Ofensas Impugnables de Obama y el Congreso de los EE.UU.

El tiempo para informar y educar se ha terminado. Ha llegado el momento de responsabilizar al gobierno por sus acciones inconstitucionales.

POR LUIS R. MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | 15 ABRIL 2012

“El gobierno no es razón, no es elocuencia, es fuerza, como el fuego, un siervo molesto y un amo temible.” ¿Cómo pudo George Washington dar en el clavo tan claramente? Todo lo que destaca al gobierno en la sociedad moderna es el uso de la fuerza para imponer políticas irracionales y normas — no leyes — para poner freno a la libertad personal y los derechos individuales. No estoy hablando del gobierno de la gente, por supuesto, pero el gobierno controlado por las corporaciones, el gobierno fascista.

Cuando dos poderes del Estado, en cualquier tipo gobierno — una república, una tiranía, una nación socialista, un país comunista y así sucesivamente — no están controlados por las personas que le dieron el derecho de existir, sino por los intereses corporativos, esto resulta en lo que vemos cada vez más hoy en día en países como Estados Unidos, Canadá, Brasil, China, Reino Unido y Rusia, por citar algunos. Cuando la oficina del presidente y las oficinas del Congreso son puertas giratorias para que los títeres corporativos entren y salgan a placer, la responsabilidad del gobierno se pierde.

Si las personas permiten que esto suceda y que continúe sin ningún tipo de controles y equilibrios, el gobierno se convertirá en el tipo de monstruo invencible que va a transformar cualquier profecía en la peor pesadilla. Esta es la etapa donde estamos ahora, no importa donde usted vive. El control corporativo del gobierno ha pasado de ser raro a ser absoluto. El gobierno controlado por las corporaciones tiene muchas caras, entre ellas: el comunismo, el socialismo y el fascismo. Todos estos estilos fueron creaciones de las antiguas escuelas de pensamiento que vieron la oportunidad de convertirse en Dueños a través de la división, la balcanización y la conquista. Esas antiguas escuelas de pensamiento se convirtieron en una tecnocracia perversa del siglo XXI que ahora está casi en control del planeta en case un 100 por ciento.

Es porque la humanidad ha perdido de vista lo que el gobierno debe hacer y no debe hacer, que ahora la gente tiene que hacer su debida diligencia, la que debería haber hecho hace muchos años. Es hora de poner frenos y contrapesos al gobierno. Muchos años han pasado desde que millones de individuos se despertaron a los abusos del Estado controlado por las corporaciones en todas sus formas y manifestaciones. Las empresas se volvieron más poderosas con la complacencia del aparato estatal, como tumores rampantes que nunca fueron tratados, y mucho menos curados. La apatía y la ignorancia, alimentó esos tumores al igual que cualquier toxicidad de la quimioterapia hace en un cuerpo humano, excepto que esta toxicidad es la toxicidad social. Personas conformadas, ignorantes y apáticas permitieron a los tumores diseminarse por todo el ‘cuerpo social’ y ahora, el cáncer se encuentra en la etapa 3, avanzando sin retraso alguno.

El único medicamento disponible ayudar a curar la podredumbre del “cuerpo social” es una acción rápida, pero decisiva. El tiempo para informar y educar se ha terminado. Los que no están con nosotros se han de quedar atrás para que la minoría informada pueda actuar. La acción debe comenzar donde se originó el cáncer desde hace mucho tiempo.

Le guste o no a muchos, los Estados Unidos fue durante muchas décadas — no por casualidad — artificialmente sostenido como la casa blanca y brillante en la colina. Fue allí que el fascismo moderno comenzó. Las palabras de Dave Mustane: “Usted toma a un hombre mortal, y lo pone en control, lo ve convertirse en un dios, y luego ves las cabezas rodar.” Este escenario se repite una y otra vez tanto en el gobierno como en las corporaciones privadas. Dada la posición privilegiada de los Estados Unidos en el mundo de hoy, a pesar de la decadencia en la que se encuentra hoy, es en los Estados Unidos donde se llevará a cabo la principal batalla para frenar la tiranía corporativa. Sin duda, es allí donde muchos han conseguido inspiración para convertirse en poderosos y ricos, y no necesariamente para bien.

