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Free Speech Internet Will Soon Disappear

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As the old saying goes, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  When it comes to our collective Internet freedom as it relates to our First Amendment rights, truer words have never been spoken.

Why We Have “Old Sayings”

A culture develops old sayings about life, because over time, the old sayings are generally true and have withstood the test of time. When it comes to Internet freedom, there are two more old sayings that apply: (1) “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it; and, (2) “Inch by inch it is a cinch”.

“If It Ain’t Broken, Don’t Fix It”

There is no need for the government to change access and content rules on the Internet. Therefore, the government must invent reasons to gain control over our free speech on the Internet, and when they engage in this type of intrusiveness, they usually do this “in the name of protecting the children”. Thus, the Federal government will invent reasons why the Internet is broken and must be fixed. These new arguments to intrude on Internet freedom and free speech, are, and will continue to center on child pornography. The problem with this argument is that all States already have very strict  pornography laws. For example, in Arizona, if a person views online child pornography, the criminal penalty is10 years in prison for each separate image that is viewed by the accused. Arizona residents do not need the intrusiveness of the Federal government to come into play in order to protect its citizens from Internet pornography. In short, the Internet “ain’t broken and it does not need fixin’.”

“Inch by Inch, It Is a Cinch”

Through the power of incrementalism, the Federal government is well on its way to seizing total control over the Internet. It is abundantly clear, that the Federal government’s goal is total control over the content on the Internet as well as regulating who has access to this expansive medium of communication.

The Great Firewall of China

China’s Internet police censors are very well-trained and very quick to respond to any content that could potentially pose a potential challenge to the Chinese Communist Party’s political, social and ideological control. China’s Internet police have made China’s Internet the envy of political pro-state propaganda, censorship and government control over commercial activity.

On December 2, 2014, the 7th China-U.S. Internet Industry Forum attracted 150 participants, including Lu Wei, Minister of the State Internet Information Office in China. Wei manages (i.e. rigidly controls) Internet information in China. Also attending the conference was the United States Under Secretary for economic growth, energy and the environment, Catherine Novelli.

In the keynote speech of the conference, Minister Lu made several suggestions, including that China and the U.S. could and should jointly manage the Internet. I will pause for a moment as you rub your eyes in disbelief and reread the previous passage.

Yes, the Chinese and the Americans are actively planning to jointly control the Internet.

President Obama may not be able, or willing, to protect our Southern border from illegal intrusion, but he is certainly on his way to sealing off the borders of Internet freedom.

The two countries vowed to strengthen cooperation (i.e. extreme censorship) on fighting terrorism in cyber space in the latest excuse for Federal government intrusion into our Internet freedoms.

When In Rome, Do As the Romans Do

In classic Orwellian Doublespeak, Under-Secretary Novelli stated that the two countries share a mutual responsibility to build up more broadband access, particularly in the developing world. As the reader will see in later paragraphs, this will be the excuse to tax the Internet. She described this process as being inextricably linked to GDP growth. This twisted logic suggests that economic growth is contingent upon controlling the Internet and its content as well as who has access to the Internet. In China, one increasingly needs an ID to log on to the Internet and the content rules are actually more strictly enforced than Facebook protecting its turf.

Meanwhile at George Washington University (GWU), Minister Lu has been brought to this American university to share stories about the vibrant Chinese Internet industry in Beijing’s Zhongguancun, known as China’s Silicon Valley. While speaking at GWU, Lu invited his American student audience to visit China’s Internet firms there and mingle with the Chinese in order to gain a glimpse of America’s Internet future.

The Secretary General of the Information Research Center of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Jiang Qiping, said the U.S. has been insisting the other countries be completely open in cyberspace, but that would bring huge Internet security concerns. Subsequently, the Chinese are telling Americans that we must protect you from yourself. Secretary General, Qiping should rest easy because America is ready to control the Internet in the same manner as happens in China.

