Internet Censorship – ‘Ministry of Truth’


I already feel there is a total control of TV and Newspaper media, so the fact that world governments want to censor the internet comes as no surprise to me. It is (apart from the spoken word) the last bastion of self expression and free speech for some of us.
 
 
J.D. Heyes tells us:
It sounds like such an innocent idea, one rooted in “fairness” and wrapped in good intentions. An internet “ministry of truth,” run either by the federal government or the United Nations, to protect against “misinformation and rumors” that find their way to the information superhighway.

Such an agency “would have to be an independent federal agency that no president could countermand or anything else because people wouldn’t think you were just censoring the news and giving a different falsehood out.”

No, that’s not Russia’s Vladimir Putin or Chinese President Hu Jintao making that absurd suggestion. That one came from former President Bill Clinton, the man who lied to the American public about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. If such an agency would have been in existence during his tenure, you have to think he would have been convicted during his impeachment trial in the Senate for sure.

A truth ministry would operate something like the BBC or perhaps National Public Radio (no bias there), Clinton said, and its scope would be narrowly defined to “not express opinions” and to identify “relevant factual errors.” Clinton, of course, does not go on to say who gets to define what a “factual error” is, but we presume it would be the commies who run this agency.

Clinton’s call for this new federal agency comes on the heels of similar rantings by a man named Cass Sunstein, the Obama administration’s info-czar, who all Web sites should be forced to link to opposing viewpoints or contain pop-ups filled with government information.

George Orwell must be laughing in his grave; our founding fathers must be rolling over in theirs.

No doubt part of Clinton’s angst about the internet is the fact that it was an early internet entrepreneur – Matt Drudge, founder of DrudgeReport.com – who broke the story about the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal after Newsweek refused to run it.

Clinton’s “suggestion” that Congress move to regulate the internet builds on that same common theme shared among other members of our Legislative branch, as well as the Federal Communications Commission. In April House Republicans led the effort in passing legislation aimed at preventing the FCC from imposing so-called “net neutrality” regulations on the World Wide Web that opposing lawmakers said would give the agency immense censorship power.

“The FCC power grab would allow it to regulate any interstate communication service on barely more than a whim and without any additional input from Congress,” said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.

The call to regulate the internet is no different than other calls to limit free speech, such as the establishment of “protest zones” on college campuses, public streets and in other venues. When the “fairness” angle hasn’t polled well, other lawmakers have resorted to calling for internet regulation based on “national security concerns.”

It was Thomas Jefferson, the father of the U.S. Constitution and third president of the United States, who once said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Clinton’s call for a dictatorial info-suppression agency, with support from some U.S. lawmakers and the federal agency charged with guarding free speech, means Americans had better keep their heads in the game if they want to continue to experience the freedom the internet helps guarantee.

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3 Responses to Internet Censorship – ‘Ministry of Truth’

  1. I agree that this censorship is against the US Constitution, commonsense and civil liberties.
    Hillary is a proven hypocrite in this regard and is quickly losing her credibility, if she ever had any.
    This link refers to her publicly supporting free speech whilst similtaneously ejecting a silent protester from her audience. One cannot get much a much clearer understanding of her agenda-driven behavior.
    A parasite on taxpayers money! REF:
    http://tipggita32.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/at-clinton-speech-military-and-cia-veteran-bloodied-bruised-and-arrested-for-standing-silently/

    • I have inadvertently jumped to Hillary Clinton’s story, not quite your contention.
      So apologies for the confusion, but the comments still have some relevance.

  2. Bill / Hillary – same mold me thinks……..
    Our freedoms are being slowly but surely erased.

    Thanks for your thoughts Ken

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