4 States Sue To Block Obama's Internet Transition Set For Tomorrow Night

Tyler Durden's picture

The US government, much to the chagrin of Senator Ted Cruz, is set to officially relinquish the Department of Commerce's oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as of tomorrow night at midnight.  ICANN is a California nonprofit that has supervised website domains since 1998, essentially under subcontract from the Commerce Department. Under the Obama transition plan oversight by the U.S. Commerce Department would end and be replaced by a multi-stakeholder community, which would include the technical community, businesses, civil society and governments.

Cruz had attempted to block the internet transition by tying the recently passed funding bill to the reversal of the ICANN turnover.  That said, apparently his harsh admonishments on the Senate floor failed to draw enough support from his fellow republicans to force a government shutdown over the topic. 

“In 22 short days, if Congress fails to act, the Obama administration intends to give away control of the Internet to an international body akin to the United Nations,” Sen. Cruz said. “I rise today to discuss the significant, irreparable damage this proposed Internet giveaway could wreak not only on our nation, but on free speech across the world.”


“The Obama administration is instead pushing through a radical proposal to take control of Internet domain names and instead give it to an international organization, ICANN, that includes 162 foreign countries. And if that proposal goes through, it will empower countries like Russia, like China, like Iran to be able to censor speech on the Internet, your speech. Countries like China, Russia, and Iran are not our friends, and their interests are not our interests.


“Imagine searching the Internet and instead of seeing your standard search results, you see a disclaimer that the information you were searching for is censored. It is not consistent with the standards of this new international body, it does not meet their approval. Now, if you’re in China, that situation could well come with the threat of arrest for daring to merely search for such a thing that didn’t meet the approval of the censors. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen in America, but giving control of the Internet to an international body with Russia, and China, and Iran having power over it could lead to precisely that threat, and it’s going to take Congress acting affirmatively to stop it.



Supporters of the plan counter that critics' harsh rhetoric fails to recognize that ICANN will be turned over to management by an independent board with representation from all over the world with no single body holding undue influence over decisions.  According to Yahoo, the transition has drawn support from Google and several democrat senators who commented to TechCrunch that "the internet belongs to the world, not to Ted Cruz."

"The transition will further strengthen the internet as a stable, resilient and secure tool for empowering billions of people across the globe for decades to come."


Google senior vice president Kent Walker also endorsed the shift, saying it would "fulfill a promise the United States made almost two decades ago: that the internet could and should be governed by everyone with a stake in its continued growth."


"The internet belongs to the world, not to Ted Cruz," Senators Brian Schatz and Chris Coons, and Representatives Anna Eshoo, Doris Matsui, Frank Pallone and Mike Doyle said in an article for the TechCrunch news site.


"If the Republicans successfully delay the transition, America's enemies are sure to pounce. Russia and its allies could push to shift control of the internet's core functions to a government body like the UN where they have more influence."

But, in a last ditch effort to block the transition, 4 state attorneys general from Arizona, Oklahoma, Nevada and Texas, have filed a lawsuit in a Texas federal court alleging that the transition, in the absence of congressional approval, amounts to an illegal forfeiture of U.S. government property.  According to Politico, the lawsuit also expresses concern that the reorganized ICANN would be so unchecked that it could “effectively enable or prohibit speech on the Internet.”  

“Trusting authoritarian regimes to ensure the continued freedom of the internet is lunacy,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a statement. “The president does not have the authority to simply give away America’s pioneering role in ensuring that the internet remains a place where free expression can flourish.”


"I think, as a matter of philosophy, turning this over ultimately is maybe a great idea in the long run," the attorney general said, "but I do think there are a lot of stakeholders involved, and we want to make sure no one in the future can limit or suppress access to the internet or punish people for speaking their minds."

Given Obama's recent humiliating loss on the 9/11 lawsuit bill, we're sure that efforts to block his internet transition plan will draw some attention at the White House.

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TeamDepends's picture

Yes, sue the bejeesus out of 'em! It's the only language they understand.

froze25's picture

I hope they can succeed and block this theft. Makes me sick to hear this. Panama canal was given away.  Total bs.

WestVillageIdiot's picture

Just the other day Chewbacca ranted about how we need an adult in the White House.  The stupid wookie didn't realize how right she was, or why she was right. 

CheapBastard's picture

If Obama is pushing it, it has to be a disaster.


I'm against it.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


"During my service in the United States Congress I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

-Al Gore

As a Libertarian, I believe that if Al Gore wants to give up control of his property, then who are we to say no?

He should get another Nobel Prize for such magnanimity.

wee-weed up's picture

President Trump will take it back - make America great again!

weburke's picture

one senator has immense power. but they dont use it because they  will be killed

HedgeJunkie's picture

Global warming/climate change were other creations of his.  Psycopathic fuck has so many layers of bullshit that his grave will be a national resource.

auricle's picture

Write your senator now...If you really care.

Slomotrainwreck's picture

... there are a lot of stakeholders involved, and we want to make sure no one in the future can limit or suppress access to the internet or punish people for speaking their minds.

Unfortunately, they didn't put that in writing.

boattrash's picture

Froze25, When I went through the canal in 2012 and 2013, the one thing I heard from EVERY Panamanian worker in the canal, was that they wish USA would take it over and start running it again.

Space Ghost's picture

Fuck suing them Obama makes me rage so bad he angers me so much i want him to be anally tortured as punishment

Ms. Erable's picture

...pretty sure Barry wouldn't consider that torture...

stormsailor's picture

maybe if they did it like they did edward II.  a red hot poker shoved 2 ft up his ass

Ms. Erable's picture

The Attorneys General of the other 46 states were out smokin' a bowl and having a good laugh with "Libertarian" Gary Johnson.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

WOW ... Who is watching the hen house? Oh, it is the WOLF in SHEEP'S clothing living in the Whitehouse.

