Monday, October 15, 2012

The Government Must Control the Internet

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
--Benjamin Franklin

With the Mainstream Media in the pocket of the powerful, faithfully broadcasting all their lies and perversions, the only alternative We the People have to such propaganda is the Internet.  That is why the government must control it.  That is why any discussion of the government "securing" the Internet should scare you.  Should they be given the keys to the Internet, any sort of cyber "emergency," whether real or contrived, would give them the rationale to control/restrict its use.

The government should be responsible for protecting their own networks.  Private citizens should protect their computers.  Private businesses should protect theirs.  The government cannot protect their own computer systems now, so what makes us think that they will be any more effective if we allow them to protect the rest of America's computer systems?  Giving the government the responsibility for the security of all these domains is a mistake that we will regret.

To stifle dissent and only allow the People to receive the government's viewpoint, the government must control the Internet.  We must therefore do everything possible to prevent them from obtaining such control to protect our Freedom of Speech.

--Against All Enemies

NSA Director Pushes Cybersecurity Bill
Link to article

Cyberattacks have breached the Pentagon and sent businesses into bankruptcy. Still, it might take a cyberdisaster that causes damage on the scale of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to get lawmakers to pass legislation aimed at shoring up the U.S.’s infrastructure.

The White House has proposed an executive order to address part of the problem, but Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, says that is not enough.

The Pentagon has a pilot program that will help private companies work with the government to help them protect their own information.

But that program “doesn’t give us the ability to work with the Internet service providers and allow that to benefit the rest of the critical infrastructure and the rest of government,” Alexander said during an Oct. 1 panel discussion at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. “That’s really what we need this legislation for.”

An executive order also would fail to address liability protections to shield companies from lawsuits over information-sharing that are needed to encourage participation, says Susan Collins (Maine), the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee and a co-sponsor of cybersecurity legislation.

“I think the executive order is a mistake,” Collins says. “I fear that it actually could lull people into a false sense of security that we’ve taken care of cybersecurity.”

This article first appeared in Aerospace Daily & Defense Report.

– Jen DiMascio

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