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Commentary: The American Media, the Change in Control of the Internet, and the Threat to Freedom & Truth
By Bill Randles
(Used with permission)
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. (John 9:4)
The Internet is an amazing phenomenon. In spite of all of its many uses for evil, the cyber-world is the last bastion of free speech available to the world, a kind of international “town square” of communication, inviting one and all into the various “conversations” breaking out since its inception and explosive growth.
Anyone who can type (or speak into a recorder) has a voice on the Internet. Because of that, some truly great writers and journalists have emerged, who never would have gotten past the cultural gatekeepers in the old (leftist dominated) media, successful such as Matt Drudge and Michelle Malkin.
I am truly amazed at how little official opposition there seems to be to the relinquishing of control over the Internet by the Obama administration. The Internet is virtually a “made in the USA” phenomenon, having been financed at first by the US taxpayer, utilized by the military, and eventually opened up to “whosoever will” but under limited administration of domain names by the US Commerce Department.
U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move that pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and others who rely on the smooth functioning of the Web.
Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash last year to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.
The change would end the long-running contract between the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based nonprofit group. That contract is set to expire next year but could be extended if the transition plan is not complete.(“US to Relinquish Control Over The Internet,” by Craig Timberg, Washington Post, March 14, 2014)
The long-anticipated handover took place on October 1st, 2016 and is being virtually ignored by the “legacy media.” There has long been an international call for international authority to monitor the content of the Internet by foreign nations, but the pressure on the US to relinquish control of the Internet has intensified with the revelations of the National Security Agency spying on foreign governments.
The present system is US operated, licensed, and with limited content oversight. It is true that people can literally say anything, and every point of view can be aired and debated. Under US supervision, this amazing means of communication has remained basically a free-speech forum.
The turnover to foreign entities will change all of that, no doubt. Most of the world languishes under heavy blankets of censorship; for example, try criticizing Mohammed in any way in the Muslim world, or write an editorial against the Russian government, or the Chinese chairman in Russia or China. In those places, speech is uniform, no one can freely dissent without paying a heavy price for speaking out, even the ultimate price. Only the religio/political elite can speak their mind in most of the world.
Leftists, like Obama love this, they actually envy the absolute power dictators have over their own people, particularly the power to stifle dissent and criticism. Obama once wistfully opined, “It would be so much easier to be the President of China…” He also once prophesied that the future, “would not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam!”
The Internet, as it has grown and developed, flies in the face of all of this suppression. Thankfully, as in the recent Brexit vote in the UK, the people can actually side step the will of the ruling elite, and get alternatives to the official narrative, dutifully spoon fed to us for decades by the alphabet clone networks, ABC,CBS,NBC, CNN, NPR, and rags such as TIME magazine, NEWSWEEK, and the NEW YORK TIMES, the so called “legacy media.”
Time and again, we find that far from the “objective journalists” that they pretend to be, the Walter Cronkites, Peter Jennings, Sam Donaldsons, Wolf Blitzers and George Stephanopilis’s of the world are nothing more than highly biased partisan hacks.
How many times have we made the discovery that NBC or some other legacy organ has actually rigged stories and outright lied to the American public? Brian Williams and Dan Rather come to mind. These people are not above this; they hold the average person in contempt and are sell-out leftists for the most part.
At one time in my lifetime, this is virtually all we had for “news” and “information.”
As the Internet has exponentially expanded and grown, so also has an entire “alternative media,” such as the DRUDGE report, FREEREPUBLIC, FRONTPAGEMAG, NATIONAL REVIEW and TOWNHALL, not to mention the untold thousands of truly valuable bloggers who have undertaken the important journalistic work that the “official media” has refused to do (to the immense harm of this nation). Pajamas Media and Bill Whittle have done so much to counter the lies and spin also.
Our nation has been virtually betrayed by the traditional media. There would be no eight hellish, horrible, destructive years of Obama had the media even pretended to do its job of being true investigators and watchdogs, rather than the shameless political hacks they have proven to be.
The relentless whitewashing and cover up of Islam by the media is another treachery perpetrated against the American people. We have to put on “Anger Management” after every massacre or horrendous outrage perpetrated upon us by the followers of Mohammed, for the media pushes constantly the myth of the nonexistent “backlash” which Moslems supposedly fear so much.
Thankfully, there are Robert Spencer or William Warner and countless others, ignored for the most part by the traditional media, but through the Internet, they have a vast constituency of people sick and tired of being “gas lighted” and lied to about Islam, and who rant to inform themselves about the truth of this plague which has come to confront us.
The media lies in its coverage about crime and race; and those lies have brought this nation to such a toxic situation, people are dying because of it. The rage and sense of injustice carefully stoked in great part by the media among minority communities has poisoned our nation’s racial environment, setting back relations sixty years.