The FCC Plans to “Go Chinese” On Internet Freedom

When government is afraid to outright ban something, they are notorious for taxing the activity into oblivion, so as to deny access to a product or service. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), without any legitimate statutory authority whatsoever, is proposing to expand its taxation and regulation of the Internet. According to the Constitution, all taxes must be passed by Congress. However, nobody ever accused this administration of following the rules of the Constitution (i.e. Benghazi, IRS-Gate, Fast and Furious, intimidation of AP reporters, etc.).

Dictatorial regimes have used the Internet to squash oppositional political thought and to spy on citizens (e.g. NSA). Further, it is well-known that the United Nations views the Internet as an untapped opportunity for tax revenues and an opportunity to regulate popular political ideals (e.g. Agenda 21).

Three Months Ago, the FCC Was Reviewing Archival Documents to Find the Right Mix of Controlling the Internet

Any American who values their present state of Internet Freedom would be wise to review what the FCC was looking at in terms of changing Internet content and access regulations. The following document was leaked to me as to what the FCC was previously looking at when they were meeting outside the purview of public scrutiny. Take the 5-10 minutes necessary to view this 2012 document, under review by the FCC, in order to see just how close we all are to losing our Internet freedom.

COUNCIL WORKING GROUP

TO PREPARE FOR THE 2012 WORLD

CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS

 

I have also received information, from an anonymous whistleblower which stated that the FCC was also reviewing an old Senate bill originally introduced which would have given complete control over the internet to Verizon Wireless, A T & T, Bell South and more. And the FCC was also looking at a former bill introduced by the scourge of Arizona, Senator John McCain, in which he proposed that bloggers be fined up to $300,000 for “offensive statements, photos and videos posted by visitors on comment boards”.

If the FCC had passed any of this legislation, it would have marked the end of previously unrestrained opinions as expressed on the Internet. McCain’s Internet army of censors would then pass the information on to the relevant police authorities and subsequent bloggers could be fined $300,000 or face jail time. Hiding behind the pretense of protecting our children, McCain’s legislation was originally referred to as the “Stop the Online Exploitation of Our Children Act.” The legislation demands that a Stalinist-type army of informants, similar to the abovementioned Chinese Internet police, would patrol the Internet and remove content which it deemed a threat to the established order. The proposed administrative laws, would have had the Internet spies browsing various websites, like a pack of Facebook trolls, looking for inappropriate Internet material which might pose a threat “to the children”.

On the surface, there appears to be good news for Internet freedom advocates. After playing host to protesters in his personal driveway, FCC Director, Tom Wheeler, has backed off consideration for all proposals which in any way, would restrict free access to the Internet and the right to exercise free speech. Before you plan your celebration party, please be aware that the FCC is leaving the door open to imposing an indirect tax upon Internet users. Taxation is a precursor step towards control.

FCC to Use Subterfuge to Control the Internet

On one hand, the FCC seems poised to protect Internet freedom after flirting with rules of extreme censorship only a few months ago. Then, after a few driveway protestors show up, the FCC reverses themselves. However, this is a case of a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”. The FCC is avoiding controversy by changing its tactics.

The FCC has reserved the right to “extract funds from Internet providers to help subsidize services for rural Americans, educators and the poor…” Internet providers won’t be asked to contribute to the subsidy fund, known as Universal Service, right away. The keyword here is “right away“. This will be the first step that the FCC will take to tax the Internet.

Remember,  “Inch by inch, it is a cinch”. If we allow the FCC to unconstitutionally tax the internet, this will be the first step towards exercising unfettered control over the Internet. I also view this as a precursor move to hand over taxation, and ultimately Internet control to the United Nations.

Conclusion

American government and university officials are in bed with the Chinese Internet censors, ostensibly, to learn about how best to limit Internet free speech, Chinese style.

