(Natl Journal) An Obama Administration plan to give up control of the Internet to globalists, may open the door to a takeover by an authoritarian regime, Republican lawmakers said today.
If Russia or the China regime would gain new influence over the management created here in the United States, they could begin censoring content or blocking websites that they determine to be objectionable.
“Make no mistake, threats to openness and freedom of the Internet are real,” said Rep Greg Walden (R-OR) Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which held a hearing on the issue today. “Leaders such as Vladimir Putin, have explicitly announced their desire to gain control of the Internet.”
Walden and other Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill that would block the transfer of authority until the Govt Accountability Office can study the issue. Dozens of Senators led by John Thune (R-SD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to the Obama Administration today, demanding more answers about their plan.
(FOX News) Politicians have always loved to see their names in the newspaper but at Cal Poly, candidates for student government face fines of $100 for just speaking with reporters.
J.J. Jenkins, Editor-in-Chief of the Mustang News the school’s student newspaper told FOX News.com that two of four candidates for student body president have been fined $100 after they or their campaign staff spoke to the student run newspaper–the students were notified they violated the ‘Associated Students, Inc (ASI) election code at the public university which bans active campaigning including “non-verbal public display” until 10 days before the 23 April election.
When was the 1st Amendment repealed?
Jilani reacting to an on-air protest by Journalist Liz Wahl who resigned Wednesday, in protest over Russia’s invasion of Southern Ukraine–the second American reporter to publicly condemn the Russian government’s actions on its own channel.
Wahl who worked in the media outlets Washington, D.C. bureau said that she could no longer be a “part of the network, funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin. I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth and that is why after this newscast, I’m resigning.”
In a post entitled “How Working in Washington Taught Me We’re All a Little Like RT America” Jilani explained how the Obama Administration frequently played the part of the Kremlin, leaning on management to push their writers in a particular direction and punishing them if they strayed from the party line.
“I’m writing this post to explain how working in Washington taught me we’re all a little bit like the the good folk who work at RT America struggling against editorial censors, doing our best to follow our conscience despite sometimes suffocating from our publishers and sponsors…Essentially they were doing the same thing to us (that) RT America is telling its American producers to do now—align with your boss, who is the president of the United States.”
(Epoch Times) China regime official Zhang Chunxian in charge of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region blamed Internet freedom for causing terrorist attacks in a report given to the National People’s Congress on Thursday in Beijing, arguing that:
“Ninety percent of the violent terrorist attacks by Xinjiang (Separatists) are due to circumvention technologies for breaking the firewall…They use videos on the Internet to continue organizing attacks.”
Many Chinese resort to circumventing firewall using technologies such as “Freegate” because the China Regime strictly controls the Internet and blocks social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
On the 16 July, 2012 I wrote here that the ‘Sina-Weibo’ account of the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai disappeared, American diplomats naively were scratching their heads trying to figure out what had happened. Subsequently, on the 18 August, 2011 I wrote here that the China Regime attempted to scrub from the Internet blog posts reporting on the mass demonstrations that were happening in Dalian, Liaoning Province.
Free speech is essential in the pursuit of learning, every idea or thought is not an avenue of incitement, censorship only results in the pursuit of finding cracks in the Great Firewall of China.
(Washington Free Beacon) The Obama Administration by and through HHS (which by the way has been responsible for the ObamaCare roll-out disaster) now is seeking a ‘social media analytical tool’ that will give the government access to ‘full Twitter historical data’ according to a Fed Biz Opps.gov solicitation posted this week.
Yesterday I wrote here that the Obama Administration now wants to put government agents into newsrooms to pressure media organizations into covering certain stories which it deems to be suitable for dissemination and demand reporters, editors and station owners justify the stories which they run.
First the NSA began spying on every American, then the government went after FOX News and James Rosen next the Obama Administration went after the Little Sisters of the Poor after seizing control of health care, then the IRS went after ‘Tea Party’ groups that objected to government policy.
When they come for you will anyone be left to speak up for you?
(Mediate) FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal issued a warning to Americans that the agency will be putting ‘government monitors’ in newsrooms to inspect issues such as the amount of time is spent on the “critical information needs of the American public with special emphasis on vulnerable/disadvantaged populations.”
The Obama Administration has no place attempting to “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories,” writes Pai of the 2013 proposal that would permit government agents to “grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run.”
What a chilling erosion of our sacred 1st Amendment liberties which specifically protects free speech from government interference.
More here FCC Official Warns Agency Could Stifle Freedom of the Press
(Committee to Protect Journalists) President Obama came into office pledging an ‘open and transparent government’ but he’s fallen short of that promise.
Journalists and transparency activists say the Obama Administration curbs routine disclosure of information and deploys its own media to evade scrutiny by the press. Aggressive prosecution of leakers and ‘whistle-blowers’ of classified information, demonizing FOX News to investigating James Rosen including other reporters and broad electronic surveillance programs deter government sources from speaking to journalists.
Committee to Protect Journalists, has distributed a pattern of actions by the Obama Administration that have chilled the flow of information on issues of great public interest, including matters of national security.
The Obama Administration war on leaks to the press through the use of secret subpoena’s against news organizations, its assertion through prosecution that leaking classified documents to the press is espionage or aiding the enemy and their increased limitations on access to information that is in the public interest–all thwart a free and open discussion necessary to a democracy.
(Breitbart) The most recent Congressional threat to a Free Press in the United States comes from the Senate Democrat-Progressive/Socialist Majority Judiciary Committee, which approved today 15-3 a measure that would redefine “Journalist” clearing the way for approval of the legislation.
Under the proposed legislation a “Journalist” would now be defined as an employee, independent contractor or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information–the individual would have been employed for 1 year within the last 20 or 3 months within the last 5 years; It would apply to ‘student journalists’ or someone with a considerable amount of freelance work in the last 5 years. A federal judge would also have the authority to declare one a ‘covered journalist’ who would be granted privileges of the new proposed law.
(Hmm..I wonder if Benjamin Franklin and James Madison could have called themselves journalists under such a broad definition? I digress)
“I think journalism has a certain tradecraft. Its a profession. I recognize that everyone can think they’re a journalist,” said Sen Dianne Feinstein.
The language incorporated into the proposed legislation is raising concerns from First Amendment advocates because it seems to have deliberately left out Bloggers and other non-traditional forms of journalism that have proliferated in recent years thanks to the Internet writes The Western Center for Journalism.
“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” President Harry S. Truman