Jenny Beth Martin: Stop President Obama’s internet giveaway
Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in a recent column warns of the dangers of ceding oversight of U.S. internet to world powers that don’t respect free speech.
The development and maintenance of the open internet has been one of the greatest boons to the enhancement of free speech and free commerce since time began. But if the Obama administration has its way, both will be threatened in the very near future –unless Congress acts by the end of this month to block the Obama Internet Give-Away. Will it?
Russia, China and Iran don’t have a First Amendment, and their governments regularly clamp down on free speech. So, why would we want to end American protection of the open internet and transfer it to Moscow, Beijing and Tehran?
On Oct. 1, the Obama administration plans to end the U.S. government contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. Doing so would kick off a transition that could irreparably harm the open Internet, leading to censorship abroad that could, quite realistically, lead to censorship right here in the United States.
President Obama handing over government oversight of the internet is another classic example of executive overreach – overreach that has the potential to infringe on our First-Amendment right to free speech and could even leave us vulnerable to global internet taxes. Click here to get involved and help Tea Party Patriots push back against President Obama’s internet giveaway!