A recent news story surprised some people who clearly haven’t been paying attention to what the Obama Administration has been up to for more than six years now. It did not surprise patriots.
It has been revealed that the U.S. government has a secret plan to cut off mobile phone service during what it calls “critical emergencies.” Known as “Standing Operating Procedure 303,” it allows for the shutting down of wireless networks “within a localized area, such as a tunnel or bridge, and within an entire metropolitan area.”
A federal appeals court has asked the Obama Administration to explain why the government should be allowed to keep secret its plan to shutter mobile phone service. This suggests that the appellate court might rehear a case that was originally decided in favor of the government.
This is not a hypothetical situation. During a protest in San Francisco in 2011, mobile phone service in the San Francisco Bay Area subway system was shut down for three hours. The government did not want protesters communicating with each other during the event.
Now, I realize that some protests do get out of hand and that law enforcement sometimes needs to step in to gain control of the situation before innocent people get hurt. But what about the texts and phone calls that could not be placed that would have been sent as warnings to some of those innocent people caught up in the protest?
And if the government has the authority to cut off cellphone usage anytime it wants to, it’s just a matter of time before this authority gets used to discriminate against its political enemies, even if they are involved in perfectly lawful activities. This sets a very dangerous precedent in a country where individual rights are already being trampled upon.
Do you believe the government should have the right to shut off cellular phone usage whenever it deems necessary? I’d like to hear from you about this important topic.