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In answer to the question posed in the title, perhaps, if the Pentagon has its way, when the first bombs drop on the nuclear facilities in Iran.
Imagine, you log on to OPEDNews and within minutes your computer goes blank, and you cannot connect to the Internet. Where will you find out what is happening? Will you try to reload your operating system suspecting a virus attack from a hacker in a distant land? And during the time it takes to reload, several hundred bunker busting bombs and missiles have devastated large areas of Iran. Your computer still cannot connect to the Internet, so you turn on the TV and find that all over the news is stock footage of planes taking off from aircraft carriers and missile launches as in the ‘shock and awe’ of the Iraq invasion.
How could you find out what is really going on – like the inevitable retaliations of the Iran regime to strike back at Israel and US forces in the Gulf region?
Short answer – you can’t.
It would be a news black out, courtesy of the Pentagon, similar to the ‘embedded’ journalists of the Iraq invasion but with much more control of what you are allowed to know.
“According to Wired defense analyst Noah Shachtman,
The Air Force wants a suite of hacker tools, to give it "access" to -- and "full control" of -- any kind of computer there is. And once the info warriors are in, the Air Force wants them to keep tabs on their "adversaries' information infrastructure completely undetected.”...”
Originally posted by budski
reply to post by WhatTheory
Try actually reading the story, and you'll see exactly why your internet could be blocked
The government is growing increasingly interested in waging war online. The Air Force recently put together a "Cyberspace Command," with a charter to rule networks the way its fighter jets rule the skies. The Department of Homeland Security, Darpa, and other agencies are teaming up for a five-year, $30 billion "national cybersecurity initiative." That includes an electronic test range, where federally-funded hackers can test out the latest electronic attacks. "You used to need an army to wage a war," a recent Air Force commercial notes. "Now, all you need is an Internet connection."
On Monday, the Air Force Research Laboratory introduced a two-year, $11 million effort to put together hardware and software tools for "Dominant Cyber Offensive Engagement." "Of interest are any and all techniques to enable user and/or root level access," a request for proposals notes, "to both fixed (PC) or mobile computing platforms... any and all operating systems, patch levels, applications and hardware." This isn't just some computer science study, mind you; "research efforts under this program are expected to result in complete functional capabilities."
Originally posted by WhatTheory
This scenario makes no sense because I am sure you have heard of the foreign press right?
There are many other news organizations in that area of the world which will be reporting the news. So, if the U.S. MSM cannot get info from the Pentagon, they will report stories from the foreign press.
If it were the MSM alone that was reporting on iraq, it's likely we would know nothing of importance about what goes on.
Nothing about rendition flights, torture, secret prisons, atrocities or anything else not sanitized by the PTB.
Yea that sounds possible, but you don't point out the chains of conglomerates and mergers that are making it difficult to see at a glance who is really controlling who...So that diagram looks like BS to me!