Isis is using the internet better than we are using the internet. Image Credt: ABCNews
Isis is using the internet better than we are using the internet. Image Credt: ABCNews

Donald Trump has committed to his plan to ban the internet, and has laid out the details of how he intends to do so.

The Republican presidential hopeful said last week that he intended to shut down parts of the internet so that they could no longer be used by children. The technology is being used by Isis to radicalise young people and so be shut down, he claimed, and Mr Trump said that he would speak to Bill Gates about “closing it up”.

That plan appears to have been walked back, with Mr Trump only threatening that he would close down certain sections of the internet. He said during a debate between Republican presidential hopefuls that he would simply close “areas where we are war with somebody” so that they can’t “use our internet”.

Mr Trump was pressed on the issue by moderator Wolf Blitzer, who asked: “Are you referring to closing down actual portions of the internet? Some say that would put the US in line with China and North Korea.”

“Well look, this is so easy to answer,” Mr Trump said. He once again dismissed criticisms that the plan would threaten freedom of speech, saying: “You talk freedom of speech, you talk freedom of whatever you want, I don’t want them using our internet to take our young impressionable youth”.

Mr Trump said that “Isis is using the internet better than we are using the internet, and it was [the US’s] idea”.

He then went on to detail a plan that consisted of two parts: getting “brilliant people from Silicon Valley and other places” and asking them to shut parts of the internet, and also asking people to “penetrate” it.

Mr Trump said last week that the plan would involve getting smart people like Bill Gates to help him close down the internet. He said during the debate that he would look to use “brilliant people from Silicon Valley and other places, and figure out a way that Isis cannot do what they’re doing”.

Asked whether that meant that he would look to close down parts of the internet, by Wolf Blitzer, Mr Trump committed to the policy.

“I would certainly be open to areas where we are at war with somebody,” he said. “I sure as hell don’t want to let people that want to kill us and kill our nation use our internet”.

Mr Trump then said that he would also ask the same people to “penetrate the internet”, so that they could “find out exactly where Isis and everything about Isis”.

“And we can do that if we use our good people,” he claimed.

[The Independent ]

  • Dave Francis

    Senator Ted
    Cruz of Texas hit the airwaves today, angry at the Congress to rush
    through the federal spending bill. He stated all their worried about is getting
    it over with and not the far reaching consequences. It’s understandable that
    they want to get away for Christmas, so they can be with their wife’s, and
    family circle, but many will not bother to read the bill and what it contains.

    Defund Obama’s Disastrous Policies or be
    Complicit in the Destruction of Your Country. Don’t let the Liberal mainstream
    press fool you.

    to Speaker Paul Ryan:
    Stop Obama’s Liberal Transformation of America. The new President
    Donald Trump cannot do anything about this, until his inauguration. But he will
    be speaking about King Obamas overreach in many obnoxious issues.

    Do Your Job and Stop
    Obama’s Policies or GO HOME!

    FLASH: CR Released

    Republicans to give $3.06 billion for refugees, which is $605 million more than
    Obama’s request

    PLUS $695 million to house and transport up to 58,000 illegal alien children

    To Say “NO” To This Betrayal

    Due to the disastrous policies of President
    Barack Obama America is at a tipping point.

    Illegal aliens are flooding our country,
    swamping our schools and emergency services and destroying the quality of life
    for millions of American families by inflating the labor pool, depressing
    wages, and driving the crime rate ever upward. Stop more funding for ‘Sanctuary
    Cities’. and the deaths of more US citizens.

    We demand you defund Obama’s de facto amnesty
    program in this year’s continuing Resolution (CR) and use the power of the
    purse to reestablish the rule of law in this great country. We won’t be fooled
    by another “show vote,” anyone who votes for the Rule to bring to the Floor a
    Continuing Resolution that funds Obama’s de facto amnesty for illegal aliens is
    just as guilty as one who votes for the bill itself.

    The resettlement of hundreds of thousands of
    alleged refugees from radical Muslim terrorist hotspots represents an
    existential threat to our national security. Through this program Obama is
    importing jihad directly into the American heartland – and
    forcing taxpayers to fund it.

    We demand you use this year’s CR to withhold
    funds from Obama’s “refugee” resettlement program until such time as air tight
    security investigations of any alleged refugee from a Muslim terrorist hotspot
    are in place that will guarantee that the safety of American citizens will not
    be compromised by this threat. We won’t be fooled by another “show vote,”
    anyone who votes for the Rule to bring to the Floor a Continuing Resolution
    that funds importing jihad to America is just as guilty as one
    who votes for the bill itself.

    Obamacare is in a long-predicted death spiral.
    The socialist health insurance co-ops that Obama and the Democrats imposed upon
    America are going bankrupt or
    closing and now Democrats want to use taxpayer funds to bail them out.
    Republicans have been promising that they would defund Obamacare ever since the
    Tea Party wave swept them back into the House majority in 2010, now is the time
    to fulfill that promise or face the wrath of conservative voters.

    We demand you defund Obamacare in this year’s CR
    and that the CR include an absolute prohibition on any taxpayer funds going to
    bailout a failed or failing Obamacare co-op or other health insurance provider.
    We won’t be fooled by another “show vote,” anyone who votes for the Rule to
    bring to the Floor a Continuing Resolution that funds an Obamacare bailout is
    just as guilty as one who votes for the bill itself.

    We refuse to accept another “show vote” where
    Republican leaders give political cover to those Republican Members of Congress
    who refuse to stand for conservative principles. We are watching and we
    will remember when it comes time to vote in the 2016 Republican Congressional
    Primary.

    To: Speaker
    of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan, U.S. Senate Majority Leader
    Mitch McConnell, and All Members of the House Republican Conference and Senate
    Republican Conference

    In 2014 Americans voted
    in a new Congress to stop and reverse the President’s agenda and policies. The
    2014 Republican congressional majority was not elected to relinquish more
    power, compromise and enable Obama to use their acquiescence to justify
    continued abuses. America’s voters demanded that
    Congress:

    1.
    Stop the President’s promised “Fundamental
    Transformation” of the country,

    2.
    End Executive branch overreach,

    3.
    Restore Constitutional balance of power among
    the three branches of government,

    4.
    Bring an end to the perennially unpopular
    Affordable Care Act,

    5.
    Stop the President’s Executive Amnesty
    initiatives,

    6.
    Hold the Executive branch accountable for its
    myriad abuses of power and its national security failures both foreign and
    domestic, and

    7.
    Put the interests of the United States of
    America first among nations.

    The contentious vote for
    Speaker of the House reflected the frustration of voters nationwide, who did
    not have confidence that the House Republican Leadership would have the courage
    to carry out the voters’ mandate. A poll conducted by Pat Caddell confirmed a
    growing rift between voters and Republican leaders in the House and Senate.

    We the grassroots constitutional conservative base of the Republican Party
    demand that you do the job we voted you into office to do: end Obamacare;
    stop executive amnesty; hold the executive branch accountable for its abuses of
    power and its national security failures both foreign and domestic; and put the
    interests of the United States of America and Americans first.

    Call urgently the main
    switchboard for the House of Representative today and stop this travesty of our laws

    (202) 224-3121 TTY: (202)-225-1904

    Pass it on.