You would never know by the legacy media that there are black conservatives, who hold to a different point of view than the racial arsonists such as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the many newer exploiters of the black-rage industry. They are carefully avoided and treated as oddities or non-entities. But not on the Internet—their voices are heard.
Finally and most importantly, through the Internet, the Word of God goes everywhere, even into the “closed world.” Christians have jumped on the Internet to use it for evangelism, discipleship, publishing, teaching, and examining the prophecies. I thank God every day that I live in this time when we can do it, for I am sure none of my seven books would be read by anyone had I had to go through the compromised bottleneck of today’s Christian publishing industry.
People are getting saved, lies are being challenged, Islam is being criticized (This almost has never happened, because people would be killed for daring to do so).
With all of its flaws and vanities, I believe we are in a period of light while the Internet remains under US supervision. It is still basically free. People can express themselves openly.
Obama, like all of the other elite State worshippers, is very uncomfortable with that. It is too obvious that the emperor is not wearing anything and that the New-World Order is a fascistic nightmare coming at us.
I don’t know what will happen, but I believe if the Internet is relinquished to the UN or to Russia, China, or the Muslim world, (or some combination of the above), Websites are going to be shut down, and we will be back where we were in the 1990s and before, with only the viewpoint of the left as our form of “News.” Night is falling.
If they shut down the Internet, a light goes out. I will then be relieved of the responsibility to write as copiously as I have (1000 articles, several books). I will know the darkness is descending and that soon the Lord will return . . . we must work while it is light . . . Maranatha!
*Note: Bill Randles is the author of a Lighthouse Trails booklet, Beware of Bethel: A Brief Summary of Bill Johnson’s Unbiblical Teachings
From the Christian Institute (UK)
Posted for informational purposes to show the danger that children are in in our computer-driven society today and as a reminder to parents to protect their children from pornography and sexual abuse.
At least 200,000 under 16-year-olds saw internet porn in a single month last year, the online video watchdog has said.
The Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD), found that one in twenty UK visitors to adult websites during December 2013 was under 18.
For the research, the watchdog used data from a panel of around 45,000 people in the UK who agreed to have their internet usage analysed.
The study revealed that one in five of all UK males between 12 and 17 who went online looked at an adult website.
The same age group were responsible for over 110,000 visits to one pornographic website alone. Click here to read this entire article.
I was investigating crimes against children long before the Internet became part of our daily lives. When I began my career, the Internet was still very much in the infant stages of its development, and its use was limited to the corporate world. But as it has evolved to its present state, the frequency of crimes against children has increased astronomically, and its use is beyond our ability to regulate. No longer is your child safe in the confines of your home under your close supervision. The Internet is the predator’s Trojan horse into what is supposed to be your fortress and sanctuary from the outside world. He is both invisible and insidious as your child willingly invites him into his or her life via cyberspace. I have met child victims who communicated with their offender over the Internet right under their parents’ noses. Because chat room language is cryptic and hard to decipher, it allows the child victim to become involved, and eventually seduced, online by a predator. Many times the child will be lured out of the safety of their home to be sexually offended, or even kidnapped and murdered.
There is no possible way to accurately determine just how many encounters occur between children and predators over the Internet daily throughout this nation. While law enforcement is making a gallant effort to police the dangerous and illegal aspects of cyberspace, it will be ill equipped to even scratch the surface for many years to come. Therefore, parents must shoulder the burden of monitoring their children’s Internet activity. This task has become even more difficult within the past two to three years as cell phones have been manufactured with the technology to access the Internet and to send and receive e-mail and text messages. Nearly every cell phone manufactured today also includes a camera or video and audio recording capabilities. While I understand that parents give their children cell phones in the hopes of keeping them safer, I view a cell phone in the hands of an unsupervised child or young teenager as a grave liability. A predator will use the cell phone to seduce and lure a child away from safety. When parents ask me my opinion on children and cell phones, I tell them to seriously consider not allowing their children to possess one until they are old enough to drive. It is my feeling that children should not be unsupervised until then. At that point, owning a cell phone would be a matter of safety in case they break down or get lost while driving alone. But until then, a cell phone would only increase their child’s risk of crossing the path of a sexual predator. If you feel that your child needs one, I highly encourage you to buy one without Internet capability and that you can limit to give and receive calls only from specific phone numbers. You should monitor your child’s phone activity to make sure he or she did not override your security controls.
