posted on Jul, 30 2009 @ 03:58 PM
I would argue that the government (think back to Bush 1 years and earlier) had no real technical know-how to think things through. Yes, DARPA which
created the Internet was a government project, but it was composed mainly of nerds, right? the Big Government didn't really start using the internet
for their own networks until around the Clinton years (I'm going based on memory of news events, so if someone can correct this please do). And even
then, and during Bush II to some extenct, the US government has acted more like a "user" than an expert with the internet.
So what they have been doing is basically taking over more control over the public internet as their own techs discover how to exploit, control and
abuse the network protocols, habits of people, and other internet-based technologies and customs. The chinese, russians and other nations had hackers
invading servers around the world years ahead of the US government.
Think back to pre-google days - the internet was simpler, more information was freely available (even though it was harder to search for and find),
and the internet really was public and free (as in speech). Enter google, facebook, myspace, et al, and suddenly commerce on the internet goes
through the roof, everyone and their mother (and grandmother) is freely posting their personal information, habits, and naming friends and neighbors
on "social" websites (which are nothing but giant databases quietly collectingt information) and we all find ourselves with what seems like many
"free" webpages, but in reality we're limited to shopping, socializing, reading blogs (more personal information devulged), or reading conspiracy
forums (dont forget porn). and on and on and on.
the Government has a lot of toy projects sitting around being built by nerds. The internet was one such toy - it became incredibly popular, and by
the time government realized this, they picked a few select projects to take advantage of the data mining possibilities and made sure the rest of us
followed by using the same tactics advertising uses: sell sell sell, and tell us how much better our lives will be if we join.
sound paranoid? Do a search for google + cia, or facebook + cia, etc. see google "do no evil" as they take pictures of your neighborhood, keep
track of your search-, shop- and viewing habits, and the kind of entertainment you seek (google/hulu "we're aliens and going to control you")
and back to OPs point - they have tried (and almost succeeded) in killing Usenet to protect children, they made sure we all go through google (and not
really allow for alternatives) to have ease of access to people's searches, and now file-sharing to protect.. government secrets??? it makes no
ratinal sense, yet it is happening, and i think we stay incredulous (and sometimes doubting) because "our government wouldnt do that", right?