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Former Counter Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke told a leading expert on internet free speech, Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig, that there was going to be an "i-9/11", in other words, an electronic terrorist act, and an "i-Patriot Act" to crack down on freedoms on the Internet under the guise of protecting against such threats: There’s going to be an i-9/11 event. Which doesn’t necessarily mean an Al Qaeda attack, it means an event where the instability or the insecurity of the internet becomes manifest during a malicious event which then inspires the government into a response. You’ve got to remember that after 9/11 the government drew up the Patriot Act within 20 days and it was passed.
We may have just had our i-911. Specifically, the government is claiming that hackers defaced army and Nato websites, writing things like: "Stop attacks u israel and usa ! you cursed nations ! one day muslims will clean the world from you ! " This sounds a lot like the notes which were sent with the killer anthrax. If we did just have our i-911, watch out for military spokesmen, politicians and talking heads pushing for an i-Patriot Act . . . as a way to crush free speech on the web.
If the 'leadership', such that it is, IS CIA then they sure screwed the pooch on this one. It's inspiring action and whole campaigns by other people across the world which are not and cannot be controlled from any center.