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Soros-funded, Marxist-led group pushes Net control
Posted By Aaron Klein On 06/02/2011 @ 10:45 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
The Federal Communications Commission colluded with a George Soros-funded, Marxist-founded organization to publicly push a new plan to regulate the Internet under the government’s “net neutrality” program, according to just released documents.
The shock material was released in response to a Freedom of Information request from Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption.
The released documents include internal correspondence and emails evidencing some coordination between FCC officials and leaders of Free Press, a controversial nonprofit which petitions for more government control of the Internet and news media.
The contact largely involved pushing the “net neutrality” agenda in the run up to an FCC vote last December to advance the “net neutrality program.”
“Net neutrality” refers to government demands for a principle for users’ access to networks participating in the Internet. The principle states that if a given user pays for a certain level of Internet access, and another user pays for the same level of access, then the two users should be able to connect to each other at the subscribed level of access.
WND has reported numerous times on the connections between the Obama administration, including the FCC, and Free Press.
Among the material uncovered by Judicial Watch:
One set of documents includes correspondence between FCC Special Counsel David Tannenbaum and then-Free Press Policy Director Ben Scott, now a State Department official, in working together to establish a lists of speakers for FCC “internet workshops.”
Tannenbaum even asked Scott about inviting a speaker from Color for Change, an environmental activist group founded by Van Jones, Obama’s former “green” jobs adviser. Jones resigned in September 2009 after it was exposed he founded a communist revolutionary organization and called for “resistance” against the U.S. government and police.
Jones served on the Free Press board.
In May 2010 Scott was named a policy adviser for innovation at the State Department. He previously served as director of Free Press.
Scott authored a book, “The Future of Media,” which was edited by Free Press Founder Robert W. McChesney, an avowed Marxist activist who has called for the dismantlement “brick-by-brick” of the U.S. capitalist system, with America being rebuilt as a socialist society.
In February 2009 McChesney wrote in a column, “In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick-by-brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.”
In May, WND reported Free Press published a study advocating the development of a “world class” government-run media system in the U.S.
Now the group is pushing a new organization, StopBigMedia.com, that advocates the downfall of “big media” and the creation of new media to “promote local ownership, amplify minority voices, support quality journalism, and bring local artists, voices and viewpoints to the airwaves.”
Free Press has ties to other members of the Obama administration.
Obama’s “Internet czar,” Susan P. Crawford, spoke at a Free Press’s May 14, 2009, “Changing Media” summit in Washington, D.C.
Crawford’s pet project, OneWebNow, lists as “participating organizations” Free Press and the controversial Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.
Crawford and Kevin Werbach, who co-directed the Obama transition team’s Federal Communications Commission Review team, are advisory board members at Public Knowledge, a George Soros-funded public interest group.
A Public Knowledge advisory board member is Timothy Wu, who is also chairman of the board for Free Press.
Like Public Knowledge, Free Press also has received funds from Soros’ Open Society Institute.
With additional research by Brenda J. Elliott.
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