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RESTRICT Act is Not About TikTok: ‘It Gives the Government Authority Over All Forms of Communication Domestic or Abroad’

RESTRICT Act is Not About TikTok: ‘It Gives the Government Authority Over All Forms of Communication Domestic or Abroad’

The bill doesn’t even name TikTok!

When will people ever learn that if you give the government a centimeter, they will go a million miles?

The Biden administration told ByteDance to sell TikTok to a U.S. owner. If it doesn’t, then America will ban TikTok on everything.

Oh, Congress quickly jumped on those threats!

The Senate boasts that the Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information and Communications Technology (“RESTRICT”) Act targets China’s TikTok.

Then why doesn’t the bill name TikTok?

That’s because it includes all forms of communication, mainly technology from China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela.

“The RESTRICT Act comprehensively addresses the ongoing threat posed by technology from foreign adversaries by better empowering the Department of Commerce to review, prevent, and mitigate ICT transactions that pose undue risk, protecting the US supply chain now and into the future,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the bill’s sponsor, wrote in a press release.

All in the name of national security. It’s another freaking Patriot Act. It’s an act that gives the executive branch way too much power. The bill allows the Secretary of Commerce to review and prohibit certain transactions between persons in the United States and foreign adversaries, and for other purposes.”

The bill identifies other “relevant executive department and agency heads” who will have a role: Secretaries of Treasury, State, Defense, and Homeland Security, attorney general, U.S. trade representative, director of National Intelligence, administrator of general services, and FCC chairman.

Those names are important because the Secretary of Commerce will work with those people to “take action to identify, deter, disrupt, prevent, prohibit, investigate, or otherwise mitigate, including by negotiating, entering into, or imposing, and enforcing any mitigation measure to address any risk arising from any covered transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.”

By any person. Anyone.

Where does it stop? If you want to protect national security, why not ban American companies from manufacturing there? Why does the government allow all our stuff to be made in China? But it’s not like the companies would move to America since we have too much red tape and bureaucracy. They’ll move to other Asian countries.

But overall, it’s all about censoring the American public. It’ll turn us into those countries the bill mentions because those countries force citizens to hear only what the government wants them to hear.

Tucker Carlson tore apart the bill:

CARLSON: “That’s weird. Can you see that is going on? Chien runs tiktok and China knows if you want a productive society extending beyond next week. You teach your kids about hard work and creativity and personal responsibility. Respect for authority. If you want to destroy a society, you funnel a ton of garbage to kids about gender ideas and twerking. That’s what tiktok is doing here. There are videos of teachers boasting about getting kids. I had students not just with sexuality and gender identity. These reasons are why I think it is important to be out and loud and proud.”

Tucker agrees with AOC:

CARLSON: “In reality if you are opposed tiktok, as we are, this bill isn’t about banning tiktok it is never about what they say it is. Instead, this bill would give terrifying new powers to the federal government to punish American citizens and regulate how they communicate with one another. For example, the bill would regulate, certain transactions between persons in the United States and foreign addversaries. What is that and who decides the subject of commerce and DNI not the Congress decide what foreign adversaries are. That should trip a switch in your brain. Transactions would include, quote, any acquisition importation, transfer, deal nothing our use of any information and communication technology, product or service; ongoing activities or hosting service that is broad.”


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Tucker predicted (or verifed) the “trans” mass-murder phenom.

Things are really starting to hit the fan:

Antifa, Trans Activist Groups Planned ‘Day of Vengeance’ Prior to Nashville Massacre:

Our government at work against us.

stevewhitemd | March 28, 2023 at 3:26 pm

Truly, our leaders in Washington never let a crisis go to waste.

How about a simple one page bill that:
1. Bans the installation or use of any apps on any govt electronic device. No exceptions.
2. Defines govt electronic device as any electronic device used by a govt employee to conduct any govt related communication. Yes this means a personal cell phone when someone uses it for their work which is kinda/sorta already the rule for DoD.
3. Bans the collection, storage, sale or transfer of any data collected about the user of any app, program or device by any entity public or private without a specific warrant being issued for that collection.

Problem of tic tok solved along with a host of other problems. Unfortunately the establishment class is compromised by and beholden to tech firm’s cash. See SVB depositor bailout.

    Bans the installation or use of any apps on any govt electronic device.
    Ummm, how would you use said device then?

    Or did you mean to imply requiring the building of a gov’t app store, from which only approved apps can be downloaded and used?

      CommoChief in reply to GWB. | March 29, 2023 at 11:10 am

      In DoD the electronic device comes to end user preloaded with approved software. User doesn’t have any admin or power user control. The device is locked down and the user has zero ability to install jack squat in terms of software/apps. Within DoD all govt related actions are supposed to be conducted using the govt issued electronic device by policy, though not always adhered to.

      BierceAmbrose in reply to GWB. | March 30, 2023 at 12:06 am

      He meant no end-user installed non-approved apps, obviously.

      *This* implies people who’s job is vetting apps for spyware and so on. As there should be.

      While they’re at it, ban Zoom from govt work systems. That’s CCP-China affiliated, too.

      BierceAmbrose in reply to GWB. | March 30, 2023 at 12:17 am

      “Or did you mean to imply requiring the building of a gov’t app store, from which only approved apps can be downloaded and used?”

      That’s the sophisticated solution, and not that hard. Multiple instances of exactly that in the nerd-o-sphere, including repos that exclude misbehaving apps and projects for way less than being CCP spyware.

      I think you’ve written the preamble to a federal law.

