reply to post by neo2012
Well, I for one am glad you clarified your post's direction and intent. I still disagree with you though. The internet can be controlled, completely.
It is governed by many different ways, but maybe not in the context that you understand. What I mean to say is that besides the quite obvious ways I
pointed out with your internet provider or electricity company, there are the servers, the DNS, the library resources, the college computer terminals,
the list goes on and on.
If the government wanted to, it could shut the entire internet down. Yes, it may take a month or two, heck even six months to do it, but they could
"flip the proverbial switch" on the entire thing, if they wanted to do that. I am not however saying that they want to do it in the least. The
government wants the internet to keep going. The reason is that they can catch the "proverbial kid with his hand in the cookie jar",...oh
cookies,...you know those things that keep track of the information about the websites you visit, along with your e-mail server, or even credit card
purchases. That is a digital fingerprint of course. This is disseminated through various different means to different agencies that track everything
An example would be some of the different civilian agencies,...oh, companies, sorry, that track your credit report, the warranty information on your
purchases, and the airline industries logging your flight destination, time you checked in, time your flight arrived, etc. This is to be able to track
your every move of course.
You can take a look at this book :
Robert O'Harrow : No Place To Hide
This talks about a lot of what I mentioned here, along with oh so much more. Remember John Poindexter, Colonel Oliver North's supervisor? His name is
in there, along with DARPA, and so many more things that should make you cringe if you are "accidently" labled the wrong type of individual.
This is a quote from Amazon's review of the book :
George Orwell envisioned Big Brother as an outgrowth of a looming totalitarian state, but in this timely survey Robert O'Harrow Jr. portrays a
surveillance society that's less centralized and more a joint public/private venture. Indeed, the most frightening aspect of the Washington Post
reporter's thoroughly researched and naggingly disquieting chronicle lies in the matter-of-fact nature of information hunters and gatherers and the
insatiable systems they've concocted. Here is a world where data is gathered by relatively unheralded organizations that smooth the way for
commercial entities to find the good customers and avoid dicey ones. Government of course too has an interest in the data that's been mined.
Information is power, especially when trying to find the bad guys. The mutually compatible skills and needs shared by private and public snoopers were
fusing prior to the attacks of 9/11, but the process has since gone into hyperdrive.
O'Harrow weaves together vignettes to record the development of the "security-industrial complex," taking pains to personalize his chronicle of a
movement that's remained (perhaps purposefully) faceless. Recognizing the appeal of state-of-the-art systems that can track down a murderer/rapist
with heretofore unimaginable speed, the author recognizes, too, that the same devices can mistakenly destroy reputations and cast a pall over a free
society. In a post-9/11 world where homeland security often trumps personal liberty, this work is an eye-opener for those who take their privacy for
granted. --Steven Stolder --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
[edit on 4-2-2008 by SpartanKingLeonidas]