Saturday, August 29, 2009

Proposed Bill would give Obama "emergency" control of the internet

"Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play."

- Joseph Goebbels.

A proposed bill would give President Obama "emergency" control of the internet. See here. Is there really any doubt that such after such legislation is passed, an "unexpected emergency" would require the President to exercise such control? Obama's FCC "Diversity Czar" Mark Lloyd has praised Hugo Chavez for shutting down dissenting media: See here. This is the same man who wrote, '...blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies." (Prologue to a Farce: Communication and Democracy in America, p. 20).

In his Encyclical Letter Centesimus Annus, Pope John Paul II warned us that, "....totalitarianism arises out of a denial of truth in the objective sense. If there is no transcendent truth, in obedience to which man achieves his full identity, then there is no sure principle for guaranteeing just relations between people. Their self-interest as a class, group or nation would inevitably set them in opposition to one another. If one does not acknowledge transcendent truth, then the force of power takes over, and each person tends to make full use of the means at his disposal in order to impose his own interests or his own opinion, with no regard for the rights of others. People are then respected only to the extent that they can be exploited for selfish ends. Thus, the root of modern totalitarianism is to be found in the denial of the transcendent dignity of the human person who, as the visible image of the invisible God, is therefore by his very nature the subject of rights which no one may violate — no individual, group, class, nation or State. Not even the majority of a social body may violate these rights, by going against the minority, by isolating, oppressing, or exploiting it, or by attempting to annihilate it.." (No. 44).

There is an eerie similarity with Nazi Germany. The proposed bill which would grant Obama "emergency" control of the internet reads, "The the event of an immediate threat to strategic national interests involving compromised Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network...may declare a cybersecurity emergency; and...if the President finds it necessary for the national defense and security, and in coordination with relevant industry sectors, direct the national response to the cyber threat and the timely restoration of the affected critical infrastructure information system or network..."

I'm sure restoration would be "timely." But what would the internet look like after being "restored"? We have reason to be concerned given Mark Lloyd's attitude toward free speech. Under Erich Scholz, Minister of the Interior for the Third Reich, the Reich Broadcasting Corporation became nothing but a propaganda tool where dissenting ideas which were deemed dangerous or "degrading" were simply excluded. In the words of Erich Scholz, "The German radio serves the German people. That which degrades the German people is excluded from German radio."

And who decided what would "degrade the German people"? Three guesses baby.


Amanda said...

Any excuse will suffice. You are right Paul. A clampdown on free speech is coming. I think the focus will be on the internet first and then radio and television. The so-called "Fairness Doctrine" is being advanced again in some quarters. Something really big is going to happen soon. You can feel it.

ACatholicinClinton said...

Speaking about propaganda, have you read the puff piece praising Senator Ted Kennedy in The Catholic Free Press? This ridiculous article quotes Senator Kerry as saying that Keenedy taught us how to put ideals into action. The Bishop needs to address this scandal. A Catholic newspaper should put Catholic principles and teaching before worldly agendas. Once again The Catholic Free Press has become a source of scandal.

Read the article here:

David said...

Paul, I posted your excellent Blog post from last April at the Holy Cross Cardinal Newman website:

I want to thank you for your foresight. Your posts here have been nothing short of prophetic.

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