Net Neutrality: Eight Quotes Proving Internet Regulation During Obama/Boehner Era Dangerous

Column originally published at LibertyColumns.com on May 17, 2014. Reproduced here per the shutdown of LibertyColumns.com.

It’s everywhere. All over Twitter, #OccupyFCC. Even on the discussion boards of Tea Party Nation. There is no avoiding the fact that the world supports new Internet regulation in light of the FCC’s decision that companies are permitted to pay ISPs for priority access.

I have warned several times on my blog about how regulation of the Internet right now is a bad idea. In fact, my entire blog is full of examples on regulation of anything right now is a bad idea.

Rather than repeat my comments, I will list eight quotes proving what happens when we let Congress and the FCC come up with their definition of “neutral”. While you read these quotes, keep in mind what “net neutrality regulation” is – regulation.

 
 

“With the FCC already promising exceptions from net neutrality for copyright-enforcement, we fear that 2010 could be the year when the FCC’s idea of an ‘Open Internet’ proves quite different from what many have been hoping for.”

 
 
     -Electronic Frontier Foundation, 2010 (source)
 
 
 
 

“And, you know, that typical politician smile he [an unnamed US senator] had suddenly faded from his face, and his eyes started burning this fiery red. And he started shouting at me, said, ‘Those people on the Internet, they think they can get away with anything! They think they can just put anything up there, and there’s nothing we can do to stop them! They put up everything! They put up our nuclear missiles, and they just laugh at us! Well, we’re going to show them! There’s got to be laws on the Internet! It’s got to be under control!'”

 
 
-Aaron Swartz (1986-2013) (source)
 
 
 
 

“Thanks to important bipartisan compromises, we’ve put together a strong bill [to protect “real reporters”] that balances the need for national security with that of a free press.”

 
 
-Chuck Schumer (D-NY), 2013 (source)
 
 
 
 

“…the U.K. Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit has been using its ‘super flagger’ authority to seek reviews – and removal – of videos it considers extremist. The news sparked concern that Google lets the U.K. government censor videos that it doesn’t like, and prompted Google to disclose more details about the program.”

 
 
-Wall Street Journal, 2014 (source)
 
 
 
 

“When Private Bradley [aka Chelsea] Manning put his conscience ahead of his personal well-being by allegedly releasing important information to the world’s public via WikiLeaks, he was put into an inhumane solitary confinement and is now facing charges that carry the possibility of him spending the rest of his life in prison.”

 
 
-Ray McGovern, Antiwar.com, 2011 (source)
 
 
 
 

“By harboring this known cybercriminal [Edward Snowden] they pose a clear and present danger to the American people. I don’t want to hear about extradition or rendition or any of that nonsense. This man is a traitor and if we don’t get him within 24 hours I say we need to start bombing the hell out of Hong Kong…We could probably destroy their infrastructure and occupy the entire country by the end of the week.”

 
 
John McCain (RINO-AZ), 2013 (source)
 
 
 
 

“The medicine prescribed by the Messenger of Allah is the execution of those involved [in the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” Facebook protests of 2010.]”

 
 
-Anwar al-Awlaki, Al’Qaeda terrorist (1971-2011) (source)
 
 
 
 
And to sum it all up, Number 8 (emphasis mine):
 
 
 
 

“A Russia-led proposal calling for sweeping new governmental powers to regulate cyberspace could enable countries to block Web content and wrest control of allotment of Internet addresses from a U.S.-based body. The proposal, co-signed by China, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates…to rewrite a long-standing treaty on international communications…a leaked draft of the Russia-led proposals would give countries equal rights to manage the Internet including in regard to the allotment, assignment and reclamation of Internet numbering. This could allow governments to render websites within their borders inaccessible, even via proxy servers or other countries. It also could allow for multinational pacts in which countries could terminate access to websites at one another’s request.”

 
 
-Reuters, December 9, 2012 (source)
 
 
 
 

Farewell, LibertyColumns.com

I have shut down LibertyColumns.com, and released the final volume (Volume VI) of LibertyColumns.com Library.

Why? From the preface to Volume VI:

Volume VI, this volume, will be the final volume of LibertyColumns.com Library. The main reason for this is that it is much easier for the message of liberty to get out through microblogging and covertly through commenting on existing blog articles. I have since left the Tea Party Movement
due to its abandonment of liberty in favor of such behaviors as swapping one personality cult of
questionable eligibility (Obama) with another personality cult of questionable eligibility (Ted Cruz)
during the presidential elections occurring next year. As the country has undergone a radical shift to
the extreme left (as can be seen with such things as censorship of behaviors and imagery with even
a slight possible connection to violence or discrimination, extreme gun control proposals,
censorship of Muhammad cartoons, and the popularity of a universal basic income), I have become
alienated from practical politics and have returned to the free market anarchism of my college years.
I plan on shutting down LibertyColumns.com after publication of this volume and redirecting it to
my personal blog.

Only five columns were published on LibertyColumns.com in 2014, most of which were related to government takeover of the Internet (which was being supported by most conservatives and even some libertarians). One of these columns, “Net Neutrality: Eight Quotes Proving Internet Regulation During Obama/Boehner Era Dangerous”, is not included in this book for copyright reasons.

I have republished the withheld column on danq.co.

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I am retiring from the Tea Party Movement.

The Tea Party Movement just isn’t going anywhere and the goals are changing from issues to politicians. It’s fine to support limited-government politicians, and work with them on their campaigns, but it seems that the issues are quickly being pushed aside. The Tea Party Movement has been constantly taking crap from RINOs and neocons, both of whom have destroyed the Tea Party Movement and made it irrelevant. It is very obvious at this point that freedom will not come to the US via the Tea Party Movement. I am retiring from the Tea Party Movement and looking for other ways to protect and expand freedom both for myself and for others.

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