Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Official IBA Policy: Regime Change At Network Solutions

The people who run Network Solutions must be removed from their positions of authority, and replaced with executives who have respect for the Constitutional system of the United States.

The business they are in is supported by a culture dedicated to Free Speech. Without such a culture, no one would be interested in the internet, thus their business would dry up.

They like the benefits of free speech, but are absolutely unwilling to support free speech themselves. This is not a simple issue of Free Enterprise. Trucking companies have to pay special taxes, because trucks do more damage to the roads than do ordinary automobiles. Network Solutions ought to be willing to support the system which allows them to thrive.

But, they have shown that they aren't, and thus, they need to go down.

Jawa Report called Network Solutions today with a few questions.

Check it out:

Pushing Back - My Conversation With Network Solutions

I just spent 30-40 minutes on the phone with Network Solutions (based in PA), complaining about their removal of the fitnathemovie.com website.Ultimately, I was only able to get as high as a woman named Shannon, the Assistant to the Executive Officer (his name is Roy Dunbar), who gave me a polite brush off, without actually answering any of my questions.

But I was making her very uncomfortable...I could actually hear her blanching over the phone!I explained why I was contacting her (she was already aware of Fitna), and when I was done explaining my gripe (forcefully), she asked me if I had any specific questions for her.So I asked her some specific questions, and informed her they were for an article I was writing for a popular conservative blog...where upon her voice became even gloomier:

1. "Why did you remove a website for TOS violations when there was nothing but a parking page with the text "Coming Soon", and a photo of the Quran?"
She directed my attention to the notice on the page, saying "It is what it is."

2. "Why is an American based company willing to practice preemptive censorship, when there has not yet been any violation?"
Again, she had no answer.

3. "Is it Network Solutions' common practice to remove websites on the day prior to their launch, after months of work have gone into promoting those websites?"
She said she was not aware of such a practice, but she could forward my question upward.

4. I informed her I was in the process of building a new, massive website (true), and that I had planned to host with Network Solutions prior to this debacle (not true).I asked her why American companies should give Network Solutions their business, when her company has demonstrated their willingness to ruin their customers' livelihoods for the sake of political correctness, and their own bottom line?
She just sort of sputtered, told me she understood my point, and assured me she'd look into it.

5. I asked her why an American based hosting company is more concerned about disgruntled Muslims than protecting free speech on the Internet?
Dead silence.

I informed her I knew she was not personally responsible for this debacle (I had been pretty tough on her), and I apologized for what I was going to have to do.

I explained that, unlike radical Muslims, law abiding citizens did not have the option of issuing threats or becoming violent, thus our only recourse is to become such a pain in the ass that companies such as Network Solutions find offending Muslims preferable to the time and resources wasted dealing with us.

Go read the whole thing.

Network Solutions action, with regard to the case of Fitna The Movie, is UNPRECEDENTED.

From Israel National News:

The Washington Post reports that Network Solutions is now, for the first time, blocking access to a site that has not yet put up any substantial content.

The site in question is owned by a Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, who is known for his opposition to Muslim immigrants and the Koran.

Wilders has said that he planned to post a short anti-Koran film on the site, named fitnathemovie.com. Wilders hopes to rally support for banning the Koran in Holland, explaining that the book urges followers to commit acts of violence.

A Network Solutions spokeswoman told the Washington Post that the site was blocked on Saturday night "due to the potential unrest that could follow if Wilders followed through on his pledge to post his film on the site."

The decision by Network Solutions followed warnings and threats that the movie could lead to pro-Moslem violence.

Possibly even more telling was the fact that though no "specific threats" had been received by Network Solutions, the company reminded its employees this week about observing regular physical safety and security measures at work.

The Post reported that Fred von Lohmann, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation - an organization that aims to champion free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights in digital and electronic issues - said it was the first case he'd heard of in which a U.S.-based registrar had preemptively suspended a domain name for violating its use policy.


bernie said...

I agree, American corporations must decide whether they will further Islamic goals in America or draw a line in the sand. If they choose the former then we must make them pay.

Just FYI, I linked to your article from Fitna - Youtube Bends Over - Takes it up the Kazoo

Pastorius said...

Thanks, Bernie.

"I wonder if I'll end up like Bernie in his dream
A displaced person in some foreign border town
Waiting for a train part hope part myth
While the station changes hands
Or just sitting at home growing tenser with the times
Or like that guy in "The Seventh Seal"
Watching the newly dead dance across the hills
Or wearing this leather jacket shivering with a friend
While the eye of God blazes at us like the sun..."

That song was going through my mind before I even saw your name pop up here.

How many songs have the name Bernie in them?