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TEOTIAWKI: The End Of The Internet As We Knew It

The tyranny of the Ruling Class marches on towards a much desired goal; to restrict web site content and block access to sites the government accuses of engaging in “infringement”.

Free Speech and access to uncensored information is about to be outlawed by the thugs in D.C.

All tyrannical and despotic regimes of men move to ban three key things right when they are in the act of imposing an iron fist upon a people: weapons for self defense, freedom of speech and free access to information.

It is no surprise that the Ruling Class in D.C. are working overtime to impose those things.  Gun control was eagerly sought to be imposed on the people in a criminal conspiracy involving Obama’s Justice Department with the Gunwalker/Operation Fast and Furious scandal that smuggled guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels for hoped-for use on Americans so as to foster the call for an abolishment of the 2nd Amendment.  The pompous and lawless Attorney General Eric Holder continues to thwart efforts to hold him accountable for his heinous involvement in that treason.

Earlier this year the Ruling Class in Congress attempted to impose “Net Neutrality” rules by granting the FCC the right to regulate the internet as it does the telephone and television airwaves under the oft-used notion of ‘fairness’ and  “keeping the internet flowing” – but in truth – it granted large corporations (mainly the mainstream news corporations) a monopoly in league with the government, license grants by the FCC to charge for a tiered pay-per-view” browsing privilege.  This was roundly seen as a back-door approach to letting the government regulate the internet – something Obama lackey Julius Genachowski has been pushing for.

The need to regulate the free flow of information and speech is vital to any despotic or tyrannical system.  In all practicality, information is more important to control than guns for a despotic regime.  It is said that the advent of the fax machine is what directly led to the Soviet Union losing it’s iron grip on it’s people.   A tyranny cannot allow access to information or the exchange of ideas it cannot control.

So in addendum to the defacto imposition of net neutrality – the Ruling Class in Congress, under the auspices of ‘combating online piracy’ and ‘copyright infringement’ are heavily pushing the “Stop Online Piracy Act” or SOPA and the “Protect IP Act” or PIPA.  Both are blatant attempts to grant the Federal Government the ability to block any web site, close any blog or web channel it merely ACCUSES of engaging in illegal infringement of copyright.

Dajaz1.com is an example of our future under these defacto rules they now seek to make permanent law.  It was a site the Feds took over with many other ‘hip-hop’ sites last year without any recourse provided to the owners. They FALSELY ACCUSED the site of copyright infringement, denied the owner DUE PROCESS for over a year and only recently, without any explanation quietly dropped the case.

A test run to see what they could get away with.  But now with SOPA and PIPA, those actions will be legal and enforced whenever the Feds and the media conglomerates decide to block, stop and seize those blogs, web sites and forums they want to shut down.

Just think how willing the old media of ABC, CNN, NBC and the print whores at the NYT and the wire services at AP and Reuters – will use this law to attempt to get their old media monopoly on information back.  Any blog mentioning the news can be legally shut down, blocked and seized for nothing more than an accusation by one of these sites that the news blogged about was ‘infringed’ from their site.  And of course, you can be assured the sites that are sympathetic to the agenda of the MSM will get a free pass, while those questioning or opposing the agendas will become daily targets.

The Ruling Class cannot tolerate the free internet. They hate the Blogosphere and the power it has to shape public opinion and dispense information.  They hate the eyes watching and reporting their attempts of treason and tyranny – and like all despots of mankind’s history – they will have to take over the last bastion of freedom that stands in the way of their designs.

As with all the tyranny we willingly suffer, the Ruling Class will use clever sounding titles to obfuscate the real purpose and intent of these bills.  “Protect IP” and “Stop Piracy” are certainly noble-sounding names that the less-than-informed will embrace.  But at their core – it the mechanism in the hands of the government to block, seize, stop and eliminate the information it does not want you to access or share.

Welcome to Amerika.

Heritage.org discusses the consequences for the internet.

Would you be outraged if the Department of Justice shut down The Foundry without any warning and blocked access for more than a year?

The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA as it’s known in the House, and the Senate’s PROTECT IP Act would give the U.S. attorney general the power and authority to block criminal enterprises from trafficking in illegal products online.

But the two bills making their way through Congress are the wrong solution. They pose serious threats to freedom of speech and expression and raise security concerns. With the Senate possibly voting on the PROTECT IP Act in January and the House moving forward with hearings on SOPA, Americans should understand what’s at stake.

Think about this now for a moment – the Attorney General, who was behind putting guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels so they can be used against Americans for the purpose of abolishing the right to arms in the USA, who has been lying and deliberately covering up his role in that treason, will be granted power to decide what blogs, sites and forums can be seized, blocked and shut down with these Acts.

While Fast and Furious was their underhanded conspiracy to abolish the Second Amendment, these two Acts will grant him the ability to abolish the First Amendment, legally – and at his whim.

When the free flow of access to information and discussion is controlled by government, real tyranny, real genocide can begin without fear of consequences for the Ruling Class.

