From Matt Hawes, Vice President of Campaign for Liberty: When is the last time you clicked on a website, chatted on Facebook, bought something off the Internet, or watched an online video? If you’re like most Americans, you take the speed, easy access, and relative privacy and anonymity of the Internet for granted. But, thanks to the menacing schemes of out-of-control government bureaucrats, I’m afraid all that could come to a crashing halt.
So won’t you please add your name to the Campaign for Liberty’s Internet FREEDOM MANIFESTO? It’s absolutely critical I reach 100,000 signers by the month’s end.
The Internet and associated technology have revolutionized communication and created entire industries and millions of new jobs over the past 20 years. The iPhone App alone has created more than half-a-million jobs in the United States just since 2007! But while free Americans are using the technological revolution for good, statists have conjured up more sinister uses. Just imagine government bureaucrats armed with whatever they want to know about you right at their fingertips. What you read. What you watch. What you buy. What you say. Who you talk to.
Imagine it all being tied into an intricate network combining your Internet use, your credit card purchases, your tax records, your health records . . .Imagine the Internet — and with it, the entire technological revolution — SHUT DOWN with a ball of higher taxes, government snooping, and bureaucratic red tape. And just consider the torrent of massive new regulatory schemes in Congress, including:
- The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which would gut privacy laws and allow Internet providers and websites to hand over personal data to ANY agency in the federal government;
- Internet Sales Taxes designed to hike the price of goods sold over the Internet;
- The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which would give the government the power to shut down any website simply because someone made the “allegation” there was a copyright violation;
- The Internet “Kill Switch,” which would allow the President to shut down the entire Internet at a moment’s notice.
Already, the FCC – which is supposed to assign spectrum rights through transparent, market-based auctions – is using its power to shackle new competition by REFUSING to perform its job.
Spectrum is the invisible airwaves that mobile devices, broadcast television, and FM radio use to communicate. Private ownership of spectrum is forbidden by government. And since government controls the rights, the FCC gets to pick the winners and the losers – denying marketplace entry on a whim and effectively creating the largest corporate welfare program in history! That’s not even the half of it.
In just a few months, the United Nations is meeting to come up with even more recommendations for Internet regulations on a GLOBAL scale! These are not fights you and I can afford to lose. But without lightning-fast response by you and me to these fights going on RIGHT NOW, I’m afraid our government will whittle away Internet speed, access, and privacy down to virtually nothing. And with it, strike a death blow to our liberty movement. After all, the Internet has been a critical tool in rallying more and more Americans to our cause over these past few years.
Sign Campaign for Liberty’s INTERNET FREEDOM MANIFESTO immediately! By signing on, you’ll help show Congress just how many Americans are opposed to these radical schemes.