The FCC originally showed its true colors as it strongly considered fining bloggers for free speech on the Internet, according to insider sources. Further, this government is showing its intentions as it is moving toward joint control over the Internet with China. And what will the net effect be? The march towards waking up the country as to the march towards absolute totalitarian control will move forward, unimpeded, as the people eventually lose their right to exercise free speech.

The silver lining in all of this, is that Internet freedom is something that even most of the sheep value. If we in the Independent media play our cards right, we can use this issue to our advantage. Roll up your sleeves awake citizens of America, we have some work to do.

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  2. Can't Be Done February 7, 2015 at 6:25 am

    We have to get organized to show how IP adresses go around all this.

    This will just create two internet’s until the sheep find ours is for free

  3. John February 7, 2015 at 6:38 am

    I better say it now while I can before I get fined $ 300,000 .John McCain washes Henery Kissingers balls .

  4. Useless Eater February 7, 2015 at 6:48 am

    “Save me, dotGuv! Save me from myself!”

  5. Useless Eater February 7, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Oh, and BTW, Dave…thanks for mentioning…

    BENGHAZI

    AND

    FAST AND FURIOUS

    …again. May we NEVER FORGET events like those and
    ——————————- 9/11 ————————————

  6. iwitness02 February 7, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Such a multi pronged attack on freedom is going to require much work to repel. I can’t remember a time when the attacks on personal liberty have come in such a fast and furious fashion. No longer seems like inch by inch, but mile by mile, they crush with a smile. Its what they do. Its all they do. Crush and seize. Their appetite for our liberty and property knows no bounds. Devouring whom they will. Pretty heady stuff for them I imagine. Addiction may not be to strong a word here. Always needs more. One would think that they would worship the taxpayers, but instead control is the only thing that matters to them. Is Houston aware of this? I think so.
    Hope all goes well in Olympia Wash. Rally for Freedom today. The front line at the moment.

  7. JP February 7, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Yep, all those stupid people who didn’t use the Internet to research what’s really going on in our countries will just have to stay asleep because it won’t be long until they’ve locked down the Internet from any speech that isn’t allowed.

  8. Useless Eater February 7, 2015 at 7:02 am

    I am proud to say that,

    “YES, I AM A TRUTHER!”

    In fact, God wouldn’t have it any other way.

  9. joseph February 7, 2015 at 7:24 am

    and don’t forget the ‘Monkey Wrench gang’….there’s about 300 million in this country alone…..

  10. messenger February 7, 2015 at 7:37 am

    I’m not asking this to be a smart butt, but what possible negative effect could we have from eliminating the internet? After teotwawki we won’t have it anyway. thanks

    EDITOR’S NOTE: GO TO A HISTORY BOOK AND LOOK UP THE COMMITTEES OF CORRESPONDANCE

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  12. Scare talk February 7, 2015 at 10:34 am

    The internet can’t be shutdown

    EDITOR’S NOTE: IT CAN, BUT REGARDLESS, THE INTERNET IS AND WILL BE CENSORED

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  14. Cole February 7, 2015 at 11:09 am

    If they do censor the internet, everybody call their ISPs and cancel your service. Will a boycott by, say, 1-2 million people be effective, Dave?

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  17. pobbs February 7, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I’m confused where the assumption comes from that the Gov’t (per se protector of free speech) is less likely to protect free speech than privately held ISP’s? Unless you’re suggesting nobody organizes ever to provide and use internet services, I don’t follow the free speech emotional dig here.

  18. KILLCEN (Kill Censorshi) February 7, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    It will be very hard to censor all of the internet, even by blocking simple domain names, however many of us are well, well prepared to counter this censorship – legally or illegally. A legal example provided below:

    Download over 4,000,000 alternative news reports backed up. This inludes around 500+ news website backups (around 22.5GB total, very big archive):

    https://mega.co.nz/#F!u1NiRCgZ!oZJ7ujAU4RG6hKczsN8org

    EDITOR’S NOTE: THE INTERNET IS CENSORED IN CHINA, WHAT WOULD MAKE IT SO HARD TO DO HERE?