Después de la aprobación de leyes tales como el NAFTA, el CAFTA, la Ley Patriota, la Autorización de Defensa John Warner, El Proyecto de Ley de Seguridad Cibernética, la Ley de Autorización de Defensa Nacional, el ACTA, y muchos otros proyectos de ley que básicamente hacen que la Constitución sea ilegalmente omitida, tanto en el Congreso de los EE.UU. como el presidentes de ese país, quienes participaron en la aprobación de dichas leyes, deben ser responsabilizados. La acción ha comenzado, aunque se necesita mucho apoyo. En respuesta al irrespeto que Barack Obama, su gabinete y el propio Congreso han demostrado hacia la Constitución, el representante Walter Jones recientemente introdujo la Resolución 107, un proyecto de ley que busca hacer cumplir lo que las leyes que ya están en vigencia  condenan y prohíben expresamente, pero que los congresistas cómplices y de hecho el pueblo estadounidense ha dejado de aplicar: Que es inconstitucional que un presidente de EE.UU. lleve a cabo acciones militares sin previa declaración de guerra por parte del Congreso, con lo cual la se convierte al presidente de EE.UU., en el comandante en jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas .

Como muchos ya saben, el propio Barack Obama, así como su secretario de Defensa, Leon Panetta, declararon que considerarían informar al Congreso acerca de los futuros compromisos militares del país, mientras que las leyes establecen que es potestad del Congreso aprobar una declaración de guerra antes de que el presidente envíe tropas a zonas de combate. Cuando el congresista Jeff Sessions, presionó al Secretário de Defensa, Leon Panetta, este repitió y confirmó que el Poder Ejecutivo y el Pentágono lanzarían ataques militares con la aprobación de las organizaciones internacionales, sin necesidad de consultar o pedir permiso al Congreso de los EE.UU.. Previamente, Obama dijo que si — en una variedad de situaciones — el Congreso no actuaba, él lo haría solo, por decreto, mediante órdenes ejecutivas, como si estas fueran leyes. ¿A alguien le huele a dictadura? En efecto. Y Obama ya ha actuado sobre tal advertencia. Él ilegalmente autorizó la intervención militar en Libia sin consultar al Congreso al respecto, y mucho menos obtuvo la autorización o una declaración de guerra. Esto, por la Constitución de los Estados Unidos, es una ofensa censurable. ¿Por qué? Porque de acuerdo a la Constitución de los EE.UU., sólo el Congreso tiene la autoridad para declarar la guerra, no la oficina del presidente de los EE.UU.. “¿Cree que puede actuar sin el Congreso y poner en marcha una zona de exclusión aérea en Siria”, le preguntó Jeff Sessions. Leon Panetta, respondió: “Nuestra meta sería la de solicitar el permiso a organizaciones internacionales y entonces vendríamos al Congreso a informales y determinar la mejor forma de lidiar con esto, o si querríamos obtener el permiso del Congreso …”.

Del mismo modo ilegal fueron adoptadas tres otras decisiones que fueron respaldadas por el gobierno de Barack Obama. El rescate financiero de 2008, donde a los contribuyentes de Estados Unidos se les asignó una deuda de trillones de dólares que el gobierno de los EE.UU. — a través de su dueño, la Reserva Federal — prometió y entregó a bancos extranjeros. Increíblemente, esos fondos no se utilizaron para ayudar en la recuperación económica, pero para consolidar aún más el poder económico en manos de instituciones bancarias extranjeras. Debido a esto, los estadounidenses, actuales y futuros, tendrán que trabajar más duro que nunca para pagar los intereses de esta deuda a través de los años. De hecho, los estadounidenses fueron asignados de manera ilegal como responsables de una deuda originalmente creada por los bancos y las instituciones financieras internacionales bancarios como el FMI y el Banco Mundial. Usted dirá, “pero eso fue durante el gobierno de Bush!” Correcto, y también Bush y gabinete debe rendir cuentas. Sin embargo, Obama extendió esos rescates, al permitir la creación de paquetes de ayuda financiera como los de flexibilización cuantitativa I, II y III. Es decir, la Reserva Federal utilizó los activos de Estados Unidos como medio para crear dinero de la nada, con el fin de prestar a las instituciones bancarias nacionales y extranjeras que utilizaron el dinero no para pagar la deuda que ellos mismos crearon, pero para acumularlo en sus bolsillos.

