from Bill Still
Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on Obama.
On Oct. 1, 2016, President Obama will give away control of the Internet to a multi-national body, despite Congress having passed laws forbidding him to do so.
Conservative lawyer and activist Phyllis Schlafly blasted the Obama’s complete disregard for the legislative process, saying it:
“… could be the most dangerous use yet of Obama’s now-famous pen.”
Congress has twice passed legislation to prevent the move, forbidding the National Telecommunications and Information Administration – or NTIA – from relinquishing their responsibility to oversee:
“Internet domain name system functions, including responsibility with respect to the authoritative root zone file and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions.”
Despite this legislation, Obama has set Oct. 1 as the date the transfer will irrevocably take place.
In a letter to congressional leaders of both parties, a coalition of Internet experts and organizations have urged Congress to take immediate action and sue the Obama administration to block the illegal transfer.
“If NTIA allows the contract to lapse, it will have violated federal law.
“Suing to enforce the [law] and extending it through FY2017 are amply justified by the extraordinary importance of the constitutional principles at stake.
“Members of both parties should be able to unite around defending the power of the purse, the most fundamental constitutional power of the American people’s elected representatives.”
The letter highlights the fact that the head of the Executive Branch cannot be allowed to override the direct laws issued by Congress.
“If enacted legislation is no longer considered binding, a fundamental check on executive power will have been lost.
“Legislators also have a solemn responsibility to future generations to ensure that the future of the Internet is not placed at risk by prematurely ending U.S. oversight. We urge you to act promptly.”
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who chair the House and Senate Judiciary committees, respectively, declared their opposition for the transfer in June, citing unanswered legal, constitutional and human rights questions.
In other words, should control over the freedom of the Internet – which has been nurtured by its inventor, the United States – be put into the hands of nations who have no respect for freedom of speech or the press, or, as in the case of China, forbid their citizens from even having access to the Internet? Does this make any sense?
According to Phyllis Schlafly:
“Among the many deceitful arguments used by the globalists is that taking the Internet away from the U.S. will advance us toward a goal of ‘no government control of the Internet.’
“If the United States doesn’t keep control of what we invented, the Internet will end up under Chinese or U.N. control.”
I know there is a lot going on in everyone’s lives in these last 11 weeks before election day, but once the free Internet is lost, it’s lost forever. If Congress is going to bring suit, to stop the Obama Internet giveaway, it must act immediately.
I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day.