Tucker Carlson Warns About Senate Bill 686, The Restrict Act, Framed Around TikTok But Focused on Domestic Online Censorship

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Conservative Treehouse
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7 April 2023
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National News
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Fox News Host Tucker Carlson did everyone a favor today by sending the warning about The Restrict Act, also known as Senate Bill 686 [SB686 HERE], also known as the bipartisan bill to empower the executive branch to shut down TikTok. {Direct Rumble Link}

The Restrict Act, has very little to do with TikTok and everything to do with the United States government controlling online content If you read the bill what you quickly discover is that congress is giving the Commerce Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence the power to shut down internet content they view as against their interests....

In very direct terms, the passage of SB686 would give the Dept of Commerce, DNI and DHS the ability to shut down what you are reading right now. This is a big deal....



Beware of the Restrict Act: Patriot Act for the Internet on Steroids, by Robert Stark, Unz Review, 31 March 2023:

There is a new bill to ban TikTok, that is not really about banning TikTok, that has gone under the radar until recently. The very Orwellian worded, “Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information and Communications Technology,” or RESTRICT act, has some very dangerous provisions. For instance, the act grants the Secretary of Commerce and Director of National Intelligence, the authority to label any foreign group or individual, an adversary of the United States, target any US citizen with associations to a particular foreign adversary as a threat to the “national interest,” and grants the State discretion to ban software and apps from nations deemed adversaries. The act would also criminalize the use of VPNs to access banned foreign apps, allows the Feds access to all online data without a warrant, and is worded so that the Freedom of Information act and congressional oversight would not apply to Restrict act cases and investigations, so no due process. Also any violations of this act would be tried exclusively in DC Appeals Court, which is one of the most partisan and politically biased courts in the nation.

The Restrict act is a blatant violation of both the 1st and 4th Amendments, with very broad and vague language and draconian penalties. For instance, if one causes undue “risk” to US interests or persons, broadly defined, or if one engages in election interference, they are subjected to fines of up to $1million, civil asset forfeiture, and/or up to a 20 year prison sentence. Basically, it is the Patriot Act on steroids or the Patriot Act for the internet, and grants the government total power over regulating communications, grants the Executive branch dictatorial powers, including wartime powers, and formalizes the Fed Intelligence and Law Enforcement relationships across the digital sphere, as we saw with the exposure of the Twitter files, rather than just farming out tech censorship to the private sector....


The RESTRICT ACT (anti-TikTok law) is an Orwellian NIGHTMARE that , by Robert Stark, Unzwould seize web domains and imprison Americans for 20 years if they contradict the regime in power, Censorship News, 2 April 2023:

Any time the government promises to make you “safer,” beware of their intentions. The media-amplified hysteria over TikTok — a video social media platform built and run by communist China — has handed the power opportunists in Washington D.C. a cover story to try to control all online speech through the introduction of the S. 686 RESTRICT Act, sponsored by an anti-free speech zealot on the Left, Sen. Mark Warner.

The bill, introduced on March 7th, 2023, uses TikTok’s popularity as an excuse to criminalize American-run websites, platforms and blogs that merely disagree with the government regime on literally any topic: Vaccines, Russia, elections, bank runs, currency, transgenderism, climate change and so on.

The weaponization potential of the bill is unlimited, as it can be applied to anything merely deemed to be in the “national security interest” of the United States.

The bill text explicitly states that the government may enforce, “any mitigation measure” against “any person” or “any property” by merely deciding that an article, video, podcast, platform or other content item contains content they don’t like.

Lindsey Graham Tells Fox News He Does NOT Support The RESTRICT ACT... Which He Co-Sponsored, InformationLiberation, 30 March 2023.

RESTRICT Act Is Orwellian Censorship Grab Disguised As Anti-TikTok Legislation, ZeroHedge, 30 March 2023: ... "the language of the bill could be used to give the US government enormous power to punish free speech."

Media Bias, Censorship, and Corporate Political Correctness Run Amuck