Is the RESTRICT Act really the PATRIOT Act for the internet?

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Cui bono? Who benefits? That’s the question to ask of every single piece of legislation from the county trash contract to the highest body in the land: Congress.

Using Chinese ownership of TikTok, the social media platform, as an excuse to control what we watch and hear, the RESTRICT Act is a massive power grab by the government and therefore the lobbyists and global organizations who seek to control us.

The Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information and Communications Technology (RESTRICT) Act introduced by Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) is designed allegedly to close the many gaps that exist at the federal level at keeping risky ICT out of the U.S.

According to Thune’s office, the bill would “establish a risk-based process, tailored to the rapidly changing technology and threat environment, by directing the U.S. Department of Commerce to identify and mitigate foreign threats to information and communications technology products and services.” It would also “prioritize evaluation of information communications and technology products used in critical infrastructure.”

Hogwash.

Here’s what it’s really all about.