Even though I only have a tiny blog and I’m proud to live in a state that wants to put a stop to this lunacy, I can’t help but feel repulsed. If you thought kicking Milo off of Twitter was bad, if you thought Conservative political commentators getting their monetization taken away on YouTube was bad, if you thought Facebook blocking people for right-wing opinionated pro-Trump posts was bad, you haven’t seen anything yet.
Four state attorneys general filed a lawsuit in Texas to stop the Obama Administration from giving control of the Internet to an international organization that lists several authoritarian regimes as advisers on its board.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was joined by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, and Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt. The lawsuit was filed in Texas in U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division. The “Plaintiff States” are seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); the United States of America; the United States Department of Commerce; the Secretary of Commerce; and the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information.
The complaint, attached below, states that “This suit involves the Federal Government Defendants’ stated plan to abandon NTIA’s option rights under its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) … cancel its cooperative agreement with Verisign, Inc. (“Verisign”) … referred to as the “Cooperative Agreement”; delegate its authority to approve changes to the Internet’s root zone file; and otherwise take steps to cede U.S. government trusteeship over functions that it has deemed are ‘vital to the stability and correct functioning of the Internet,’ without statutory authority to do so and in violation of the Property Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment.” These state attorneys general charge that “NTIA’s proposed actions are unlawful and should be temporarily restrained and enjoined.”
ICANN has always been overseen by the U.S. Commerce Department but the federal government’s contract with ICANN is set to expire on September 30th. The Obama Administration, Texas Attorney General Paxton says, “announced it plans to let ICANN become fully independent. As a result, authoritarian regimes like Russia, China, and Iran will now have the ability to interfere with what should be a free and open internet.”
The lawsuit argues that the Obama Administration plan “violates the Property Clause of the U.S. Constitution by giving away government property without congressional authorization, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by chilling speech, and the Administrative Procedure Act by acting beyond statutory authority.”
“Trusting authoritarian regimes to ensure the continued freedom of the Internet is lunacy,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The president does not have the authority to simply give away America’s pioneering role in ensuring that the Internet remains a place where free expression can flourish.”
Breitbart Texas spoke to Arizona AG Mark Brnovich who stressed: “This is a very important issue, but unfortunately people are not paying attention to it. It is important to raise these issues and concerns which unfortunately should have been addressed by Congress.” He referred to the discussion of the threats as “a parade of horribles” that have been dismissed.
For weeks I’ve heard about YouTube’s Heroes program and seen in action how it directly attempts to censor what we can see on YouTube according to some PC snowflakes who are trying to tell us what’s appropriate vs. what’s not.
Even so, I never thought in a million years that I would see a time when the U.S. President tried to hand over the internet to foreign bodies that don’t share the United State’s values of free speech and will actively try to destroy it. But after Obama’s speech to the U.N. last week where he openly admitted that he would be willing to hang over our freedoms in exchange for a more globalist vision of the future, I shouldn’t be surprised.
I’ve seen the dark side of the internet. I’ve even been the target of left-wing “tolerant” mobs that seek to destroy others who dare to have a different opinion. But I would never try to limit the internet in such a way where information couldn’t be accessed by anyone who seeks it.
It amazes me that so many readers in the BookTube community read works by George Orwell such as Animal Farm and 1984. Yet no one can see the signs of such patterns taking place right before their eyes in the real world.