The US Government Has An Internet Killswitch - And It's None Of Your Business

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Submitted by Derrick Broze via,

On Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear a petition from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) that sought to force the Department of Homeland Security to release details of a secret “killswitch” protocol to shut down cellphone and internet service during emergencies.

EPIC has been fighting since 2011 to release the details of the program, which is known as Standard Operating Procedure 303. EPIC writes, “On March 9, 2006, the National Communications System (‘NCS’) approved SOP 303, however it was never released to the public. This secret document codifies a ‘shutdown and restoration process for use by commercial and private wireless networks during national crisis.’

EPIC continues, “In a 2006-2007 Report, the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (‘NSTAC’) indicated that SOP 303 would be implemented under the coordination of the National Coordinating Center (‘NCC’) of the NSTAC, while the decision to shut down service would be made by state Homeland Security Advisors or individuals at DHS. The report indicates that NCC will determine if a shutdown is necessary based on a ‘series of questions.’

Despite EPIC’s defeat at the hands of the Supreme Court, the four-year court battle yielded a heavily redacted copy of Standard Operating Procedure 303.

The fight for transparency regarding SOP 303 began shortly after a Bay Area Rapid Transit (“BART”) officer in San Francisco shot and killed a homeless man named Charles Hill on July 3, 2011. The shooting sparked massive protests against BART throughout July and August 2011. During one of these protests, BART officials cut off cell phone service inside four transit stations for three hours. This kept anyone on the station platform from sending or receiving phone calls, messages, or other data.

In July 2012, EPIC submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the DHS seeking the full text of Standard Operating Procedure 303; the full text of the predetermined “series of questions” that determines if a shutdown is necessary; and any executing protocols related to the implementation of Standard Operating Procedure 303, distributed to DHS, other federal agencies, or private companies.

After the DHS fought the FOIA releases, a district court in Washington, D.C. ruled in EPIC’s favor, but that ruling was later overturned by the court of appeals. The appeals court told EPIC the government was free to withhold details of the plan under the Freedom of Information Act because the information might “endanger” the public.  In 2015, the digital rights group asked the Supreme Court to review the ruling by the federal appeals court.

With the Supreme Court’s refusal to address EPIC’s petition, the issue seems to have reached a dead-end. The American people are (once again) left in the dark regarding the inner-workings of another dangerous and intrusive government program. It is only through the hard work of activists and groups like EPIC that we are at least aware of the existence of this program — but knowing bits and pieces about the protocol is not enough. In order to combat such heavy-handed measures, we need to have access to the government’s own documents. Hopefully, there is already a whistleblower preparing to release these details.

What we do with the information we do have is up to each of us as individuals. We can sit back and watch the United States further devolve into a militarized police and surveillance state — or we can spread this information, get involved locally, and create new systems outside of the current paradigm of control and exploitation.

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muppeteer's picture

Courtesy of Citadel

MrNosey's picture
MrNosey (not verified) muppeteer Jan 14, 2016 4:35 PM

They have a kill switch for 'everything'!


The elite will soon run and hide in the bunkers paid for with citizens taxes, after engineering a full economic collapse as well as starting WW3, plus they will make sure that there are enough Jihadi's in the West to start a race war.

That should be enough to cover up the failed fiat ponzi scheme and take care of the 'excessive' population......

Skateboarder's picture

Riots will start exactly two minutes after the Internet is killed.

Edward Quince's picture

You're in capable hands - the ones you'd want in charge if all hell broke loose. Now get back to work. We depend on increasing productivity among you loser peasants, er citizens

KesselRunin12Parsecs's picture
KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) Edward Quince Jan 14, 2016 4:45 PM

What's the difference between an internet 'kill switch' & being banned from a blog? Sure, there are subtle differences, but frankly, the effect is the same.

__Usury__'s picture

The 3 wise men.........francis, trav & Mako..........damn I miss those days...


Hey, who do you like in SB50?

nuubee's picture

This is why mesh networking needs to take off. Then TPTB have a much harder problem to solve.

wee-weed up's picture

Yep, the US Shadow Government is who's REALLY running the country. The Prez & CONgress are just for show.

Arnold's picture

Skb , I think that it will take more than two minutes.

Four hours ought to do it though.

NidStyles's picture

Wait, SOP 303? What's in the other 302 SOP's before it? Where are these SOP's listed, if at all?

Benjamin123's picture

Should you not be out splitting logs, fishing and shooting intruders into "your" land? Worst.Freeman.Ever.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

You got to love the 33 symbolism in SOP 303.   Yeah, yeah, most ZHers aren't a fan of symbolism or numerology.  So what.  Many of the elites are.  Thats why it has relevance to me. "For those with eyes to see", as the saying goes.

Ms No's picture

I am not into numerology myself but I do notice it.  I have read something from every religious background.  I am very curious about what belief system we are dealing with in regards to these occult weirdos that rule over us.  Lately I have been reading Sufi and Gnostic stuff. All of these mystic traditions including the Kabala and Hermeticism have a common root out of Egypt. But anyway, the Gnostics are obssessed with the number 9.  Everything is nine or adds to nine.  Whatever that is worth.

For example they believe you only have 108 reincarnating lives to evolve beyond your ego that wants, wants and wants or you go the hard route and are purged of it in some alternate reality fire realm.  It is always 9s. 

stacking12321's picture

that's why the rosary of a tibetan monk has 108 beads in it

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) stacking12321 Jan 14, 2016 9:57 PM

They are typically made with 18, 27, 54 or 108 beads. Not just 108.

