Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Are We Terrorists Yet?

Given the latest declarations, regulations, and threats, it seems that another turn of the screw for bloggers is at hand, and it may be the one that turns us out. It's definately an Orange Alert for those of us at odds with the current power structure.

Michael Chertoff, head of Homeland Security, says that the net is a training ground for terrorists. Does that mean when you read blogs about 9/11 complicity, election fraud, falsely-prosecuted war, and dictatorial power-grabs, you're on the way to becoming a terrorist? If so, then there sure are a lot of us on those slippery slopes. At any rate, it sounds like Mr. Chertoff is unhappy, and is getting ready to do something about it. And, we know that dual-citizen neocons don't often make idle threats.

Investigative reporter Greg Palast narrowly escaped arrest by Homeland Security on terrorist charges when he took an ABC film crew to a FEMA Katrina victim internment camp in Louisiana, situated next to a very toxic Exxon refinery. I guess it's an act of terrorism to let on that such refineries are to be found in that area, thus making them vulnerable to terrorism. Damn, Greg, what were you thinking? Do try to stay out of trouble in the future.

Last year, a group of Quaker anti-war demonstrators were classified in a Department of Defense intelligence database as a potential terrorist threat. No surprise there, given all the bomb-throwing, rocket-launching Quakers there are in the world. The DOD now claims that the inclusion was in error, and just a rush to judgement. How many more such errors might we expect in the future? I'd say that Quakers, bloggers, whistleblowers, constitutionalists, activists, muckrakers, malcontents, and other honest people are all in the same camp now. No pun intended, but Halliburton did get a 385 million-dollar contract to build internment camps throughout the U.S. If you do the math, it sounds like enough housing for a million or so people. Unless these are Scared Straight camps for Republicans, I'd say we have reason for concern here.

Meanwhile, an end-around on bloggers in regard to 'net neutrality' is underway. Runaway bandwidth charges from phone and cable companies threaten to pull the rug out from under offending citizen journalists. And, video bloggers are now at risk from a EU directive aimed at bringing the internet under broadcasting regulations, which would severely curtail such activity. The playing field is rapidly changing, and the desire and willingness to bring dissenters to heel is now far beyond the talking stage. They're doing it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The part that pisses me off is that if I want high-speed Internet in my town, the only way to get it is by supporting Comcast, which is part of the anti-net neutrality mob. So, once a month I contribute $45 to my own downfall. Well, to be honest, I've been contributing to my own downfall for decades. But still...

9:33 AM  
Blogger Pissedoffcabbie said...

By the time the smoke has cleared, it'll seem like two tin cans and a string. We need to develop group telepathy real soon.

3:33 PM  

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