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Kerry: Internet access a ‘fundamental right’
Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2014 12:23 PM EDT | Matthew Lee

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Society
KEYWORDS: breadandcircuses; commie; estonia; fnfool; freecellphones; freeinternet; johnkerry; jonfnkerry; kerry; kerrywasinvietnam; liedtocongress; lurch; plugs; redistribution; secstate; traitor; treason; zero
Meanwhile, the rise of the Internet has been coincidental with a rapid erosion of accountability in government and rise in authoritarianism—not just in the USA (where it has been very marked) but all over the world.
1 posted on 04/28/2014 10:16:04 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Being subject to authoritarianism and abuse is a Universal RIght!...


2 posted on 04/28/2014 10:18:24 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Olog-hai
However did we survive before AlGore rubbed two wires together and invented the Internet?
Interesting how he touts Internet freedom abroad while they're trying to restrict freedoms here.

3 posted on 04/28/2014 10:21:24 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Olog-hai
It's a fundamental human right to hang tyrants from lampposts.
4 posted on 04/28/2014 10:28:06 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Olog-hai

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.


5 posted on 04/28/2014 10:34:30 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Olog-hai

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.


6 posted on 04/28/2014 10:35:27 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Olog-hai

Yep, just like MTV.


7 posted on 04/28/2014 10:38:11 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Olog-hai

Dishonest John is at it again.


8 posted on 04/28/2014 10:47:36 AM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Olog-hai

Whoa! Verizon is trampling my Fundamental Rights!

They send me a BILL each month!!!


9 posted on 04/28/2014 10:50:04 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Olog-hai

So when is my fundamental right to a new boat every 5 years going to become an election issue?


10 posted on 04/28/2014 10:51:27 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad.)
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To: Olog-hai
a fundamental right to the Internet

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.

11 posted on 04/28/2014 10:52:32 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

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 initiator—so then rape is legalized (and they are such crusaders against rape, too).


12 posted on 04/28/2014 10:53:57 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

“(and they are such crusaders against rape, too).”

They are only against rape rape


13 posted on 04/28/2014 10:58:06 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%i)
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To: Olog-hai

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.


14 posted on 04/28/2014 11:00:01 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Vermont Lt
Kerry is a Klown

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. You’ve seen his wars and his technological advances. You’ve 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."

"No taxes."
"No debt."
"Plenty buffalo."
"Plenty beaver."
"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."

15 posted on 04/28/2014 11:19:48 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: Olog-hai

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.


16 posted on 04/28/2014 11:33:26 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Olog-hai
Does this guy really think anybody gives a rat's elbow what he thinks??

Can Free Republic please give us a way to block threads with certain words?

Pretty please?

17 posted on 04/28/2014 12:04:13 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: Olog-hai

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?


18 posted on 04/28/2014 12:04:22 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: Vermont Lt

A true fundamental right is freedom from all looney liberal comments, orders, words, and biases.


19 posted on 04/28/2014 12:05:16 PM PDT by V K Lee
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To: Olog-hai
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. Kerry said restrictions imposed by authoritarian leaders allow them to fragment their societies and cloud the truth.

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).


-PJ

20 posted on 04/28/2014 12:18:25 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Olog-hai

a service is not a right.

if it were, those providing the service would be slaves


21 posted on 04/28/2014 12:31:42 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Louder.

It's a fundamental human right to hang tyrants from lampposts.

22 posted on 04/28/2014 1:23:52 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> 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.


23 posted on 04/28/2014 1:44:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Olog-hai
Just think, The Idiot, John "F'ing", I served in Vietnam! Kerry was nearly president...

Dodged that bullet, but America was given an even worse tennant in the White Hut. :^(

24 posted on 04/28/2014 3:02:58 PM PDT by JOAT
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To: Olog-hai; Revolting cat!; GeronL; Slings and Arrows; Daffynition

Founding Fathers were all about txting LOL cat gifs and porn?


25 posted on 04/29/2014 5:14:12 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: a fool in paradise

Selfies with Benedict Arnold too.


26 posted on 04/29/2014 5:44:29 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Selfies with Benedict Arnold too.

(filephoto)

27 posted on 04/29/2014 5:50:41 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Vermont Lt

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......


28 posted on 04/29/2014 5:52:42 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: dsrtsage
They are only against rape rape

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).

29 posted on 04/29/2014 5:53:35 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: kjam22

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

________________

I don’t know, this is from the people who are bringing healthcare as a fundamental right. And that ain’t free!


30 posted on 04/29/2014 6:03:39 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Chickensoup

It will be free to a certain group before they’re done. Just not you and me. But yeah... I agree with you.


31 posted on 04/29/2014 6:04:53 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: Olog-hai

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.

Communism.


32 posted on 04/29/2014 7:09:43 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: kjam22

But people do not understand that the government had nothing to do with building the broadband networks that bring the internet to people.


33 posted on 04/29/2014 9:26:50 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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