China’s Central Communist Committee have just announced they have the ability to shut down the global internet, and are introducing enabling legislation in the People’s Congress giving Premier Wen Jiabao broad emergency powers over the World Wide Web in times of what a spokesman termed “national emergency”.
Titled “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act”, the bill stipulates any internet firms and providers must immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed by a new section of the Chinese Committee on Defense and Terrorism, dubbed the “National Centre for Cybersecurity and Communications”.
Are you outraged? Horrified that a foreign power, ruled by an elite which considers itself above the law, arrogates to itself the right over sovereign communications in every other nation on earth? Surely—if enacted—this legislation poses the greatest threat to our liberty since the commencement of World War Two.
This story is breaking, verifiable, and absolutely true.
Only, I lied about the bit about China.