In yet another astounding display of hypocrisy, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out of both sides of her face during a speech at George Washington University last week.
Saying “There’s no app” for fighting internet repression, she was clearly addressing the Egyptian crisis, where the government cut off all internet access to the country in a desperate bid to stay in power.
What’s so hypocritical about Clinton’s statement is that legislation that would allow [alleged] President Barack Obama to do the exact same thing has been winding its way through the US system for about 6 months now.
A statement from Clinton officials said:
“Those who clamp down on Internet freedom may be able to hold back the full impact of their people’s yearnings for a while, but not forever,” read an excerpt from her speech, released in advance by the State Department. “There is no silver bullet in the struggle against Internet repression. There’s no ‘app’ for that. And accordingly, we are taking a comprehensive and innovative approach — one that matches our diplomacy with technology, secure distribution networks for tools, and direct support for those on the front lines.”
Apparently it’s one thing to cut off a nation’s citizenry from the internet, just as long as that nation is NOT the United States.
I guess nobody briefed the good Senator on the internet kill switch legislation her fellow Democratic senators are doing their best to get passed as soon as possible.
Or maybe she just forgot, and did like most politicians do when they’re being hypocrites…. she hoped we weren’t paying attention.