The UN Moves To Snuff Out The Light Of The World

December 11, 2003

By Tom DeWeese

Throughout the history of mankind, anytime the spark of liberty has been ignited one force or another has rushed to extinguish it. Today, in a world already suffocating under the weight of rules and regulations designed to control, tax and consume every outlet of human expression, the Internet stands as the only unregulated source of liberty in the known universe. True to form, as you read this, the United Nations is holding yet another international gathering to plot the takeover of the Internet.

Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, government diplomats and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) have gathered at the World Information Summit to discuss the “role of the media,” “acceptable boundaries to freedom of expression,” and to create yet new ways to plunder free nations as they destroy their own economies with totalitarian dictates.

Poor nations like Brazil, India, China and Saudi Arabia are also pushing to have the UN take over control of the Internet because there are dissatisfied with the semi-private California-based corporation which now oversees its daily workings. These bastions of failed totalitarian dictatorships argue that the Internet is a public resource that should be managed by national governments and, at an international level, by an intergovernmental body such as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN agency responsible for organizing the information summit.

Their excuses for United Nations control of the Internet are typically designed to appeal to a wide variety of users. Government control, they argue, would prevent unwanted advertising called “spam;” stop the spread of computer viruses; protect privacy and beef up security of computer data banks; stop hate speech found in various web sites and (this one’s designed to suck in the Christians) stop child pornography. It all sounds so perfect, so benevolent, so well organized.

Is an international force needed to control the Internet? The fact is, private servers like America Online (AOL) and Microsoft are already developing programs to stop spam. It is unlikely that UN bureaucrats can match their expertise on the subject. In reality, spam, while annoying, is nothing more than unsolicited mail much like that which comes in our mail boxes every day. It may be annoying, but is hardly a threat to anyone.

The same is true concerning computer viruses. Government bureaucrats haven’t been able to prevent attacks on government computers. It is doubtful that a toothless UN proclamation will do much to scare off human vermin who infect the Internet with deadly program killers. The only way to fight back is through private entities which have their livelihoods at stake.

Personal privacy over the Internet is certainly a problem. Government can do very little to protect us. Users must learn not to trust others with their personal information so easily. Private companies that depend on Internet commerce will find the solution because their very existence depends on it. Government can issue rules and regulations and fines until the cows come home, but thieves will find a way around them if people insist on ignoring the dangers. Incredibly, the greatest threat to personal privacy over the internet today is posed by government which gathers information to profile users, snoop into bank accounts and track our movements. Should we now put an unaccountable, faceless international bureaucracy in control to compound the situation?

Child pornography has become the universal excuse to regulate the Internet. “Protect the children,” is the battle cry. Those coveting control of the flow of information expertly use the child pornography threat like the smoking haters use the bogus threat of second hand smoke. Religious groups are easily sucked in to agreeing to internet controls to stop such an assault on innocent children. The fact is, there are already government regulations designed to stop child pornography, yet it hasn’t stopped. However, overzealous enforcement of those regulations make a trip around the Internet superhighway a dangerous trip indeed. Fall into the wrong place and your home may be invaded by cops, your personal records impounded and your good name destroyed, just for clicking into the wrong web site. Do you doubt that can happen? Just click onto www.whitehouse.com for a quick update on President Bush’s latest activities and you will find yourself in a pornography web site. There are private companies, and even religious organizations who provide filters to place on your personal computer to block pornography.

And that leaves us with the threat of hate talk. What is hate talk? Many have been led to think of some racist diatribe from the Ku Klux Klan, or perhaps some neo Nazi skin heads engaged in gay bashing. The latest examples of hate talk, we’re told, have been aimed at those of Arab descent. But most readers may be surprised to learn that such “hate talks” aren’t the most …er… hateful, according to most UN members. Real hate crimes, according to Red China, Red Cuba, Red Vietnam, and their ilk, are words spoken against the international proletariat. In other words, talk against communist oppression is hate talk.

In addition, attacks on unions; radical environmentalism; gun control; sustainable development and abortion are considered divisive and hateful. Support of Christian religion and the Ten Commandments are radical and divisive. Advocating limited government control over our lives is divisive and counter-productive – hateful. Anything uttered pro-Israel is hateful.

Any criticism of Islamic fundamentalism is hateful. Imagine a United Nation’s committee assigned to oversee the Internet which is made up of representatives of Communist China or an Islamic nation like Saudi Arabia. These oppressive nations are doing everything possible to b an uncontrolled internet access in their countries. In fact, the only access permitted to the public in China is through Internet cafes where the computers are registered and inspected by the government.

This then is the real reason the United Nations seeks control of the Internet. It’s not worried about spam or privacy. To the contrary, it’s particularly interested in gaining access to your personal records. China certainly isn’t interested in protecting the internet security of other nations, or of stopping viruses. China is now spending billions to build a new department for its military specifically for destroying computer systems of its enemies through the use of computer viruses. What they want is control of the last free voice in the world.

The Internet is the voice of freedom in the United States. It’s the tool that has enabled Conservatives to circumvent the stranglehold of the liberal elite media. It has become a way to issue alerts to stop or expose pending legislation. It is a way to search for documents. Parents have used the Internet effectively to expose globalist school curriculum and gain access to secret evaluation tests used on their children.

The Internet is also the voice of freedom around the world. Third world people, living under oppressive dictatorships, are able to gain access to information and truth. While many Americans now forget the revolutionary ideals of a freedom spoken by our founding fathers, to those living in the darkness of oppression, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights are the light of hope. Remember that the students who rallied for freedom in China’s Tiananmen Square a decade ago were clutching the Declaration of Independence in their hands as they were crushed under communist tanks. The forces of oppression fear the Internet. That’s why they now seek to control it.

Keep in mind, too, that the title of the current UN summit which openly seeks Internet control is the “World Information Summit.” Its purpose, besides grabbing control of the Internet, is to set international set “acceptable boundaries to freedom of expression.” Acceptable to whom? Control of the Internet by any government force puts it up for grabs by whatever gang of thugs in control. Why is the United States even participating in such a sham? Even the title of the summit is an affront to our founding documents.

Whether or not the forces of darkness succeed now in taking control of the Internet this time, the agenda is on the table. They will float trial balloons to check the strength and vigilance of the forces of freedom. As soon as they detect a weakness they will strike.

Vast amounts of the American economy now thrive on the Internet and its support industries. Microsoft, AOL, Dell, E-bay, and others need to take their heads out of the global sand and take great fear in their future if controlled by the United Nations. Freedom groups like Eagle Forum, The American Conservative Union and the Libertarian Party, not to mention the American Policy Center, will find access to the Internet blocked as they are labeled as hate groups. Freedom documents will begin to disappear from websites.

Everyday users must understand that the UN intends to tax their activities. Those tax plans, already on the table for consideration, will be used to fuel the UN agenda by paying for armies, courts and its own IRS – all tools needed to morph itself into the global government is covets to be. Control the flow of international information and control the world.

Considering all of the ideas, proposals and schemes now seeping out of the United Nations that should frighten any freedom lover, none is more terrifying than UN control over the Internet. With such power, the UN will control the flow of information, commerce, money and travel. Imagine all of that power in the hands of the Red Chinese and the Islamic terrorists and you can clearly imagine the dark ages that will surely descend over the world in a suffocating blanket of totalitarianism. Americans must now rise up in anger an horror to demand that they Bush Administration never given in to this insanity.

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.