RESTRICT Act Gives U.S. Government Control Over All Media

When will folks understand that if given an inch, the government will take a mile? ByteDance was instructed by the Biden administration to sell TikTok to a U.S. company.

If not, TikTok will be banned everywhere in America. Yeah, Congress responded to those warnings rather quickly!

Legislated Censorship?

The RESTRICT (Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information and Communications Technology) Act, according to the Senate, specifically focuses on China’s TikTok.

So why is TikTok not mentioned in the bill? That’s a result of the fact that it primarily uses technological advancements from Cuba, China, Iran, Russia, North Korea, and Venezuela.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the bill’s financial backer, said in a news release that the RESTRICT Act exhaustively discusses the continuing danger posed by software from hostile governments.

It does this by effectively enabling the Department of Commerce to evaluate, inhibit, and minimize ICT transactions that present unnecessary risk, safeguarding the US distribution network now and into the future.

The executive branch is given an excessive amount of power under this law. The measure gives the Secretary of Commerce the authority to examine and forbid certain dealings between Americans and foreign enemies, among other things.

Other agency heads named in the bill who will play a part include the Secretaries of Treasury, State, Defense, and Homeland Security.

Also involved are the Attorney General, U.S. Trade Representative, Director of National Intelligence, Administrator of General Services, and President of the Federal Communications Commission.

TikTok Not Mentioned

The Secretary of Commerce will collaborate with these individuals to recognize, prevent, obstruct, scrutinize, or otherwise mitigate various problems.

It will also work to negotiate, join into, or enforce mitigation measures to resolve any problems resulting from the covered contract by any individual or with regard to assets concerning the jurisdiction of the United States.

This article appeared in Conservative Cardinal and has been published here with permission.