It seems the courts through a Freedom of information act lawsuit is standing by the U.S. government and not allowing the release of the U.S. governments plan to shut down the internet and cell phone service (plan SOP303) in times of emergencies. In other words if there was civil unrest.
The reason why the lawsuit was filed in the first place was due to when all cell phone service was cut in San Francisco during the BART unrest.
The court is being asked to revisit their ruling.
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in February sided (PDF) with the government and ruled that the policy did not need to be disclosed under a Freedom of Information Act request from the Electronic Privacy Information Center. The court agreed with the government’s citation of a FOIA exemption that precludes disclosure if doing so “could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or physical safety of any individual.”
EPIC asked the court to revisit its ruling, arguing that the decision, “if left in place, would create an untethered ‘national security’ exemption'” in FOIA law. On Friday, the court ordered (PDF) the government to respond—a move that suggests the appellate court might rehear the case.
What is as always the case is the U.S.’s position around the world is “Do as we say not as we do”.
Remember the U.S. State Department has always condemned other countries for shutting down the internet and cell phone service during unrest. They condemned Egypt and Syria in 2011 during their unrest for shutting down services.
The U.S. will not release in what situations they would/will cut off all services. That is a major problem considering U.S. citizens do not ‘trust’ their government regarding our civil liberties anymore after decades of our rights being abolished.
Just as the Patriot Act is coming up June 1st for renewal, of which I have no doubt will sail through the Congress and Obama will sign it. Even if millions called to express their displeasure of the Patriot Act and our Constitutional Rights being shredded due to it, they will ignore the people and do as they are told…..
We should have a plan as a people on how to respond when the bankster’s war on us becomes overt and explicit. If we are disconnected from each other, we should disconnect from the system. Disconnection Day would be an opportunity to turn off all the screens, walk across the street and meet our neighbors. Find out what you can offer them and what they can offer you. There’s a lot of local knowledge out there looking for students.