Executive Order Internet Kill Switch
Executive order signed April 1, 2015 enables the President, at a time of his choosing, to shut down wireless communications, effectively shutting down the internet.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) already has a “kill switch” for wireless communications, called Standard Operating Procedure 303, (SOP 303) if a national emergency is declared. The ability to shut down all wireless communications, effectively shuts down the internet in the United States. This is the ‘backdoor kill switch’ for the internet that requires no Congressional oversight or approval. Just the President sending a declaration of a national emergency to DHS. His latest executive order does just that. Not that Congress would object. The House of Representatives has been passing the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) year after year, only for it to stall in the Senate.
US courts are once again asking the government why it won’t release details of its wireless service kill switch. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has been trying to wrangle documents concerning the kill switch – officially known as Standard Operating Procedure 303 – from the tight grip of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in July 2012.
In Section 7, (see below) of this executive order, calls for the unannounced seizing of assets from those that this government believes are guilty of cyberattacks against the US. The language of this executive order is not specific, period. There are no direct statements. It might or might not be in the US, they might or might not be attached to terrorism, it might or might not involve private sector companies. Sometimes this and sometimes that…it is deliberately convoluted. The mainstream media has done a complete blackout of everything in this article and where this executive order is leading.
Executive Order — “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities”
I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, find that the increasing prevalence and severity of malicious cyber-enabled activities originating from, or directed by persons located, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with this threat.
Sec. 7. For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in this order, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1 of this order. (emphasis added)
Then the Secretary of the Treasury, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and the Department of Homeland Security all have articles on the White House official website attempting to explain away all the holes in this executive order.
The President announced a new sanctions program that authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of State, to sanction malicious cyber actors whose actions threaten the national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States.
This new executive order is specifically designed to be used to go after the most significant malicious cyber actors we face. Law-abiding companies have absolutely nothing to worry about; for them, it’s business as usual. We will never use it to try to silence free expression online or curb Internet freedom. Nor will this authority be used to go after legitimate cybersecurity researchers or innocent victims whose computers are compromised. It is designed to be used in conjunction with our other authorities, “including law enforcement and diplomatic efforts” to help deter and disrupt the worst of the cyber threats that we face.
Protecting our digital infrastructure is a national security priority and a national economic priority. Over the past six years, we’ve pursued a comprehensive strategy, boosting our defenses in government, sharing more information with the private sector to help them defend themselves, working with industry through what we call the Cybersecurity Framework not just to respond to threats and recover from attacks but to prevent and disrupt them in the first place. Sometimes it’s still too hard for government to share threat information with companies. Sometimes it’s still too hard for companies to share information about cyber threats with the government. The President is putting forward a legislative proposal that would enable cybersecurity information sharing in the private sector and between the private sector and government. The proposal modernizes law enforcement authorities to combat cyber crime and ensure they have appropriate tools to investigate, disrupt, and prosecute cyber crime.
The above referenced executive order is building on Executive Order 13636 that is attempting to establish a framework that government and private sector entities ‘work together’ and ‘share information’. The section concerning our rights and privacy is quoted below. The Department of Homeland Security, the biggest government violator of our privacy is put in charge of insuring our rights and privacy are protected. WOW. I feel SO much more secure, don’t you?
Executive Order 13636: Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (b) The Chief Privacy Officer and the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall assess the privacy and civil liberties risks of the functions and programs undertaken by DHS as called for in this order and shall recommend to the Secretary ways to minimize or mitigate such risks, in a publicly available report, to be released within 1 year of the date of this order. Senior agency privacy and civil liberties officials for other agencies engaged in activities under this order shall conduct assessments of their agency activities and provide those assessments to DHS for consideration and inclusion in the report. The report shall be reviewed on an annual basis and revised as necessary. The report may contain a classified annex if necessary. Assessments shall include evaluation of activities against the Fair Information Practice Principles and other applicable privacy and civil liberties policies, principles, and frameworks. Agencies shall consider the assessments and recommendations of the report in implementing privacy and civil liberties protections for agency activities. (emphasis added)
Executive order 13618 is what the previous executive orders are building their assertions on. Hopefully, you see the pattern that emerging. He has been slowly integrating the executive orders, waiting to see if anyone even notices, then issues another executive order more drastic than the previous. He has been slowly issuing these executive orders covering every area of life. The only area where he has failed, is disarming American citizens by executive order. That has been achieved through the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.
Executive Order 13618: Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions
Sec. 5.6. The Federal Communications Commission performs such functions as are required by law, including: (a) with respect to all entities licensed or regulated by the Federal Communications Commission:the extension, discontinuance, or reduction of common carrier facilities or services; the control of common carrier rates, charges, practices, and classifications; the construction, authorization, activation, deactivation, or closing of radio stations, services, and facilities; the assignment of radio frequencies to Federal Communications Commission licensees; the investigation of violations of pertinent law; and the assessment of communications service provider emergency needs and resources; and (b) supporting the continuous operation and restoration of critical communications systems and services by assisting the Secretary of Homeland Security with infrastructure damage assessment and restoration, and by providing the Secretary of Homeland Security with information collected by the Federal Communications Commission on communications infrastructure, service outages, and restoration, as appropriate.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) sounds like a good thing, but it is not. It is a nightmare waiting to happen to anyone in any creative, digital, technological, generic pharmaceutical, design, or invention industries. For example, in this article, even though I fully source and reference my material, the ACTA would consider it to be aviolation to use direct quotes from the executive orders, agreements, PDFs, JPEGs, and executive branch articles. Generic medications, pictures of paintings, technological improvements would all be violations of this agreement. The impact on the internet in the private sector, would be beyond destructive. This makes Net Neutrality seem impotent. ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement):this is SOPA and PIPA combined and passed by all the nations that signed it, the President signed it, but the Senate has yet to ratify it. The text of this agreement can be found here.
Once this cyber-emergency is declared (which has already happened), and the Department of Homeland Security is sent the order to enact SOP 303, and all wireless communication is shutdown, what do you think happens next? This isn’t some conspiracy theory, these are sourced facts straight from the government. They have been building one executive order after another. One ‘Act’ after another… which an act is nothing more than another word for law. With this President, one illegal, international agreement after another. Think very seriously about this, what happens when all communication shuts down???
National Defense Preparedness Executive Order: (also known as the Martial Law Executive order)
National Defense Authorization Act: (repealed the Posse Comitatus Act)
Enemy Expatriation Act: (will remove American citizenship, which will give the NDAA even more power, and a one-way trip to Gitmo for American dissidents.)
Introduced in House (01/27/2015)
Enemy Expatriation Act
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to include engaging in or purposefully and materially supporting hostilities against the United States to the list of acts for which U.S. nationals would lose their nationality.
Defines “hostilities” as any conflict subject to the laws of war.
All of these executive orders are clarifications of the National Defense Preparedness Executive Order, all of them, with the except of 11049 and 11921 were issued by President John F. Kennedy. Executive Orders 11049 and 11921 were issued by President Gerald Ford.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990: allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995: allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997: allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998: allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000: allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001: allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002: designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003: allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004: allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005: allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051: specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authori-zation to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310:grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049: assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921: allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has broad powers in every aspect of the nation.
This may read like some Orwellian fiction, unfortunately, every word is the truth. I am not fear mongering, I am simply spelling out the facts. America, you NEED to prepare for anything. And you need to pray.