Skip to comments.Kerry: Internet access a ‘fundamental right’
Posted on 04/28/2014 10:16:04 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Secretary of State John Kerry says people around the world have a fundamental right to the Internet. He is denouncing authoritarian governments that place restrictions on web access and social media.
Speaking from Washington to an online freedom forum in Estonia, Kerry said Monday that open and unrestricted communication helps make governments accountable. He said autocratic rulers therefore see a free, open and inclusive Internet as a threat to their power.
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Being subject to authoritarianism and abuse is a Universal RIght!...
How can a human accomplish such idiocy? Is it a requirement to get to federal office or does the air in DC make you so stupid. This dipwad says authoritarian governments don’t want people to have internet but his boss, King Hussein I just handed it over to the largest collection of villains and thugs ever assembled. The UN.
I love the internet, but I am not sure it should be consider a natural “right” along with others.
I guess you could lump it into freedom of expression and assembly.
But really..a fundamental right?
Kerry is a Klown.
Yep, just like MTV.
Dishonest John is at it again.
Whoa! Verizon is trampling my Fundamental Rights!
They send me a BILL each month!!!
So when is my fundamental right to a new boat every 5 years going to become an election issue?
Perhaps we should add that to the Bill of Rights. We could pattern the language after the 2nd amendment.
Proposed 28th amendment.
A well regulated
Militia Internet, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms Modems, shall not be infringed.
If you want to trip up a leftist, bring up the whole movement with respect to “sexual pleasure” being a “fundamental right”. The sick thing about such a notion is that nobody can refuse sex to anyone because that would be a violation of the “fundamental rights” of the initiatorso then rape is legalized (and they are such crusaders against rape, too).
“(and they are such crusaders against rape, too).”
They are only against rape rape
Unless you’re a conservative website that really ticks off the powers what are.
Then you’re guilty of thought crimes and “hate”, and so you must go.
Indeed, but that is what the progressive klowns do. Liberal klowns are quite sure that if they enact enough laws they can improve on the founders notion of natural law.
Liberals remind me of this story.
An old Indian Chief sat in his hut on the reservations, smoking a Ceremonial Pipe and eying two U.S. Government officials sent to interview him. "Chief Two Eagles" asked one official, "You have observed the white man for 90 years. Youve seen his wars and his technological advances. Youve seen his progress, and the damage he's done.
The Chief nodded in agreement.
The Official continued, "Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?
The Chief stared at the Government Officials for over a minute and then calmly replied, "When white man found this land, Indians were running it."
"Women did all the work."
"Medicine man free."
"Indian man spent all day hunting and fishing."
"All night having sex."
Then Chief leaned back and smiled, "Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that."
The least the article could have done was give us an exact quotation. To say that one has a fundamental right to something that didn’t exist 50 years ago and relies entirely on advanced technology is crazy talk even for John Kerry.
Can Free Republic please give us a way to block threads with certain words?
How about the producer of the video falsely accused f causing the Benghazi attack? He was jailed for accessing the internet? How about government plans for shutting down cell phone and internet access during any disturbance?
A true fundamental right is freedom from all looney liberal comments, orders, words, and biases.
From August 5, 2004: DNC Lawyers Work To Muzzle Swift Boat Vets' Ad
HUMAN EVENTS has obtained a copy of a letter which lawyers for the Democratic National Committee and John Kerry have sent to television station managers attempting to suppress the blistering anti-Kerry TV spot created by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and first reported here on HumanEventsOnline.com.
The letter claims the ad is "false" and "libelous" and suggests, in not-so-subtle terms, that TV stations should use their "legal authority" to refuse any requests for advertising airtime, stating that "because your station has this freedom [to refuse the ad], and because it is not a 'use' of your facilities by a clearly identified candidate, your station is responsible for the false and libelous charges made by this sponsor" (emphasis added).
a service is not a right.
if it were, those providing the service would be slaves
It's a fundamental human right to hang tyrants from lampposts.
> says people around the world have a fundamental right to the Internet. He is denouncing authoritarian governments that place restrictions on web access and social media.
Yeah, and that’s why your boss, and Plugs, and you, all supported handing over control to the 100-125 despotate regimes around the world, right Lurch? Very nuanced of you. Thanks Olog-hai.
Dodged that bullet, but America was given an even worse tennant in the White Hut. :^(
Founding Fathers were all about txting LOL cat gifs and porn?
Selfies with Benedict Arnold too.
I’m good with it being a fundamental right. That means it should be free. You can’t charge for fundamental rights. Maybe Holder will tell Cox Cable that they have to provide my internet for free......
Democrats are okay with rape rape. They defend Planned Parenthood when it is repeatedly caught coaching minors to lie to avoid criminal investigation into the pregnancies (permitting the abusers to go on abusing). There also isn't a lot of outcry about the same sex couples who trick out their adopted sons (like the scumbag at Duke).
Im good with it being a fundamental right. That means it should be free. You cant charge for fundamental rights. Maybe Holder will tell Cox Cable that they have to provide my internet for
I don’t know, this is from the people who are bringing healthcare as a fundamental right. And that ain’t free!
It will be free to a certain group before they’re done. Just not you and me. But yeah... I agree with you.
The Internet is simply a collection of routers, switches, and communications paths made up of wires, fiber optic cable and transmitted radio waves. There’s a whole lot of infrastructure that makes it work and all of this infrastructure costs the participants money and labor (which is also money when you come right down to it).
All of it relies on electricity which is also NOT free.
If it is a RIGHT for me to get Internet, then as a right, if I cannot afford to pay for it, SOMEONE needs to provide it to me, even for free. That is where this thinking leads.
So, someone works hard to supply the labor and cash to provide something and “we” (who?—the government, the collective, the people, some dude?) can collectively take it from them.
But people do not understand that the government had nothing to do with building the broadband networks that bring the internet to people.