If we depend on cell phones to keep our children safe, then we have a false sense of security. Whether we choose to believe it or not, our children will use it as a tool to deceive us and conceal their own mischievous behavior. Children will also resort to using their friends’ computers and cell phones in order to carry out plans they know their parents would never approve of, such as secretly meeting a stranger they met on the Internet. This is why parents must be diligent and tenacious in order to monitor their adolescent’s whereabouts and whom they are with at all times. Let’s face it, they are going to be naughty sheep, and they should never be left unsupervised. It isn’t about trust. It is about immaturity, ignorance, peer pressure, youthful adventure, temptation, and lust. Your young teen is in no capacity to deal with all of these elements of potential disaster on their own, nor should you be willing to allow them to fly solo too early.
I have labeled the children of today as the “Internet Generation” due to their highly advanced computer skills and propensity to seek out and use websites such as YouTube and MySpace. Websites such as these motivate and enable children to promote themselves to the rest of the world and provide personal biographical information for anyone to read. They also allow children to display seductive photographs of themselves and share their sexual fantasies. These websites are feeding grounds for predators, arming them with all of the information they need to choose and pursue multiple potential victims. Jesus told us that in the last days men would acquire great knowledge and become lovers of themselves. He obviously foresaw the future. Satan is brilliantly orchestrating man’s own lustful desires and the technological advances of today into an apocalyptic outcome.
Pre-teens and early teenagers are the most common victims of those who roam cyberspace. These age groups are beginning to experience the development of their own sexuality, so they are curious and open for erotic conversation. The predator is all too ready to satisfy and enhance that child’s curiosity. This leads the child to be secretive and lie to her parents about her newfound friend. I have found that most children will share this kind of activity with at least one close friend. Because it is exciting to them, they feel the need to tell someone about it. This is why I always try to interview the child victim’s friends if they make themselves available. Many times the victim will share things with a close friend about her experiences with the predator that she would not share with any adult, let alone the police.
Like many law enforcement agencies around the nation, the Monroe County Sheriff’s office has dedicated an undercover deputy to play the role of a young teenager on the Internet. Similar to what has been demonstrated on network news television shows, the undercover deputy portrays himself as a twelve- or thirteen-year-old boy or girl seeking attention in order to proactively lure the predators away from other potential victims and into our snare. At times, the deputy may be playing the role on as many as four different computers simultaneously while sitting in his office. He educates himself on matters and language that are pertinent to either a teenage girl or teenage boy in order to appear authentic. Cyberspace predators are already becoming quite familiar with police tactics in this area.
I had the honor of being a member of the selection committee that interviewed candidates and selected the undercover deputies for this program, and I have made it a point to have follow-up discussions with them throughout their assignments. What these deputies have been exposed to and endured as a result of their conversations with these creeps is incredible. It is not uncommon for the undercover deputy to be viewing three or four separate computer monitors at the same time depicting different adult males exposing and stimulating themselves. The predator intentionally have their webcams zoomed in on their groin areas, providing the undercover deputy with a full screen of erect male genitalia. Can you even imagine having to look at three or four computer screens depicting such filth at the same time, and then having to carry on a conversation with each predator as though you were a young teenager enjoying this activity? I think it is safe to assume that most of us would probably vomit, especially with the realization that millions of children are being exposed to this perverted evil every day in the sanctity of our own homes. Undercover deputies have been extremely successful in luring these deviants to a neutral location where they are anticipating meeting a young teenage boy or girl for sex. You can imagine what an unpleasant surprise it is for them when they are met by a welcome committee of plainclothes police officers instead. Upon their arrest, some of these predators are found to be in possession of items such as rope, duct tape, and sexual devices. I credit these deputies for the program’s success and for possessing incredible intestinal fortitude in such a challenging assignment.
For me, the Internet has added a new dimension of speculation regarding what leads a man to possess images of children being molested or to fantasize about molesting young children. A recent case in the Rochester area serves as a perfect example of this issue. A doctor who was serving as the Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at a prestigious hospital was arrested and subsequently pled guilty for the possession of hundreds of child porn images on his computer. This man was considered to be both a leader and mentor in a highly esteemed, honorable profession. I was not involved in the case, nor did I have an opportunity to speak with the doctor. Had I had the opportunity, these are some of the questions for which I would have liked answers: What led a highly educated, experienced, and recognized doctor to amass child pornography? Did he have a sexual attraction to children from the time he was a young man? If so, did that attraction in some perverted way influence him to become a pediatrician? Or, did his appetite for erotica and pornography place him on that slippery slope of iniquity and filth that eventually lured him into child porn sites? In other words, did he evolve into a pedophile as a result of his addiction to Internet porn, or had he always carried the dark secret of being sexually attracted to young children deep inside him, and the Internet porn sites simply cultivated this ugly sin?