En tercer lugar, después de aliarse con el Reino Unido, que públicamente llamó a atacar a Siria, los Estados Unidos habló de una “relación especial” con los británicos y se unió a su llamado para llevar a cabo un cambio de régimen en ese país, al igual que lo hizo en Libia, en caso de que el presidente Bashar al-Assad no renunciara. Las mismas políticas que ahora se utilizan por David Cameron y Barack Obama, fueron razones para sentenciar a los nazis a muerte después de que fueran juzgados en los juicios de Nuremberg por su responsabilidad en las atrocidades llevadas a cabo durante el tiempo que Adolf Hitler estuvo en el poder. Pero por alguna razón, las atrocidades nazis son ahora considerados como métodos normales de llevar a cabo una guerra contra las naciones que no sólo no representan ninguna amenaza para los Estados Unidos, pero que ni siquiera han declarado la guerra en contra ese país.

En cuarto lugar, tanto Obama como el Congreso, bajo la premisa de Seguridad Nacional y supuestas  amenazas inminentes infundadas, aprobaron y promulgaron la Ley de Autorización de Defensa Nacional, una pieza de legislación que le da al presidente la facultad de detener, torturar y asesinar a cualquiera, incluidos los estadounidenses, en cualquier lugar, si él cree que una persona es una amenaza para la continuidad del gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Es decir, Obama puede pedir a las agencias de inteligencia y otras organizaciones que apliquen la ley para agarrar a cualquiera de la calle o sus casas, ponerles una bolsa en la cabeza, le echarlos en una camioneta para que desaparezca para siempre. Bajo esta ley, no es necesario haber cometido ningún delito o haber recibido cargos en su contra, no hay juez, ni jurado, ni nada. El presidente y sus secuaces son los acusadores, jueces y jurados.

En un intento de calmar las protestas públicas, Obama dijo en público que él no firmaría el NDAA si no se excluía a los estadounidenses de la cláusula de detención indefinida. Pero detrás de puertas cerradas, Obama pidió que los norteamericanos fueran incluidos como parte de las personas que podrían ser secuestrados y asesinados por orden suya. También dijo que aunque tenía ese poder, no tenía intención de usarlo contra los estadounidenses.

Es importante decir el movimiento para enjuiciar políticamente a Obama no es un intento racista de atacar al mismo Obama, sino de responsabilizar a la oficina del presidente por sus acciones inconstitucionales, sea quien sea que esté en esa oficina. No sólo Obama, pero cualquier otro presidente electo será capaz de detener a cualquier persona por tiempo indefinido sin una orden del juez o un juicio con jurado. Esta ley viola directamente las enmiendas 4, 5 y 6 de la Constitución de EE.UU., que establecen que las personas son libres de búsquedas y confiscaciones injustificadas. Los ciudadanos tienen el derecho constitucional a estar seguros en sus personas, domicilios, papeles y efectos personales y nadie debe ser obligado a responder a delitos, a menos que haya una denuncia o acusación por un Gran Jurado.

En caso de que todo lo anterior no le ha hecho querer actuar, recuerde: Es la oficina del presidente y el Congreso los que necesitan y deben rendir cuentas a la ciudadanía, sus creadores, y no al revés. No hay manera de olvidar Constitucional simplemente porque alguien dice que es necesario hacerlo. La falta de rendición de cuentas debe parar.

A través de este artículo, The Real Agenda desea unirse a la campaña pública de Infowars.com para pedir la destitución inmediata de Barack Obama, así como cualquier congresista que explícitamente respaldó y respalda el rescate financiero de 2008, el uso de militares sin la aprobación del Congreso, la aprobación de la Ley de Autorización de Defensa Nacional y su aplicación contra los ciudadanos estadounidenses o extranjeros. Todos los anteriores son delitos inconstitucionales e impugnables que deben ser detenidos inmediatamente.

El cáncer necesita de una cura para que el paciente pueda sobrevivir. En este momento, depende de usted el ser parte de la medicina.

Vea abajo el video de la campaña para destituir a Obama y todos sus cómplices lanzado por Infowars.com con la narración de Sean Stone.

Impeachable Offenses by Obama and the U.S. Congress

The time for informing and educating is over. The time to hold government accountable for their unconstitutional actions is here.

