With more and more indications coming from the Obama administration that it is planning to limit freedom of speech and expression on the Internet -- particularly with the head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, who advocates censorship and web site disruption -- a blueprint for what is to come can be seen in the government's banning of certain foreigners from entering the United States for political reasons.
In his book, "Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge," Sunstein writes: "Every day, like-minded people can and do sort themselves into echo chambers of their own design, leading to wild errors, undue confidence, and unjustified extremism." Sunstein complements the web site, the Volokh Conspiracy, which has attacked WMR's editor, as a "conservative-leaning" web site that is an example of "civility, intelligence, and over-all high quality." The Volokh Conspiracy, is, in fact, a neoconservative propaganda outlet that now enjoys a fan who also happens to be the White House "information czar." This is what Volokh parroted about this editor's reporting: "Think twice when you're the only guy in the world with an amazing insight. Or, as they say, They all laughed at Columbus. But they also all laughed at Bozo the Clown." What else can you say about an Information Czar that credits such a web site? Of course, Sunstein works for the first teleprompter elected President of the United States and its avatar, a well-spoken push button-operated human named Barack Obama.
Perhaps the bext example of what Sunstein and his friends have in store for the Internet is found by the decisions of the State Department in who they ban from receiving U.S. visas to travel to the United States and why the individuals are banned.
Perhaps the most well-known person who has been refused entry to the United States merely because of his religion is Yusuf Islam, who is better known as Cat Stevens. Stevens adopted his new name when he converted to Islam. Islam's name is on a U.S. watch lost and he has been banned from entering the United States because of his advocacy for Muslims around the world. A prominent Muslim scholar, Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss national, also saw his U.S. visa revoked after he was due to take up a professorship at the University of Notre Dame, a Catholic institution.
However, it is not only Muslims who have been seen their U.S. visas lifted for political reasons. The politically-outspoken British rapper, M. I. A., also known as