U.N. creating 'dangerous situation' re: Internet

Friday, December 7, 2012
Russ Jones (OneNewsNow.com)

An international summit this week in Dubai has many people worried that the United Nations is trying to gain more power over the Internet.

Billed as the 12th World Conference on International Telecommunications, the top agenda seeks to have the U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) expand its regulating authority to the Internet.

Connelly, Michael (USJF)Michael Connelly, a constitutional attorney, U.S. Army veteran, and executive director of the United States Justice Foundation (USJF), tells OneNewsNow that Russia, China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are leading the charge in this initiative.

"They want to use that treaty as a means to take control of the Internet worldwide," he reports. "When I say 'take control,' they want to control the content on the Internet, they want the U.N. to be able to license Internet providers ... thereby control who can provide content, and they want to tax people for using the Internet."

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution this week that calls on the Obama administration to oppose U.N. control of the Internet. The Senate already passed a resolution that received bipartisan support.

"We're in a very dangerous situation here," Connelly warns. "We have a president of the United States who unfortunately has been re-elected and sees himself as the de facto dictator and wants to consolidate more power in the executive branch and to control things, and he will use the United Nations to help him do that. That's what this is all about."

While laws have been written to protect intellectual properties, no specific entities govern the Internet, which allows the global flow of information.

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