Censorship-Loving Countries Trying To Take Over Internet

The United Nations has caused a stir in the past week as it has sought more global control over the Internet at the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai. Tuesday night, the international organization reportedly attempted to avert controversy by introducing a late-night resolution.

China, Russia and some Arab states have led a push to hand more control of the Web to the U.N., as U.S. lawmakers and Internet companies warn of censorship, surveillance and taxes. The control would be gained by updating a key 1988 communications treaty.

The presiding chairman of the WCIT surveyed the assembled countries to see whether there was interest in having greater involvement, which a majority of the countries present supported.

According to the Internet freedom organization, Access:

The Chairman of the Conference stated that he “wanted to have the feel of the room on who will accept the draft resolution. If you can use the big board, please. To have the resolution included.” He then paused as plates were raised in favor of the resolution. Next, he stated “I want the feel of the room, who is against this resolution.” During the pause, an ostensibly different set of plates were raised. He then declared that “[t]he majority is with having the resolution in.”

The Chair then began to move to the next topic, the Preamble and the proposed addition of text on human rights obligations, but first recognized Spain. Spain proceeded to ask: “[a]s a point of order, I would like you to clarify whether the temperature you were taking was simply a taking of the temperature. Has it now been interpreted as a vote and had we known that it was a vote, we might very well have acted differently.” “No,” the chair replied, “it was not a vote, and I was clear about it.”

The shady middle-of-the-night resolution leaves it unclear how the closed-door conference will affect the future of global Internet freedom, but the possible implications are great. The impact could mean foreign meddling in free speech rights enjoyed by Americans.

One portion of the resolution reads: “…as stated in the WSIS outcomes, all governments should have an equal role and responsibility for international Internet governance and for ensuring the stability, security and continuity of the existing Internet and its future development and of the future internet, and that the need for development of public policy by governments I consultation with all stakeholders is also recognized…”

Here is a draft of the entire resolution.

It’s Time For Conservatives To Abandon The GOP

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus wants disaffected members of the GOP to know that the Party is doing the very best it can. And while conservatives may find his assertions a little silly, it’s important to remember that what he really means to say is that the GOP is doing everything it can to ensure the supremacy of big government in America for years to come.

Now that “toe the party line” GOP voters have had more than a month to reflect on the folly of running a big government, left-leaning Republican against a big government Democrat in a contentious Presidential election, the Party chairman is offering a blunt assessment of the campaign.

He said in a recent interview with National Review Online:

When you look at where we were and where we’ve come to, I think the RNC has done a good job. But I don’t believe that what we’ve done will be good enough four years from now. I think you can have it both ways — we did a good job with the time we had, but it’s clearly not going to be good enough in four years.

As for the overall question, I think it’s a team. When you say the Republican party, I consider that to be our friends, the candidates, everyone in between — and it just wasn’t good enough. Our job is to figure out what we can do as a team, all of us together, what can we all do better together so that we can have a decisive victory in 2016. That’s something that hasn’t happened since 1988. We can’t just wait for these Tuesday nights every four years where, if one out of eight states doesn’t go well for us, we’re done. We have to figure out what we have to do to give ourselves more opportunities.

Note in the second paragraph: “When you say the Republican party, I consider that to be our friends, the candidates, everyone in between — and it just wasn’t good enough.”

Looking back on the Presidential campaign season, it’s fairly evident that when Priebus says “everyone in between” he doesn’t include the vast number of Americans who hoped the GOP, despite differences, would embrace them simply for their support of a much smaller American government.

Yes, you’re thinking: “Oh, here we go, more talk about the Ron Paul disrupters.”

Bob Livingston pointed out artfully Monday how the Republican mainstream packed its primary with deeply flawed faux conservatives while simultaneously using every trick in the book to shut out the only true conservative in the race.

Now, Priebus and his phony conservative acolytes are laying out the plan for coming Republican victories. If you are a truly conservative member of the GOP, the news is all bad:

The committee members support what we did. They know we have a ton of work to do going forward, and they think I’m well suited to spearhead that effort.

The writing is on the wall, and Priebus’ words only make it clearer that the Republican elite plan to march forward with its plan to destroy any true conservatism left in the GOP in the interest of big government, the military industrial complex and corporate welfare.

Paul will leave Congress this year, and — as Livingston pointed out — the GOP is already making sure that no other noisy true conservatives take his place in highlighting the lies in the message of the Party by removing lawmakers who fail to march lockstep with the GOP’s big government agenda from committee assignments. A recent purge drove Justin Amash of Michigan, Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, David Schweikert of Arizona and Walter Jones of North Carolina from their assignments for the high crime of suggesting that the Party’s go-to budget doesn’t cut spending fast enough.

If you are one of those who spent the past several months shouting down the prospect of a powerful third-party candidate, perhaps your energy over the next four years could be spent more effectively building one up. That is, unless you like the direction the Nation has been taken under the Republicrat regime.