For the last couple of decades, we haven't had a POTUS that is worth a CRAP!!!!

For the first 50+ years of my life, I was deceived. Now that my eyes have been opened, just makes me wonder why GOD has allowed this evil and corruption to go on for so long.

We look to be coming to the end of the trail. This internet issue is just one more step along the way to a one world order and usher in a level of evil we have never before witnessed.

May the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independance R.I.P. 

ebear's picture

"makes me wonder why GOD has allowed this evil and corruption to go on for so long."

They lied about that too.

brokesville's picture

well ya got 7 upvotes that should fix, we whine blog.drink and go to bed. it the zerohedge way, been here awhile

Crash Overide's picture

"If the Republicans successfully delay the transition, America's enemies are sure to pounce. Russia and its allies could push to shift control of the internet's core functions to a government body like the UN where they have more influence."


I am sorry what did you say...? I couldn't hear you with Obama's dick in your mouth.

Yen Cross's picture

 OBUNGA distractions.

 Go have the Wookie polish those Cinnamon sticks,  You're the most effeminate wana~be leader I've ever seen!

  What Woman would feel secure with that little girl!?[ TOTUS]

   At least[Bill] Clinton was a pedofile and womanizer.

 His carpet munching FAKE wife??? Not so much.

Rich from PDT's picture

The more the merrier... lame duck douche trying to push it all through before he leaves. Evil fuck'


"Real Talk... for Real Men."

offwirenews's picture

Silly states...america never actually owned anything, they just delayed the repossession

but no, nothing to see here, no world government being created. nope nope nope.

Ignatius's picture

Death of the 1st Amendment and free speach?

Kinda shitty when treason becomes so commonplace.

Theta_Burn's picture

Of the stupidest things I've ever heard this president doing, and lets face it, the ACA is a tough act to follow..

This really does take the cake.


cowdiddly's picture

iTs getting real and I mean real close to time that us 4 states and maybe a few others might ought to start having a SERIOUS discussion about that secede thingy.

At least bring back congressional canings

WillyGroper's picture

“Imagine searching the Internet and instead of seeing your standard search results, you see a disclaimer that the information you were searching for is censored."

is that like a 404?

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

No more Porn??  Only women in Burqas??  =(

PTR's picture

Romania is not pleased.


But will do a skype show for 200 tokens.

Twee Surgeon's picture

Silky see through burquas, new law.

sinbad2's picture

The message you would get would day something like "the Domain Name Server cannot look up that address"

If you tried to access web sites in Iraq, or Libya whilst the US was invading, you would have got the message. The US also shuts down websites in Iran sometimes.

dexter_morgan's picture

hmmm....sounds reasonable enough to do on the surface, but then it's Google and democrat types pushing it? That's not a good sign.

Pigeon's picture

NOTHING Obama proposes has ANYTHING to do with the well-being, safety and security of the US. By DEFAULT, if Obama wants it done, you know it's a bad, bad call, Ripley.

Same concept with any of the FANGs  and banks.

European American's picture

I woundn't be surprised to see the Mulatto in Prison within 10 years. When Trump declared "Build the Wall" the Great Awakening really went into overdrive. The Masses are really waking up, exponentially. Can't wait to see Billy and Shitlary cuffed. THe House of Cards is coming Down! Make sure you get out of the way, it's going to get real messy on all fronts.

crossroaddemon's picture

None of them will get their comeuppance. Ever. Choose a realistic dream.

jcdenton's picture

Start believing in natural law!




It does triumph ..




People like you are worse than agent provocateurs ..


Or those that wish to Immanentize the Eschaton ..

Twee Surgeon's picture

They will get their just reward / comeuppance. It is a natural law of the universe, You can call it Physics if you like, (Just even deeper.)

A Thief of a pack of Gum gets the bill 7 fold, later.

It happens, take it from a once fearless cunt. Nobody walks away without notice of the creator, from any thing.

Consequences are a bitch, That's a bit more Biblical than most would like, one way or another God's will prevails. Subterranean Castles and Financed urban negro hassles will not change a thing, for anyone,anywhere,ever.

Twee Surgeon's picture

One thing about the Internets is, it is a big fat cash cow, they can not let this puppy go away to stranger-land, No fucking way is the internet getting out of US hands, They might create a U.N appearance of "laws" for convenience.

Too much Commerce, Credit Info, They are attempting to put it in the hands of International PROXY Law, so they can by-pass Constitutional Law.

You could do this by renting a small office in Amsterdam or Alberta, Say that the UN is in control and fuck the USA tax payers that payed for the ride.

The Internet was built and funded on the USA and UK dime in it's infancy, this is an implied patent to the said Tax Payers.

This is a threat to National Security, This is Treason. The Will of the people is clearly defined.

Iran, Pakistan and China, Moscow, Brasilia and Bunghole city, Bangladesh, should all shut the fuck up, enjoy the moving pictures, bitchez. Zero say so, legal or otherwise, Obama should be stopped from doing anything more than writing shitting tickets for Magpies in the vegetable garden behind the White house chop-shop until January 30+.


thecondor's picture

I don't think Obama give a fuck about one thing you said.

Twee Surgeon's picture

You are right, and not one fuck about what the founding fathers of this Great Nation said either, not one fuck was given. + 1000 for you.

quartshort's picture

Agreed. Obama is all outta fucks

theFNG's picture

You sir are full of shit.  There are no magpies in DC, all your other points are now discredited.