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On his radio program this morning, Glenn Beck described that the Left (read: Obama et al) are using the Internet/cellphone blackout in Egypt as a lab of sorts, to apply the lessons learned there about controlling and inciting a society to riot, chaos and breakdown, with the goal of ultimate regime takeover.

His monologue tied in closely with the lead in my weekly column about the Internet at WorldNetDaily.  This week’s “Surfin’ Safari” begins:



The day the Internet went dark

 

The Internet shutdown in Egypt last week is giving us a good look at the dark side of governmentInternet control.

A governmental “kill switch” is a two-sided coin. On one side, thegovernmenttells us this is for our “security,” assuring us that control of the Internet is for our protection. And on the other side of the coin, as we’ve seen in Egypt, agovernmentalso can use the “cyber kill switch” to protectitselffrom its citizens, cutting off communication to prevent them from organizing against an oppressive regime and/or involve themselves in the political process.

Could the same thing happen here in the United States? You bet.

Is this the Fairness Doctrine on steroids, where thegovernmentis the decider of what’s fair, what’s safe, what’s secure? After all, as they tell us, they just want to help.

Even President Obamahelpfullytells us that information is a “distraction, a diversion, not being used as a tool for empowerment … putting new pressure on our country and our democracy.”See for yourself in this video.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the Republican ranking member on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee,attempts to reassure us that a cybersecurity bill is meant to protect, not harm. But ask the citizens of Cairo, what good are governmental assurances when there’s a gun to your head?

Legislation submitted during its first week of business in the U.S. Senate last week calls for Internet shutdown authority to be assumed by ourgovernment– specifically, to the executive branch. The Cyber Security and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2011, Senate Bill 21, was submitted on Jan. 25 by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and has been referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Given its priority status on the Senate calendar, it is expected to be fast-tracked into passage with an eye toward the unrest in Egypt.

The fuzzy language in this legislation describes Congress’ intent to “secure the United States against cyber attack, to enhance American competitiveness and create jobs in the information technology industry and to protect the identities and sensitive information of American citizens.”

This link will take you to the rest of it.   Please read it. Our ability to communicate with each other depends on it. Knowledge is power.

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