Until last week, Senator Brownback was holding up the confirmations of several State Department appointees in protest of the Department’s inaction in support of global Internet freedom. The State Department was misusing funds Congress appropriated for the funding of readily available software that bypasses the Internet censorship imposed on citizens by oppressive regimes. Such software has been instrumental in supporting freedom movements in nations like China, Iran, Cuba, and Syria.
Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) –
Senator John Kyl (R-Arizona) –
Mark Palmer, Former Ambassador to Hungary (1986-1990)and author of “Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: Ousting the World’s Last Dictators by 2025.” –
Yang Kuanxing, Charter 08 China Movement (with translator) –
Mariam Memarsadeghi, Iranian Human Rights Representative –