decision.
If Congress fails to step in and halt both the well-advanced erosion of Americans fundamental right to privacy and this ill-advised (and dangerous) move to surrender control of the Internet to other nations and international bodies such as the U.N., Internet freedom as we have come to know it, will effectively cease to exist.
Stopping Obama, however, will take a degree of citizen involvement and congressional courage not often seen in modern times.
Congress has failed repeatedly in its responsibility to rein in an Administration that repeatedly has shown its utter disdain for constitutionally-based governance. Obamas decision to transition control of the Internets framework to a "global multistakeholder community," is consistent with this Administrations track record for its own systemic abuse of internet privacy. The move also is in line with the Presidents personal worldview of a global community in which our interests are protected not by our national strength, but by the collective interests of all nations.
Bureaucrats at the United Nations -- which for years have eyed control of the Internet as a way to dramatically enhance their own power and prestige must be jumping for joy as Obama uses the power of his position as our President to facilitate this UN power grab. The rest of us -- including freedom fighters in countries around the globe must recognize this as an unbridled assault on free speech and worldwide innovation, and fight it every way possible.
Lets think this through. If it goes to the OIC’s UN? Instant censorship and destruction unless it mentions Allah in a good light. Freedom of speech? Invention? Innovation gone. As is their ability to see the shiny world that created the internet.
Worst part? Once America is off the scene? All those shiny things will be gone and the lights GLOBALLY will go out!
and the blackness of Islam will move in.
Great goal, Nobama!
JUst about everything Obama does endangers freedom here and abroad; but, then, that’s the whole purpose, after all, right?
Obama’s an idiot. Yeah, I know. A useful idiot. But still an idiot.
American values, American freedoms, are...how shall I say...just so passe, so obsolete in this new dawn being brought forth by the great and wonderful 0bama.
He's a world historical figure, don't cha know?
Obama doesn’t care about freedom, that is why he is doing it.
I remain skeptical.
Every day, it’s something new that will diminish and destroy this country.
International criminals will now have all of your financial records at thier finger tips, he has just robbed every American of thier hard earned money deliberatley, AND THE GOP SLEEPS and looks forward to supporting another looser
Obaba is truly a greater achiever than Jimmy Carter.
Carter only changed a USA-ally Iran into a USA-enemy.
And gave away the Panama Canal.
Obaba helped destroy a USA-friendly Eygpt, make a mess of Libya, leave a mess in Iraq, Afganistan, and do less than nothing to combat hard core leftism in our our part of the world.
Insult allies like Great Briton.
Work hard to piss off Russia and China.
Develop a Socialist/Fascist Police State in the USA.
Screw up the USA economy.
Screw fixed income (elderly) via zero interest rates forever policy.
Bailout the Wall Street (his buds at least) and on the backs of Main Street.
Use the US Constitution as butt wipe.
Abolish the rule of law and replace it with “Sez Me” law.
Take endless multi-milllion dollar vacations he sticks the little people to pay for...acting.
Endless big, middle and small lies about any and all.
But the Obaba/Dem Bots still voted for him.
Pass Amnesty and the Country is lost.
(if only the Repub leadership could figure that one out..)
Suppose that you spend years building up a thriving Internet-based business only to find some day that some company in China has been granted ownership of your domain name?
This move instantly reduces the value of Internet domain names DRAMATICALLY. In the future you're likely to find yourself having to reference internet sites by numeric address rather than by name.
” and the blackness of Islam will move in. Great goal, Nobama!”
Of course, that’s always been the plan.
Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
The hated corrupt, self-serving EXEMPT Congress
will protect the Internet for themselves ... and Moslems.
It is their antiConstitutional treasonous way.
Every single lefty site I’ve read about this topic, all posters 100% agree that Obama was against this and fought tooth and nail to prevent it, but conservatives (not republicans) flexed their muscles and defeated all valiant attempts by Obama to prevent this. I am neither kidding nor exqggerating
Outernet is coming!
Outernet is coming!
The Obama Administration is about to give away control over the Internet.
America made the Internet. We kept it safe. We made it the greatest tool of free speech the world has ever known. And now the Obama Administration wants to give it all away.
If we give it away now, our control over the Internet will be gone forever.
Who would get technical control over the Internet? That’s the worst part.
It could be the U.N. That’s what Russia, China, and Iran want.
This action cannot possibly help Americans, and it could do serious harm to our own liberties.
Take action to stop the Obama Administration from giving away our free speech.