President Obama signed an Executive Order on Friday, July 6. The order was a statement provided as the “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions.”
This is considered to be the broadest move yet by the White House when it comes to expanding the power of the federal government.
“The Federal Government must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to carry out its most critical and time sensitive missions,” the president begins the order. “Survivable, resilient, enduring and effective communications, both domestic and international, are essential to enable the executive branch to communicate within itself and with: the legislative and judicial branches; State, local, territorial and tribal governments; private sector entities; and the public, allies and other nations.”
The Obama Administration says that the executive order allows them to be able tor reach any citizen, at any time, under critical circumstances.
“Such communications must be possible under all circumstances to ensure national security, effectively manage emergencies and improve national resilience.”
The order establishes a government center that will coordinate the efforts behind the order. The center is designed to be prepared to operate in the event of a national emergency. The order, according to the website for National Communications Systems, says that “infrastructure includes wireline, wireless, satellite, cable, and broadcasting, and provides the transport networks that support the Internet and other key information systems.”
The interpretation is that the government now officially controls the Internet and everything you own on it. The government also has the ability to “seize private facilities and limit civilian communications.