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We Must Stop Obama’s Surrender of the Internet

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There is a battle brewing in Congress over President Obama’s plan to surrender U.S. oversight of key Internet functions to unspecified members of the international community.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce begins their deliberations on this crucial matter Wednesday.  Intense sentiment about this unilateral move by the Obama administration is already being expressed in both Chambers of Congress. internetsurrender-fiber

While it remains unclear as to who would make up an international oversight committee, one fact remains certain: There are world leaders who would turn such oversight into a massive exercise in censorship and intelligence gathering.

Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee warned:

“Giving up control of ICANN will allow countries like China and Russia that don’t place the same value on freedom of speech to better define how the Internet looks and operates.

“Russian President Vladimir Putin is maneuvering to seize control of the Internet for the purpose of political censorship. In secret meetings with the U.N., Putin reportedly told them he wanted to block those people and organizations who were ‘interfering in the internal affairs, or undermining the sovereignty, national security, territorial integrity and public safety of other states, or (want) to divulge information of a sensitive nature.’”

China is also lobbying for more control over the Internet.

It is also being reported that this international committee could be given the power to censor nations, using Internet access as sanctions against them, such as are being considered by Europeans against Israel if they don’t keep negotiating with the Palestinians.

Sadly, this new “control group” may be comprised of enemies of our nation, enemies of liberty, and/or radicals who oppose our freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

This is a monumental mistake that endangers our national security and individual rights. It must be stopped.

Wednesday, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce began its hearings on this important matter, pledging to conduct “aggressive oversight following the recent announcement by the Obama administration on the future of Internet governance.”

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) told Fox News that giving up oversight of the Internet may be a ploy by the Obama administration to win international diplomatic favor, which Scott called a “bad decision.”

Tragically, this surrender of authority over the Internet is yet another of President Barack H. Obama’s misguided actions that will further undermine the United States’ power and influence in the world.

Freedom-loving Americans must urge congressional action to ensure that America’s oversight of the Internet is NOT ceded to the international community.

Liberty Counsel Action has made available a petition to urge Congress to stop Obama’s potentially catastrophic surrender.  Please, click here to sign the “Stop President Obama’s Surrender of the Internet” petition.

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  • http://www.examiner.com/political-rebuttal-in-national/michael-ross Michael Ross

    Keep chanting this crap until you’re blue in the face, it won’t ever magically stop being crap.

    Obama did not give control of the Internet to the United Nations. He did the exact opposite of what you douchebags keep whining about.

    You ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

  • Jamocha Quebus

    Am I the only one who thinks Obama’s whole goal is to destroy any influence or autonomy that America has. I picture him in his heart saying” What more can I do to destroy this nation? And I picture naive Democrats gasping with orgasmic joy at anything he does believing that he has altruistic designs for their best interests.

    • Boo Hoo

      No, you are obviously not the only person who thinks that. Every Republican thinks that. It’s hilarious.

      • Jamocha Quebus

        I’m not a Republican, and thank God I have the intelligence not to be a Communist (Democrat)

        • YourFunUncle

          Define Communism.

          • Jamocha Quebus

            Define Communism:Death. Death from the government killing its own people.
            Communist Body Count: 149,469,610

          • YourFunUncle

            If you don’t know then just say so.

          • Jamocha Quebus

            Either you are ignorant or you sympathize with Communist ideology, Sam Webb endorsed Obama for President, That in itself said more than all of the media talking heads could ever say about him. Here is a suggestion; google the number in millions of people that communists have killed. I’ve studied communism for many years and read the testimonies of the murder, torture, rapes, beheadings, starvation, mass killings, that it has wrought on humans, it is nothing less that an ideology that is from hell and its end result is the destruction of human freedom. Here are a list of name you can research to clarify your understanding of the leaders of communism and what their governance has brought to their nations, Stalin, Lenin, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, Mao Zedong, Kim Sung II, Janos Kadar, Kazimierz Mijal who lead my nation into chaos and death. Yes, I KNOW all about communism, its belief system has been instrumental in killing many of my family.

            .

          • YourFunUncle

            Then you should know that Obama’s style of governing could not be any further from communism. He is as big of a corporate shill as any president we have had.

          • Jamocha Quebus

            Obama is backed by a clique of globalist bankers, follows Socialist Communist ideology of control over the U.S. population through overbearing socialist legislation. He is backed by Zbigniew Bzrezinski and he is a shill for the Tri-lateral commission. He is multi-purposed in being all things to all people. He is not any different than any of the Bush’s, Clinton’s, Reagan, or Carter. He is a useful idiot and will bring the U.S. to it’s knees through “his” mismanagement of foreign policy if he is demonstrating any autonomy or just following orders.

        • Boo Hoo

          Bwahahaha

          Whatever you say, umm, “Comrade”. :-D

          • Jamocha Quebus

            Not a Communist , a Born-Again Christian. Your attempt at humor fell short.

          • Boo Hoo

            I’m sure it did.

            :-D

          • http://spacegod.tumblr.com/ spacegod

            “Born-Again Christian” is not a political stance, just like “Muslim” is not a race.

  • penguin_boy

    Except that this isn’t happening.

    Democrats and Internet experts believe the move actually lessens
    the power of the United Nations’ agency and makes the entire playing
    field more fair.

    “It’s not a good news item for the ITU,” said Nick Ashton-Hart, the
    Geneva representative for the Computer & Communications Industry
    Association and a former ICANN official. “If the U.S. was to try and
    maintain the master key, it would have been more likely to result in the
    fragmentation of the Internet,” because other countries could claim a
    similar role.

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration — the
    arm of the Commerce Department that made the announcement — vowed to
    turn down any proposal that leaves the Internet infrastructure in the
    hands of specific countries or groups like the ITU.

    “NTIA has made it clear we will not accept a proposal that replaces
    the NTIA role with a government-led or an intergovernmental organization
    solution,” the agency’s administrator Larry Strickling reiterated
    Monday.

    An NTIA official emphasized last week that the administration always
    intended to give up its oversight role, a plan outlined as early as 1998
    — when the Department of Commerce first established ICANN.

    If the agency hadn’t relinquished its oversight, the ITU could
    continue to argue that ICANN functioned as a pawn for the U.S.
    government, said former Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), who oversaw the
    Energy and Commerce subcommittee with jurisdiction over ICANN. “This
    will reduce the level of global controversy.”

    • Boo Hoo

      I’m actually shocked and surprised that Barbwire would post a factually incorrect article.

      Yes, believe it or not, I said that with a straight face.

  • Jon Newman

    Yes, Let the federal government control the internet. Teabbaging wingnuts do love their big government.

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