Ted Cruz on Technology

Republican Texas Senator


Break big tech up into a million little pieces

There is a pattern of government asking Big Tech to silence dissent. In Canada, the Canadian truckers. The Canadian government says, "oh, GoFundMe, billionaires, please silence these pesky truckers." The workers of the world had a revolt and the left is pissed. What is the answer? Fight the centralization of power. Break it up. Break big tech up into a million little pieces.
Source: Speech at the 2022 CPAC Conference in Orlando FL , Feb 24, 2022

Net neutrality puts government in charge of internet

Q: Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all?

Ted Cruz (R): No. Net neutrality puts government in charge of pricing, products & services.

Beto O'Rourke (D): Yes. Rolling back net neutrality hurts democracy, the arts & innovation.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Texas Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Require Apple to unlock iPhones used by terrorists

Q: What about the government requiring Apple to unlock an Apple iPhone used by a terrorist?

CRUZ: Apple should be forced to comply with the court order because under the Fourth Amendment, a search and seizure is reasonable if it has judicial authorization and probable cause. We should enforce the court order and find out everyone that terrorist at San Bernardino talked to on the phone, texted with, e-mailed. Apple doesn't have a right to defy a court order in a terrorism investigation.

RUBIO: Apple doesn't want to do it because they think it hurts their brand. Well, let me tell you, their brand is not superior to the national security of the United States of America.

KASICH: The president should have convened a meeting with Apple and our security forces. You lock the door and you say you're not coming out until you reach an agreement that both gives the security people what they need and protects the rights of Americans.

Source: 2016 CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary , Feb 25, 2016

Target cell phones and tech that Bad Guys likely to use

Q: Senator Cruz, you voted for a bill that made it harder for the government to access Americans' phone records. In light of the San Bernardino attack, was your vote a mistake?

CRUZ: Well, the premise of your question is not accurate. I'm very proud to have joined with conservatives to reform how we target bad guys. And what the USA Freedom Act did is it did two things. #1, it ended the federal government's bulk collection of phone metadata of millions of law-abiding citizens.#2, it strengthened the tools of national security and law enforcement to go after terrorists. The prior program only covered a relatively narrow slice of phone calls, primarily land lines. The USA Freedom Act expands that so now we have cell phones, now we have Internet phones, now we have the phones that terrorists are likely to use and the focus of law enforcement is on targeting the bad guys. We need to focus on radical Islamic terrorists and we need to stop them before they carry out acts of terror.

Source: 2015 CNN/Salem Republican two-tier debate , Dec 15, 2015

Of course China & Russia have conducted cyberwarfare on US

Q: In your view, have Russia and China committed cyber war, and if you were president, what would you do about it?

CRUZ: Well, of course they have, and over the last six and a half years we've seen the consequences of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy. Leading from behind is a disaster. We have abandoned and alienated our friends and allies, and our enemies are stronger. Radical Islam is on the rise; Iran's on the verge of acquiring a nuclear weapon; China is waging cyber warfare against America. General Soleimani, the Iranian general is the head of the al Quds forces and directly responsible for the murder of over 500 American servicemen in Iraq--part of this Iranian deal was lifting the international sanctions on General Soleimani. The day General Soleimani flew back from Moscow to Iran was the day we believed that Russia used cyber warfare against the Joint Chiefs. We need a new commander in chief that will stand up to our enemies, and that will have credibility.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

We need serious tools to protect against cybercrime

By far my most interesting experience at DOJ was my brief but telling tutorial on U.S. -European relations. In 2001, I helped lead the U.S. delegation to Rome for the Council of Europe's negotiations on a treaty relating to cybercrime.

Ultimately, we finalized the terms of an important treaty on cybercrime, something that has become all the more important in our modern world. Whether it is the North Koreans hacking Sony to try to stop the release of a movie making fun of King Jong Un or ISIS hacking U.S Central Command's Twitter feed to spread Islamist propaganda, cyberattacks are becoming a greater and greater threat to our nation. And we will need serious tools, and cooperation with our allies, to protect ourselves going forward.

Source: A Time for Truth, by Ted Cruz, p.123-4 , Jun 30, 2015

PolitiFact is left-wing editorializing dressed up as fact

There is, a new, particularly noxious species of yellow journalism that is beginning to infect what passes for modern political discourse. It's called "PolitiFact." Through this website, left-wing editorial writers frequently dress up their liberal views as "facts" and conclude that anyone who does not agree with their view of the world is objectively lying. Then, left-wing hacks immediately run out and say, "Look! This conservative said something that PolitiFact calls a lie. He wouldn't know the truth if it hit him with a two-by-four!"

The first problem with websites like PolitiFact is their heavy selection bias. They pick and choose what to check and what not to check.

A second, bigger problem is that PolitiFact often labels statements by conservatives "false" because the statements criticize liberals.

The third, and biggest, problem is that they regularly define left-wing opinion as an objective "fact." Anyone who disagrees with left-wing opinion is therefore a liar.

Source: A Time for Truth, by Ted Cruz, p.237-8 , Jun 30, 2015

Net neutrality is ObamaCare for the Internet

Web companies are pressing the Federal Communications Commission for new rules that would require Internet providers to treat all online traffic equally. But Senators Cruz, Paul and Rubio are anything but neutral on net neutrality--they hate it, much less any government regulation at all.

Companies like Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Yelp--through their Washington trade group, the Internet Association--are public backers of net neutrality. They together have praised Obama for endorsing an approach that might subject the Internet to utility-like regulation. All three Republicans, however, rejected the president's suggestion. Rubio hammered it as "government regulation of the Internet" that "threatens to restrict Internet growth and increase costs on Internet users." And Cruz lambasted net neutrality as "ObamaCare for the Internet" in a tweet that went viral--and drew plenty of criticism.

Source: Politico.com 2014 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Nov 29, 2014

Net neutrality is biggest regulatory threat to the Internet

At issue in "Net Neutrality" are proposed "fast lanes," or opportunities for big companies to pay Internet providers more to make their websites operate at a quicker speed. But opponents, supported by Pres. Obama, want the FCC to implement regulations to keep things equal--something Republicans, and Cruz in particular, strongly object to. On his Facebook Cruz said that net neutrality is "the biggest regulatory threat to the Internet."

Cruz posted a video on YouTube that showed him explaining net neutrality and how it works. He asks his viewers what happens when you put regulations in place. "It froze everything place." Placing his hand on the landline phone he says "This is regulated." He then holds up a cell phone and says "This is not. Your smartphone, the Internet, the apps--the innovation is happening without having to go to government regulators and say, 'Mother, may I?' We want a whole lot more of this [holds up a cell phone] and whole lot less of this [points at the landline phone]."

Source: Cruzing to the White House, by Mario Broes, p. p.116-7 , Mar 7, 2014

NASA funding cuts have degraded space exploration

On January 8, 2015 Cruz was appointed to the new role of chair of the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, where he will oversee NASA and science programs.

In response to critics from the left, Cruz issued a statement stressing that he supports NASA's contributions to science and discovery: "We must refocus our investment on the hard sciences, on getting men and women into space, on exploring low-Earth orbit and beyond, and not on political distractions that are extraneous to NASA's mandate.

Cruz has continuously blamed the Obama administration for cutting funding for NASA. "One of the problems with the Obama administration is that it has degraded NASA. It has degraded for space exploration, degraded manned exploration because the Obama administration has undervalued that and shifted to funding other priorities," Cruz said in a statement following his appointment. "It shifted the funding to global warming pursuits rather than carry out NASA's core mission."

Source: Cruzing to the White House, by Mario Broes, p. p.124-5 , Mar 7, 2014

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