“CENSORSHIP IN ACTION”
by Steven Neill, ©2016
As L. Gordon Crovitz points out in his article (29) “U.S. Surrender: Internet Giveaway to the U.N.?,” once ICANN became independent, they lost that umbrella of US Government protection, leaving them open to legal challenges from every despotic government on earth looking to force them under the control of the United Nations. Hence President Obama, in another case of “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” (30) simply lied again when he pledged that ICANN would not replace U.S. control for a “government-led or an inter-governmental organization solution.” This fact was verified on 10/14/16 when Obama gave a speech in Pittsburgh, (31) PA in which he glorified the days of the three major networks delivering the news that most people trusted.
Obama went on to say, “We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information (32) flow some sort of curating function that people agree to. There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world.”
“That is hard to do, but I think it’s going to be necessary, it’s going to be possible. The answer is obviously not censorship, but it’s creating places where people can say ‘this is reliable’ and I’m still able to argue safely about facts and what we should do about it.” he added.
There should be no longer any doubt as to why Obama went against Congress and the people to give away the internet; we can no longer have the “wild-wild-west-of-information flow” out there to inform the people of what is really going on in the world.
German Chancellor Merkel, (33) speaking at a press conference with outgoing President Obama on 11-17-16, reinforced what ship we will soon see coming to the internet port: censorship. She christened the surge of populist or right-wing politics as a “wave that engulfs us that emanates from the United States.” (34)
“Look at the European parliament. There are a lot of people who are looking for simplistic solutions and are preaching simplistic solutions which are very unfriendly policies. We have them here in Europe, too; we have them in Germany, too,” Merkel continued. “Digitization is a disruptive technological force that brings about deep-seated change and transformation in society. Look at the history of the printing press, when this was invented what kind of consequences it had, or industrialization, what consequences that had.
“Very often, it led to enormous transformational processes within individual societies and it took a while until societies learned to find the right kinds of policies to contain this, to manage and steer this. We live in a period of profound transformation,” Merkel said.
Directing her ire against the Germans who are angered with her flooding Germany with Muslim invaders and massive job loss, she lashed out against PEGIDA, the anti-mass migration and counter-Islamization movement, repeating their slogan: “Wir Sind Das Volk’ — ‘We Are The People.’ She then said, “The most important and noble task of politicians these days is to see that each and every person can find his place. But those who purportedly belong to certain groups say ‘we are the people, and not others.’”
In another of those frequent ironies so often dumped on the citizens, Merkel, a former (?) East German communist, now says of PEGIDA, “At the time when we had [this saying] in the GDR [East Germany] when the people stood in the streets and said ‘we are the people’ it filled me with great joy, but the fact these people have hijacked it does not fill me with joy.”
How long will it be before other world leaders join Ms. Merkel and President Obama in demanding web censorship? Certainly foreign media is now calling for it, as Germany’s Zeit newspaper published a piece calling for controls to prevent “a German Donald Trump,” while Britain’s Independent former newspaper website published a list of “fake” news sites which they claimed may have “swayed votes towards Donald Trump.” Even the British news outlet “The Guardian” is in on the fake news bandwagon. That list is the same one being circulated by Google and Facebook.
Consequently, now, the very instrument that has become the great equalizing force against corporatism/globalism’s control over the mainstream media might now become just another weapon in their arsenal of global censorship. Unfortunately, it is only one of several ways the internet is being manipulated for corporatist/governmental advantage. One only need look at the two most popular search engines and the most popular social media site to see complete censorship in action. (35)
What kind of drug does one have to take to believe Microsoft is a friend? Dr. Roy Schestowitz (36)
Google, Bing and Facebook have an unbroken record of suppressing sites, postings and searches that don’t follow their world view. Of the three, Bing is certainly the smallest, but being part of Microsoft, perhaps they try harder. Bing claims to be neutral and in fact, the subscriber can set the search engine to his own preference of conservative, liberal, Christian, etc., so how can they be biased? Well the Bing (37) headline on August 16, 2016 for the conservative bias setting in Bing featured three negative Trump articles:
– Donald Trump plots strategy on ISIS — and campaign revival (CNN)
– Analysis: Making Sense of Donald Trump’s Disjointed Foreign Policy Pitch (NBC News)
– Early Voting Limits Donald Trump’s Time to Turn Campaign Around (New York Times)
The first headline implies Trump’s campaign had stalled and needs revival. The second inferred Trump’s foreign policy was chaotic and the third noted that the early vote will give Hillary such a lead that discouraged Trump supporters won’t vote. Microsoft, (38) donated $650,000 to the Hillary Clinton campaign and both Bill and Melinda Gates (39) were considered as possible Vice Presidential running mates for her Presidential campaign.
This is the Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, whose obsession with globalism (40) and censorship (41) is well-known. On September 20, 2016 at a conference in Vancouver, B.C. he openly stated that opposition to globalism is “a huge concern,” (42) and says the underlying issues of resistance to it warrant a close examination. This is the same Bill Gates who, along with Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO), spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (43) in early 2015 on the critical need for immigration and more H-1B (44) visas because of a shortage of high-tech workers, and then laid off some 18,000 American high tech workers. (45)
In 2010, China demanded that Google and Microsoft censor the results of their search engines in China. Google resisted but Microsoft was more than willing to go along. Bill Gates even criticized Google’s decision to uncensor their search engine in China by saying “You’ve got to decide: do you want to obey the laws of the countries you’re in or not? If not, you may not end up doing business there.” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer then said, “If the Chinese government gives us proper legal notice, we’ll take that piece of information out of the Bing search engine.” Chinese President Xi Jinping (46) also stopped in for dinner at Bill Gates’s house in September 2015 before meeting with the heads of Microsoft, Google and Facebook, among other business leaders.
So great is the Bing censorship of China that the Chinese Web anti-censorship monitoring service has gone to great lengths to show that Bing censors content in China even more than the Chinese state-owned search engine “Baidu” (47) does. But don’t worry; Microsoft’s support of the ICANN was completely in the name of a “free” internet.