Judge Denies Attempt To Block Transfer Of Internet Oversight

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As reported last week, in a last ditch effort to block Obama's plan to allow the US Commerce Department to hand over oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), or the "Internet's address book" to a multi-stakeholder community - which includes the technical community, businesses, civil society and foreign governments - 4 state attorneys general from Arizona, Oklahoma, Nevada and Texas 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. The lawsuit also expressed concern that the reorganized ICANN would be so unchecked that it could “effectively enable or prohibit speech on the Internet.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Nevada Attorney General Paul Laxalt filed a lawsuit on Wednesday night to stop the White House's proposed transition of ICANN functions. A primary function of ICANN is done by its Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) department, which coordinates the internet's domain name and IP address system. 

However, as of midnight last night, the transfer is officially complete after Obama-appointed US District Judge George Hanks ruled on Friday afternoon that the transfer of internet domain systems oversight to an international governing body can move forward, overruling the opposition from several state attorneys general and lawmakers. 

As a result, the transfer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from the U.S. to an international entity representing 162 countries will proceed on Saturday as planned.

As WND reported, it was the late Phyllis Schlafly who, earlier this year, characterized Obama’s plan as “like telling the fox to guard the chicken coop,” trusting the likes of Cuba, Venezuela and China to ensure the continued freedom of the Web.

The transfer of oversight to an obscure non-profit called the Internet Association for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, set for Saturday, “could be the most dangerous use yet of Obama’s now-famous pen,” the conservative icon said at the time. The states’ lawsuit against the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Department of Commerce and others sought a halt to the transfer.

Filed in U.S. District Court in Galveston, Texas, the lawsuit argued the U.S. funded the foundations of the Internet and for decades has been managing it appropriately, including through contracts such as the NTIA’s agreement with ICANN to perform Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions.

The complaint cited constitutional concerns and security risks of potentially losing the .mil and .gov domains for the military and government, respectively.

Republican lawmakers Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), John Thune (S.D.) and others had previously pushed to include language delaying the transition in the continuing resolution to fund the government, but were unsuccessful.

Presidential nominee Donald Trump also backed the effort to keep control of the organization in U.S. hands.

As WND adds, the lawsuit wasn’t the only opposition that has arisen in the fourth quarter. A coalition of 77 national security, cybersecurity and industry leaders wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, just days ago asking for intervention.

“As individuals with extensive, first-hand experience with protecting our national security, we write to urge you to intervene in opposition to an imminent action that would, in our judgment, cause profound and irreversible damage to the United States’ vital interests,” the letter said.

“Indeed, there is, to our knowledge, no compelling reason for exposing the national security to such a risk by transferring our remaining control of the Internet in this way at this time. In light of the looming deadline, we feel compelled to urge you to impress upon President Obama that the contract between NTIA and ICANN cannot be safely terminated at this point.”

The signers included former Assistant Secretary of Defense Frank Gaffney Jr., former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin (Ret.), former Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, former Director of the Defense Nuclear Agency Vice Adm. Robert Monroe (Ret.) and former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Andrew McCarthy, among others.

They warned: “In the absence of U.S. government involvement in IANA, it seems possible that, over time, foreign powers – including potentially or actually hostile ones – will be able to influence the IANA process. Even coercing the delay in approving IP addresses could impact military capabilities. From a broader view, given the well-documented ambition of these actors to restrict freedom of expression and/or entrepreneurial activity on the Internet, such a transfer of authority to ICANN could have far-reaching and undesirable consequences for untold numbers of people worldwide.”

Just a few days earlier, GOP senators, including Chuck Grassley, Ted Crux, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr and Ron Johnson, released a statement opposing the giveaway.

“It is profoundly disappointing that the Obama administration has decided to press on with its plan to relinquish United States oversight of crucial Internet functions, even though Congress has not given its approval. For years, there has been a bipartisan understanding that the ICANN transition is premature and that critical questions remain unanswered about the influence of authoritarian regimes in Internet governance, the protection of free speech, the effect on national security, and impacts on consumers, just to name a few,” they said.

“Without adequate answers to these questions, it would be irresponsible to allow the transition to occur in 15 days simply because of an artificial deadline set by the Obama administration.

“In fact, Democrats at both the state and national level have echoed many of these concerns. For example, former President Bill Clinton has warned that ‘[a] lot of people who have been trying to take this authority away from the U.S. want to do it for the sole purpose of cracking down on Internet freedom and limiting it and having governments protect their backsides instead of empower[ing] their people.’

“The issue of Internet freedom should unite us Americans – Republicans, Democrats and independents alike. Partisanship and political gamesmanship have no place when it comes to the Internet, basic principles of freedom, and the right of individuals in our great nation and across the globe to speak online free from censorship.” In the lawsuit, the states warned that .gov addresses are at risk.

