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Giving away the Internet: an immediate, existential threat to freedom

While Americans are focused on the Russian hijacking of the Ukraine and the mysterious disappearance of a possibly hijacked Malaysian airliner, the Obama administration is giving away control of the internet. Former Department of State senior advisor, Christian Whiton told The Daily Caller, “This is the Obama equivalent of Carter’s decision to give away the Panama Canal — only with possibly much worse consequences.”

There could be no better way to ruin the Internet than to put the United Nations in charge of it. Unfortunately, that is exactly what the United Nations wants. The UN has long pushed for complete control over the Internet. Such control would threaten free speech everywhere. Furthermore, the UN's long-desired Internet tax would stifle innovation and economic growth.

In 2012 there was a proposal supported by China, Russia, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Iran to give control of the Internet to the UN’s International Telecommunication Union. While taxation would be a great threat to the free and open Internet, censorship would potentially be an even greater threat.

This giveaway by the Obama administration is a deliberate effort to circumvent all the controls in place that have to date prevented "net neutrality" and other similar ideas from ending free speech on the internet. Obama's real goal is to silence fact-based reporting - which has so far been the only push-back against his relentless efforts to destroy America and turn it into a one-party Communist state.

The internet is also the last means of rapid communication and information dissemination open to Americans of good will. Ceding control of the internet will shortly silence all opposition to the rampaging Left - gone viral since Obama took office - and turn the Internet into a Left-only propaganda mill.

But the sneaky and duplicitous Obama administration has been at this almost since taking office. In spring 2009, Obama ceded some Internet control by granting international entities certain governance rights over the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) - an organization that manages internet protocol. In a January 2010 article in Newsmax, columnist Bradley Blakeman reported:

This amounts to one small step for internationalism and one giant leap for surrendering America's control over an invention we have every right and responsibility to control and manage.

It is in America's economic and national security interests not to relinquish any control. We are responsible for the control, operation, and functionality of one of the modern world's greatest inventions and most powerful communications network.

What better country to protect the Internet than the United States?

We invented it, and we paid for the research and implementation that made it possible. We are the freest, most tolerant nation on earth, we believe in the fundamental right of free speech, and we practice a free market of commerce and ideas.

America has always been against censorship and has shared its invention with the world without fee or unreasonable or arbitrary restriction. The user fee to operate on the Internet is not one paid to the U.S. government; a consumer pays it to private Internet companies, who provide access to the Internet through servers for their subscribers.

Look no further than China's recent move against Google to censor the Internet, and you can envision what can happen when other nations less free than the United States seek to control the Internet beyond even their own borders.

This was in 2009 mind you. By relinquishing remaining authority, the Obama administration will be giving control to those same countries that have demonstrated a complete disregard for human rights and an unbridled willingness to stomp on free speech and free access to information. Is this even legal?

Concerned American citizens and organizations who today provide the only unbiased, factual reporting about this administration's malevolent goals and activities will be forever silenced. This attempted takeover of the last bastion of free speech by the world's despots must be stopped. If your legislator has not already taken steps to prevent this move, let him/her know that the consequences will be felt this coming November.