reply to post by cavalryscout
The true danger lay in the two aspects addressed throughout - one is the kill switch, the other specific outages.
A "kill switch" is relatively impossible, physically speaking. IE the Government, for all of their power, could not shut off the Internet. But this
"governing body" - the ITU, and the phrasing in this PDF match closely the secret CyberSecurity executive order that Obama snuck through recently (
detailed in this prior thread of mine
). The key to it all comes in a single word:
Both of these documents discuss Governments working in unison with telecom companies ( and other private interests ) for "security".
Uncle Sam cannot kill the Internet. But if he's buddies with Comcast, AT&T, etc. He can get his friends to do it with a wink and a nudge.
Motives for doing this? Imagination is the limit. One thing that many ranking ex military will tell you is that the old school "nuclear drills" were
hogwash because if the nukes ever did launch - no civvies were going to know a thing about it until the mushrooms bloomed. This is because the panic
would cause extra casualties. So this concept applies to varying degrees.
Remember the footage from the Superdome post Katrina. Embarrassing. Would have been great if that could all have just been silenced.
But more pressing in our current climate... What if an uprising began? A new Civil War? God knows folks discuss it lately - imagine if that talk
really starts to take hold?
Cell phones, Internet, land lines... all locked out in the name of security. All in the name of protecting us from ourselves.
The First Amendment gave us freedom of speech and of the press. And it wasn't the FIRST amendment for nothing. It was the MOST important lifeline for
a Democracy to have. This ITU proposal, combined with the secret EO threaten the First Amendment in a direct and dangerous way. Control of information
means control of reality - in a very real sense.
These issues threaten our ability to get anything other than propaganda - and thus threatens our ability to discern reality.