The Secret Behind SOPA Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com Wednesday, January 18, 2012 It’s the end of the Internet as we know it The secret behind SOPA, the so-called antipiracy bill which is today the target of an unprecedented backlash with Wikileaks and other major websites ‘going dark’ to protest the legislation, has nothing to do with piracy or copyright theft – it’s about the formal effort to mimic Communist China’s system of Internet censorship. But don’t take our word for it, listen to what Joe Lieberman, co-sponsor of PIPA, SOPA’s sister version in the Senate, said about the purpose of behind the US government’s efforts to control the Internet under the guise of cybersecurity. CNN's Candy Crowley asks Senator Joe Lieberman about his proposed Internet 'kill switch' bill. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSxuipta40 Lieberman characterized fears that the US government would use such powers to censor political content as “total misinformation,” yet goes on to admit that the purpose behind the agenda is to mimic China’s ability to “disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war,” adding, “we need that here too”. Of course, Communist China’s “war” is not against foreign terrorists or hackers, it’s targeted against people who dare to use the Internet to express dissent against government atrocities or corruption. China’s system of Internet policing is about crushing freedom of speech and has nothing to do with legitimate security concerns as Lieberman well knows. Having largely failed in his bid to use fears over cyberwarfare, bearing in mind it was the United States and Israel who launched the Stuxnet attack, to achieve the ultimate goal of Internet control, Lieberman has returned with the same agenda only under a different guise – the Protect Intellectual Property Act – of which he is the cosponsor. Whether the justification is cybersecurity or anti-piracy, the end game remains the ability to seize control over the
Internet and shut down websites on a whim. Indeed, the is merely the act of legally codifying what is already taking place. Lieberman himself was instrumental in having the whistleblower website Wikileaks shut down when Amazon axed Wikileaks from its servers after being pressured to do so by Lieberman’s Senate Homeland Security Committee. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security has already seized dozens of websites merely for linking to copyrighted material, despite the fact that such material isn’t even hosted on the website itself, a process the Electronic Frontier Foundation has criticized as, “Blunt instruments that cause unacceptable collateral damage to free speech rights.” The DHS has also seized websites for no ostensible reason, including a popular music blog that was shut down for over a year on charges the DHS now admits were completely false. While the likes of Wikipedia and Google have commendably protested against SOPA and PIPA, the big ISPs and domain name companies are firmly behind it. Indeed, the global authority over all .com domain names, VeriSign, recently demanded the power to terminate websites deemed “abusive” when ordered to by government without a court order or any kind of oversight whatsoever. Although massive protests by the likes of Wikipedia and Google have delayed a vote on SOPA, the bill is set to 1. return to the House floor next month. The ultimate end game of SOPA is not merely about handing the federal government the power to shut down websites. Once such powers are granted, the only way to police such a system would be to require all website owners, and eventually anyone who posts any form of content on the Internet, to require permission from the state to do so. This will take the form of an individual Internet ID for every user – again part of Lieberman’s favored Chinese-style system – which can be granted or revoked at the discretion of the authorities. The so-called “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace,” created by NIST under the auspices of the U.S. Commerce Department, purports to offer an “identity ecosystem” under which Americans will be able to protect their information not with passwords but with a “single credential” stored on a smart card, a cell phone, a keychain fob or some other kind of gadget. This will then be used to access a myriad of data, including tax returns, health information, bank accounts and more, amounting to a passport for your entire life. Under such a system, the state will be able to create a far friendlier environment for controlling the flow of information, Bill Clinton’s proposed ‘Internet Ministry of Truth’ will flourish, and Hillary Clinton’s concerns about “losing the infowar” will be addressed. This is the true secret behind SOPA, it’s another step towards abolishing anonymity and creating an infrastructure under which, just as in the physical domain, every act of commerce, communication or exercise of freedoms will first have to be approved by an authority figure before it is allowed to take place.
