U.S. call for internet freedom two-faced: Dutch media

22:16, February 18, 2011      

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent comments that the United States will stand up for uncensored, global access to the Internet have drawn some criticism in the Netherlands.

Clinton's "powerful words" on Tuesday, Radio Netherlands Worldwide said in a report published Thursday, "are in marked contract with U.S. reality."

Radio Netherlands Worldwide said in its report that there has been "fierce criticism" of American Internet policy, and the U.S. is itself working on a law to shut down the Internet.

"In the U.S., Wikileaks is regarded as a threat to national security," the report said. "Contrary to official policy, Washington in practice does very little to promote or guarantee internet freedom."

The report also mentioned that "the operation known as the "Internet kill switch" was a dream of former President George W. Bush.

The president was to be granted power to declare a "state of cyber emergency" in which all connections with the outside world would be cut.

The bill does not include shutting down the entire Internet, just the lines that are controlled by the private sector. The bill, which has the backing of both Republicans and Democrats, will be discussed again this year.

Source: Xinhua
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