By LUIS R. MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | APRIL 12, 2012

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master.” How could George Washington get it so dead on right? Everything that government is known better for in modern society is its use of force to impose unreasonable policies and rules — not laws — to clamp down on personal freedom and individual rights. I am not talking about the government of the people, of course, but the corporate whore government.

When two branches of government, in any kind of setting — a Republic, a Tyranny, a Socialist nation, a Communist nation and so on — are controlled not by the people who gave it the right exist, but by corporate interests, the result is what we see growing today in countries like the United States, Canada, Brazil, China, the UK and Russia, to cite a few. When the office of the president and the offices of congress are revolving doors for corporate puppets to go in and out at will, the people’s grip on government has been lost.

If the people allow this to happen and to continue without any checks and balances, it will grow into the kind of invincible monster that will transform any self-fulfilling nightmare prophecy into reality. This is the stage where we are now, no matter where you live. Corporate control of government has gone from rare to absolute. Corporate-controlled government has many faces, among them: Communism, Socialism and Fascism. They were all creations of ancient schools of thought that saw an opportunity to become masters through division, balkanization and conquest. Those ancient schools of thought evolved into a XXI century perverse technocracy which is now almost 100 percent in control of the planet.

It is because humanity has lost sight of what government should do and should not do, that people now need to do their due diligence as it should have done it many years ago. It is time to put checks and balances on government.  Many years have gone by since individuals woke up to the abuses of the corporate-controlled State in all its shapes and forms. Corporations grew off government as rampant tumors that were never treated, much less healed. Apathy and ignorance fueled those tumors just like any chemotherapy toxicity does in a human body; except that this toxicity is social toxicity. Conformed, ignorant and apathetic people allowed the tumors to spread wide and at will throughout the complete ‘social body’ and now, the cancer is in stage 3, continuing to take over.

The only medicine available that will help cure the rotting ‘social body’ is swift but decisive action. The time to inform and educate is over. Those who are not with us need to be left behind in order for the informed, growing minority to act. Action must start where the cancer originated a long, long time ago.

Whether you like it or not, the United States was for many decades — not by chance — artificially sustained as the shiny white house on the hill. It was there that modern Fascism began. Borrowing Dave Mustane’s words: “You take a mortal man, and put him in control, watch him become a god, watch peoples heads a’roll.” This scenario runs over and over in both government and privately owned corporations. Given the United States privileged position in the world today, even with so much decadence going on there, it is in the United States where the main battle to curb tyranny will take place. It is certainly there where many have gotten inspiration to become powerful and rich, and not necessarily for the better.

After passing legislation such as NAFTA, CAFTA, the Patriot Act, the John Warner Defense Authorization, The Cybersecurity Bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, ACTA, and many other bills that basically rendered the Constitution obsolete, both the US Congress and the US presidents who participated of these actions, must be held accountable. Action has begun, although it needs much support. In response to Barack Obama’s and his cabinet’s dismissal of the Constitution and Congress itself, Representative Walter Jones, recently introduced House Resolution 107, a bill that seeks to enforce what laws that are already in place explicitly condemn and prohibit, but that the accomplice Congressmen and women, and for that matter the American people have failed to enforce: That it is unconstitutional for a US president to carry out military actions without a previous declaration of war by Congress, whereby the sitting US president becomes the commander in chief of the Armed Forces.

As many already know, Barack Obama himself as well as his Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, declared that they would consider informing Congress about any future military engagements the country got into, as supposed to asking for authorization in the first place. When pressed by congressman Jeff Sessions, Panetta repeated himself and confirmed that the Executive branch and the Pentagon intended to launch military strikes with the approval of international organizations, but not from the US Congress. Previously, Obama said that if — in a variety of situations — Congress did not act, he would do so alone, by decree, using executive orders as laws. Does anyone smell Dictatorship? Indeed. And Obama has already acted upon such warning. He illegally authorized military intervention in Libya without consulting Congress about it, much less getting authorization or a war declaration. This, by the Constitution of the United States, is an impeachable offense. Why? Because according to the US Constitution, only Congress has the authority to declare war, not the office of the US president. “Do you think you can act without Congress and initiate a no-fly zone in Syria,” asked Jeff Sessions. Leon Panetta responded: “Our goal would be to seek international permission and we would come to Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from Congress…”.