SOPA and PIPA bills could threaten natural health websites with government-ordered shutdown Mike Adams 1. Natural News Wednesday, January 18, 2012 On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, NaturalNews.com went “dark” to protest SOPA, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” that is actually a thinly-veiled government censorship effort. We are also protesting PIPA, the “Protect IP Act,” which is similarly destructive in its effects. You may have arrived at this page from our mock “seizure” index page which depicts what might happen if SOPA becomes law. This is crucial for all NaturalNews readers and fans to understand: If SOPA becomes law, NaturalNews.com will be shut down. In fact, the proposed law contains a specific provision — section 105 — which allows the U.S. government to shut down websites it claims “endanger public health.” Given that NaturalNews openly and repeatedly advocates things like natural sunlightandvitamin C– both of which the government has said are dangerous — our website could be seized by the government under SOPA. And that doesn’t even consider our public stance against routine vaccinations, processed food chemicals and dangerous prescription medications (which the government is always trying to push on the public to kill people before they live long enough to collect social security). If passed into law, SOPA would shut down NaturalNews, InfoWars, Drudge, Lew Rockwell, Reddit and many other alternative news websites Make no mistake about the seriousness of this issue: If SOPA (or PIPA) becomes law, it will sooner or later result in the government seizure and shutdown of virtually all
alternative news websites — especially those that disagree with the criminality of the current corrupt political regime in Washington. Imagine an internet without NaturalNews.com. Imagine the liberty movement without InfoWars.com. Imagine the entire world wide web being “sanitized” by the government to remove any websites that do not agree with the government’s official position on finance, the war on drugs, the war on terrorism, pharmaceuticals and vaccines. That’s what we’re facing if SOPA becomes law: A virtual wipeout of all truth across the internet, leaving only theliesof “official” government information… the Ministry of Truth, in other words. The Internet is the vehicle for restoring freedom and crushing tyranny Why is the U.S. government working so feverishly to crush independent, truthful information on the internet? Because the globalist controllers realize that the internet is the last bastion of freedom in a world run by global elite corporatists. While the global elite own and run the mainstream (corporate whore) media, and they own Congress, and they own all the influential non-profits such as the wholly corrupt American Cancer Society, they do not yet control the internet! This freaks them out, especially when they see so much truth being produced by liberty-loving individuals who are exposing the neocons, the socialists, and the criminal-minded thugs who run Wall Street and the White House. They are desperate to crush internet freedom and SOPA is the tool they hope to use to accomplish that. This is why your opposition to SOPA is absolutely crucial. It’s also why internet giants such as Wikipedia and Reddit have joined in this one-day protest against the tyranny of SOPA and what is fast becoming a government-sponsored “information terrorism” campaign against free speech. Take action NOW – or you will lose internet free speech forever This is an absolute must:Take action today to voice your opposition to SOPA. Here’s how you can do that: Click this link to email your Representative: http://house.gov/htbin/findrep (Use the little envelope icon that appears to the right of the picture to send them an email.) And click here to email your U.S. Senator: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/ senators_cfm.cfm
(Use the “web form” link.) Send your representatives and Senator a short message that covers the following fundamental points: * You oppose SOPA. * You will not support or vote for any candidate that supports SOPA. * Urge them to vote against SOPA. You can also call the capitol switchboard at: (202) 2243121 and ask to be connected with your representatives. Obama may sign SOPA even if he says he opposes it It is crucial that you take action now, because even though SOPA has been “shelved” and Obama has withdrawn his support for it, remember that Obama also promised he would veto the NDAA, yet he quietly and sneakily signed that on New Year’s Eve, stripping Americans of their due process rights (http://www.naturalnews.com/034537_NDAA_Bill_of_Rights_Obama.html). Just because Obama says he opposes something doesn’t mean he won’t sign it! And believe me, the tactics of all these evil minions in Washington is to operate in darkness, meaning they will delay SOPA when people are paying attention but then, a few months later, after public awareness has waned, they will insidiously attach it to some spending bill and quietly make it law. One day you will wake up and all your favorite websites will simply be GONE. Remember, the government hasalreadyshut down 84,000 websites with no due process (http://torrentfreak.com/u-sgovernment-shuts-down-84000-websites-by-mista…). That’s why you need to voice your opposition to SOPA right now and take a stand for internet Free Speech. If you don’t, you may very well wake up one day and find NaturalNews.com shut down, InfoWars.com removed from the ‘net, and then your only remaining news options will be CNN, Fox, MSNBC and all the other sources of complete mind-controlled drivel that the corporate “sellout” establishment wants to drill into your head. Finally, share this article on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Spread the word about SOPA. Encourage others to take action. Remember: The internet is the last bastion of freedom in our modern world. If we lose the internet, the corrupt criminals and tyrants who run Wall Street and Washington D.C. will have total, unrelenting control over all information, and your freedom will be suffocated under a police state agenda of total disinformation. Spread the word. Take action. Protect freedom! Protect the People against government censorship!
Learn more about SOPA: Wikipedia explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act Details about PIPA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PROTECT_IP_Act Mashable.com: Why SOPA is dangerous: http://mashable.com/2012/01/17/sopa-dangerous-opinion/ Full text of the bill: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.3261: Sergey Brin, Other Notable Founders Speak Out Against SOPA http://www.webpronews.com/sergey-brin-other-notable-founders-speak-out-ag… William Gibson Calls SOPA “Draconian” http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/01/17/william-gibson-calls-sopa-draco… The Guardian: Stop SOPA or the web really will go dark http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/jan/17/stop-sopa-… Stop American Censorship: http://americancensorship.org Reddit.com SOPA page: http://www.reddit.com/r/SOPA/ Infowars: SOPA dead on arrival http://www.infowars.com/dead-on-arrival-sopa-shelved-indefinitely-obama-s… Boycott against GoDaddy (Victory! GoDaddy pulled their support for SOPA) http://godaddyboycott.org SOPA-related videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJIuYgIvKsc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uz3M2BVA9s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLYgs0xMDm0