Bi-partisan citizen group appeals to Congress to RESTORE PROPERTY CONFISCATED BY widespread federal corruption incl. interference by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid
Public services related to the universal common good cannot be placed in private hands.
The censorship we just experienced by Scribd (see below) shows why. For example, if these unscrupulous Scribd principals were given control of Internet domain naming, they could (and probably would) use that power to cut off access to the Internet to any person or organization with whom they disagree.
Scribd could do this by simply deleting or altering the Internet master directory globally. In layman's terms, domain name management is the Internet equivalent of a super phone directory. It manages all addresses on the Internet. If you aren't on that list, or the entry is incorrect, others trying to browse to your website would not be able to because your address is missing or wrong. This directory is updated many times a day, all over the planet on every hosting server (the "server" computer that hooks your computer to the Internet).
The group maintaining and controlling this master Internet directory must be non-political, non-commercial, and scrupulously honest. The future of democracy depends upon a strictly unbiased domain name management system.
Fig.2—If the DNS lookup finds a missing or corrupted entry for your website, the user is prevented from navigating to your website. The DNS lookup directory is a single point of ultimate power and control over the operation of the Internet. It cannot be permitted to be put into private hands where censorship of one's adversaries is an inescapable temptation. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Here's how the DNS (domain name service) directory works. When you type a domain name into your browser, for example, "http://www.whitehouse.gov," your computer first goes to your ISP (Internet Service Provider, like Road Runner, Comcast, etc.). Your ISP maintains a constantly updated copy of the DNS (domain name service) master directory. The ISP looks up the domain name and figures out the street address on the Internet associated with it.
For the White House, the Internet DNS street address is "126.96.36.199." The more technical address is "http://188.8.131.52." This number is unique to the White House. If that White House address is missing, or wrong, then my computer cannot navigate to the White House website. Unconscionably, the White House is proposing to put management of this critical DNS master directory into private hands. We are confident that their plan is to put it within the control of the Facebook Cartel before President Obama leaves office.
Without this DNS master directory, the Internet goes dark. If it is scrambled or sabotaged, the group controlling that master directory controls who gets to read what. It is a power that MUST be managed by all of us, not just by a few.
If unscrupulous actors are given control of DNS directory management, this could be their hypothetical response to your complaint if they didn't like your website and deleted your address from the directory (and thus prevented access to your website): "Gee Beav, we don't know what happened to our file. We'll look into it. Sorry for your bad luck."
A power dictators have only dreamed of
Their "investigation" could go on forever. This would put tools of censorship into private hands that every past totalitarian state has only ever dreamed of. In other words, this hypothetical Internet power broker could merely pretend to do the right thing. Any lawsuits against them would take years, as Facebook has proven in Leader v. Facebook.
Given the current subservience of U.S. regulators to the Facebook Cartel, this would effectively create a situation where the private contractor could pretend to comply with regulation and the regulators could pretend to regulate them. All the while, lawlessness and the suppression of free expression would rule. This would effectively silence all opposition to those willing to bribe and coerce their way to power and control over the Internet.
Democracy requires a diverse accountability structure (separation of powers)—so that no universal public interests are put into essentially unaccountable and un-elected private hands. In our opinion, the administration's current attempt to privatize Internet domain naming will put the future of the Internet into the hands of the Facebook Cartel and must be stopped at all cost. Free democratic communication hangs in the balance.