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UN Control of the Internet
Even as UN delegates meet to take control of the Internet in yet another Rio de Janeiro beach conference Nov. 12-15, Mike Smith, new UN counter-terrorism chief is calling the Internet as it exists: a threat.

In other words, all signs are GO for the UNs’ long coveted takeover of the only thing still working, the Worldwide Internet.

If this sounds alarmist, remember that the world’s largest bureaucracy is already well on its way to take over Mother Earth’s seven seas with only petitions circulating on the Net offering faint hope that Congress will not ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty.

“The Internet is a real worry and I don’t think we’ve found the answer yet,” said Mike Smith, an Australian who starts work on Monday as head of the United Nations’ Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate in New York.” (Reuters, Nov. 12, 2007).  “In the old days extremists used to have to cross borders to plan and attack sites,” Smith told Reuters.  “Nowadays a lot of that stuff can happen on the Internet, they can give instructions, they can coordinate, they can recruit through these jihadi Web sites.”

  The UNs’ new counter-terrorism chief would have been more accurate had he said, the enemy is already crossing the now barely there US border and recruiting happily on the Internet.

  Smith, 58, formerly Australia’s counter-terrorism ambassador, takes over at the UN from Spain’s Javier Ruperez and said he would like the world body to lead a global awareness campaign against Internet-aided militancy, using school education and UN agencies like UNESCO.

  Problem is it still takes 1,000 UN diplomats to change an Al Gore-ordered, compact fluorescent single light bulb.

  Business takes a long time getting done at Turtle Bay even when they’re not in the middle of an office move.

  John Bolton, the only recent man capable of cutting through endless layers of UN bureaucracy and red tape was sent packing.

  The point is that while the hapless UN crowd would be out there striking yet another endless committee, the Jihadists would be enjoying their field day.

  In fact, journalist Claudia Rosset, the closest thing to an antidote to UN chicanery, is warning “Bloggers Beware”  because “The UN internet grab continues—right now in Rio”.

UN savvy Rosett is talking about the “current pow-wow in Brazil”, “the work of the UN-based Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which—with a secretariat now entrenched in an office at the UN’s palatial (BMW-rich) complex in Geneva—has been following up on the UN’s second World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).  That internet summit, as you might recall, was held in November, 2005 in internet-censoring Tunisia—initial sponsor in 1998 of this UN bid to cash in on the web.”

  “Big on the agenda is the UN-based campaign to take away control of the Internet from the U.S.,” says Rosett.  “The aim, now that U.S. freedoms and resulting creativity (not Al Gore, his own claims notwithstanding) have brought mankind this marvelous gift of the internet, is to confiscate management of the World Wide web and turn it over to the same grand conclave of UN potentates whose members include the web-censoring likes of dissident-jailing China, monk-murdering Burma, terrorist-sponsoring bomb-making Iran, and 2008 members-elect of the Security Council, Libya and Vietnam.”

  As Rosett points out some sunscreen-toting 1,000 participants are down in Rio attending proceedings, “bankrolled by yet another of those murky special UN extra-budgetary trust funds”.  The gaggle of conference attendees come complete with a UN media team and between sips of pina coladas are broadcasting live from their own link. here.

  And the beachside UN IGF internet-grab agenda is only this year’s cold-months break. 

  Coming up next on the internet-grab agenda—complete with per diems for the UN support staff and power plays for the despotic governments of the planet: a 2008 meeting in India, 2009 in Egypt…and beyond.

  Al Qaeda and other internet-surfing terrorists would have a halal feast the day the Internet comes under the control of the stupidos at the UN, who have lost everything from the black boxes of downed aircraft to vials of deadly poison right under their very noses in the capacious offices they call home. 

  If terrorists online justify a UN takeover of the Internet, better a team of 13-year-old computer geeks calling themselves “

  Meanwhile, as Claudia Rosett says, “Enjoy the freedom of the internet while we’ve still got it’.

Read:  Bloggers Beware! The UN Internet Grab Continues…Right Now, In Rio

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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh,, Drudge Report,

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