Skip to comments.U.N. Readies Attack on Internet as Obama Dithers
Posted on 12/06/2012 12:07:00 PM PST by Kaslin
While talk of the United States tumbling over a so-called fiscal cliff dominates news cycles in the nations capital and other major cities, on the other side of the planet, the United Nations is quietly but relentlessly pressing to take control of the Internet. It is being aided in this illicit endeavor by various totalitarian regimes, and by many smaller states that routinely use their strength in numbers to bash America.
The vehicle chosen by the internationalists for this power grab is the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), one of the many aged bureaucracies that long ago lost any degree of relevance in the modern world. ITU members, including the United States, are meeting in Dubai this week and next to consider the future of the open Internet. No good can come of this project, but the American representatives as befitting the Obama Administrations penchant for vagueness and conciliation in international affairs has been less than aggressive in opposing the ITUs brazen effort to gain control of the Internet.
In a single generation, the Internet has given to virtually every person on the face of the earth the ability to communicate with fellow human beings on virtually any topic, at any time, and in every nook and cranny on the globe. This magnificent invention has done this without succumbing to government control. The open Internet reflecting standards and protocols set by the non-governmental Internet Society -- truly is open; and it is from this openness and independence from government that it derives its great power. Make the Internet subject to control by government, either directly or indirectly through meddling international bureaucracies, and it will quickly lose its magic and its inherent power to inform.
Yet this is exactly what ITU members such as China, Russia, Syria, North Korea and Saudi Arabia are attempting to accomplish in Dubai. They must not be allowed to succeed.
None of these governments admits publicly that among the real reasons they seek to vest control of the Internet in the United Nations, is to control the substance of information transmitted over it. They claim benign motives, such as seeking to protect the worlds citizens from terrorists and other evil persons and entities using the Internet to do harm. In typical U.N. double-speak, ITU's top official, Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré, attempted to allay concerns by claiming the organization he heads is seeking only to institute light touch regulation.
Light touch, indeed. Its all about taxation and control. When was the last time Beijing used a light touch in quelling hints of political dissent? How light is Putins touch in making sure political adversaries are railroaded into long prison terms? And, if Syrias Assad is lightly responding to political dissent in his country, what would a strong touch look like?
According to L. Gordon Crovitz, writing recently in the Wall Street Journal,proposals being considered by the ITU to regulate the Internet run to more than 200 pages; and include such measures as so-called sender-party-pays rules. Such requirements, if implemented, would diminish much of the Internets utility in providing a means for users to communicate from one country to another, because such international communications would be subject to a fee from the originating country to the receiving country.
As noted also by Crovitz, other countries pressing for Internet control want the ITU to be able to monitor Internet traffic through their countries; obviously as a means to censor such communications and identify troublemakers.
At a time when the United States ought to be openly and loudly condemning moves to control the Internet, the best the top State Department delegate to the Dubai conference reportedly could muster, was a meek excuse that the U.S. has to be measured in its criticism of the ITUs power grab, because we dont want to come across like were preaching to others.
With such namby-pamby representation as this, the Republicans in the Congress need to align themselves with the Internet Society, privacy advocates, and major tech companies such as Google and Facebook, and do what the Obama Administration is afraid to do -- quickly and forcefully act to protect the independence of the Internet from the grasping hands of international bureaucrats and totalitarian regimes everywhere.
A Marxist piece of crap has stolen the election and along with the democrat party and the UN plots to take away our freedom.
A Marxist piece of crap called Obama has stolen the election and along with the democrat party and the UN plots to take away our freedom.
The evil media hides that the UN is trying to control the Internet. Instead the media goes with this “fiscal cliff “ BS that is designed to destroy the GOP.
Can’t an “alternate Internet” be created for use only in America.. Sort of an underground Internet not accessible by anyone outside the United States? Is there already one? By the way, TorProject.org is a great way to hide your Internet identiy. It’s SLOW but does a good job of protecting your identity.
“Its all about taxation and control.”
There’s no difference between the two. Control the purse, control everything. Sheesh.
Yeah we need a way to communicate so that we are not monitored by the UN, Obama, the media , democrats etc.
with encryption and the standards on the Internet today, erecting a US only network would not be that difficult.
The internet is ours. We created it.
The tyrants are pissed cuzz of the free flow of knowledge and understanding as to how the outside world functions is making it to their citizens.
Thus internally they are suffering strife as the people seek rights, freedom and liberty.
Many people have been jailed in these nations over the idea of proposing free speech!
Obama? That POS! May piss be upon him, wants to support the tyrants and not the American ideals of freedom of speech.
What we should do is pull the plug on their service. Screw them!
Any step for Obama is a step backwards for America!
PS go watch
http://vimeo.com/52009124 , Agenda: Grinding America Down.
Then you can connect all the dots, cross the ts and dot the is of his marxism. Every American needs to see this!
He’s asleep, like he was on September 11th of this year.
There isn’t a politician on the planet who doesn’t secretly wish he could take control of the Internet and get everybody to shut up; it would make the control of populations, and their consequent repression, SO much easier.
If the UN manages to wrest control of the Internet from freedom’s grasp, it will herald dark days indeed.
And, of course, Obama doesn’t give a rat’s *ss about doing the right thing; he never has, and he never will. He’s a Chicago-style pol, and that means control, control, control.
Dynamic DNS and torproject are going to make this very difficult.
The problem with the Internet is too much freedom. Hence the need for the UN which has successfully lead the world to less for over a half century now.
And that's only if he likes you. If you seriously annoy him, he sends a young gunsel to shoot you to death on your own front porch, put radioisotopes in your soup, or stab you in the ass at a bus stop with a ricin injector.