September 30, 2016, will be the final day for the last bit of American control over the internet, a worldwide computer network created by the federal government. The Department of Commerce will turn over control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), which allows web users to connect with each other by matching internet addresses with websites and computers, to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
ICANN is a “charitable and public purposes” non-profit corporation. Management consists of a 16-member Board of Directors whose members are chosen from various supporting committees, organizations, and groups. One of these committees, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), is comprised of 108 United Nations member countries, the Vatican, the European Commission, the African Union Commission, and other countries. The United Nations is a front for the New World Order. Numerous international organizations serve as observers to the GAC, including the World Trade Organization (a NWO org), which has a cooperation arrangement with the UN; the World Bank (a NWO org), a UN organization; the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, which runs the UN; the World Health Organization, a UN organization; the World Meteorological Organization, a UN organization; the Universal Postal Union, a UN organization; the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a UN organization; the International Labor Organization, a UN organization; the International Telecommunications Union, a UN organization; and the World Intellectual Property Organization, a UN organization.
Members of the United Nations include China and Russia, both of which currently censor the internet, especially China. Concerns have been expressed that a totalitarian government like China could enact censorship of the internet worldwide just as they do in their country.
Some members of Congress have been taking action to try to stop the Department of Commerce from totally giving away internet control to the United Nations. In a May 2016, letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker (CFR), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote, “The proposal will significantly increase the power of foreign governments over the Internet, expand ICANN’s historical core mission by creating a gateway to content regulation, and embolden [its] leadership to act without any real accountability.” The letter was also signed by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).
The senators expressed their concerns that if the transfer of the IANA takes place, it could result in facilities moving to China and being housed in the same building that conducts Chinese internet censorship. According to the letter, “We have uncovered that ICANN’s Beijing office is actually located within the same building as the Cyberspace Administration of China, which is the central agency within the Chinese government’s censorship regime.” The letter also mentioned that certain American companies participating in the transfer currently have “shown a willingness to acquiesce” to the censorship wishes of the Chinese.
Amazingly, Congress has already passed legislation that specifically states tax dollars cannot be used by the federal government to transfer IANA control. In addition, federal property cannot constitutionally be transferred without Congressional approval. Why is the Obama Administration proceeding with an action that is unconstitutional? Obama (BB) continually ignores the constitution when it interferes with his plans. It really shouldn’t be a surprise since Obama is an anti-American constitutionally ineligible president.
What happens when Obama illegally transfers internet control to ICANN on October 1, 2016? Approximately 25 advocacy groups wrote to Congress expressing their concerns about the illegal transfer. The advocacy groups included Americans for Tax Reform, Heritage Action (a sister organization of the Heritage Foundation, a NWO org), and Americans for Limited Government, which made a separate statement that called on Congress to take action by suing if the transfer occurs. Why do they have to wait until after the transfer occurs? It seems likely that tax dollars have already been spent on transferring IANA control, which is illegal, since the Commerce Department first announced its intention to do so in 2014.
Those in favor of the transfer of IANA claim nothing nefarious can happen because of “safeguards” ICANN has in place that would stop control from being appropriated by several governments. One of the “safeguards’ is a rule preventing major regulatory changes unless the governing board comes to a consensus about the proposed changes. Who is on the governing board? Governance of ICANN is comprised of two internet technical organizations, and the Internet Governance Forum. The Forum unites stakeholders, including governments, the private sector, academics and technical experts for discussions on internet governance. Who are some of the governments that will be included in these discussions? China and Russia of course, because the Internet Governance Forum is a UN organization!!
Another issue with ICANN assuming complete control of the internet is that it will lose its antitrust exemption. Governments and organizations subject to government control are exempt from antitrust rules. An Appeals Court case in 1999 upheld the internet domain monopoly ICANN has because of a Commerce Department contract specifying ICANN is a government “instrumentality.” ICANN will lose its antitrust exemption on October 1, 2016 unless it can find a different governmental group to oversee it as the U. S. government did. A group such as the Untied Nations perhaps?
Eradicating all vestiges of American control over the internet was first announced by the Commerce Department in March 2014. At a March 2016 ICANN meeting, approval was given to move forward with the transition. The plan then had to be approved by the U. S. Commerce Department.
On numerous occasions the Commerce Department said it would only accept a plan that keeps an open internet and does not allow other governments to control, including the United Nations. Is this really true?
According to an 8/29/2016 Wall Street Journal report, the United Nations plans for controlling the internet are contained in its Geneva Declaration of Principles, which could, “spell the end of the current era of free speech on the Internet, as well as free enterprise.”
In a statement China said, “It is necessary to ensure that United Nations plays a facilitating role in setting up international public policies pertaining to the Internet.” Russia has said, “We consider it necessary to consecutively increase the role of governments in the Internet governance, with strengthening the activity of the International Telecommunications Union [the UNs telecommunications arm] in this field… in the development of ethical aspects of Internet use.”
