Several developments that are coming to the fore indicate a noticeable
advance towards a government regulated, taxed and controlled system that spells
doomsday for the Internet as we know it.
The first steps in a move to charge for every e mail sent have already
been taken. Under the pretext of eliminating spam, Bill
Gates and other industry chieftains have proposed Internet users
buy credit stamps which denote how many e mails they will be able to send. This
of course is the death knell for political newsletters and mailing lists.
The New York Times reports
that "America Online and Yahoo, two of the world's largest providers of
e-mail accounts, are about to start using a system that gives preferential treatment
to messages from companies that pay from 1/4 of a cent to a penny each to have
them delivered. The senders must promise to contact only people who have agreed
to receive their messages, or risk being blocked entirely."
The end game is a system similar to China, whereby no websites even mildly
critical of the government will be authorized.
The Pentagon admitted
that they would engage in psychological warfare and cyber attacks on 'enemy'
Internet websites in an attempt to shut them down. The fact that the NSA surveillance
program spied on 5,000 Americans tells us that the enemy is the alternative
media and that it will be targeted for elimination. Court cases are pending
after the Bush administration demanded the Google search terms of American citizens.
The first wave will simply attempt to price people out of using the conventional
Internet and force people over to Internet
2, a state regulated hub where permission will need to be obtained directly
from an FCC or government bureau to set up a website.
The original Internet will then be turned into a mass surveillance database
and marketing tool. The
Nation magazine reported last week, "Verizon, Comcast, Bell South and
other communications giants are developing strategies that would track and store
information on our every move in cyberspace in a vast data-collection and marketing
system, the scope of which could rival the National Security Agency. According
to white papers now being circulated in the cable, telephone and telecommunications
industries, those with the deepest pockets--corporations, special-interest groups
and major advertisers--would get preferred treatment. Content from these providers
would have first priority on our computer and television screens, while information
seen as undesirable, such as peer-to-peer communications, could be relegated
to a slow lane or simply shut out."
We see a move to demonize the Internet and tar its reputation. AOL is running
ads equating Internet users with terrorists. In the next few years we may
see a staged Internet shutdown which is blamed on cyber terrorists.
For the aspiring dictator, the Internet is a dangerous tool that has
been seized by the enemy. We have come a long way since 1969, when the ARPANET
was created solely for US government use. The Internet is freedom's best friend
and the bane of control freaks. Its eradication is one of the short term goals
of those that seek to centralize power and subjugate the world under a global
surveillance panopticon prison.
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