Even though his presidential campaign is over, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is still leading the fight for liberty in the Senate, as he hammered President Barack Obama on Thursday for allowing the Internet to soon be under foreign jurisdiction.
In a speech on the Senate floor, Cruz slammed Obama's proposal as "a significant threat to our freedom."
|Listen to Ted Cruz speech on the Senate floor 09/08/16|
"From the very first days of the internet, when it was developed here in America, the United States government has maintained its core functions to ensure equal access for everyone with no censorship," Cruz said. "The government role isn’t to monitor what we say, it isn’t to censor what we say, it is simply to ensure that it works—that when you type in a website, it actually goes to that website and not somewhere else. And yet, that can change."
Cruz highlighted the fact that at the end of the month, Obama's proposal will cause the Internet to be under control of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which would likely fall under international jurisdiction and allow "countries like China, Russia, and Iran" to have control over the Internet.
|Listen to Ted Cruz explain this crisis in a short |
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"Imagine searching the internet and instead of seeing your standard search results, you see a disclaimer that the information you were searching for is censored. It is not consistent with the standards of this new international body, it does not meet their approval," Cruz said. "Now, if you’re in China, that situation could well come with the threat of arrest for daring to merely search for such a thing that didn’t meet the approval of the censors. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen in America, but giving control of the internet to an international body with Russia, and China, and Iran having power over it could lead to precisely that threat, and it’s going to take Congress acting affirmatively to stop it."Read the rest of the story HERE.
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