U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move that pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and others who rely on the smooth functioning of the Web.
Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash last year to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.
The change would end the long-running contract between the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based nonprofit group. That contract is set to expire next year but could be extended if the transition plan is not complete.
“We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan,” Lawrence E. Strickling, assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, said in a statement.
The stupidity of this administration knows no bounds.
***Nixon vs. Obama: Who Deserves Impeachment More? That's an easy one.
Still, you would have to be an unusually obtuse observer not to notice that the grounds for removing Obama from office are stronger than the grounds that were deemed sufficient to impeach Richard Nixon. The president’s most fundamental constitutional duty is to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” but Obama has not even pretended to execute the laws faithfully. Rather, he enforces the ones of which he approves, and declines to execute the law whenever it is politically convenient for him to do so. Further, Obama’s coverups of various scandals–Fast and Furious, Benghazi and the IRS are probably the best known, but by no means the only ones–are at least as brazen as Nixon’s coverup of Watergate, and much more successful.
***More bad news regarding the missing plane from Malaysia. This is sounding worse and worse.
Investigators Friday focused on possible sabotage of a missing Malaysia Airlines jet, with data indicating the plane made erratic changes in altitude and course — and that manual changes attempted to mask the jet's location, reports said.
"Increasingly, it seems to be heading into the criminal arena," Richard Healing, a former member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, told the Wall Street Journal.
The latest bits of information from the probe "indicate the emphasis is on determining if a hijacker or crew member diverted the plane," he said.
A U.S. official told the Associated Press investigators are now examining whether the baffling disappearance may have been ‘‘an act of piracy.’’