Congress is currently working on passing the “Kill Switch” act, which allows the government to take control of the Internet. Members of Congress have stated this bill was necessary for times of war; indeed, comparing it to similar powers China has (!) and that these powers are needed for our government. They stress the powers cannot be abused by Obama, nor used to control the citizenry, as there is a strict 120 day limit on the time that he can “kill” the Internet.
Let’s examine this…first, has there ever been a power in the short time Obama has been in office that he did not like? And that he has relinquished? The Patriot Act has been extended, Guantanamo is still open and several industries have been effectively turned into government companies (witness banking, car companies, student loans and the massive health care bill). Does anyone really think that Obama will eventually turn these industries back to the private sector?
And let’s look at the rationale…in times of war, it is argued, control of the Internet would be needed to counteract any cyber attacks. Now, granted, those could happen….but at anytime, not just in war time. Governments and private industry now spend billions to keep out cyber hackers and all have the ability to shut themselves down in times of crisis. Why an ultimate kill switch is needed makes no sense…unless you are interested in ultimate power and the ability to stifle dissent.
Let’s examine this. In a time of war, the Internet would be the country’s greatest friend. The ability to disseminate information quickly over great distances would help the government distribute valuable emergency information, keep citizens informed and in the case of a foreign invasion, help us to fight against it through rapid dissemination of information about gatherings, protests and organizing the civilian population.
The Internet is not your friend, however, if your aim is to take over your own citizenry.
Sound far fetched? The “transparent” Obama administration is one of the most secretive. They make the Bush White House look like a gossiping sorority house. Obama is interested in expanding the power of the government and taking away personal decision making processes from you, the citizen. He does not like negative news about him or his administration and has tried to stifle any media dissent, either by intimidation or withholding of privileges for information. He has the mainstream media, who have whored themselves out to him in the name of ideology, sitting at his feet and waiting for the next command. They will not do their job. The Internet is THE Underground Railroad for news…and he does not like it or the power it then confers on ordinary citizenry.
Now imagine 120 days without the Internet-would we know what we do now about the Gulf Oil Spill, the minutiae of the health care bill, the attempts to use Executive Orders to grant amnesty and citizenship to millions of illegals? Of course not, and that is why Obama wants it shut down-so you, the People, have no idea what goes on behind closed doors…until it is done and you are are helpless to fight it.
And who really thinks it will last “only” 120 days?
The time to fight the bill is now. It is still working its way through Congress. Write/call your representative immediately (see my website for links to do so at http://tinyurl.com/24jdtub ) Spread the word to everyone you know. Use the power of the Internet to do so now-before our own Congress and Obama do it for you.
Annmarie Spiciarich is a retired police sergeant. She has a MA in Forensic Psychology, with a certificate in Terrorism from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She currently works as a community mental health counselor at a suicide hotline. Check out her website and contact her at: www.NotWithoutRepresentation.com or her blog at http://NotWithoutRepresentation.blogspot.com.