Republican Senator Coleman woke up the slumbering Senate on an issue I have been railing against for months. The UN and World Body has been attempting to seize control of the internet thereby silencing the blogs and the free flow of news and information. Imagine, our most sinister adversaries want to control the one truly free,
truly egalitarian forum the world has ever known.
A new resolution introduced in the U.S. Senate offers political backing to
the Bush administration by slamming a United Nations effort to exert more
influence over the Internet.
Sen. Norm Coleman, a Republican from Minnesota, said his nonbinding
resolution would protect the Internet from a takeover by the United Nations
that’s scheduled to be discussed at a summit in Tunisia next month.
"The Internet is
likely to face a grave threat" at the summit, Coleman said in a statement on
Monday. "If we fail to respond appropriately, we risk the freedom and enterprise
fostered by this informational marvel and end up sacrificing access to
information, privacy and protection of intellectual property we have all
If ratified, Coleman’s resolution would assure the Bush administration and
the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) of political
support on Capitol Hill during the negotiations at the World Summit on the Information Society. Similar support
has already come from both senior Democrats and Republicans in the U.S.
House of Representatives.
At the heart of this international political spat is the unique influence
that the U.S. federal government enjoys over Internet addresses and the master
database of top-level domain names–a legacy of the Internet’s origins years
ago. The Bush administration recently raised objections
to the proposed addition of .xxx as a red-light district for pornographers,
for instance, a veto power that no other government is able to wield
During a series
of meetings organized by the United Nations, ministers from dozens of other
countries have raised objections and demanded more influence. Suggestions
that have been made include new mandates for "consumer protection," the
power to levy taxes on domain names to pay for "universal access," and folding
ICANN into the International
Telecommunications Union, a U.N. agency. As far back as 1999, U.N. agencies
have mulled imposing taxes on Internet e-mail.
Coleman’s resolution endorses the principles–effectively maintaining the
status quo–that the Bush
administration announced in June. But he ventured even further by warning
that if governance functions were handed to bureaucrats from oppressive nations,
the Internet would become "an instrument of censorship and political
suppression." Business groups have raised similar objections, warning of
censorship from nations such as China, Iran and Syria.
UPDATE: Hugh, the tax inquistor points out the following;
Senator Coleman’s non-binding resolution is nice…but that is all it is…non-binding! Apparently, China and Brazil are prepared to start implementing their own naming protocols if they don’t get their way. I
say, let them. If they want war, let’s give them war. We will
They want access to our markets. Their efforts to hijack the domain
naming protocols will only serve to handicap web access on their side. If
they want to limit their access to websites in the US, who are we to
UPDATE: This is why America is so retarded. The media information superhighway talks to us like we are mental patients. Talking everything that’s nothing, and nothing that’s everything. Here we have the international world body attempting to seize control of the internet and below is typical of what the mainstream media feeds the public. This is a headline and news story from manistream media AOL this morning. I know viruses and spam etc. is a bitch but I mean really;
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