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The revolution will not be facebooked

Stroke of the pen, law of the land.

Obama signs executive order giving him control of all communication systems in America.

16 Responses to “The revolution will not be facebooked”

  1. Top of the Chain Says:

    Not all of the communication systems. Word of mouth and hand written notes are still valid forms of communication. Granted, those are not very efficient forms, but still those are available.

  2. charlie foxtrot Says:

    ECOMCON anyone?

  3. wizardpc Says:

    So this died in Congress, and he just issued an EO that accomplished the same thing?

    This is my shocked face.

    Also getting my shocked face? The lack of liberals screaming and rendering garments in the street over this.

  4. Ian Argent Says:

    @Charlie: I just read that last month…

  5. Ian Argent Says:

    Wait until the next Republican president, then the Established Media will suddenly “discover” that the President “has total control!!!!กกก!!”

  6. karrde Says:

    This is a pretty bad idea. (As in, using EO to do what Congress couldn’t do.)

    However, I have a couple of questions on the finger-meets-the-switch end.

    What’s the enforcement system? The big data trunks are owned by a few companies, but how many hands have to hit how many switches to actually do the shut-down?

  7. wizardpc Says:

    They’ll automate it via a script or somesuch.

    Then that automation process will get discovered and hacked, and major portions of the internet will go down as Anonymous gets it’s giggles.

  8. Jack Says:

    And that hack will be used to justify nationalizing the companies that own the data trunks. To secure your liberty of course.

  9. Barron Barnett Says:

    Couple that with this, and well you’ve got the makings of a nice little fascistic state.

    Not to mention I don’t see how executive orders can be legally binding outside the government to private citizens. If that was the case, why not just issue a EO dissolving congress, the constitution and declaring yourself supreme ruler?

  10. Sigivald Says:

    Contra* (and EPIC**) I don’t really see it. Nothing in that text purports to do that, that I can see.

    Note that RT, echoing EPIC, can’t be bothered to quote the language that supposedly does so… Oh, they quote things, but none of them, if you read them closely actually do what RT says they do.

    The actual text of the EO is about directing DoD and DHS to develop and implement a hardened emergency communications infrastructure – and that’s something that’s both Constitutionally plausible [as a defense power, if nothing else] and a good idea.

    (* Seriously, Might as well be Pravda. Russian state media is deliberately unreliable.

    ** In typical EPIC fashion they make the claim that the EO authorizes that but don’t specify which section or language does so. I can’t find any such authorization from reading it.

    Do they mean 5.2(e)? Because that sounds a lot more to me like “contract it out if appropriate” rather than “just take it”. Pretty thin soup to base such claims on, and nothing else in the text remotely deals with the subject.)

  11. ATLien Says:

    So, Sigivald, you have no problem with the Executive doing an unconstitutional end around Congress? That’s the big deal.

  12. Suki Says:


    ECOMCON anyone?

    Is that from the ancient black and white movie about a military coup in the USA? I was thinking of that one but could not remember the name.

  13. Ian Argent Says:

    I have the book

  14. Chas Says:

    Markie Marxist sez: “Ha! Ha! All your communication system are belong to us! Geez, this Marxist domination of America is easier going than I thought. We commies must really have something going for us here. Like, uhhh . . . the White House? Ha! Ha! All your White House are belong to us! Ha! Ha!”

  15. Charlie Foxtrot Says:

    Suki, Ian is correct – The quotes from *Seven Days in May*. Damn good movie about a right wing military takeover of the country, aided by complete control of communications.

    Ironic, it’s now the Left that has seized that capability.

    I haven’t read the book — good Ian?


  16. Ian Argent Says:

    I re-read it every so often, so not bad. My copy is a paperback that says “now a major motion picture,” so probably close to the movie, but I never have seen the movie.

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