Elder Patriot – If you’re concerned about the loss of free speech rights on the internet then you should’ve done something about it when you had the chance.
While the mainstream media conducted a virtual blackout about the subject, literally hundreds of sites like this one were sending up warning flares on a daily basis. Perhaps you didn’t listen because you were told that we were fake news.
In late August of 2016, as his presidency was quickly coming to an end, President Obama ordered the Commerce Department to finalize handing over control of the Internet by October 1st to ICANN – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – an international governing body that included China and Russia.
ICANN is essentially the world’s switchboard connecting unique IP addresses to each other.
And that was exactly what happened on October 1, 2016 when the U.S. government, acting on President Obama’s direction, let go of its grip on the internet by handing control of the net’s address book to a non-profit.
What could possibly go wrong?
Well, maybe Russia (and China) could use this gateway to meddle in some other country’s election? Or, perhaps pierce the cyber firewalls protecting our nation’s most sensitive secrets?
Or, perhaps China would leverage its vast economic clout to demand censorship of unfriendly commentary by American journalists?
Knowing George Soros’ predilection for using non-profits to achieve his nefarious ends, perhaps we should look for his hand in this.
The free speech dominoes have been falling ever since the transfer to ICANN was finalized.
In late November of 2016, we reported on a NY Times story about Facebook. Freed from having to adhere to First Amendment “restrictions,” the social media giant was able to pursue massive new revenue sources regardless of their censorship requirements:
“The social network has quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity because the tool is confidential. The feature was created to help Facebook get into China, a market where the social network has been blocked, these people said. Mr. Zuckerberg has supported and defended the effort, the people added.”
Conservatives, and websites espousing conservative news and opinion, had their reach diminished or completely cut off.
We opined that in the effort to secure entry to the Chinese market, the Chinese would demand censorship of nationalist and pro-Trump inside the U.S. market.
Facebook claimed they were going to rely on third-party fact checkers to avoid being charged with bias. That still left the question of who checks the fact checkers?
“The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) was established and drafted a code of five principles for news websites to accept. Facebook yesterday announced it will work with “third-party fact checking organizations” that are signatories to the code of principles.
“Facebook says that if the “fact checking organizations” determine that a certain story is fake, it will get flagged as disputed and, according to the Facebook announcement, “there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed.”
“IFCN is hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. A cursory search of the Poynter Institute website finds that Poynter’s IFCN is openly funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundations as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, and the National Endowment for Democracy.
While we are unable to provide the smoking gun necessary to prove our theory, you can connect the dots yourselves.
In late December of 2016, the lame duck president signed into law the establishment of a Global Engagement Center, as part of the much broader National Defense Authorization Act. It was funded with $80 million of your hard-earned money.
The wording giving the authorization is sufficiently vague enough for the GEC to morph into a Ministry of Truth.
Now ICANN is warning us “that there is an ongoing and significant risk to key parts of the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure.”
In the context of increasing reports of malicious activity targeting the DNS infrastructure, ICANN is calling for full deployment of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) across all unsecured domain names.
From Politico comes this headline:
‘Sustained and ongoing’ disinformation assault targets Dem presidential candidates
Whoever might be responsible for these malicious attacks can thank Manchurian President Obama for sowing the current level of societal discord… at least that which we see on the web. And that spills over into the broader body politic, as well.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) tried his best to stop the transfer with a late-hour appeal, but a federal judge – appointed by Obama, surprise – denied his request for an injunction and the scheduled turnover took place as scheduled.
Cruz and a few others had argued the transfer could lead to authoritarian countries taking control of the internet and eventually censoring content throughout the world.
“Imagine an internet run like many Middle Eastern countries that punish what they deem to be blasphemy. Or imagine an internet run like China or Russia that punish and incarcerate those who engage in political dissent.
“When ICANN escapes from [US] government authority, ICANN escapes from having to worry about the First Amendment, from having to worry about protecting your rights or my rights.”
Has anyone stopped to consider that some of the censorship, say on Twitter, may be directed by cyber warriors from foreign countries exploiting their newfound control of the switchboard?
Either way, just a few short years later, Obama’s chickens have come home to roost.