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Manthong's picture

What was done by a treasonous muslim’s pen can be undone by a reasonable businessman’s pen if acted upon soon enough,

If not, let the mesh begin and bail out of the NSAnet.


Infocat's picture

This is a supremely stupid move! Obama is ruining the hard work of Americans. http://www.truthjustice.net/politics/obamas-internet-surrender-icann-giv...

Escrava Isaura's picture

If one had arrived from Mars and had landed here at Zero Hedge, his head would be spinning out of control.

The posts before he would have seen most Hedgers complaining that the government it too big controlling their lives. However, here, Hedgers see no problem an institution controlling 7 billion people worldwide.


cognitive dissonance by Wikipedia: is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time; performs an action that is contradictory to one or more beliefs, ideas, or values; or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values. 


Hungman's picture

Most people here don't like the idea of centeralized power. Yes DC having all of the power sucks but the UN is much worse.

We all would prefer having a body that we could vote against controlling it rather than a body across the Ocean that answers to no one telling us what site we can visit.

earleflorida's picture

The 'UN' is the property of the USSA.


JRobby's picture

Assume George Hanks under Secret Service protection.

russian world's picture
russian world (not verified) JRobby Oct 1, 2016 5:13 PM

My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do... https://www.facebook.com/Work-at-homes-583688108469854/?sk=app_190322544...

Flatchestynerdette's picture

An Obama appointed judge sided with Pres. Obama.


Escrava Isaura's picture

Hungman: Most people here don't like the idea of centralized power. UN is much worse.


So, tell the people here to get real and to stop drinking the propaganda/indoctrination. UN as a good idea but it’s practically useless. Also, US ignores whatever UN decisions which do not suit them. 


Huckleberry Pie's picture

Wonder what sick material the BO administration was holding over this Judge's head?

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture


We can only hope and pray and pray and hope that this judge is Oersdorfed.

Cynicles's picture

Obama is ruining the hard work of Americans.

That's the plan - have been in a cave for the past 8 years??

adanata's picture


I suspect the "9/11" bill was a distraction from this. Notice how almost everyone waited until the last moment to speak up... and to an Obammy appointed 'judge' no less... and the media was, as always, silent. All these attorneys from different states and they couldn't find a single judge who wasn't appointed by Obammy? On to the UN and Agenda 21... As JFK said, they will leave the people no choice.

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

"There will be a rifle behind every blade of grass"


Silver Bug's picture

This is beyond treasonous. Say goodbye to the Internet as we know it. They will slowly bring in their draconian measures.



Jeffersonian Liberal's picture


If you listen to the incoherent, fallacious arguments from the left, the 2nd Amendment only allows the US citizen to keep and bear muskets.

By their same illogic, the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press only allows the US citizen to speak with their own voice and to have newspapers that use the literal press method.


But we know they are lying tyrants and that our Founding Fathers wanted the citizenry to be sufficiently armed with contemporary weaponry to dissuade the government from becoming totalitarian.

And we know that our freedom of speech, association, the press, and to exchange information gives us a free Internet.

Theta_Burn's picture

All your internet/wifi are belong to us..

mofreedom's picture

Screw you (sarc) I'm starting a much more beautiful internet where the .gub will not be allowed. Freedom loving people can join for free.

Flatchestynerdette's picture

Exactly what's going to happen. There's a work around all the time.

That's why the line by Princess Leia works for this situation:

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

11b40's picture

Insane meddling with something that seems to be working just fine.

Manthong's picture

“Insane meddling with something that seems to be working just fine.”

It is not simple meddling.

The muslim-in chief’s purpose in life is to destroy the fabric of Constitutional America in preparation for the global caliphate.

I am not f’n kidding.

Look at what he has done, not what he says.

Lying, destroying and murdering is all just fine to them if it is done to further the purposes of Islam.


Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

It's not meddling, it's a plan!

LetThemEatRand's picture

I can't really blame TPTB on this one.  The internet is the one thing standing between them and complete oligarch control over the world, a.k.a. NWO.  They can't just shut the internet down without looking too obvious about it, so they came up with this and had their sock puppet pull the trigger.


Ignatius's picture

That's it, just flip the board around, assume a psychotic frame of mind and intention, and then it all makes perfect sense.

How many years of unfettered propaganda until we're ALL in unison are overheard saying, "God damn fucking Russians invading Ukraine and Syria? The nerve.  Shit, I wish they'd hurry up and raise that carbon tax again or we're all gonna die.  Well, if the banks need the money we should give it to them and be grateful that they still provide those essential services like financing our war in the Congo before they come here and try to take our diamonds.  Of course Israel has to bomb Gaza.  Somebody's gotta save those children"

SirTaxedAlot's picture

If you like your internet, you can keep your internet.