If you think the United States will ever be treated fairly by the United Nations, remember this: the United Nations is run by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which represents 21% of the world’s populaton. China represents 19% of the world’s population. The United States only has 5% of the world’s population, but of course we pay the vast majority of the expenses needed to operate the United Nations and all its organizations.
Obama is constantly mentioning the importance of Congress approving the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) that he has already signed. He calls it a trade agreement, yet only 20% of the agreement involves trade. One of the non-trade parts of the agreement involves substantial internet use restrictions and intellectual property use restrictions. Translation: Chinese-style censorship of the entire internet, not just in China.
In November 2013, the website WikiLeaks published the draft version of the Intellectual Property Rights Chapter of the TPP. According to WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange, “If instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.”
A few of the changes the TPP would make include eliminating fair use of copyrighted material. Someone using audio clips, images, short video clips, etc., could end up in prison since those actions would be crimes. Anyone using copyrighted fair use material would not be allowed to use the internet again. These measures are designed to silence dissidents. Also, sharing music files with friends would be a criminal act. Congress would not be able to change any laws because all member nations of the TPP give up their national sovereignty when they join the partnership.
Many of the requirements detailed in the IP chapter are much more restrictive than currently exists in international standards.
Anyone using the internet would have to have an ID. This would enable the powers that be to eliminate you from the internet on a whim.
Internet police would be created to censor website content and delete entire websites.
The added requirements would result in internet service providers dramatically increasing their prices because of the added costs to do business.
According to documents leaked by DCLeaks, a hacktivist group, Open Society Justice Initiative, a George Soros organization, created a document that called for the internet to be regulated internationally in order to protect freedom of expression. “Our freedom of expression work furthers the free exchange of information and ideas via the media and internet, and proposes to begin to address the free expression and association rights of NGOs. The internet has been a key tool for promoting freedom of expression and open societies — as in the Arab Spring — and is a potential safeguard against monopoly control of information in such places as China and Central Asia,” the document said. “But it is also presenting underaddressed challenges, including lack of regulation of private operators that are able to decide, without due process procedures, what information is taken off the Internet and what may remain. A ‘race to the bottom’ results from the agendas of undemocratic governments that seek to impose their hostility to free speech on the general online environment. We seek to ensure that, from among the norms emerging in different parts of the world, those most supportive of open society gain sway.”
The document, written in 2014, details the goals of the Open Society Justice Initiative for the timeframe of 2014 – 2017.
Numerous initiatives and concepts for programs were outlined in the document. One of these was described as, “Promote — by advocating for the adoption of nuanced legal norms, and litigation — an appropriate balance between privacy and free expression/transparency values in areas of particular interest to OSF and the Justice Initiative, including online public interest speech, access to ethnic data, public health statistics, corporate beneficial ownership, asset declarations of public officials, and rights of NGOs to keep information private.”
So, the content of the internet should only be what the Open Society Foundation and Open Society Justice Initiative, in other words George Soros, want the content to be. They could care less about what anyone else wants the content of the internet to consist of.
According to the Constitution, after a president signs a trade agreement it must be ratified by Congress before it can be implemented. Congress has not ratified the TPP yet, but it is definitely being implemented. If you think Congress won’t ratify the agreement, keep in mind that making trade agreements is a Congressional power that Congress voted to give to the president. Referred to as fast track authority, no agreement signed under fast track authority has ever failed to be ratified by Congress in more than 80 years of using fast-track authority.
If Congress passes the TPP, the transferring of American sovereignty to foreign corporations will begin. This is treason. Any member of Congress that votes for the TPP, when it comes up for vote, will be a traitor to the American Republic. Since all trade agreements signed by a president under fast-track authority have always been approved by Congress, is any member of Congress that voted for fast-track authority guilty of committing treason? Some of them were even paid for their vote, including Sen. Ted Cruz (paid $35,425, voted yes and no on fast track authority), Sen. James Lankford (paid $5,500, voted yes twice for fast track authority), Sen. Mike Lee (paid $14,511, voted no and did not vote for fast track authority), and Rep. John Culberson (was not paid, but voted yes on fast track authority).
On 9/5/2016, while in China to attend the G-20 Summit meeting, Obama said there needs to be several international agreements so that internet activity can be regulated. “What we cannot do is have a situation in which suddenly this becomes the Wild, Wild West,” he said.
What did Obama mean by international agreements? The first international agreement he is pushing that will involve heavy censorship of the internet is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). He has already signed the agreement, but the Senate has not yet voted whether to approve it. It’s being implemented just the same. If the TPP is ratified, the next international agreement will be the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which will bring in more internet censorship. If the TTIP is ratified, the next international agreement will be the Trade In Services Agreement (TISA), which will bring in still more internet censorship and possibly kill the internet altogether.
So, all the critics have it wrong. Congressional concerns about losing control over sensitive U.S. domains such as .gov and .mil are completely baseless. Nothing can possibly go wrong with the proper functioning and searching of the internet because the fox will be in control of the hen house! We can all rest easy now.