Farewell Internet Freedom. It Has Been Fun.

Posted: December 6, 2010 by jeredfiasco in Politics
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On 02 December 2010, The Washington Times published an editorial entitled Wave Good to Internet Freedom where they discuss the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski‘s plan to add the internet to industries that the FCC regulates.  In the draft circulated Genachowski says he will “preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet.”

Gulp.

With a straight face, Mr. Genachowski suggested that government red tape will increase the “freedom” of online services that have flourished because bureaucratic busybodies have been blocked from tinkering with the Web. Ordinarily, it would be appropriate at this point to supply an example from the proposed regulations illustrating the problem. Mr. Genachowski‘s draft document has over 550 footnotes and is stamped “non-public, for internal use only” to ensure nobody outside the agency sees it until the rules are approved in a scheduled Dec. 21 vote. So much for “openness.”

The Washington Times seems to laugh wholeheartedly at this notion.

With a straight face, Mr. Genachowski suggested that government red tape will increase the “freedom” of online services that have flourished because bureaucratic busybodies have been blocked from tinkering with the Web. Ordinarily, it would be appropriate at this point to supply an example from the proposed regulations illustrating the problem. Mr. Genachowski‘s draft document has over 550 footnotes and is stamped “non-public, for internal use only” to ensure nobody outside the agency sees it until the rules are approved in a scheduled Dec. 21 vote. So much for “openness.”

Luckily a bi-partisan majority has shot down previous FCC attempts at any bill that would change a hands-off policy of the internet.

The next day, completely unrelated, Senators Scott Brown (R-Mass), John Ensign (R-Nev.), and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) introduced a bill Thursday trying to stop limit accountability and transparency by making it illegal to publish the names of military or intelligence community informants.  The three war hawks are accusing Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks brilliance of impeding the “war” effort by leaking documents detailing the troubling secrecy that is American diplomacy.

“Our sources are bravely risking their lives when they stand up against the tyranny of al Qaeda, the Taliban and murderous regimes, and I simply will not stand idly by as they become death targets because of Julian Assange,”

As of today, nobody has become a death target, except Julian Assange.

Attorney General Eric Holder recently pledged to close gaps in the law that allow sites like WikiLeaks to continue to operate.
The Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Lawful Dissemination Act (SHIELD) would give the government the flexibility to pursue Assange for allegedly outing confidential U.S. informants. Brown said the law would prevent anyone from compromising national security in a similar manner, while Lieberman said its passage was essential to restore the international diplomatic community’s faith in the U.S.

Apparently restoring the international diplomatic community’s faith in the U.S. means to cover up the daily shenanigans of what really is taking place.  It is one thing for Hillary Clinton to ask about the President of Argentina and it is another to cover up Arab nations urging the U.S. to launch a first strike on Iran and the Chinese government’s  involvement  in computer hacking.

“Our foreign representatives, allies and intelligence sources must have the clear assurance that their lives will not be endangered by those with opposing agendas, whether they are Americans or not, and our government must make it clear that revealing the identities of these individuals will not be tolerated,” Lieberman said.

Liberman says that lives will not be endangered by those with opposing agendas.  What about our freedoms, Joe?

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