Based on my professional experience, the Internet has become one of Satan’s most significant weapons against man’s spiritual health. The Internet can be the Interstate of Iniquity, the Freeway of Filth, and the Highway to Hell if a man allows himself to travel into the sexually perverted areas of cyberspace. Once a man gets hooked on pornography, it is like being hooked on crack: he will constantly try to enhance his stimulation by increasing the shock value of the pornographic material he is viewing. This is a dangerous existence on a very slippery and treacherous slope. It starts out with the standard pornography of naked women and men and women having sex. In time, the viewer needs something more graphic in nature for the same thrill effect, so he will move on to sexual sadism and material that is more violent. When that loses its luster, he may even move on to homosexual material. I truly believe that when a man is at this phase, he unwittingly invites a demon to take over his life through the gateway of his lust. Eventually, his appetite becomes insatiable. He then moves on to “barely legal” teenager pornography, and at length he lands in the full-blown child pornography sites.
I have interviewed child predators who claimed they were spawned as a result of their addiction to Internet pornography. Some of the predators I have interrogated over the years have told me that when they began viewing child pornography, they knew deep down in their heart that what they were doing was very wrong and against everything in which they believed; but they had lost control of their lust at that point and were unable to stop. It should be noted that when a man is viewing any type of adult porn websites, he is constantly being attacked by countless pop-ups that come across his screen, attempting to lure him to a different porn site. Some of these pop-ups are for child porn sites. Once Satan knows you’re in the ball park, he invites you to the dugout and then eventually pulls you into his clubhouse. (from chapter 14, Seducers Among Our Children, Lighthouse Trails, 2012, Patrick Crough)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
By Russ Jones
Congress has approved a resolution that urges the Obama administration to go against the desires of the president and refute attempts to give the United Nations the power to control the Internet.
Since the defeat of several “cyber-security” bills in Congress, the Obama administration now seeks to achieve its agenda through an executive order. Gary Kreep, executive director of the United States Justice Foundation, says it is an abuse of power so egregious even the traditionally far-left American Civil Liberties Union has come out against the Obama White House.
“The understanding of the drafts that have been leaked is that it gives the president the power and the Department of Homeland Security the power to access e-mail … research — anything to do with your Internet activities, [they can] access it, download it, scrutinize it, use it against you,” Kreep explains.
He calls the effort a violation of the Constitution and a threat to personal liberty. Click here to read more.
Out of House Commentary
Last week, Bryan McCarthy, the 32-year-old operator of ChannelSurfing.net, was arrested on charges of criminal copyright infringement. This arrest has once again raised questions about the seizure of domains operated by those that are accused, but not convicted, of copyright infringement related crimes. Critics ranging from bloggers to individual rights advocates to Senators have rightfully questioned the constitutionality of these seizures.
The most serious constitutional issues with the domain seizures arise because the Government does not provide any notice to the domain owners prior to seizing them. One moment, their normal site is up at their web address, the next moment, all that is up at their web address is a DHS/ICE seal.
Without knowing what they have been accused of or having the opportunity to defend their site, the Government has repurposed the owners’ private property. Click here to read more.
Blocking the access of 84,000 websites from the internet is not a mistake. It was a beta test by the government to test the technical aspects of the action and gauge response. The government is not in the business of seriously combating child pornography. Like the Mubarak regime in Egypt, the government in the United States is interested in having a mechanism in place to shut down the public internet or take out targeted websites and domains.
Under the banner of fighting child pornography, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice knocked out 84,000 websites last week. The websites did not host or link to child pornography as the government claims.
“As part of ‘Operation Save Our Children‘ ICE’s Cyber Crimes Center has again seized several domain names, but not without making a huge error. Last Friday, thousands of site owners were surprised by a rather worrying banner that was placed on their domain,” reports TorrentFreak, a tech site.
“Advertisement, distribution, transportation, receipt, and possession of child pornography constitute federal crimes that carry penalties for first time offenders of up to 30 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, forfeiture and restitution,” was the message visitors to the sites were greeted with after a judge signed a seizure warrant and Big Sis contacted the domain registries and instructed them to point the domains in question to a server that hosts the above warning message. Click here to continue reading.
Other News Sources Reporting on This:
Ben Grubb and Asher Moses
The Sydney Morning Herald
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, Wired.com 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.
“My legislation would provide a mechanism for the government to work with the private sector in the event of a true cyber emergency,” Collins said in an emailed statement to Wired. “It would give our nation the best tools available to swiftly respond to a significant threat.”
The proposed legislation, introduced into the US Senate by independent senator Joe Lieberman, who is chairman of the US Homeland Security committee, seeks to grant the President broad emergency powers over the internet in times of national emergency. Click here to continue reading.