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Cyber Spying and Censorship In the Name of Terror

August 21, 2008

This is something that we only got proof of a few years ago, oh wait if you read the Patriot Act seven years ago you new they could Spy on the citizens starting in 2001. If you didn’t read it, don’t feel bad, almost none of the legislature even looked at it before passing it, and they got a pass by the people. Yes, the very same people they let have their rights stripped, but that is because they didn’t hear it on T.V. However the government has been thinking of ways to find out what is on you computer for many years now.

Acorrding to a CNN tech article from<a href=http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9807/27/security.idg/<July 27, 1998, software and computer companies have been working with the government on installing Back Doors in programs. Companies have been spying on End Users since the PC became a household fixture, so why shouldn’t the government get in on it also. If you go to your favorite search engine and type, “Spying on End Users” you will come back with results of about 178,000 for spying on end users and the different software companies that are involved.

Microsoft is not shy in the least about spying, with the release of XP and Vista it is open to the government, and Microsoft itself. The excuse of knowing when you run pirated software, and perform illegal downloads. Oh, let’s not forget the children, its all about the children. As George Carlin said, “Fuck the children.” No not really, but the government uses the children almost as much as the use the “Terrorist.”

While we are on the subject of internet, the FCC is working on a new version of the Fairness Doctrine, which will put the control on the Net in the government’s hands. If it even follows the guidelines of the original, it will make almost impossible for political bloggers to publish.

Free Republic

The commissioner, a 2006 President Bush appointee, told the Business & Media Institute the Fairness Doctrine could be intertwined with the net neutrality battle. The result might end with the government regulating content on the Web, he warned. McDowell, who was against reprimanding Comcast, said the net neutrality effort could win the support of “a few isolated conservatives” who may not fully realize the long-term effects of government regulation.
“I think the fear is that somehow large corporations will censor their content, their points of view, right,” McDowell said. “I think the bigger concern for them should be if you have government dictating content policy, which by the way would have a big First Amendment problem.”

This version of the Fairness Doctrine will be issued under a new name, but will contain the same misguided regulations and monitoring. The Bill will be probably slipped at the end of another bill to get it passed.

Then, whoever is in charge of government is going to determine what is fair, under a so-called ‘Fairness Doctrine,’ which won’t be called that – it’ll be called something else,” McDowell said. “So, will Web sites, will bloggers have to give equal time or equal space on their Web site to opposing views rather than letting the marketplace of ideas determine that?”

McDowell told BMI the Fairness Doctrine isn’t currently on the FCC’s radar. But a new administration and Congress elected in 2008 might renew Fairness Doctrine efforts, but under another name.

I know those of you that read my article on the Fairness Doctrine, will remember that I was leaning towards reinstating it. However, after researching and rethinking it, I have concluded that it would be censorship of the worst kind. That it would get the word of all parties out on the airwaves is a possible up side to it. However, it might end up driving the politics completely from the airwaves altogether. If the government forces stations to run shows that do not draw advertisers, they will have to eat the cost. Making it cheaper to change formats.

People who know me, know I am all about freedom of speech and the right of expression as long as it does not slander or cause irreparable damage to a person or their belongings. When it comes to the right of free speech, I try to live by the Voltaire quote. “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

So, we will have to watch what the government is doing on this plan of control over the internet. Because, when they gain control over the internet
we will have lost an important tool in the line of communication, and self defense.

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