And as I said earlier this has been attempted before, in a former tyranny we suffered that we overthrew:

The Licensing of the Press Act 1662  an Act of the Parliament of England (14 Car. II. c. 33), long title “An Act for preventing the frequent Abuses in printing seditious treasonable and unlicensed Bookes and Pamphlets and for regulating of Printing and Printing Presses.”

Motivated by a desire to eliminate chaos and piracy in the printing industry, protect parliamentary activities and proceedings from its opponents, suppress royalist propaganda and check the widening currency of various sects’ radical ideas, Parliament instituted a new state-controlled censoring apparatus in the Licensing Order of 16 June 1643.

The Licensing Order reintroduced almost all of the stringent censorship machinery of the 1637 Star Chamber Decree including:

pre-publication licensing
registration of all printing materials with the names of author, printer and publisher in the Register at Stationers’ Hall
search, seizure and destruction of any books offensive to the government
arrest and imprisonment of any offensive writers, printers and publishers.

The Stationers’ Company was given the responsibility of acting as censor, in return for a monopoly of the printing trade.

Nothing new under the sun, and Satan and tyrannies of men stick to what works, and they are happy that their people are ignorant of or forget history.

 

UPDATE:  Well at least someone has some interesting ideas of how to try and stop this:

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Goodbye Internet & 1st Amendment – Congress To Pass “Free Speech Kill Switch”

Federal legislation purporting to protect online intellectual property will impose sweeping new government mandates that will permit the Justice Department to shut down any internet site it doesn’t like (and cut off its sources of income) on nothing more than a whim.

The hits just keep coming.

The last bastion of free speech and information is about to be legislated away by Congress, and grant this tyrannical behemoth of a federal mammoth, the power to silence and shut down any web site, blog or critical commentary it does not like, under the guise of stopping those who steal online movies, essentially criminalizing the internet.

The US Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the House version, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are Orwellian in scope, and will empower the government to patrol and have the ability to shut down and remove blogs, web sites and forums that are merely accused of or suspected of engaging in ‘copyright infringement’ without charge or trial.

The Chairman of Google noted:

[The] government [will have]the power to cut off Web sites unreasonably. They could be shut down, and search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo could be stopped from linking to them.

“The solutions are draconian,” Schmidt said Tuesday at the MIT Sloan School of Management. “There’s a bill that would require ISPs [Internet service providers] to remove URLs from the Web, which is also known as censorship last time I checked.”

Even the liberal Lawrence Tribe warns about the unConstitutionality of these measures:

SOPA provides that a complaining party can file a notice alleging that it is harmed by the activities occurring on the site ‘or portion thereof .’ Conceivably, an entire website containing tens of thousands of pages could be targeted if only a single page were accused of infringement. Such an approach would create severe practical problems for sites with substantial user-generated content, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and for blogs that allow users to post videos, photos, and other materials.”And likewise: “The notice-and-termination procedure of Section 103(a) runs afoul of the ‘prior restraint’ doctrine, because it delegates to a private party the power to suppress speech without prior notice and a judicial hearing. This provision of the bill would give complaining parties the power to stop online advertisers and credit card processors from doing business with a website,merely by filing a unilateral notice accusing the site of being ‘dedicated to theft of U.S. property’ — even if no court has actually found any infringement. The immunity provisions in the bill create an overwhelming incentive for advertisers and payment processors to comply with such a request immediately upon receipt.”

The Hill.com itself also warns about the Constitutionally destructive nature of these bills:

Under the so-called “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) the federal government – which is prohibited constitutionally from abridging free speech or depriving its citizens of their property without due process – would engage in both practices on an unprecedented scale. And in establishing the precursor to a taxpayer-funded “thought police,” it would dramatically curtail technology investment and innovation – wreaking havoc on our economy.

Consider this: Under the proposed legislation all that’s required for government to shutdown a specific website is the mere accusation that the site unlawfully featured copyrighted content.  Such an accusation need not be proven – or even accompanied by probable cause. All that an accuser (or competitor) needs to do in order to obtain injunctive relief is point the finger at a website.

Think about that for a moment.  Any liberal mainstream media site, who is in the tank for Obama, or by behest of those they support, can claim copyright infringement and have forums, blogs and other internet discussion groups talking about the news they write, blocked and taken down without so much as a hearing.  And to coerce your ISP to ‘do as they say’ by yanking your site – the Hill reports:

…SOPA would grant regulators the ability to choke off revenue to the owners of these newly classified “rogue” websites by accusing their online advertisers and payment providers as co-conspirators in the alleged “piracy.” Again, no finding of fact would be required – the mere allegation of impropriety is all that’s needed to cut the website’s purse strings.

 The proposals also mandate that User activity be policed and monitored by the ISP, and establishes the same kind of government-restricted firewall that China and North Korea employ against their citizens.
But then again, the Ruling Class tyrants will no longer suffer us little people from getting our information from sources besides their mainstream crony lackeys, and will do anything to silence and prevent dissent against their rule over us.

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