Throughout the history
of mankind, any time 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 world.
True to form, 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,” in order to
set “acceptable boundaries to freedom of expression.” Acceptable to whom?
Nations like Brazil, India, China, and Saudi Arabia are among those pushing
to have the UN take over control of the Internet. They 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.
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 (to appeal to Christians) to stop child pornography.
It all sounds so perfect, so benevolent, so well organized.
The fact is, private servers like America Online (AOL) and Microsoft are
already developing programs to stop spam and, while spam may be annoying,
it 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 the vermin who infect the Internet with deadly program killers.
The only way to fight back is through private entities that have their livelihoods
Personal privacy over the Internet is certainly a problem, but 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 are already finding solutions 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
It should come as no surprise that the greatest threat to personal privacy
over the Internet today is posed by governments that gather 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, but this is comparable to anti-smoking
agitators who use the bogus threat of second hand smoke. There are already
government regulations designed to stop child pornography.
Overzealous law enforcement can make a trip around the Internet superhighway
a dangerous one indeed. If you inadvertently visit a child pornography site,
your home may be invaded by cops, your personal records impounded and your
good name destroyed. 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 that provide filters to block pornography.
That leaves us with “hate talk.” What is it? Many would immediately think
of some racist diatribe from the Ku Klux Klan or perhaps some neo-Nazi skinheads
engaged in gay bashing. The latest examples of hate talk, we’re told, have
been aimed at those of Arab descent. However, you may be surprised to learn
that such “hate talk” isn’t the most hateful according to most UN members.
Hate crimes, according to Communist China, Cuba, Vietnam, and their ilk,
are words spoken against the international “proletariat.” In other words,
talking 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
the Christian religion and the Ten Commandments is deemed radical and divisive.
Advocating limited government control over our lives is called divisive.
Anything uttered pro-Israel is said to be hateful. Any criticism of Islamic
fundamentalism is deemed hateful.
Imagine a United Nations committee assigned to oversee the Internet that
is made up of representatives of Communist China or an Islamic nation like
Saudi Arabia. These oppressive nations are doing everything possible to ban
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 in stopping
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. Parents have used the Internet effectively to expose globalist
school curriculum and gain access to secret evaluation tests being used on
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. Though many Americans have forgotten the revolutionary ideals
of a freedom spoken by our founding fathers, those currently living in the
darkness of oppression find the Declaration of Independence and the Bill
of Rights as a 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.
Everyday Internet users must also 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 it 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 and horror to demand that the Bush Administration never give
in to this insanity.
Tom DeWeese is publisher and editor of The DeWeese Report and president of the American Policy Center, a grassroots, activist think tank headquartered in Warrenton, VA.