Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Beware, Citizen

Eisenhower’s farewell address to the nation of 17 January 1961 is famous for warning Americans to guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.

But Ike warned us of so much more:

In this revolution, research has become central, it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present – and is gravely to be regarded.

Internet2 is currently being developed and used by a consortium of over 200 US universities, private industry and government. Internet2 is better, stronger and faster than the internet most of us use every day. And the most marked difference between our internet and Internet2 is that Internet2 is controlled absolutely.

The United States has become a police state. Civil liberties have been dispensed with, surveillance of citizens is widespread and there is no longer a place for a free press. Being that practically all of our traditional media are controlled by five corporations, the internet has obviously become the only arena for opinions and dissent, and it must therefore be eliminated.

Servando González, in his article “Kiss Your Internet Good-Bye”, presents a theory that the US government will come up with an excuse, no doubt related to terrorist activities, to shut down the internet as we know it. They already have Internet2 to fill the void for those who are granted access.

Internet 2 will be fully controlled by the state. In order to access it, or to have e-mail access, you must be a member of, or be affiliated to, any of the government-authorized organizations and have a sort of security clearance. Internet 2 will be out of the reach of the general public, and every person trying to have unauthorized access to Internet 2 will be charged with terrorist activities, and severely penalized.

González is a crazy Cuban, and he may be paranoid, but he is not the only one who thinks that Internet2 is being designed to take the internet away from the rest of us. Forget Internet2 for a second – just think about the practicality of taking the internet away from the people who do not agree with you – it just makes sense – especially if you are a totalitarian government.

Paul Joseph Watson offers his version of the same scenario:

…it is more than likely that this is part of the movement to destroy the existing Internet and replace it with Internet 2, a government regulated and controlled version whereby state approval to even own a website will be required and in the short-term future, only citizens with a 'green' color code security level on their national ID card will be given permission to use the Internet at all.

Of course, with most of the population being obedient boot lickers this won't affect them at all and they will happily comply.

But for the rest of us, those who are still able to engage their brain and question world events and government policies, the Internet will cease to exist, under the pretext that 'terrorists' can use it to shut down the global economy.

It’s been nice knowing y'all…

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