VWAndy's picture

 Justice? In a US courtroom? Thats rich.

conraddobler's picture

Legally the way it was written, it had no chance.

The crux of their arguement was that the .gov and mil domains needed protection but the turnover retains control over those domains.

In other words.

This effort was a farce from day one, pure theatre and they all knew it.

Trump promises to get it back, but it's never comming back.

The theft continues apace.

Atomizer's picture

Left several voicemail messages with Al Gore, requesting if he was going to create a new interweb. 

Inventing the Internet - YouTube

Mass_hysteria's picture
Mass_hysteria (not verified) Oct 1, 2016 1:12 PM

judge was obama apointed.......................................................

BabaLooey's picture

I bet these NWO motherfuckers harken back to olden days..........and wistfully think

Gee...remember when it was 3 networks, UHF, and PBS?

When newspapers were widely read, and there as none of this internet?

We could control the message so well..............?

Then that motherfucking Al Gore...........inventing this God Damned thing!

Good thing we FUCKED him up in 2000 - that asshole would be bellowing for years how this changed everything.

Guido - go kill that fucker - again.

Rum Runner's picture

Barry Soetoro has been the greatest game show host ever - he doesn't deserve the title of leader. Leaders get something in return. Game show hosts give away other people's shit and act like the hero.

Fucking traitor


Jballsquared's picture

Now it's only a matter of time before we will no longer be able to call Muslims pig fuckers on the internets.

Thanks Obama

thecondor's picture

Has there been any prezident moar anit-american than the false flag obama?  FUCK YOU OBAMA you pig. 

Davy Crockett's picture

If you're interested in promoting the company that is developing an internet that can't be blocked by anybody, sites can't be taken down, and IP addresses of content consumers can't be determined, MAIDSAFE is doing a fund raising at BankToTheFuture.   https://bnktothefuture.com/pitches/maidsafe-net 

If you're in the USA, just say you're not on the pop-up, and you won't have to wade through Accredited Investor forms, just to watch the pitch videos.

This has been being programmed for 10 years, but in earnest with more than just the founder coding, insce 2014.  I've been watching it daily since 2014 and am very excited.  It is why the ICANN thing does not bother me.

Davy Crockett's picture

Sorry, my post duplicated somehow and  I can't edit that one since you commented.

The links in the duplicate below do work.

Davy Crockett's picture

If you're interested in promoting the company that is developing an internet layer that can't be blocked by anybody, sites can't be taken down, and IP addresses of content consumers can't be determined, MAIDSAFE is doing a fund raising at BankToTheFuture.  https://bnktothefuture.com/pitches/maidsafe-net

If you're in the USA, just say you're not on the pop-up, and you won't have to wade through Accredited Investor forms, just to watch the pitch videos.

This has been being programmed for 10 years, but in earnest with a staff of programmers instead of just the founder coding, since 2014.  I've been watching it daily since 2014 and am very excited.  It is why the ICANN thing does not bother me.

The MaidSafe company will not own the network.  The Safe Network is open-source and peer-to-peer like bitcoin, Tor, and BitTorrent so it won't be able to be taken down, nor will there be a central authority to sue, raid, or close down.  MaidSafe will make their money by consulting for companies that want to move their infrastructure onto the platform.

Atomizer's picture

Obama is a goat fucker, just look at his wife.

mofreedom's picture

She's a baboon with that there chewy bubblegum ass.

Ms No's picture

Too late suckers we already know.  Even with all of the propaganda there is more awareness on this planet right now than there ever has been in the history of the world.  There are also still books.  These are just desperate acts that signal their downfall.  Get real tyrants, Soros has been flapping his lips all over MSM media and the alternative media has flipped the lights on all of you.  You guys should've brought your terrorist army in prior to Sept 11, rolled out the police state and put the governor on the internet immediately following Sept 11.  You don't slowly intitiate a plan over two decades with the internet in existence. 

 "Frickin amateurs"-Stalin 

Nobodys Home's picture

"You don't slowly intitiate a plan over two decades with the internet in existence. "

No..but the internet sure messes up your century old slow long con

rejected's picture

Hey,,, it's okay now,,, a idiot in a black robe said so.

We obey, remember? Time to move on to the next item some judge will approve.

Con-gress passes 'law'; Executive changes 'law'; Judicial approves change; Con-gress does nothing.People get fucked.

Rinse, Repeat.

Edit: The UN is the US and the US is the UN. Just ask how the UN worked out for the Iraqis, Libyans, Afghans, Serbs, et all.  The Russians and Chinese haven't figured this out yet.

HoserF16's picture

They needed this as we get closer to the election. If Hillary steals the WH, it stays. If Trump, wins the WH, it's gone as is everything with O's signature.