America awake yet?

Posted: June 21, 2010 in Politics

Joe Lieberman attempted to reassure the American public yesterday on CNN concerning his bill that would give the President of the United States the power to close or restrict access to the internet in times of national emergencies. 

Lieberman cited China a country that censors all online dissent against the state, as the model to which American should compare itself.  This only heightens concerns that the government is in fact going after free speech with the bill “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act” granting ownership of the internet to the Federal government. 

Intelligent people from every socio economic background have an obligation to challenge this bill with every means possible, call you representatives in Washington, and make your voices heard clearly. 

The draconian measures of this bill will influence our lives and ability in every aspect from economic to political dissension and registering your website through government-approved censors will be the next logical step to restrict your rights under the constitution, much the same, as China now requires its citizens to comply with prior to using the internet. 

“Right now China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war and we need to have that here too,” said Lieberman. 

Chinese Internet censorship is compulsory via a centralized government blacklist of any websites that contain criticism of the state, porn, or any other content deemed unsuitable by the authorities. Every time citizens of China attempt to visit a website, they are guided through the government firewall restricting them to approved government listings only. 

This is the internet Lieberman envisions for Americans and it dangerous territory when any government or Senator introduces legislation attacking free speech and commerce. The erosion of civil rights in America started on September 11 and the constitution has come under increasing attacks ever since.

The words and vision the founding fathers of the United States entrenched in the constitution resonate as strongly today as they day they were written and is the single most important document in the United States, protecting each of you from the authoritarian designs on your rights the government so easily treads on in the name of national security. 

China has exercised its power to shut down the Internet, something that Lieberman wants to introduce in the U.S., at politically sensitive times in order to stem the flow of information about government abuse and atrocities. During the anti-government riots, which occurred in July 2009, the Chinese government completely shut down the Internet across the entire northwestern region of Xinjiang for days. Similarly, Internet access in parts of Tibet is routinely restricted as part of government efforts to pre-empt and neutralize unrest.

In addition, the FCC has rolled a censorship plan into its Net Neutrality scheme in a stealth attempt to impose Internet regulation.

Political discourse is constructive in a free and open society and restrictions placed on the free exchange of ideas and opinion fails to develop or allow for the necessary changes to societal problems the free flow of ideas convey.

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  1. […] America Awake Yet? (via Jaded Truth) 22 06 2010 Joe Lieberman attempted to reassure the American public yesterday on CNN concerning his bill that would give the President of the United States the power to close or restrict access to the internet in times of national emergencies.  Lieberman cited China a country that censors all online dissent against the state, as the model to which American should compare itself.  This only heightens concerns that the government is in fact going after free sp … Read More […]

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