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Controlling Internet Access

Date: 18 December, 2004

By: Chief

Imageell, by God, old George Tenet has been running his mouth again. Or should I say running his pen again. You remember old George don't you? He was the dirtbag in charge of the CIA under both Klinton and King George the Bush. He recently, back in July, resigned over the lack of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq that he and his pundits declared just have to be there and King George the Bush,wanting any excuse at all, used George's bum information and started a war — we are still there by the way — in Iraq.

That is old news and I wanted to bring up the new — news. Yeah buddy, old George is floating an idea through the print media. That idea is that the government should control who gets to use, as in access to, the Internet.

"I know that these actions will be controversial in this age when we still think the Internet is a free and open society with no control or accountability," he told an information-technology security conference in Washington, "but ultimately the Wild West must give way to governance and control."

Wasn't that just lovely? Now, how about this part:

"Access to networks like the World Wide Web might need to be limited to those who can show they take security seriously, he said." Quotes courtesy of UPI.

Now, let me see if I understand this, even partially correctly. The man, old George Tenet, who lied to each and everyone of us when he was director of the CIA about Iraq and their weapons of mass destruction capacity. The man who allowed King George the Bush to use such phony information in order to further lie to each and everyone of us and subsequently use that phony information as the sole basis for war. Now this very same man thinks that access to the Internet should be restricted to those few who, according to some bureaucrat, have been found to be responsible and have been stamped with some sort of seal of approval? Am I understanding this correctly? What an asshole.

"[T]he Wild West must give way to governance and control." Just who is he kidding? Because of governance and control we ended up with old George lying to the whole fucking world about Iraq. Some governance and control — dirt bag. Because of governance and control we have about 2,000 U.S. troops planted, permanently in the ground. Because of governance and control we have killed over 100,000 Iraqi's. All on account of governance and control.

I like the Wild West far better. Don't you?

The whole reason for governance and control of the Internet is the last word of governance and control. Control.

Whoever controls the information that is released to the world — owns the world. It is that simple. Consider what a bunch of bloggers did to CBS's own Dapper Dan Rather. He lied. He got caught in his lie. He was fried. Just as it should be. However, that is exactly what those in power do not want to happen. Especially to themselves.

Most people with two or more brain cells to rub against each other did not believe the wholesale crap that was being spewed out of both ends of politicians and bureaucrats like old George pertaining to Iraq and their WMD capacity. Some of those non-believers did a whole lot of research and guess what? The non-believers were, as is the norm, correct. The only problem was getting the information took to long and by the time it came out King George the Bush and his constant companion, Tony Blair of Britain, had already launched us all into their war in Iraq.

If, however, those non-believers among us were unable to get the needed information or were unable to share their data with other non-believers, life would be oh so much easier for those in power and for the believers of those in power.

Truth is truly an incredibly powerful unto itself.

So old George is floating this really wonderful idea about controlling access to the Internet because of security, don't you know. He is doing this because he is now out of government and, as such, is the perfect person to make such a pitch and see what the results are.

You can be absolutely certain that old George did this at the specific request of someone in power. Who? I have no clue but old George sure as hell knows. Besides, he has a score to settle with the non-believers and the Internet. He lost his job because of both.

Another thing that is abundantly clear is that old George and his cronies, those in power of course, have absolutely nothing but contempt for our Constitution and that First Amendment thingy. You know what I am talking about. That:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Yeah, there ya go. That "freedom of speech" thingy. That in-and-of-itself must drive old George nuts. I really do hope so.

And that, in a nut shell, is what it is all about. Those in power and their believers want desperately to kill off what little is left of our Constitution. And by limiting access to the Internet they effectively do so.

That we cannot in anyway afford. If it happens then We the People lose and goober-ment wins. It is up to us, the non-believers, to ensure that access to the Internet and, far more importantly, the First Amendment stays free and intact for generations to come.

People like old George need to become acquainted with the wonders of the Wild West. Things like a rope and a near-by tree pop instantly into my mind. How about you?

[Ed. note: This story has been updated.]

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