The Internet – a global tool in the exchange of information and ideas. Now, the very way that the Internet operates is being threatened by a proposal from Russia – a move that puts the free flow of information and ideas at risk.
Russia is pushing for a move that would turn over control of the Internet from a US-based entity to the United Nations. This troubling power play would give unprecedented authority to the UN. Such a move would mean only one thing: censorship.
And that is simply unacceptable.
The US strongly opposes this change. The Obama Administration’s State Department is against it and both the House and Senate have approved a resolution rejecting the move. Even, the co-creator of the Internet is opposed to this plan saying UN control would threaten “a free and open Internet.”
But pressure is growing to support this Russia-led move from other UN-member, dictator-controlled countries. Among those nations that are said to be supporting the Russian proposal: United Arab Emirates, China, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, and Egypt.
And if you don’t think the goal is to put the Internet under global government control, consider this clause taken from the Russian proposal – clearly putting UN member states and the United Nations at the helm of controlling and regulating the Internet. “Member States should endeavour to establish policies aimed at meeting public requirements with respect to Internet access and use, and at assisting, including through international cooperation, administrations and operating agencies in supporting the operation and development of the Internet.”
The Internet is an innovation of the United States and has been managed by a U.S. agency. We are fighting to make sure that America continues to manage the Internet; and more importantly preserve free speech and the free flow of information the Internet provides.
Join with us. Stand up for freedom. Stand up against censorship. That’s why we need to hear from you. We’ve launched a new petition demanding the United Nations keep their hands off the Internet.
Take a moment. Add your name now to our Petition to Reject UN Control of the Internet.
In a significant victory for free speech, Russia has withdrawn its proposal at the U.N. to take control of the Internet from a U.S.-based agency and place it in the hands of the U.N. In less than 24 hours, tens of thousands of Americans took a stand by signing the ACLJ’s petition demanding that authoritarian regimes like Russia and China not be allowed to take over the Internet and silence free speech. We will continue to monitor any such future U.N. attempts to control the Internet.
We knew it would be an uphill battle at the United Nations. The UN today voted to give the terrorist-led Palestinian Authority (PA) “non-member observer state” status.
As we have said from the beginning, such a move is deeply flawed and violates international law. By upgrading the status of this terrorist-led organization, the UN is setting the stage for more instability in the Middle East.
We have also presented a detailed legal analysis of this vote – a move that is intended to divide Jerusalem and put Israel at greater risk.
I want to thank all of those who stood with us and stood with Israel on this issue – including the 130,000 Americans who signed our petition online.
While today’s vote is a disappointment, it is not unexpected. We know that the PA has been working for years to implement a strategy to gain worldwide recognition and to generate as much opposition as possible to the state of Israel and the Jewish people.
We are already preparing for the next fight. Don’t think for a moment that the PA is satisfied with this new “non-member observer state” status. They will use this vote to march forward – to push for complete UN member state status – giving this terrorist-led group broader reach and influence.
What’s even more troubling is the fact that this UN vote opens the door for more false war crimes trials against Israeli citizens.
Two years ago, I stood before the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in defense of Israel and two soldiers who that were falsely accused of war crimes. We successfully got the ICC to dismiss those false charges, in part because Palestine was not a state as recognized by the UN. We must make sure Palestine never achieves full member state status at the UN.
I’ve asked our legal teams in Jerusalem, New York and Washington to re-double our efforts on this vital issue. We will continue to defend Israel and to support Israel. Today’s UN vote only underscores the need to keep up this fight – to continue to oppose a Palestinian state – to prevent a divided Jerusalem.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the vote does “not change anything on the ground. It will not further the establishment of a Palestinian state, but will make it more distant.”
The one-sided resolution approved by the UN, Netanyahu said, doesn’t advance peace – it pushes it backward. “No force in the world will get me to compromise on Israel’s security,” said Netanyahu.
In the words of the Prime Minister: “No decision by the UN can break the four thousand year old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.”
Is Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department ready to make a deal in providing Congress with documents concerning the botched gun-running operation that resulted in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry?
There are reports that a meeting will take place soon to see if a deal can be reached.
As you recall, members of Congress filed suit against Holder and the DOJ over Operation Fast & Furious, which put guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. We filed an amicus brief just last week in this case backing the lawsuit in an effort for Congress to get key documents that would get to the bottom of what happened.
On FOX News today, I told Bill Hemmer that it would be in the best interest of the Justice Department to settle this case – produce the documents to members of Congress – and get the truth out.
The fact is Brian Terry’s family deserves answers. The American people deserve answers. And, Congress deserves the truth about what happened with Operation Fast & Furious.
I don’t have a crystal ball. But if I was representing the DOJ, I would try to cut a deal. It’s time to come clean. Produce the documents.
In 1789, the first Federal Congress passed a resolution asking that the President of the United States recommend to the nation a day of Thanksgiving. The request by Congress was clear: “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
That first proclamation came from President George Washington declaring November 26, 1789 as a “Day of Public Thanksgiving.” In that proclamation President Washington thanked God and urged citizens to “unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks – for His kind care and protection of the people of this country. . . ” Washington also expressed gratitude for “the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed.”
The prayers and thanks given 223 years ago are even more relevant today.
As you and your family gather together this Thanksgiving, please remember to not only give thanks for our freedom but also pray that it is something everyone in the world can come to know.