S. 686- Restrict Act

There has been a lot of chatter about this bill, also called the “TikTok Bill”. And though I understand some people’s point of view that modern people only get upset about something like this when we have so many other blatant attacks on our freedoms. I would like to flesh out some of this bill though since it may be one of the hot topics that may inspire people to make some moves within our system.

 

I believe it’s pretty well accepted by most of the population of millennials and Gen Zers that our government is not trustworthy and recognizes them for the fear-mongering money and control-hungry beasts that they are. That’s at least a small step in the right direction, though there is still much to be desired in this ferocious web of lies and rampant issues we continue to face in this world.

 

This Bill specifically addresses social media and other forms of internet sources. They are trying to push it as a “safety measure” from big scary world powers that are attempting to steal our information. The claims are that this bill will work to monitor and manage anyone perceived as a threat on the internet.

 

Let’s see the rundown of what they are trying to pass this bill off as “Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information and Communications Technology Act or the RESTRICT Act

 

This bill requires federal actions to identify and mitigate foreign threats to information and communications technology (ICT) products and services (e.g., social media applications). It also establishes civil and criminal penalties for violations under the bill.

 

Specifically, the Department of Commerce must identify, deter, disrupt, prevent, prohibit, investigate, and mitigate transactions involving ICT products and services (1) in which any foreign adversary (such as China) has any interest, and (2) that pose an undue or unacceptable risk to U.S. national security or the safety of U.S. persons.

 

Additionally, Commerce must identify and refer to the President any covered holding (e.g., stock or security) that poses an undue or unacceptable risk to U.S. national security or the security and safety of U.S. persons. If the President determines that the holding poses such a risk, the President may compel divestment of or otherwise mitigate the risk associated with the holding.

 

Commerce may (1) designate any foreign government or regime as a foreign adversary upon a determination that the foreign government or regime is engaged in a long-term pattern or serious instances of conduct significantly adverse to U.S. national security or the security and safety of U.S. persons, and (2) remove such a designation. Commerce must notify Congress before making or removing a designation; these actions are subject to congressional disapproval. The bill outlines (1) enforcement mechanisms, including actions by the Department of Justice; and (2) civil and criminal penalties for violations.

 

The Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information and Communications Technology Act, also known as the RESTRICT Act, was introduced in the Senate on March 7, 2023. This bill seeks to protect the United States national security and safety by identifying and mitigating foreign threats to information and communications technology (ICT) products and services.

 

Under the RESTRICT Act, the Department of Commerce is required to take action to prevent, investigate, and mitigate transactions involving ICT products and services in which any foreign adversary, such as China, has an interest. This is necessary because these transactions may pose an undue or unacceptable risk to the safety and security of the U.S. persons and national security. The Department of Commerce must also identify and refer to the President any covered holding, such as stock or security, that poses an undue or unacceptable risk to national security or U.S. persons’ safety and security. The President can then compel divestment or take other actions to mitigate the risk associated with the holding.

 

Furthermore, the bill allows Commerce to designate any foreign government or regime as a foreign adversary if it is engaged in a long-term pattern or serious instances of conduct significantly adverse to U.S. national security or the security and safety of U.S. persons. These designations are subject to congressional disapproval, and Commerce must notify Congress before making or removing a designation. The RESTRICT Act also outlines enforcement mechanisms, including actions by the Department of Justice, and civil and criminal penalties for violations. The penalties aim to deter individuals and entities from engaging in actions that pose risks to national security and the safety of U.S. persons.”

 

This is the picture they would like to paint as their intentions with this bill. Let’s look at who cosponsored this bill before we go further into the actual workings of this suggested law.

Cosponsor Date Cosponsored
Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]* 03/07/2023
Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]* 03/07/2023
Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE]* 03/07/2023
Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV]* 03/07/2023
Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS]* 03/07/2023
Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]* 03/07/2023
Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]* 03/07/2023
Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY]* 03/07/2023
Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]* 03/07/2023
Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM]* 03/07/2023
Sen. Romney, Mitt [R-UT]* 03/07/2023
Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]* 03/07/2023
Sen. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM] 03/08/2023
Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] 03/14/2023
Sen. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND] 03/14/2023
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] 03/15/2023
Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] 03/15/2023
Sen. Hickenlooper, John W. [D-CO] 03/21/2023
Sen. Tillis, Thomas [R-NC] 03/21/2023
Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC] 03/27/2023
Sen. Kelly, Mark [D-AZ] 03/27/2023
Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME] 03/29/2023
Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID] 03/29/2023
Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR] 03/29/2023
Sen. Welch, Peter [D-VT] 03/29/2023

25 state senators.

 

Let’s talk about 3 main points to the reality of this Bill. First, this Bill gives the federal government access to your computer and network through XBox, PlayStation, Ring Doorbell, Social Media apps, etc. Any network that has over a million followers on its platform. This Bill grants the feds permission to access all the information on these platforms and networks. Making all private messages, etc open for their record and discernment. They get to decide if you are a threat to the establishment. And many of us who understand the ways of the matrix know that this has long been practiced, in secret, but more and more the feds and the powers that be are coming out openly and without the decency of a mediocre cover story anymore.

 

Secondly, this Bill makes it illegal to have a VPN. For those less tech savvy A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a technology that provides a secure and private connection between a user and the internet. It creates a virtual encrypted tunnel through which your internet traffic passes, protecting your online activities from being monitored or intercepted by third parties, such as hackers, government entities, or internet service providers (ISPs).

 

Violation of this is punishable by a $250,000 fine and 20 years in prison. We all know child molesters and sex traffickers that get less than that for posting their ventures for sale on the internet. But that’s not the focus or concern of this Bill.

 

Third, this Bill gives the president the power to appoint a “communications secretary” who then creates a committee (not voted on, by The People) who are allowed to have closed-door meetings to decide what content is censored on these platforms. We have seen unprecedented censorship with this administration and they are only just beginning.

 

The outrage of the public that the feds are coming for their “Tiktok” may seem silly, but these platforms have allowed a lot of content driven by the people and what we want to see and do and learn, and earn, don’t forget that. The name of the game is always to control. Always censorship, always chipping away at our freedoms and way of life. They do not want us happy, healthy, and certainly not thriving and united. This Bill is about that. Attacking our freedoms and the lives we as The People are entitled to based on our Constitution.

 

So, as with all outrageous overreaching of our government, we can address our specific state representatives and remind them who they work for and what is in the best interest of our American lives. Do not allow them to get away with these gross assaults on the great dream our Forefathers’ fought for and that We The People continue to fight for. The list above is the cosponsors from each state. Go practice our rights as Americans and kick these guys out who are not doing their jobs.

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