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Secret UN Document Lays Out Plan to Seize Control of Internet

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A report by a United Nations organization calls for the international body to seize control of information shared over the Internet should the governments of member nations fail to pass sufficient cybersecurity regulations.

In the document, called “Trends in Telecommunication Reform: Smart Regulation in a Broadband World,” the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) points to the specter of an attack on the cyber infrastructure of a country as justification for the world body’s assumption of regulation and monitoring of traffic on the information superhighway.

That frightening prospect was first reported by the News Limited Network out of Australia. Paola Totaro and Claire Connelly write:

A draft of the proposal, formulated in secret and only recently posted on the ITU website for public perusal, reveal that if accepted, the changes would allow government restriction or blocking of information disseminated via the internet and create a global regime of monitoring internet communications — including the demand that those who send and receive information identify themselves.

Their summary is accurate. Citing “the increased use of online applications and services to communicate and do business (such as social media, cloud services, e-payment and other m-banking services),” the ITU proposal calls on “stakeholders” (read: countries that are members of the United Nations) to increase their regulatory control over the Internet lest the threats to cybersecurity become an unmanageable problem.

In what likely comes as no surprise to those familiar with the UN’s policy of consolidating power through the eradication of national sovereignty, the ITU draft proposal would grant the government of any member nation the right to throw the "kill switch" on the Internet should that government suspect that information being exchanged threatens their own or a fellow participating country’s national security.

Although the document admits that when it comes to policing the Internet, “the principles of privatization, competition, and liberalization have been of central importance over the past two decades,” the time has now come, the UN body insists, for government to assume “greater responsibilities” over the flow of information through the Internet.

Thankfully, a coalition of civil rights groups, labor unions, and large cybercorporations have come together to oppose the UN’s plan to police the Internet.

As reported by Common Dreams, this coalition

opposes the plan by some telecommunications companies and countries including China and Saudi Arabia. If approved, it would allow the UN's International Telecommunications Union to charge users for services such as email and restrict access to the internet and monitor activity online.

The International Trades Union Conference, representing 6.2 million union members in Britain, wrote that the proposal could "restrict political freedoms and harm civil society." Such changes would hit users from developing countries particularly hard, according to the ITUC.

The website for Stop the Net Grab warns:

The internet as we know it is at risk. Unless we act now, our right to freely communicate and share information could change forever.

In less than four weeks’ time, the International Telecommunications Union (or ITU), a United Nations agency, is planning to adopt new rules to clamp down on the fundamental freedoms of citizens online.

And:

So far the proposal has flown under the radar, but its implications are so serious that we must act quickly to show the ITU and its member countries that citizens will not stand by while our right to communicate freely is undermined.

Chris Disspain, CEO of auDA, told ITWire that a drive to consolidate power is behind the UN’s net grab. He also said that, "for some countries it is about a belief that they can control things more easily if they go through the UN."

Later in the ITWire piece, it is reported that Greenpeace and the ITUC sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to "express their 'deep concern about a potentially very damaging change to the governance of the Internet.'”

As for the reaction from Congress, Common Dreams reports:

At a hearing last May of a U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee, Republicans and Democrats were united in their opposition to any move by Russia and China to transfer control of the Internet to the U.N., according to Steve Elwart of the Koinonia Institute, a subject matter expert for the Department of Homeland Security.

President Obama, as The New American has reported, isn’t willing to wait on Congress to pass any measure addressing the alleged precarious state of U.S. cybersecurity.

Promises of the White House’s imminent issuing of the edict have been coming for months. The Associated Press (AP) obtained a leaked draft version of the order, but indicated that the source of the document didn’t disclose when the president would sign the order.

Greater evidence of the imminent issuing of the order came on September 19, when Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the executive order granting the president sweeping power over the Internet is “close to completion.”

In testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Napolitano said that the order is still “being drafted” and vetted by various high-level bureaucrats. But she also indicated that it would be issued as soon as a “few issues” were resolved. Assuming control of the nation’s Internet infrastructure is a DHS responsibility, Napolitano added.

“DHS is the Federal government’s lead agency for securing civilian government computer systems and works with our industry and Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government partners to secure critical infrastructure and information systems,” she informed senators.

