IANA, ICANN and the new threat to online freedom


Just as the data processing industry has Patch Tuesday, the political establishment in Washington DC has Bad News Friday. Unlike Patch Tuesday, which is scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00 AM PST/PDT, Bad News Friday can occur on any Friday near the close of business, but with sufficient time to ensure an early start to Friday Happy Hour at the local Washington DC watering holes. The primary function of Patch Tuesday is to call the public’s attention to critical software updates while to primary function of Bad News Friday is to distract the public’s attention from news which could be damaging to the Washington DC establishment.

On Friday March 14, 2014, at approximately 3:30 PM EDT, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that effective September 30, 2015 NTIA’s contact with IANA would expire and would not be renewed. This gives IANA, which is part of the ICANN, total control of the Internet. As a first step, NTIA asked that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). Basically after September 30, 2015 the Internet will be run by a cast of characters, many of whom may not have a vested interest in the preservation of free speech.

Getting the US Government out of the business of running the Internet is not a new idea. On January 28, 1998, Dr. Jon Postel, the Internet’s great law-giver, hijacked the Internet away from the US Government as a “test”. At the time, Dr. Ira Magaziner, President Clinton’s science advisor, informed Postel that “You’ll never work on the Internet again“. Magaziner’s threat proved to be prophetic because Postel died of complications resulting from heart surgery nine months later.  After Postel’s death, the IANA functions were transferred to ICANN under contact to the US Government which retained oversight.

Under the correct leadership, ICANN could be an effective force to advance the cause of freedom, unfortunately there is no one of Jon Postel’s stature in evidence. ICANN’s record of stewardship has not been outstanding, as too much of their attention has been devoted to making the Internet safe for pornographers, extortionists and scammers of various stripes, when they should have been protecting the Internet user community. There are two critical issues which face the Internet:

1.     End-to-end protection of all Internet traffic with easy to use strong encryption, with the cypher keys under user control.

2.     Replacement of the existing centralized DNS structure with a secure Peer-to-Peer DNS.

It’s not clear that ICANN would be capable of advancing the above agenda but there’s hope this will be proven wrong. The fact that Bad News Friday was chosen to make the unscheduled announcement is a clear indication that the Washington DC establishment doesn’t anticipate a favorable outcome and wants to distance themselves from the fallout. On the other hand, there are many officials in Washington who would be a lot happier if the Bill of Rights didn’t extend to the Internet. The good news is that the Internet can be fixed and there is a growing worldwide community working to address those issues.

The following are some of the stories which are appearing on the Internet pertaining to the Friday announcement.

NTIA Announces Intent to Transition Key Internet Domain Name Functions

NTIA begins transition of Root DNS Management

U.S. Plans to Give Up Oversight of Web Domain Manager

U.S. to Cede Its Oversight of Addresses on Internet

US government set to give up net oversight powers

U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet

You, ICANN. You can run this global internet. We quit, says US govt.

US government begins loosening decades-old grip on the Internet

In sudden announcement, US to give up control of DNS root zone

US government to surrender control of Internet

U.S. government to end formal relationship with ICANN in ’15

Operation “Choke Point”: Obama’s Weaponization of Government


Banks are taking punitive actions against the firearms industry. This is part of a broader initiative to control Americans through the Federal Reserve, which is accountable to no one.

Obama’s Weaponization of Government

http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbasile/2014/01/31/obamas-weaponization-of-government/

“According to the Administration, those industries interestingly include ammunition salesgun sales, home-based charities, gambling, pharmaceutical sales, short-term loans, raffles, Amway and Mary Kay-style sales businesses, and credit repair services.”

“Then there’s the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, once headed by Elizabeth Warren, also now a key cog in the Obama Administration’s effort to regulate industries and personal decision-making.   The CPFB is rapidly becoming, next to the Justice Department, the Administration’s agency of choice for extending the reach of government into our daily lives and stretching the limits of the law.  Unfortunately for Americans, this little-known agency is housed as part of the Federal Reserve so it exists outside of the direct pervue of Congress.  How convenient for the President.”

Rep. Issa Probes DOJ Crackdown on Banks, Other Companies

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/01/09/rep-issa-probes-doj-crackdown-on-banks-other-companies/

Obama’s ‘Operation Choke Point’ Seeks to Destroy Sectors of Private Lending Industry

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/08/Obama-Administration-s-Operation-Choke-Point-On-Mission-to-Destroy-Key-Sectors-of-Private-Lending-Industry

Third Party Payment Processors: Relationships, Guidance, and Case Examples

In their own words, federal logos and all. Download a copy of the PDF for safekeeping.

http://www.microbilt.com/communications/FDIC-OCC-DOJ-Presentation(91713).pdf

The official government hit list is on PDF page 7. In addition to usual sin industries, Native Americans are on the list for gambling and tobacco. The real agenda is guns and the disarming of America.

