Janet Napolitano, US Homeland Secretary, is pushing for internet control legislation to be passed by using scare mongering, citing that a cyber-attack on the US infrastructure was looming, and stating that such an attack would be as devastating as 9/11.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act has already been rejected by congress over privacy concerns and the effect the legislation would have on business. If the legislation were passed, it would give the US government unprecedented powers to snoop on the emails and personal communications of US citizens and businesses. Information that would normally reside on private secure servers would be available to the government on demand, primarily through the National Security Agency.
As part of her scare mongering, Napolitano said “We shouldn’t wait until there is a 9/11 in the cyber world. There are things we can and should be doing right now that, if not prevent, would mitigate the extent of the damage,” whilst giving a speech at the Wilson Center in Washington.
Napolitano continued “A cyber-attack perpetuated by nation states or violent extremist groups could be as destructive as the terrorist attack of 9/11,” he said during a speech. “Such a destructive cyber terrorist attack could paralyze the nation.”
Homeland Security has given constant warnings that a ‘looming’ serious cyber-attack would virtually shut down the US, and the department has been a supporter of the legislation since the bill was first heard in 2012.
The internet is nearly the last bastion of free speech, and a place where most governments have little control. Various governments seem almost desperate to get control over the communications of the world’s population, citing paedophiles, identity theft, criminal gangs, hackers – oh, let’s not forget terrorists – as the reason we need to be ‘protected’ by big brother in case the nasty people bring down society. Governments will try to use anything to ‘press buttons’ and try to get the public to believe their lies.
Communication doesn’t just take place on the internet. There is still such a thing as an international postal service. And let’s not forget things like telephones, text messaging, radio, fax, and so on.
If ‘undesirables’ want to communicate they can, they have been doing it for thousands of years, and government control of the internet is not going to stop them. Criminals still have legs and arms, so they are able to travel to wherever they want and indulge in their criminal activities – the internet doesn’t change that.
Law abiding citizens do not need government protection from these ‘nasty people’. When was the last time you were sitting in front of your computer and a terrorist sent you a message to say ‘hello’?
Criminals who use the internet do so within their own circles, and governments around the world already have powers to investigate and infiltrate these networks. They don’t need more legislation.
The only thing governments are afraid of is free-speech!
They want to control what people see and hear, and block ANYTHING that they do not agree with, or see as a potential threat to their lies and deceit which may spread rapidly. At one time governments knew that people around the world could only access the information the government wanted them to, so most of their unsavoury activities remained secret and within a small core who knew the truth.
Now more of the world is waking up to what is REALLY going on, the governments are threatened and they don’t like it – information is out of their control.
The fact is that most governments are pretty stupid, and rely on bullying and scare mongering to serve their own means. They don’t like it when those in society who are smarter than they are can expose the truth.
Really? Does Napolitano believe that by introducing this legislation all hackers are going to stop? If a hacker wants to get into a system they have the means to do it, and government snooping is not going to stop them. We have seen examples where supposed high security systems have been hacked by some teen in a bedroom somewhere. If they can do it, then a very serious and well equipped hacker is not going to have much of a problem circumventing any controls a government puts in place.
Oh no dear governments, we don’t believe a word of your lies.
This is just another attempt to monitor those who may disagree with the policies and activities of governments – it is that simple.
What planet are these power hungry idiots on? They just can’t seem to get enough control over every man, woman, and child on the planet!