in today’s bad policy and social commentary news…
While you enjoyed late holiday BBQ’s and State Park cook-outs, President Obama quietly signed what will probably turn out to be the most historic and controversial executive order in the history of executive orders.
Son gave the government ( rather the office of the President) control over ALL communication systems. that means your house phone (landlines), wireless, satellite, cable, broadcast and the internet.
Yes MadMan…you read it right ..the WHOLE ENTIRE internet (sorry …but I had to use improper grammar to get that point across).
The Summary order reads:
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. The Federal Government must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to carry out its most critical and time sensitive missions. Survivable, resilient, enduring, and effective communications, both domestic and international, are essential to enable the executive branch to communicate within itself and with: the legislative and judicial branches; State, local, territorial, and tribal governments; private sector entities; and the public, allies, and other nations. Such communications must be possible under all circumstances to ensure national security, effectively manage emergencies, and improve national resilience.
Read the Executive order in it’s entiry here
In what instance would any government need to shut down the entire countries internet? The only cases we have ever seen of that is when a mass rebellion took place. In those instances, (like Egypt), the internet was cut off to prevent the citizens from talking to each other.
It was a means of trying to stop people from organizing to protest their rights, or to stop civil unrest after some horrible event be it financial or an “act of God”.
In order to allow the White House to reach anyone within the US, the president has put forth a plan to establish a high-level committee calling from agents with the Department of Homeland Security, Pentagon, Federal Communications Commission and other government divisions to ensure that his new executive order can be implemented.
In explaining the order, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) writes that the president has authorized the DHS “the authority to seize private facilities when necessary, effectively shutting down or limiting civilian communications.”
Anyone with common sense knows, you don’t prepare for something you don’t know about… in other words, something wicked this way comes MadMen.