Napolitano’s report on the role of DHS squares with the information revealed in the seven-page version of the order the AP has read. According to the report of their findings:

The draft order would put the Department of Homeland Security in charge of organizing an information-sharing network that rapidly distributes sanitized summaries of top-secret intelligence reports about known cyberthreats that identify a specific target. With these warnings, known as tear lines, the owners and operators of essential U.S. businesses would be better able to block potential attackers from gaining access to their computer systems.

The new draft, which is not dated, retains a section that requires Homeland Security to identify the vital systems that, if hit by cyberattack, could "reasonably result in a debilitating impact" on national and economic security. Other sections establish a program to encourage companies to adopt voluntary security standards and direct federal agencies to determine whether existing cyber security regulations are adequate.

The president’s de facto re-routing of all Internet traffic through federal intelligence officers deputizes more than just DHS as cybertraffic cops. The AP reports that “the Pentagon, the National Security Agency (NSA), the director of national intelligence, and the Justice Department” will all cooperate in the surveillance — in the name of national security, of course.

Evidence of President Obama’s impatience was found Thursday in a story published by the Washington Post that reported, “President Obama has signed a secret directive that effectively enables the military to act more aggressively to thwart cyber­attacks on the nation’s web of government and private computer networks.”

Although unpublished as of press time, that directive, Presidential Policy Directive 20, reportedly “lays out a process to vet any operations outside government and defense networks and ensure that U.S. citizens’ and foreign allies’ data and privacy are protected and international laws of war are followed.”

The citing of “international law” as authority for such an unconstitutional exercise of authority is nothing new. As has happened so frequently during the Obama administration, government — national and international — demands that liberty be sacrificed on the altar of national security.

As for execution of the UN's plan, the 193-member ITU will meet December 3-14, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Joe A. Wolverton, II, J.D. is a correspondent for The New American and travels frequently nationwide speaking on topics of nullification, the NDAA, and the surveillance state. He can be reached at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

3 comments

  • Comment Link will vassiliou Tuesday, 04 December 2012 19:45 posted by will vassiliou

    Wake up people of the world.They want to sieze control of the net cos too many people are waking up to the UNs plans for the new world order.People like Alex Jones and Jesse Ventura are rapidly exposing the plans of the elite of the world and the Un to impose martial law and a cashless world on all of us.To anyone who sees this post, check out prison planet.com and you will have your eyes opened widely.After you check out prison planet.com, tell as many people as possible and let's spread this message world wide.The elite of the world along with the UN/Rothschilds/bilderberg group etc are poisoning our air and food supply all over our planet in their bid to have the world for themselves whilst they will eventualy use incredibly advanced medical technology to keep themselves alive for much much longer than you or i could ever live.The above mentioned groups are all aligned with the evil that is the world wide pharmaceutical trade which now runs ou
    r tv media.1 in 3 of the worlds people are now on some sort of prescribed medication with long term plans to rid the world of natural vitamin supplements and natural therapies forcing people to use big pharma for even the slightest ailments.They are turning people into robots while they slowly eliminate us.Underground bunkers for the elite of the world are just the tip of the iceberg at present.Also, do not listen the the theory that the worlds food supply is in danger, that's rubbish, there's enuf food to feed 10 times the population for 1000s of yrs but they would have the world think otherwise.Fake terrorism is another excuse they are using to control the world.I won't say anymore as it would take me all day just to touch the tip of the iceberg.In short, the elite/g/ments/bilderbergs/rothschilds, want a world of fear. "please check out prison planet.com and Jesse Ventura's website and spread the word world wide.

