Friday, October 07, 2005

More On the Net

From Boortz:

We won't go into depth here, but you need to know that the machinery is in motion to turn the operational control of the Internet over to the United Nations. Here's a link for you to read the story.

Where can this go? Let's consider for just a moment that document that Bill Clinton called the greatest document ever written by man in support of human rights and freedom. That would the the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document is supposed to be the great international blueprint for human rights around the world. The document says that it represents "a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations." Does the UN Declaration of Human Rights protect free speech? Freedom of the press? Well ... in a word, yes it does. Article 19 says that everyone has a right to freedom of opinion and expression. So far so good. The declaration also says that everyone has a right to rest and leisure and a right to a standard of living. Interesting. It also says that all mothers and children are entitled to "special care and assistance."

Problematic, to say the least. But, let's cut to the chase. Let's go to Article 29 Paragraph 3. "These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations."

Do you need to read that again? Please do. It's critical. This one clause negates every single right recognized in this so-called "Universal Declaration of Human Rights." You have no freedom of speech. You have no freedom of expression. You have no right to own property. You have no right to your precious standard of living ... you have nothing ... not one thing if your exercise of those rights interfere with the goals of the United Nations.

Now ... back to the Internet. When the United Nations gains control just how far will it go? Will it start censoring the Internet to make sure that nobody posts any information or opinions that might interfere with the "purposes and principles of the United Nations?There is talk, for instance, of a world-wide income tax on the wealthy to fund UN operations. Would anyone be allowed to post an opinion in opposition to this scheme?

Are you worried? You should be. But then maybe you're more concerned about this evening's top story on Entertainment Tonight.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

UN Trying to Pry Internet Away From US Control

As some of you may know, various countries are putting pressure on the US to relinquish control of the internet. The UN believes it should control the internet, not the US. This notion is patently ridiculous. The United States government, along with several publicly funded universities, like UCLA, invented the internet. It is a creation of the United States and the world should thank us for it. Why on earth should we have to give up control of something our government invented? This is a big deal, folks. Do we really want countries like China, Cuba and Iran to have a say-so over how the net is governed? Many countries in the world greatly restrict the data that enters their borders. We paid to create the net and we sure as hell should keep a hold of it.

Here is an article from the Guardian that talks more about this issue.
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