Equally illegal were three other decisions made or endorsed by Barack Obama’s government. The Financial Bailout of 2008, where US taxpayers were shoved trillions of dollars in debt that the US government — through its corporate handler Federal Reserve — promised and delivered to foreign banks. Incredibly, those funds were not used to help in the economic recovery, but to further consolidate economic power in the hands of foreign banking institutions. Because of this, Americans, current and future, will have to work harder than ever to pay for the interests this debt will accrue through the years. In fact, Americans were illegally made responsible for a pile of debt originally created by the banks and banking governing institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank.You will say, “but that was under Bush! Correct, and he should also be held accountable. But Obama extended such bailouts by permitting the creation of financial aid packages such as Quantitative Easing I, II and III. That is, the private Federal Reserve used US assets as leverage to create money out of thin air in order to loan it out to foreign and national banking institutions who used the money not to pay off the debt they themselves created, but to hoard it into their pockets.

Third, after siding with the United Kingdom, which publicly pushed to attack Syria, the United States spoke about a ‘special relationship’ with the British and joined their call to carry out regime change in that country, much like they did in Libya, should president Bashar al-Assad not resign. The same policies now used by David Cameron and Barack Obama were reasons to sentence Nazis to death after they were judged in the Nuremberg trials for their responsibility in the atrocities carried out during Adolf Hitler’s time in power and beyond. But for some reason, Nazi atrocities are now considered business as usual and natural ways to conduct a country into war against nations that not only do not pose a threat to the United States, but that haven’t even declared war against it.

Fourth, both Obama and Congress, under the premise of National Security and unproven imminent threats, passed and signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, a piece of legislation that gives the president the power to detain, torture and murder anyone, including Americans, anywhere, if he believes a person is a threat to the continuity of government in the United States. That is, Obama can ask intelligence agencies and other law enforcement organizations to grab anyone from the street or their houses, put a bag over their heads, push him into a van and take him away never to be seen again. Under this law, there doesn’t need to be any crime committed, any charges presented against anyone, no judge, no jury, nothing. The president and his minions will make all decisions.

In an attempt to calm down public outcry, Obama said in public that he would not sign the NDAA if it did not exclude Americans from the indefinite detention clause. But behind closed doors, Obama requested that Americans were included as part of the people who could be kidnapped and possibly murdered by his command. He also said that although he had that power, he did not intend to use it against Americans.

It is important to say that this is not about Obama himself, but about the office of the president. Not only Obama, but any other person elected president will be able to detain anyone indefinitely without a judge order or a jury trial. This law directly violates the US Constitution’s 4th, 5th and 6th amendments, as they establish that people are free from unwarranted searches and seizures. Citizens have the constitutional right to be secured in their persons, houses, papers and effects and no one should be held to answer for crimes unless on the presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury.

In case this all has not prompted you to take action, remember: It is the office of the president and Congress the ones that need and must be held accountable to us, their creators; not the other way around. There is no Constitutional way to simply forget about the existing laws because someone says it is necessary to do so. The lack of accountability must stop.

Through this article, The Real Agenda would like to publicly join Infowars.com’s campaign to call for the immediate impeachment of Barack Obama as well as any Congressman or woman that explicitly or otherwise supported and supports the US Financial Bailout of 2008, the use of Military Force without Congressional approval, the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act and its implementation against American citizens or foreigners. All of the above are unconstitutional, impeachable offenses that must be stopped now.

The cancer needs to heal for the patient to survive. Right now, it is up to you to be part of the medicine.

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Egypt goes offline, U.S. gets internet ‘kill switch’ bill ready

China restricts news and discussion about social unrest

theage.com.au
January 31, 2011

As Egypt’s government attempts to crackdown on street protests by shutting down internet and mobile phone services, the US is preparing to reintroduce a bill that could be used to shut down the internet.

The legislation, which would grant US President Barack Obama powers to seize control of and even shut down the internet, would soon be reintroduced to a senate committee, Wired.com reported.

It was initially introduced last year but expired with a new Congress.

Senator Susan Collins, a co-sponsor of the bill, said that unlike in Egypt, where the government was using its powers to quell dissent by shutting down the internet, it would not.

“My legislation would provide a mechanism for the government to work with the private sector in the event of a true cyber emergency,” Collins said in an emailed statement to Wired. “It would give our nation the best tools available to swiftly respond to a significant threat.”

