On October 1, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) plans to relinquish our nation’s oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) under a plan approved by the Obama administration. In the wake of the embarrassing revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) was spying on foreign leaders, the Obama administration announced plans in 2014 to shift control of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from the U.S. to a multilateral body; and the time is here. You can do something, but before I get to that; please read the rest of this story so that you will fully understand what this means to you.
ICANN assigns and maintains domain names and Web addresses for the Internet. NTIA currently contracts with ICANN to carry out the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions. Under U.S. governance, the Internet has remained largely free of international political influence and censorship. The Obama plan puts the internet under the control of authoritarian regimes.
This is an extremely dangerous concession
As L. Gordon Crovitz, a former publisher of The Wall Street Journal, wrote in his weekly Information Age column, this is an unwarranted, unilateral concession”In doing this, the United States would surrender ultimate control of what keeps the Internet free and accessible to virtually anyone, anyplace, anytime, to an unelected, uncontrollable ‘global community.’
That ‘community’ of wolves includes, among others, the likes of Russia, with its military already occupying a large portion of a neighboring country; Turkey, which is currently blocking its citizens from communicating on Twitter; and China, with its government control of social media as tight as anywhere on the planet.” I strongly disagree with turning over Internet governance to world communities and leaders who may intend to do us harm. The new “regulators” may be enemies of our way of life, enemies of the United States in general, and or nations that oppose freedom of speech and freedom of the press for their own geo-political reasons.
Congressional action needed!
Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) have introduced the Protecting Internet Freedom Act, which would prevent the Obama administration from giving the Internet away to a global organization that will allow over 160 foreign governments to have increased influence over the management and operation of the Internet. As a backgrounder to the bill, Senator Cruz wrote, “The U.S. government has long protected the core of the Internet from authoritarian regimes who view the Internet as a way to increase their influence and suppress our online freedom of speech. The United States cannot allow authoritarian regimes to increase their influence over the core operating functions of the Internet.”
Barack Obama must not be allowed to unconstitutionally transfer the Internet, a U.S. government property!
Liberty Counsel’s Stop President Obama’s Surrender of the Internet will be delivered to key legislators who can initiate the proper action to stop this dangerously misguided plan by the Obama administration. The petition calls for the passage of the Protecting Internet Freedom Act. We must have as many signatures as possible to deliver to Capitol Hill for maximum impact to stop the Obama administration’s unconstitutional and dangerous surrender.
For your convenience, Liberty Counsel is using their rapid sign technology to immediately and automatically add your name to the petition with one click.
Tragically, this surrender of authority over the Internet is yet another of President Barack H. Obama’s outrageous actions that will further undermine the United States’ power and influence in the world. It is another of his lame duck agenda items, which yet again subverts the United States to international entities, among his global initiatives. I am are urging congressional action to ensure that our oversight of the Internet is NOT ceded to powers who would love to seize control of this vital information portal.
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