  19. FuAgenda21 February 7, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Well.. since all the commie freaks in the White House and all the ching chang ying yang want to spy on us.. here is a message for them. F U Muslim loving pile of horse sh*t!! We hate you!!

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  21. csaaphill February 8, 2015 at 2:06 am

    ANy wonder now that TTP is becoming the law of the land? Last year people said TPP would regulate the internet and how you use it. Everyone balked conspiracy theory and now look! Soon you will need a biometric type of computer in order to use it! wake up people 666 is here and getting worse. problem is Antichrist is rising and here without a third temple and no one man world dictator like people keep looking to but still keeps trudging along!
    And no pre trib rapture either might want to revise your beleifs and teachings and stop listening to romans 13!
    also on topic it already has look to all the arrests they’ve made since Ferguson!

  22. GearJammer February 8, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Cole says, “If they do censor the internet, everybody call their ISPs and cancel your service. Will a boycott by, say, 1-2 million people be effective, Dave?”
    I have to agree with Cole. What if we cancelled our service? Seriously, some people will gasp in horror at this idea, but don’t we all need a little more “disconnect” anyway? I know I do. Life without being so shackled to our computers, smart phones and tablets sounds like bliss to me.

  23. KILLCEN (Kill Censorship) February 8, 2015 at 8:19 am

    “THE INTERNET IS CENSORED IN CHINA, WHAT WOULD MAKE IT SO HARD TO DO HERE?”

    I’m glad you asked this Mr. Hodges, I’ve done some extensive research into how people around the world counter DPI (deep-packet inspection) which is used to
    censor content in real-time (aka the Chinese Firewall).

    Believe it or not, yes, it can be done. I hope you would allow me to post some archives I have mirrored, this contains many of the tools / software people can (and many do) use to counter such kinds of censorship:

    Censorship Resistant Software
    (Full Updated Archives | ZIPPED | 15.7GB)

    https://mega.co.nz/#F!kJw0jZZb!qDpY2xGsWjsgbEv8toWAQQ

    You can download all of these archives bundled together, I suggest you do that soon and have it backed up to hardcopy discs encase you or others need to put some to use).

    Censorship Resistant Software.tar.gz | 14.66GB

    EDITOR’S NOTE: I WISHED YOU WERE RIGHT. HOWEVER, THIS SOFTWARE IS TRUMPED BY THE FEDS AND SHOULD BE CLASSIFIED AS SOFTWARE FOR THE JUNIOR VARSITY.

    https://mega.co.nz/#!gdI03CDK!YnLiP4cUdLPa__62TG5LwEP1zoAEndvOyBxD1eLlWIE

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  27. Lucky7t February 9, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Gearjammer,
    You hit the nail on the head. Personally I could care less if I have Internet. I know it could be catastrophic to America and of course don’t want to happen . But myself and family could do without it. And for what’s it’s worth I think Americas youth could do without it as well

  28. Ren February 10, 2015 at 9:54 am

    This is little more than corporate drivel and over reaction.

    I have been in favor of title 2 not because of the reason everyone’s been touting (the stupid fast lane rumors), but specifically because internet pricing/speeds do need regulated, especially WIRELESS.

    Even better if we end up with municipal/state internet. The USA has some of the worst internet in 1st world countries and other countries laugh at us for it, the corporations are anti competitive and use ridiculous schemes to make money (again, especially with WIRELESS phones) and it needs to fucking stop. These corporations have no scruples at all.

    Try living in a town where the only internet is still running at year 2002 speeds, you’re paying twice as much as your online friends for 1/20th the speed, and the money is never reinvested into the network. Maybe you’ll change your tune. Remember kids, these major corporations behind “protectinternetfreedom.com” are the very ones that lobbied to have municipal internet banned to protect their lucrative business.

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