The proposed legislation, introduced into the US Senate by independent senator Joe Lieberman, who is chairman of the US Homeland Security committee, seeks to grant the President broad emergency powers over the internet in times of national emergency.

Last year, Lieberman argued the bill was necessary to “preserve those networks and assets and our country and protect our people”.

He said that, for all its allure, the internet could also be a “dangerous place with electronic pipelines that run directly into everything from our personal bank accounts to key infrastructure to government and industrial secrets”.

US economic security, national security and public safety were now all at risk from new kinds of enemies, including “cyber warriors, cyber spies, cyber terrorists and cyber criminals”.

Although the bill was targetted at protecting the US, many have said it would also affect other nations.

One of Australia’s top communications experts, University of Sydney associate professor Bjorn Landfeldt, had previously railed against the idea, saying shutting down the internet would “inflict an enormous damage on the entire world”.

He said it would be like giving a single country “the right to poison the atmosphere, or poison the ocean”.

The scale of Egypt’s crackdown on the internet and mobile phones amid deadly protests against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak is unprecedented in the history of the web, experts have said.

US President Barack Obama, social networking sites and rights groups around the world all condemned the moves by Egyptian authorities to stop activists using mobile phones and cyber technology to organise rallies.

“It’s a first in the history of the internet,” Rik Ferguson, an expert for Trend Micro, the world’s third biggest computer security firm, said.

Julien Coulon, co-founder of Cedexis, a French internet performance monitoring and traffic management system, added: “In 24 hours we have lost 97 per cent of Egyptian internet traffic”.

Despite this, many Egyptians are finding ways to get access, some using international telephone numbers to gain access to dial-up internet.

According to Renesys, a US Internet monitoring company, Egypt’s four main internet service providers cut off international access to their customers in a near simultaneous move at 2234 GMT on Thursday.

Around 23 million Egyptians have either regular or occasional access to the internet, according to official figures, more than a quarter of the population.

“In an action unprecedented in internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the internet,” James Cowie of Renesys said in a blog post.

Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt and Etisalat Misr were all off air but Cowie said one exception was the Noor Group, which still has 83 live routes to its Egyptian customers.

He said it was not clear why the Noor Group was apparently unaffected “but we observe that the Egyptian Stock Exchange (www.egyptse.com) is still alive at a Noor address.”

Mobile telephone networks were also severely disrupted in the country on Friday. Phone signals were patchy and text messages inoperative.

British-based Vodafone said all mobile operators in Egypt had been “instructed” Friday to suspend services in some areas amid spiralling unrest, adding that under Egyptian law it was “obliged” to comply with the order.

Egyptian operator ECMS, linked to France’s Telecom-Orange, said the authorities had ordered them to shut them off late Thursday.

“We had no warning, it was quite sudden,” a spokesman for Telecom-Orange told AFP in France.

The shutdown in Egypt is the most comprehensive official electronic blackout of its kind, experts said.

Links to the web were cut for only a few days during a wave of protests against Myanmar’s ruling military junta in 2007, while demonstrations against the re-election of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009 specifically targeted Twitter and Facebook.

Egypt – like Tunisia where mass popular unrest drove out Zine El Abidine Ben Ali earlier this month – is on a list of 13 countries classed as “enemies of the internet” by media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

“So far there has been no systematic filtering by Egyptian authorities – they have completely controlled the whole internet,” said Soazig Dollet, the Middle East and North Africa specialist for RSF.

Condemnation of Egypt’s internet crackdown has been widespread.

Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Cairo to restore the internet and social networking sites.

Facebook, the world’s largest social network with nearly 600 million members, and Twitter also weighed in.

“Although the turmoil in Egypt is a matter for the Egyptian people and their government to resolve, limiting Internet access for millions of people is a matter of concern for the global community,” said Andrew Noyes, a Facebook spokesman.

Twitter, which has more than 175 million registered users, said of efforts to block the service in Egypt: “We believe that the open exchange of info & views benefits societies & helps govts better connect w/ their people.”

US digital rights groups also criticised the Egyptian government.

“This action is inconsistent with all international human rights norms, and is unprecedented in internet history,” said Leslie Harris, president of the Center for Democracy and Technology in the United States.