Control of the media smacks of 3rd world countries.

Should we suspect a government and administration who fear their own people?  Does controlling the media smack of dictatorship, of communisim, of socialism, of despots and third world countries?  You damn well bet it does.  If we allow this to happen we’re damn fools.  And yes, congress and the administration will try to tell us it’s for our own good, it’s to protect us from terrorists using the internet to communicate.  Well, you and I use the internet to communicate and we are the people and, supposedly, in the United States of America, the people are the government.  Do we actually need protection from ourselves.  The power hungry administration seems to think so. Maybe the government should try plugging a few key “terrorist” phrases into Google Alerts and they might use the internet the same way rebels in Tunisia and Egypt use it, rather than act like petty tyrants and try to take it away from the people.

From Vision To America

As Egypt’s government attempts to crackdown on street protests by shutting down internet and mobile phone services, the US is preparing to reintroduce a bill that could be used to shut down the internet.

The legislation, which would grant US President Barack Obama powers to seize control of and even shut down the internet, would soon be reintroduced to a senate committee, reported.

It was initially introduced last year but expired with a new Congress.

Senator Susan Collins, a co-sponsor of the bill, said that unlike in Egypt, where the government was using its powers to quell dissent by shutting down the internet, it would not. [Editor: Ummm...right]

And this:

The move by Egyptian authorities to seal off the country almost entirely from the Internet shows how easily a state can isolate its people when telecoms providers are few and compliant.

In an attempt to stop the frenzied online spread of dissent against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule, not only Facebook and Twitter but the entire Internet was shut down overnight, leaving some 20 million users stranded.

Hundreds of service providers offer connections in Egypt, but just four own the infrastructure - Link EgyptVodafone/RaTelecom Egypt and Etisalat Misr.

Daniel Karrenberg, chief scientist at RIPE NCC, a European not-for-profit Internet infrastructure forum, says immature markets with few providers can achieve such shutdowns relatively easily.

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