The Internet, the Egyptian Uprisings and the 'Kill Switch' by Seton Motley 10 Feb 2011 post a comment Share This: Governments throughout the world - Egypt, Iran, Syria, China, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, and on and on - block or dramatically control their peoples’ access to the Internet. We in America have enjoyed a government-free Web. Which has led to it becoming a free speech, free market Xanadu. That all changed December 21st, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) executed a completely unauthorized power grab - and voted themselves Internet Overlords. These three unelected Democrat bureaucrats did this, they say, to “protect” us from the non-existent threat of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) affecting our access to the Internet. And the enforcer of this “protection” of our unfettered Internet access? The government – the entity responsible for myriad instances of Web censorship all over the world. And these three Donkeys did this in truly authoritarian fashion – in a manner unnervingly reminiscent of what we’ve seen from the aforementioned dictatorial regimes. Now we are told we need an Internet “kill switch” – granting the President the power to shut down or commandeer control of the nation’s ISPs. Much like the recent moves of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Does not this cognitive dissonance cause you policy whiplash? We have many examples of governments around the world expurgating the Internet. And we have literally ZERO current examples of ISPs doing the same – or anything even remotely close. So why is our government illegally inserting itself – and dragging us in the direction of all these censorious regimes?