  • Comment Link will vassiliou Monday, 03 December 2012 22:07 posted by will vassiliou

    Wake up people of the world.They want to sieze control of the net cos too many people are waking up to the UNs plans for the new world order.People like Alex Jones and Jesse Ventura are rapidly exposing the plans of the elite of the world and the Un to impose martial law and a cashless world on all of us.To anyone who sees this post, check out prison planet.com and you will have your eyes opened widely.After you check out prison planet.com, tell as many people as possible and let's spread this message world wide.The elite of the world along with the UN/Rothschilds/bilderberg group etc are poisoning our air and food supply all over our planet in their bid to have the world for themselves whilst they will eventualy use incredibly advanced medical technology to keep themselves alive for much much longer than you or i could ever live.The above mentioned groups are all aligned with the evil that is the world wide pharmaceutical trade which now runs our tv media.1 in 3 of the worlds people are now on some sort of prescribed medication with long term plans to rid the world of natural vitamin supplements and natural therapies forcing people to use big pharma for even the slightest ailments.They are turning people into robots while they slowly eliminate us.Underground bunkers for the elite of the world are just the tip of the iceberg at present.Also, do not listen the the theory that the worlds food supply is in danger, that's rubbish, there's enuf food to feed 10 times the population for 1000s of yrs but they would have the world think otherwise.Fake terrorism is another excuse they are using to control the world.I won't say anymore as it would take me all day just to touch the tip of the iceberg.In short, the elite/g/ments/bilderbergs/rothschilds, want a world of fear. "please check out prison planet.com and Jesse Ventura's website and spread the word world wide.

  • Comment Link Madeleine Monday, 19 November 2012 03:36 posted by Madeleine

    The UN is our Presidents henchmen, they do the dirty work for him and the Rothchilds that's all they are, they are certainly not humanitarians, did anyone see them after 9-11 when the WTC was b ombed, did you see them after hurricane sandy? No and you won't , Americans don't need their help , we don't deserve it, well we don't need them at all, all they do is take, they give nothing back, Obama has treated them like Kings and they dont' deserve it, We have gone from a Christian country who was fairly well off in the scheme of things, plenty of jobs for everyone and semi decent foods, now what are we, exactly what the UN wanted us to be and with the help of the disgruntled jealous President we have sunk ot the level of cameroon. The UN had ot take a hand in our TV industry and now we have one style of TV for everyone, bad sound and an extra 60 to 150- dollars extra for a speakers, how does that save energy? Coffee pots that take 75 secods less ot perk your coffee, of course thats if you don't like hot coffeee, they kinow how to do nothing. they are ignorant goat herders with expensive suits and bad ideas and now they want our internet? we will ahve to find a way of communicatin gwithout the internet, I know of 3 ways I will share with my friends and the heck with the internet, they will ruin it anyway. We all sit here knowing Obama is not the President, we know it, yet even the media talks of his legacy, what legacy? usurpers do not have legacies and whats worse he has done something that is highly suspect, he has brought his two daughters in on his deception, I see nothing good ever coming their way because of it, how can a Father put his children in this position or even worse, their mother? this is a women who is telling others what to eat and what to do and she is doing something like this to her kids, Between Obama and the muslim balooning population, incompatible people who really don't belong here, and the 16 million Mexicans who are here illegally and have the nerve to say they need immigration reform, what reform, fill out your papers and wait your turn, if you dont' you will be on the welfare rolls, we have no jobs so for them to vote for Obama was a kick in their own behinds, our country is ruined and they are comign here for a better life? I can understand that, my grandmother did it and my step fathers family who were mexicans, they filled out the papers and came in after 4 years, raised 8 children and lived a good life. birng in some Norwegians while you're at it, and some Poles and Brits and Irish, they have trouble staying in thsi country for more than 6 months, I'm sure they would love ot know how you are openly living here with no papers. You voted for Obama, all of you, that was a big mistake, he is ruining this country and there is nothing left here for you or even Americans, most of my friends are looking ot go back where they came from, Life is going ot be different wihtout the internet, you own't be able ot say or do anything with the UN policing everything we do, there was no censorship at all when I first started 12 years ago, now everything is checked before being published, I can only imagine what it will be like now. I wouldn't even bother with it.There are other methods of communicating. To me this regime has a lot to hide and they just can't stand the thought that, you might know something about them but they will never know enough about you, they dont' know how to live on their own, they need us ot round out their miserable lives. The UN does not belong here , only a moron would want them ruining this country , and they are ruining it, they think that every ocuntry they go to is theirs, they are now changing the constitution in Ireland, they act as if this is their right, They want ot be able to take their kids away there if they feel they are not being brought up right, can you imagine this? This is what the land of Obama has brought us, a bunch of jackasses with delusions of grandeur.

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