      How about we all submit that to our congresscritters — The Keep Your (Computing) Business Clean (you dirty, dirty boys…) Act. Resolved: How about y’all stop yourselves from installing CCP-Chinese Spyware on your work computers, and leave us the hell alone?

“The PATRIOT Act was a knee jerk over reach with long lasting implications that make our society less free.”

RESTRICT Act, “Hole my beer.”

thad_the_man | March 28, 2023 at 4:08 pm

Go on twitter and find the latest petition to stop the restrict act. Sign it.

I suggest you wait a little to do so. There are multiple petitions, and I hope that the writers get together and not dilute signatures.

Where is McCarty on this

Halcyon Daze | March 28, 2023 at 5:41 pm

We can be certain that the peasants will be persecuted no matter what text the bills contain.

I expect no less from Democrats, but why are the Republicans supporting this mess?

“That’s because it includes all forms of communication, mainly technology from China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela.”

No, much worse. This is another bill whose target changes weekly depending on the whims of the administration. Congress doesn’t choose the targets, two unelected federal bureaucrats do. They may arbitrarily decide on any given day that no American should buy electronic equipment from Latvia (it was, after all, a Soviet satellite, and is still quite close to an active war zone); as a result, thousands of businesses dealing with the world’s finest source of low-cost, high-capability routers would have to dry up and blow away… as well as all their customers in which those devices were previously installed.

    CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | March 28, 2023 at 6:54 pm

    Exactly. Congress granting insane power and the discretion to use the power to unelected bureaucracy. Which is of course the preferred action within Congress.

    They pass a bill so they tell folks back home ‘we did something’ so re-elect us.. Then pass the buck to the bureaucracy. When things go wrong then Congress holds ‘oversight’ hearings and blames the ‘rouge bureaucracy’, as if Congress didn’t hand the bureaucracy the power in the first place. All the while saying ‘we did something so you rubes must re-elect us’.

Lookin’ like a lockdown.

Ms. Chastain – did Sen. Warner exclusively draft the overly broad language? Who else had substantive input?

thad_the_man | March 28, 2023 at 8:14 pm

One more thing, the ban on encryption would put a ban on cryptocurrency.
As well as electronic signatures.

Let American companies move to other Asian nations. Diversity is a good thing.

But no more grants of vague power that is not tailored to the specific need, especially if there is no sunset on a regular basis.

Damn straight! NEVER count on the GOP. It’s as corrupt an entity as the democrat party.

Just look at who is at the top:

Malignant clown # 1: McConnell:

Malignant clown #3: Rona Romney:
GOP chairwoman accused of corruption by her fellow Republicans

    CommoChief in reply to | March 29, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Trump endorsed both McConnell and McDaniel to be selected to continue in their leadership roles. Does your admonishment not to trust the GoP by invoking McConnell and McDaniel, accurately IMO as DC establishment who are uninterested in reform or bring ing the DC swamp to heel, also extend to their enablers who endorse their continued control at the top of the GoP levers of power?

      henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | March 29, 2023 at 5:10 pm

      I trust Trump to a large extent, but I don’t trust the people Trump trusts to any extent at all. The man simply cannot tell friend from foe. Trump could lead a MAGA army, but he couldn’t staff it worth a damn.

        CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | March 29, 2023 at 5:51 pm

        Trump has a few challenges to overcome that are very doable and would immensely help his campaign.

        1. Border wall/security – he must lay out his plan to accomplish this within a second admin. Vague statements that equate to ‘trust me, we’ll do it’ aren’t reassuring
        2. Enabling Fauchi and the Federal response to Covid – he must admit he erred in listening to Fauchi for so long and for disparaging Governors who pushed back against the Federal lockdown advice. Those Governors were proven correct.
        3. His 2024 Team – not the campaign but the governing team.. Who is going to appoint to his cabinet, as Chief of Staff, Nat Security Advisor? These names will tell us whether he has learned from his mistakes of his first term.
        4. Drain the Swamp – he is going to have to lay out a concrete plan to do this not rely on lip service. Will he revoke JFK EO allowing the unionization of Federal employees in order to assist in draining the swamp?

        Those are the top four negative things he needs to overcome from his prior term. It looks as if he remains committed to his combative communication style for better or for worse.

BierceAmbrose | March 29, 2023 at 12:39 am

They can’t have anybody else’s tech spying on Americans; that’s their job.

BierceAmbrose | March 29, 2023 at 12:43 am

Since when did our infrastructure become their infrastructure?

You’d think, as hard as they work to keep people from knowing squat, they wouldn’t care if we were spied on by anyone.

The danger of tik tok is that the Chinese Government gets to fact check the data provided by google yes? Google logs our data right?

We really need to stop fighting phantom foreign boogeymen and admit we are in a dispute with our fellow Americans over if America should be a racially hierarchical hell hole or return to more traditional values.

Our Tik Tok hysteria started a straight line to this bill.

Lets hope it fails in the house. Those cringy tik tok videos are all western in origin, follow western philosophy and thought and besides a couple of fully westernized Chinese Americans have no connection to China which doesn’t even use tik tok at home.

BierceAmbrose | March 30, 2023 at 12:27 am

My frakking tinfoil hat won’t stop yelling:

This isn’t even about controlling and surveilling folks in the US. This is about crashing the economy even harder — obviously their big goal, as it’s the only thing common among all their nonsense..

God, I remember when I made that hat for a Halloween costume. Though it was cute. A tinfoil sorting hat — get it? Then it started shouting “Gryffindor!” “Slytherin!” Now, this.