Regardless, all give 9 if summed up and are multiples of 9.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) stacking12321 Jan 14, 2016 9:57 PM

They are typically made with 18, 27, 54 or 108 beads. Not just 108.

Regardless, all give 9 if summed up and are multiples of 9.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

All multiples of 9 summed up equal a multiple of 9 which if summed up equals 9 (or a multiple of 9 which summed up equals 9 - ad infinitum).




Ms No's picture

It's fascinating how the old mystic traditions of the ME correlate so well with Hindu and Tibetan stuff.  It seems there would have to be some precursor to tie the two.  Haven't figured that out yet.  Maybe they were sharing.

Paveway IV's picture

Cutting off internet and cell phone service in times of a state emergency? Now where have I heard that before??

Oh yeah... ISIS just did it in Raqqa so their Captagon-fueled head-choppers wouldn't stampede the hell out of there before their impending slaughter. Israel regularly does it to the Palestinians in Gaza, either on purpose or due to an unfortunate bulldozer accident

Difference between the U.S. government's DHS Stazi, Israeli IDF and ISIS? No difference. Ski masks, maybe... but the DHS is bound to start using them sooner or later. Ooops... never mind.

mkhs's picture

But who has or uses a cell phone?

Upset Your Worries's picture


This is why mesh networking needs to take off. Then TPTB have a much harder problem to solve.

Good point.

See also:

Number 9's picture

I hear that Raymond.. been thereabout ohhh 9 times?

remain calm's picture

So wait, let me get this straight, communicating in a time of crisis is bad. WTF? Go fuck yourself Mr US government.

Ignatius's picture

How much more clear does it have to be that we have rulers, not leaders.

Arnold's picture

About your produce supplier......

noless's picture

This shit is fully implemented, that's why I will maintain that an outspoken social media presence is beneficial(if you have nothing and likely never will, everything's circumstantial), people might notice you'r gone.

Quasi's picture

Oh, there will be communications. They will just be the communications TPB want and nothing else.  Your smart phone will tell you to stay calm and give you GPS directions to the nearest FEMA camp. If you don't show up in a timely fashion the phone will tell authorities where you are located so they can come "rescue" you.  As far as Twitter, FB, or Zero Hedge, sorry, those servers must be down. Probably turrurists doing.

WillyGroper's picture

spidey senses tell me F5's on the horizon.

Lorca's Novena's picture

reply deleted by NSA agent 42006.

Johnbrown's picture

It's funny because I have several government kill switches.

I have names for them:
12 guage

No Quarter's picture

How did you get any down votes on that one? Maybe it was because you forgot to add .308 and .40/.45 ;)

Implied Violins's picture

No, he forgot .50, RPG, IED, IR-proof Gillie suits, and drone spammers.

boattrash's picture

Johnbrown, No Quarter, and Implied Violins...

...The Three Powerball Winners for Tonight!

813kml's picture

Not so sure, it's difficult to riot with ones pants around ankles.

Implied Violins's picture

An oily mouse makes a decent Molotov.

RogerMud's picture

if they kill everything but Facebook, the only people who notice will be ZH readers.

Scooby Dooby Doo's picture

Scooby don't care he have a MikeTyson wallet and knows location of every MikeTyson Bitcoin ATM!

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KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) Skateboarder Jan 14, 2016 4:48 PM

"Riots will start exactly two minutes after the Internet is killed."


Yup, pretty much! When they find out that PIZZA HUT takeout order didn't go thru there will be hell 2 pay!

Number 9's picture

"Riots will start exactly two minutes after the Internet is killed."


And to think, we might have to actually talk to someone face to face.. the horrors!

Scooby Dooby Doo's picture

It's not a joke, they'll be raping the white women.

Baron Munchausen's picture

You must be an optimist.

Best for all of us to learn how to jump on the Localnet when tptb kill the intertubes... To help defeat the terrorists, fight 'hate,' and for the childrens, of course.

Agent P's picture

All depends on whether or not the internet kill switch takes down the EBT networks. 

TheDanimal's picture

Riots could be quite fun and somewhat constructive for race relations amongst the masses. If we realize most of us are really on the same team in this class war. Think about it, we could unite in looting! We redistribute some wealth to ourselves from the top, and get out a bit of aggression.

knukles's picture

Skateboarder be Right!
That has already happened in the ME several times.  I'm particularly thinking Egypt some time back.  Place was on edge, military coup, and the PTB thought that it would be wise to Kill all Internet and Phone media.

What that did was to get people off their fat asses where the media was being used primarily as a venting outlet and into the streets for the news and personal contact.

So instead of a lot of nasty comments being made form the comfort of home, the people wound up int eh street.  Whaddau think happened?

 Killing the media is NOT a Good Idea.
It will Backfire and The Results Will Be Horrific!!!!!!!!!!!!!

L Bean's picture

Absolutely. They won't use it for that reason alone. If some fat-finger decides to push the button anyway, it'll be signing many thousands if not millions of death warrants.

WillyGroper's picture

Pretty sure there's an intranet available to baby raping scum.

Then there's the issue of commerce.

newmacroman's picture

303 won't matter when an EMP or Carrington event beats DHS to the punch.

TuPhat's picture

No one will know when the internet is killed.  Outages are common place.  Our power went out to replace a bad transformer that would take 30 minutes.  As a result I didn't get out the generator until the next day because I kept thinking it would only be out just a little longer.  When the phones are out as well, who you gonna call?

WillyGroper's picture

That depends on whether you followed the monkeys to wireless or are still hanging to the PSN.

When they kill the PSN, you'll know.

I'm not the down voter BTW.

Ham...align yourself or get licensed.

mkhs's picture

Badges? We don't need no stinking badges, er licenses.