Forget Fiscal Cliff, Here Comes Regulatory Tsunami

As Americans suffered through the Presidential election season, the Federal government put on hold a number of pending regulations that would have given the GOP ammunition in claims that President Barack Obama is strangling the Nation with regulations. Now, with the Regulator in Chief comfortably back in the Oval Office, a regulatory tidal wave is headed toward America.

According to The Associated Press, regulations regarding the environment, workplace safety, Wall Street and much in between are about to fall on the American people as the Obama Administration quietly reopened regulatory initiatives after the election.

Currently, the following agencies have regulations pending review or ready to be implemented:

In January, the Obama Administration ordered the Federal government to ax rules that were repetitive and burdensome to the economy, which lead to the undoing of hundreds of regulations. The Administration claimed that the action would save American business upward of $10 billion in half a decade and create jobs.

While the President’s initiative did modestly help economic recovery, Republican lawmakers say that the coming onslaught of regulatory actions is going to reverse any good that was done and kill the economy.

Some studies have indicated that six pending EPA regulations limiting air and water pollution alone are going to cost American businesses up to $138 billion, not to mention upward of $500 billion in construction costs to become compliant.

Learn more about specific government regulations at Reginfo.gov.

Thursday Morning News Roundup 12-13-2012

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Time readers picked North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un as their top choice for person of the year. It seems bad that the dictator of the Hermit Kingdom would be picked, but considering that Sandra Fluke was also in the running the, readers didn’t do so badly.




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Concealed Carry Victory In Illinois

Earlier this week, a Federal appeals court struck down an Illinois ban on concealed carry, which was the most sweeping State concealed firearms law in the Nation.

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals gave lawmakers in the State six months to create legislation that legalizes concealed firearm carry in Illinois.

“The notion of concealed carry is something new to many Illinoisans,” said Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) Executive Director, Richard Pearson. “I can understand the apprehension some feel about people carrying defensive firearms in public. If they have heard some of the misinformation about concealed carry that I have heard, then that apprehension would come naturally. However, the truth of the matter is, studies consistently show that concealed carry has purely positive impacts on public safety.”

Pearson said his organization has helped lawmakers draft a concealed carry bill that addresses background checks, field provisions and other issues that lawmakers could pass by January.

A big concern for many of the victorious concealed carry advocates is that lawmakers in the State will ignore suggestions from groups like ISRA and introduce concealed carry bills with provisions so strict that few, if any, citizens would actually qualify for a permit. There’s also a concern that legislators could include gun taxes, gun bans and other unacceptable forms of gun control onto the court-ordered concealed carry legislation.

Fed Continues Monetary Meddling

The Federal Reserve yesterday announced that it will continue to keep interest rates near zero and continue to buy debt and print money. But the central bank has at least linked its monetary policy to specific targets for the first time.

Fed officials say that it will hold off on raising interest rates until unemployment dips below 6.5 percent or inflation climbs above 2.5 percent. As predicted by economists, the Fed said it would expand efforts at quantitative easing and buy $45 billion in Treasury bonds per month, beginning in 2013. Monthly purchases of $40 billion in mortgage debt are already under way.

While officials have set goals that would allow the Fed to draw down on its aggressive monetary policy, central bankers say that lack of improvement will lead to further financial meddling.

According to the Federal Open Markets Committee:

The Committee will closely monitor incoming information on economic and financial developments in coming months. If the outlook for the labor market does not improve substantially, the Committee will continue its purchases of Treasury and agency mortgage-backed securities, and employ its other policy tools as appropriate, until such improvement is achieved in a context of price stability. In determining the size, pace, and composition of its asset purchases, the Committee will, as always, take appropriate account of the likely efficacy and costs of such purchases.

The Fed asserts that the economy continues to grow “at a moderate pace” but believes that the economy remains too weak to stand on its own.

Obesity Threatening National Security

The United States has a growing national security problem: Many Americans are becoming too fat to serve in the Armed Forces.

The Washington Post points out in a recent piece that obesity is the leading cause of ineligibility for people who want to join the U.S. Army, and the number of troops being discharged for failing fitness scores is snowballing.

From the year 1998 to 2010, according to the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, the number of active-duty military personnel described as overweight or obese tripled with 86,186 troops (5.3 percent of the force) in the category by 2010.

As commanders prepare for drawdowns in combat zones and mandates that require military reduction in force, physical fitness is coming under much scrutiny in military units. In the first 10 months of this year, 1,625 troops were discharged for being physically unfit for service, five times the number let go for the same reasons in 2007 at the height of Mideast conflict.

“During a war period, when we were ramping up, the physical standards didn’t have a lot of teeth because we needed bodies to go overseas, to fill platoons and brigades,” said Stew Smith, a former Navy SEAL and fitness expert told The Post. “During a period of drawdown, everything starts getting teeth, and that’s kind of where we are again.”

