On Egypt and Her Troubles

I wanted to articulate some thoughts on the situation in Egypt. One of the things that bothers me about this situation is the almost total power that governments (including the United States government) have in shutting down Internet access during a crisis of this magnitude.

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My view on the so-called “kill switch” is that it gives governments too much power over the expression of the people, especially in times of crisis, as we’ve seen in Egypt over the past few days.

I, personally, don’t want any government, including the US government to have that power. It’s simply too much power resting in the hands of people who, at times, seem bent on building their own power bases and slowly taking rights away from citizens. And I would say that regardless of whether we have a Democratic president or a Republican president, so please, no Obama bashing.

My only point, really, is that while governments are needed, and a necessary evil, limiting the power of government is in the best interests of the people being governed. I don’t want to see what is happening in Egypt happen here in the US.

And that’s my thoughts on this. No kill switch. Ever.

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3 Responses to On Egypt and Her Troubles

  1. Skatha says:

    It’s not the responsibility of the government to safe-guard the internet because it has grown far beyond what it was initially developed to be. Since the internet’s purpose has changed, the government’s outlook on the internet should also change. However, I can understand their need to protect parts of it, like the government related sites, so perhaps they can and should have the ability to safe-guard at least the .gov websites. It sounds to me like that’s what Lieberman and Collins are aiming for, but then again that seems a bit redundant because the government runs the .gov sites and can pull the plug any old time they like.


  2. storydad says:


    Certainly the ability to ‘kill’ the internet is not one that would be appropriate in the United States. Our whole concept of what government should be and do is quite different than much of the world. This nation was founded because of our forefather’s desire for freedom, our laws and way of life have evolved from that desire, and our people have fought and died to secure and protect those freedoms.

    I cannot say the same for Egypt. As a nation they embrace Arabic and Islamic ideals—neither of which is exactly known for tolerance of individual freedoms. That is not to say their people deserve to be oppressed. Rather it is to say that if their people wish to live with the responsibilities and benefits of freedom, they have the same right we did to take those freedoms. It is impossible to rule a population long term against the will of it’s people—however nominal that will may be. How much right to the freedom of speach they have is about to be tested I think.

    I know, or at least I hope I know what would happen in the US if our government tried something as heavy handed as Egypt’s has in these past weeks—the tree of liberty being watered with the blood of patriots and all that. We will shortly see if thier people will earn their freedoms with the same coin.


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