During the past few months, I have been increasingly troubled by a feeling of suspicion regarding the fact that there has suddenly been an excess of mainstream news reporting of cyber attacks and hacks into corporate, bank, and government sector computer networks. Something about the rash of reporting on this subject has my radar up, and I can’t help but wonder if this is not some sort of preemptive setup for US government control and regulation of the Internet.
Lets face it, the Internet is rapidly becoming a thorn in the side of the gov’t-media-complex in that much of the information that people ingest has not been filtered first by a vetted editorial system. A system that in essence, is bought and paid for up the chain of command, to ensure that the public is fed the ‘proper’ information in order to shape public opinion, and to enable calculated maneuvers and outcomes – both locally and worldwide.
Are these thoughts made up of pure conspiracy? Yes, they would have you think so. In reality, questioning the motives of mainstream authority is very healthy, and in fact is a very good counter balance to the forces that would otherwise seize full control over our lives. Unfortunately, not enough people challenge loudly enough, while those that do are often labeled by the mainstream as conspiratory, rebels, or paranoid.
From one of my favorites, Thomas Jefferson:
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
It is a arguable point whether or not the press today is really ‘free’. The reality is that the real ‘mainstream’ is owned by a handful of entities, each of which have org charts reaching down to the majority of newspapers that you read, news you watch on TV, and news you hear on radio. When you switch the dial, or change the channel, you will often see or hear nearly identical reports of the news-of-the-day. How is it that in such an immense world filled with troubles and issues, that nearly all mainstream outlets report on the same handful of identical issues…
Possibly in an attempt to thwart the last bastion of freedom of speech, the NSA has now allied with the major Internet carriers, to intercept and monitor traffic, so as to head off ‘cyber-attacks’.
So, we are supposed to believe that major corporate and financial institutions with millions, billions, and possibly trillions (IMF – World Bank) at risk, have not had sufficient resources or the wherewith-all to have implemented their own iron-clad cyber security? Only the NSA can save us?
The National Security Agency is working with Internet service providers to deploy a new generation of tools to scan e-mail and other digital traffic with the goal of thwarting cyber-attacks.
“We hope the . . . cyber pilot can be the beginning of something bigger,” Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said.
“It could serve as a model that can be transported to other critical infrastructure sectors, under the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security.”
Partnering with the major Internet providers “is probably the technically quickest way to go and the best way to go” to defend dot-com networks, said Gen. Keith B. Alexander, who heads the NSA and the affiliated U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade.
Perhaps all this has nothing to do with further encroachment of our liberties, but my gut is telling me otherwise…
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