FBI Reports Hate Crimes Down

According to crime data from the FBI for 2011, hate crimes last year fell to the lowest level they have been since 1994.

The agency recorded 6,222 criminal incidents involving 7,254 offenses in 2011 that resulted from bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or physical or mental disability.

Also detailed in the report:

  • There were 6,216 single‑bias incidents, of which 46.9 percent were motivated by a racial bias, 20.8 percent were motivated by a sexual‑orientation bias, 19.8 percent were motivated by a religious bias, and 11.6 percent were motivated by an ethnicity/national origin bias. Bias against a disability accounted for 0.9 percent of single-bias incidents.
  • Of the 4,623 hate crime offenses classified as crimes against persons in 2011, intimidation accounted for 45.6 percent, simple assaults for 34.5 percent, and aggravated assaults for 19.4 percent. Four murders and seven forcible rapes were reported as hate crimes.
  • There were 2,611 hate crime offenses classified as crimes against property. The majority of these (81.4 percent) were acts of destruction/damage/vandalism. Robbery, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, and other offenses accounted for the remaining 18.6 percent of crimes against property.
  • Fifty-nine percent of the 5,731 known offenders were white; 20.9 percent were black. The race was unknown for 10.8 percent, and other races accounted for the remaining known offenders.
  • Most hate crime incidents (32.0 percent) occurred in or near homes. Eighteen percent took place on highways, roads, alleys, or streets; 9.3 percent happened at schools or colleges; 5.9 percent in parking lots or garages; and 4.4 percent in churches, synagogues, or temples. The location was considered other (undesignated) or unknown for 11.3 percent of hate crime incidents. The remaining 19.1 percent of hate crime incidents took place at other specified or multiple locations.

Hate crimes made up about six ten-thousandths of all crimes committed in 2011. Among religious hate crimes, the vast majority (63.2 percent or 936 victims) were committed against Jews. With fewer than 1,000 reported Jewish hate crime victims, the case can hardly be made for the Anti-Defamation League’s argument that Americans remain deeply anti-Semitic.

Curiously, despite the small number of religious hate crimes committed against Muslim Americans (only 12.5 percent or all religious hate crimes or 185 victims), the Southern Poverty Law Center doubled down following the release of the numbers, proclaiming in a headline: “FBI: Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Remain Relatively High.”

But the SPLC also argues that the FBI numbers are inaccurate: “The FBI statistics, which are compilations of state numbers, are notoriously understated. Two Department of Justice studies have indicated that the real level of hate crimes in America is some 20-30 times the number reported in the FBI statistics.”

Patent Filed For Electric Handcuffs

As American police become increasingly militarized, and in many cases increasingly hostile to Constitutionally guaranteed rights, many Americans are becoming increasingly worried of the very real possibility of having cuffs slapped on and being thrown into the back of a squad car for what may seem like a less-than-arrestable offense. A new patent filed for a futuristic law enforcement tool likely isn’t going to set their minds at ease.

Earlier this month, Gizmodo discovered a recent patent filing for handcuffs that would afford law enforcement officers a range of shocking new tools to keep their prisoners under control.

A company called Scottsdale Inventions LLC has filed a patent for handcuffs that would allow officers to deliver an electric shock to prisoners through the restraints. The handcuffs would also allow for the delivery of a drugging substance “to achieve any desired result”; the substance could be in the form of “a liquid, a gas, a dye, an irritant, a medication, a sedative, a transdermal medication or transdermal enhancers such as dimethyl sulfoxide, a chemical restraint, a paralytic, a medication prescribed to the detainee, and combinations thereof.”

patent description for the Apparatus and System for Detainee Restraint states:

There is provided a device and system for restraining detainees through devices attached to the detainees and configured to administer electrical shocks when certain predetermined conditions occur. Restraining devices may be activated by internal control systems or by external controllers that transmit activation signals to the restraining device. External controllers may be actuated by an external controlling entity such as a detention guard or other person or system, or may be controlled by an enabling signal sent by wired or wireless connections to the controller. There is also provided a system for detainee restraint where multiple detainees may be restrained collectively or individually in a controlled environment such as a detention facility, a jail, or a detainee transport vehicle.

While the patent claims that the cuffs come equipped with sensors that would prevent prisoners from being shocked or drugged to death, some might argue that it still seems like a vast amount of power for a growing number of officers who demonstrate poor judgment on the job.

Tuesday Morning News Roundup 12-11-2012

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • The Pentagon is gearing up for another launch of its secretive space plane. Nobody in the public knows why it is going up or what it does.




  • Some intelligence experts believe that superhumans in control of supercomputers and living in supercities will be the norm by the year 2030. Sounds a bit like the setting of “Total Recall.”


  • Sexting is becoming an epidemic among children in developed countries around the world, as boys and girls are sending intimate photos by electronic devices at ages as young as 12 and 13.


  • Michigan teachers protesting right-to-work laws have made it impossible for as many as 26,000 children in the State to attend school today.


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