If you are a government that needs to suppress all dissent in times of a self defined “national emergency” how would you go about doing it? Why, you would implement something like Standard Operating Procedure 303 – shutting down all cell phone and internet traffic in a region or even COUNTRY WIDE to keep people from being able to communicate SOP 303. How does this square with the First Amendment and your constitutionally protected rights of Free Speech and Dissent? Quite simply – It DOESN’T. It is an out and out violation of it – no matter the pretty sounding excuses about national security that have been used by dictators throughout the ages to justify their actions. Only a dictatorship needs to control the expression and communication of its citizens like this.