Our Government Wants To Control Cyberspace
By James Donahue
Mike McConnell, director of
the National Security Administration, has long been advocating an expanded spy program that will give NSA agents free access
to all information crossing the Internet in the United States.
The object, says McConnell,
is to protect us from abuse by outside terrorists. Like the other Bushite program names that include “Operation Iraqi
Freedom,” “Patriot Act,” “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,” and “No Child Left Behind,”
what we are being told and what is really being planned is just one more theft of American civil liberties in disguise.
These programs were never designed
to protect and serve the American people. They are, in effect, screws to a massive lid that is being attached to the top of
the fascist box our leadership is carefully and maliciously sealing over our heads.
To prepare us for the new controls
that are just around the corner, the NSA is using the usual Bush-styled fear tactics to make people believe it will be for
our own good.
In an 18-page story in the
New Yorker Magazine, McConnell warned that computer crime is costing the nation $100 billion a year (unproven) and that he
believes a massive cyber-attack on a single U.S. bank could be worse for the economy than the 9-11 attacks. That several U.S.
banks have since closed their doors and/or gotten into severe financial stress because of a failed government approved home-loan
scam appears to have proven this warning incorrect as well.
long-range plan is for the NSA to have unfettered and warrantless access to U.S. citizen’s Google search histories,
private e-mails and file transfers as a way of nabbing the cyberterrorists plotting evil deeds against us.
When published earlier this
year, the New Yorker story ruffled some feathers, but the potential threat suggested by McConnell appears to have been somewhat
forgotten by most folks in the daily rush of other news events.
Now comes another plan, this
time by the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Air Force, for the creation of a Cyberspace Command” with a charter
to rule Internet networks in a form of aerial warfare.
According to Wired, an Internet
news publication, the government has funded a five-year $30 billion “national cybersecurity initiative” for building
an electronic test range where federally-financed hackers can test and do battle with electronic attacks.
Also the Air Force Research
Laboratory has introduced a two-year $11 million project to develop the hardware and software tools for “Dominant Cyber
Offensive Engagement.” The objective of this program, the Wired article says, is to give our government access to tap
into any computer, anywhere, and if necessary, to “deceive, deny, disrupt, degrade (or) Destroy” hostile systems.
In other words, our government
doesn’t just want to read and watch what we are doing and saying in cyber space, it wants the ability to fry our computers
if it doesn’t agree.
So much for the belief by web
users that the Internet was the last bastion of freedom. If our leaders get their way, that wonderful communication tool linking
us all both mentally and electronically, appears threatened with extinction.
And why would we have thought
it wouldn’t happen?