High Risk Merchants/Activities (PDF Page 7)

1

Ammunition Sales

2

“As Seen on TV”

3

Credit Card Schemes

4

Credit Repair Services

5

Drug Paraphernalia

6

Escort Services

7

Firearms/Fireworks Sales

8

Gambling

9

Get Rich Products

10

Government Grants

11

Home Based Charities

12

Life Time Guarantees

13

Pyramid Type Sales

14

Pay Day Loans

15

Pharmaceutical Sales

16

Pornography

17

Ponzi Schemes

18

Racist materials

19

Raffles/Sweepstakes

20

Surveillance equipment

21

Telemarketing

22

Tobacco Sales

23

Other Payment Processors

Justice Department Inquiry Takes Aim at Banks’ Business With Payday Lenders

The Left is focusing on payday lenders and is ignoring everything else.

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/justice-dept-inquiry-takes-aim-at-banks-business-with-payday-lenders/

“In the new initiative, called “Operation Choke Point,” the agency is scrutinizing banks both big and small over whether they, in exchange for handsome fees, enable businesses to illegally siphon billions of dollars from consumers’ checking accounts, according to state and federal officials briefed on the investigation.”

On January 7, 2013 the following news report appeared, which I thought was strange at the time:

Bank of America Freezes Gun Manufacturer’s Account, Company Owner Claims

http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/bank-america-freezes-gun-manufacturers-account-company-owner-claims

Don’t trust the following website because I can’t verify who is running it. This could be a sting by the Left and the site should not be trusted until proven otherwise.

Stop The Choke

http://stopthechoke.com/

Even if we vote them out of office, this cabal is NOT going to give up power easily.

Google and Yahoo! privacy measures regularly infiltrated by NSA.


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Your Christmas newsletter in Google Docs is now being proofread by NSA contractors

It should come as no surprise that encryption has become a very topical news item which has been appearing with increasing frequency. Yesterday the Washington Post revealed exactly what was going on by publishing these news stories:

The opening line of the first news report says it all:

The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.

One of the more interesting tidbits from the Washington Post’s story was this item:

In an NSA presentation slide on “Google Cloud Exploitation,” however, a sketch shows where the “Public Internet” meets the internal “Google Cloud” where their data reside. In hand-printed letters, the drawing notes that encryption is “added and removed here!” The artist adds a smiley face, a cheeky celebration of victory over Google security.

Two engineers with close ties to Google exploded in profanity when they saw the drawing. “I hope you publish this,” one of them said.

The question becomes what did Google know and when did they know it. Fortunately the news reports establish a chronology for the events describe by the Washington Post. On or about 2013-09-06 stories began to appear that Google had embarked on an extensive effort to encrypt all the data passing between its datacenters worldwide but there were not too many details as to why other than a distrust of the NSA. Apparently Google had become aware that their networks had been hacked in early September based on these stories which suddenly began to appear about that date.

This was a joint project between the governments of the United States and Great Britain and is clearly illegal under the laws of both nations. This makes Watergate look like a Sunday Social. Clearly corporations need to expand their security perimeters into areas which were previously believed to be secure. All data in motion must be encrypted, even on internal networks!

Open Letter to BulldogReporter.com Publishers and Editors


To BulldogReporter.com editors:

I’ve unsubscribed from Bulldog Reporter after 3 years of being a loyal fan of your publication.

I work in the PR profession, but I am also a patriot and cannot abide further erosion of 2nd Amendment protections. Your skewed article maligning the NRA and blaming it for violence in our society was what ended my relationship with your site. Blaming the NRA for Sandy Hook is like blaming AAA for drunk drivers. Furthermore, the video you cited was showing military firearms not available to the general public, once again showing your ignorance about the distinction between fully automatic and semi-automatic weaponry.

Your other skewed article helping to dictate to the free market what toys are and aren’t acceptable to make and sell was just as disingenuous. The hypocrisy lies in the Hollywood elite, who direct and act in films that glorify violence and drive the sales of video games, and who then decry the NRA as being the cause (not a contributor, but the cause) of the Sandy Hook and Aurora incidents.

For example, James Holmes cited his love of the Joker character who was characterized as just wanting to see the world burn. Adam Lanza was into movies and video games that filled his disturbed mind with scenes of bloodshed and killing. The ideas pouring into the minds of children and young adults originates in Hollywood, and everything else flows from that. Put pressure on Hollywood to purify the source of the river and you’ll clean up its banks.

You and others in the mass media are counter-productively trying to destroy the one right that protects your right to say these things. A government which does not fear the people because of the 2nd Amendment will quickly run roughshod over the 1st Amendment.

But it looks like you’re okay with helping the Obama administration dismantle the Constitution. I’ll leave you to that. See how that works out for you. Meanwhile, I will do my best to dismantle your readership by calling for a boycott of Bulldog Reporter.