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Obama Dithers as U.N. Readies Attack on Internet

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Hassan

Columbus, OH

#1 Dec 6, 2012
While talk of the United States tumbling over a so-called “fiscal cliff” dominates news cycles in the nation’s capital and other major cities, on the other side of the planet, the United Nations is quietly but relentlessly pressing to take control of the Internet. It is being aided in this illicit endeavor by various totalitarian regimes, and by many smaller states that routinely use their strength in numbers to bash America.

The vehicle chosen by the internationalists for this power grab is the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), one of the many aged bureaucracies that long ago lost any degree of relevance in the modern world. ITU members, including the United States, are meeting in Dubai this week and next to consider the future of the “open Internet.” No good can come of this project, but the American representatives – as befitting the Obama Administration’s penchant for vagueness and conciliation in international affairs – has been less than aggressive in opposing the ITU’s brazen effort to gain control of the Internet.

In a single generation, the Internet has given to virtually every person on the face of the earth the ability to communicate with fellow human beings on virtually any topic, at any time, and in every nook and cranny on the globe. This magnificent invention has done this without succumbing to government control. The “open Internet”– reflecting standards and protocols set by the non-governmental Internet Society -- truly is “open”; and it is from this openness and independence from government that it derives its great power. Make the Internet subject to control by government, either directly or indirectly through meddling international bureaucracies, and it will quickly lose its magic and its inherent power to inform.

Yet this is exactly what ITU members such as China, Russia, Syria, North Korea and Saudi Arabia are attempting to accomplish in Dubai. They must not be allowed to succeed.

None of these governments admits publicly that among the real reasons they seek to vest control of the Internet in the United Nations, is to control the substance of information transmitted over it. They claim benign motives, such as seeking to protect the world’s citizens from terrorists and other “evil” persons and entities using the Internet to do harm. In typical U.N. double-speak, ITU's top official, Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré, attempted to allay concerns by claiming the organization he heads is seeking only to institute “light touch” regulation.
Hassan

Columbus, OH

#2 Dec 6, 2012
“Light touch,” indeed. It’s all about taxation and control. When was the last time Beijing used a “light touch” in quelling hints of political dissent? How light is Putin’s “touch” in making sure political adversaries are railroaded into long prison terms? And, if Syria’s Assad is “lightly” responding to political dissent in his country, what would a “strong touch” look like?

According to L. Gordon Crovitz, writing recently in the Wall Street Journal,proposals being considered by the ITU to regulate the Internet run to more than 200 pages; and include such measures as so-called “sender-party-pays” rules. Such requirements, if implemented, would diminish much of the Internet’s utility in providing a means for users to communicate from one country to another, because such international communications would be subject to a fee from the originating country to the receiving country.

As noted also by Crovitz, other countries pressing for Internet control want the ITU to be able to monitor Internet traffic through their countries; obviously as a means to censor such communications and identify “troublemakers.”

At a time when the United States ought to be openly and loudly condemning moves to control the Internet, the best the top State Department delegate to the Dubai conference reportedly could muster, was a meek excuse that the U.S. has to be measured in its criticism of the ITU’s power grab, because “we don’t want to come across like we’re preaching to others.”

With such namby-pamby representation as this, the Republicans in the Congress need to align themselves with the Internet Society, privacy advocates, and major tech companies such as Google and Facebook, and do what the Obama Administration is afraid to do -- quickly and forcefully act to protect the independence of the Internet from the grasping hands of international bureaucrats and totalitarian regimes everywhere.

http://townhall.com/columnists/bobbarr/2012/1...
Oliver

Columbus, OH

#3 Dec 6, 2012
George posted the same thing. He must be copying you like he does everyone else.

Hugh Victor Thompson III

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#4 Dec 6, 2012
Oliver wrote:
George posted the same thing. He must be copying you like he does everyone else.
If you possessed an ounce of intelligence, you'd see that my thread was posted first.
Primordial Swamp Hilliard

Dublin, OH

#5 Dec 6, 2012
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>If you possessed an ounce of intelligence, you'd see that my thread was posted first.
More spew from Topix's resident Idiot Savant.

Hugh Victor Thompson III

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#6 Dec 6, 2012
Primordial Swamp Hilliard wrote:
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More spew from Topix's resident Idiot Savant.
Poor little troll...it's cranky when it wakes up for the day.
Oliver

Columbus, OH

#7 Dec 6, 2012
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>If you possessed an ounce of intelligence, you'd see that my thread was posted first.
Hassan's thread was first, tool. It's clear that you copied him word for word.
Majority Fools

Dublin, OH

#9 Dec 6, 2012
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Poor little troll...it's cranky when it wakes up for the day.
Larchmont's primary source of sewage.

Putzmaster General of Topix.......
notlocal

AOL

#10 Dec 6, 2012
Oliver wrote:
George posted the same thing. He must be copying you like he does everyone else.
Oliver, it's a discussion. Take a walk with this kind of stuff. O.K.?
notlocal

AOL

#11 Dec 6, 2012
I don't mean to be rude, but it gets all off subject.
Oliver

Columbus, OH

#12 Dec 6, 2012
notlocal wrote:
I don't mean to be rude, but it gets all off subject.
Big talk for a grown adult who doesn't know how to ride a bike.

Hugh Victor Thompson III

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#13 Dec 6, 2012
Oliver wrote:
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Big talk for a grown adult who doesn't know how to ride a bike.
Wow, what an "adult" response.

Hugh Victor Thompson III

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#14 Dec 6, 2012
Oliver wrote:
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Hassan's thread was first, tool. It's clear that you copied him word for word.
Then why does my thread say seven hours ago and this one says six hours ago, liar?
George Jefferson Hilliard

Dublin, OH

#15 Dec 6, 2012
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Wow, what an "adult" response.
You wouldn't have a clue... Georgietard.

Hugh Victor Thompson III

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#17 Dec 6, 2012
George Jefferson Hilliard wrote:
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You wouldn't have a clue... Georgietard.
I'm afraid I do, little boy. Too bad your parents failed you.
just sayin

Columbus, OH

#18 Dec 7, 2012
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Then why does my thread say seven hours ago and this one says six hours ago, liar?
George does it really matter who posted first? Any idiot can look at the posting times. They're just baiting you into responding in order to make you look like a child and they're succeeding at doing so.
George Jefferson Hilliard

Columbus, OH

#19 Dec 7, 2012
Karl Monday wrote:
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You wouldn't have a brain...Scarecrow...which is all you are, just a repetitive immature loser who won't register as Big Johnson.
What purpose would registering as Big Johnson or anyone else serve? Nothing.
George Jefferson Hilliard

Columbus, OH

#21 Dec 7, 2012
Karl Monday wrote:
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It makes you more mature
Odd how it didn't work for you or your spunk buddy Georgy Porgy.

Hugh Victor Thompson III

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#22 Dec 7, 2012
George Jefferson Hilliard wrote:
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Odd how it didn't work for you or your spunk buddy Georgy Porgy.
Wrong. Using a single name, especially when registered, makes one accountable and consistent, both of which are components of maturity.
Carry on, junior.
George Jefferson Hilliard

Columbus, OH

#23 Dec 7, 2012
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Wrong. Using a single name, especially when registered, makes one accountable and consistent, both of which are components of maturity.
Carry on, junior.
Accountable to who, YOU? You're so full of yourself. You'll have to excuse me as I must now go take a George.

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