Thursday, July 2, 2009

CYBER-STAZZI - “US to conduct unprecedented surveillance over Internet”

At a time of corporate dominated media, a free and open Internet is democracy’s last chance to preserve our First Amendment rights without which all others are threatened.

The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

I warned you about this here and here and here...

Liar Net Neutrality...

Obama is going Bush one better by saying the Patriot Act immunizes the government from being sued under surveillance provisions of the Wiretap Act, Stored Communications Act, and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s (FISA) enhanced warrantless wiretapping powers in cooperation with complicit telecom providers. In other words, Obama’s DOJ absolves itself and its corporate allies of accountability under existing federal statutes that prohibit illegal spying on Americans.

On April 26, Burghhardt reported that “The Pentagon’s Cyber Command Formidable Infrastructure arrayed against the American People” will be headed by the NSA’s director, Lt. General Keith Alexander, to protect the military’s networks from hacker attacks, especially from countries like China and Russia. How this will “affect civilian computer networks is unclear. However, situating” it alongside NSA at Fort Meade, MD “should set alarm bells ringing (because of NSA’s) potential for (greater) abuse….given (its) role in illegal domestic surveillance….(and its) tremendous technical capabilities.”

“As a Pentagon agency, NSA has positioned itself to seize near total control over the country’s electronic infrastructure, thereby exerting an intolerable influence–and chilling effect– over the nation’s political life.” Recent history shows that “NSA and their partners at CIA, FBI, et. al. have targeted political dissidents,” including anti-war protesters, environmentalists, and others for their activism and beliefs. Greater NSA powers will “transform ‘cybersecurity’ into a euphemism for keeping the rabble in line (and) achieving ‘full spectrum dominance’ via ‘Cyberspace Offensive Counter-Operations.’ “

Directed against ordinary Americans, democratic freedoms will be severely compromised. No matter as “the Obama administration (prepares) to hand control of the nation’s electronic infrastructure over to a (rogue) agency” – with General Alexander telling the House Armed Services subcommittee that America needs a digital warfare force for defensive and offensive cyber operations. More resources are required to do it, not for public security, but for imperial conquest and containing dissent at home – in violation of constitutional freedoms and international law.

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US Internet users fear that the US National Security Agency is going to conduct fishnet-type surveillance without any predicate, says investigative journalist and RT contributor Wayne Madsen from Washington D.C.

President Barack Obama has announced that a special person is going to overlook the safety of government and military computer systems to protect them from attack.

But some myself included believe that the 'Cyber Tsar' is just a way to spy upon people online.

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