It’s not new to see outlandish emails from the “Campaign for Liberty” (semi-associated with Ron Paul), but this one is a special kind of odd. At least the campaign is consistent in their alarm: readings on their site under “Civil Liberties” seem to be equally opposed to Bush “security” invasion-of-privacy policies.
October 8, 2009
Please take your time and read this email carefully.
Because if a bill quietly sneaking its way through Congress passes, an email like this could be the last non-government message to ever hit your inbox.
In fact, someday you may even find yourself unable to log in to your email in the first place!
I know what you’re thinking: Maybe this is just another Internet hoax.
I wish it was.
But Barack Obama and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) want to make this nightmare a reality. That’s why Rockefeller recently introduced S. 773, “The Cybersecurity Act of 2009.”
Initial cosponsors include Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME).
You see, Barack Obama is seeking sweeping new powers to “shut down” all private internet in the event of a “cybersecurity emergency” — a vague term that the President can define at his discretion.
And Rockefeller’s bill gives Barack Obama just what he wants.
That’s why this expansive new power grab should really be called “The Internet Takeover Bill.”
As you know, the Internet has developed into an independent sphere where 1st Amendment Rights can still be (fairly) freely exercised.
It’s also become an important outlet for liberty-minded speech, cutting around the Obama-worship and corporate censorship of the mainstream media.
And we’ve already seen the Obama Administration’s reaction to any online speech they deem “fishy.”
In July, the Administration called upon Americans to report their friends’ and neighbors’ emails to help Barack Obama silence the “disinformation” about the Obamacare bills in Congress.
Well now Barack Obama wants to cut out the middle man.
If the Internet Takeover Bill passes, Barack Obama can silence his dissenters directly — by ordering a shutdown of the U.S. Internet.
That’s right, under this bill Barack Obama can order all non-government U.S. networks to shutdown from the Internet.
But that’s not all.
Even outside of periods of White House-declared “emergency,” this bill mandates that private-sector networks only be managed by government-licensed “cybersecurity professionals.”
If you think dealing with your office IT department is bad now, just wait until they’re federally-licensed bureaucrats.
And God forbid you like to visit websites that spread “fishy disinformation” like free-market healthcare solutions; passing socialized medicine could soon become enough of an “emergency” for Barack Obama to shut them down.
You know, for the public good.
Well I know I like writing to you, and I hope you like hearing from me.
Or if not me, at least you probably like staying in touch with your family and friends, and having access to uncensored news and current events.
And that’s why I hope you’ll help Campaign for Liberty stop the Internet Takeover Bill by signing our Internet User’s Mandate to Congress.
Today, legislation like this — built on the same statist principles as the infamous Patriot Act — must sneak through Congress quietly.
They know Americans are no longer willing to swallow this swill “for our own good.”
And it’s especially critical that Campaign for Liberty and other fellow R3volutionaries fight this power grab.
Can you imagine how easily those in power could fabricate an “emergency” on a big money bomb day for a strong liberty candidate threatening the establishment?
Or how about message boards vital to planning and freedom rallies and protests of socialized medicine?
With “right-wing extremists” freely and visibly exercising their 2nd Amendment rights at such events, no doubt the White House could declare “emergency” and shut down all online planning.
I don’t want to see good politicians lose potential millions or demonstrations of liberty extinguished. I hope you don’t either.
That’s why I hope you’ll sign your Internet User’s Mandate and make a donation right now to Campaign for Liberty to make sure that never happens.
We’re going to fight this bill hard, because it’s clear that the Internet is the next frontier for liberty politics, and Campaign for Liberty is right on the forefront.
So please click here to sign your Internet User’s Mandate to Congress in opposition to Barack Obama’s Internet Takeover and Shutdown Bill.
And in addition to signing your mandate, please make a generous contribution of $250, $100 or $50 so we can fight this Internet takeover.
We need to fight to make sure Barack Obama doesn’t disconnect your computer, shut down your favorite websites, or block all your emails.
And frankly with Audit the Fed, Cap and Tax and socialized healthcare debates, Campaign for Liberty is stretched pretty thin.
And unlike the government we don’t print, borrow or take money by force (taxes). Our only revenue comes from voluntary contributions from liberty activists like you.
We need you to stay educated and active.
We’ve put too much time into building our pro-liberty online networks, websites and email lists. We simply cannot afford to give Barack Obama the power to dismantle all that at the drop of a hat.
So please, click here to sign your Internet User’s Mandate and if you can make a contribution of $250, $100 or $50 or whatever you want to Campaign for Liberty to stop this power grab…
…to defend our rights…
…and most importantly, to protect this movement.
I trust you’ll join this fight to protect all the progress we’ve made.
P.S. The Internet Takeover Bill (S. 773) is threatening to “unplug” private networks from the Internet on the order of the President and dismantle the online army we’ve worked so hard to build.
Click here to sign your Internet User’s Mandate to Congress, and please make a generous contribution of $250, $100 or $50 to Campaign for Liberty so we can lead the fight against this Obama power grab.