Report: Government's Cyber Security Plan Is Riddled With New Spying Programs
Thursday, June 19, 2008 5:22:06 AM
The Bush administration has done nothing about cyber threats in his seven years and five months until now. This has been in the works for a while and I knew I smelled a rat when I read and wrote about what the Air Force wanted last week.
The opening paragraph of the article states: “Major elements of the Bush administration's proposed $17 billion "cyber security" initiative have little to do with protecting government networks, and a lot to do with spying, according to a budget report released by the Senate Armed Services Committee this week.”
With the Air Force wanting to “control” all PCs everywhere raised a red flag for me. This report seals the deal for me. The government is talking about being the firewall for all computers in this country. Not only does that wreak of censorship, it smelled like spying as well.
Here's another quote from the article: “While many of the specifics of the plan are classified, U.S. intelligence chief Michael McConnell told the New Yorker in January that he wants the National Security Agency to begin eavesdropping on the internet, and a McConnell aide said the spy agency was prepared to examine the content of e-mails, file transfers and Google searches without a warrant.”
That's a bit too much of Big Brother getting into my rights to privacy, and without a warrant? Here's Senator Shelby's email address. Why not drop him a line and express your opinion on the subject: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm sure that he would love to hear from his constituents.
I don't want to spoil the article for you, but here's another quote from the article: “But according to the Armed Services Committee's analysis, there's a lot of spying being proposed under the guise of e-security.”
Our Constitutional rights are slowly being taken away from us under the guise of stopping global terrorism. The sad part about our rights being taken away is that we are letting it happen. We are eating the cow patties that the government is serving us, and most of us enjoy the taste. I don't like the taste of cow patties, so I don't eat them. Do you?
I've given you a good portion of the article, but here's another quote: “The Armed Services Committee was briefed on the project, which puts it far ahead of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which early in May was reduced to writing a public letter to beg for the most basic information about the cyber plans.”
Now that's kind of sad that the Senate Homeland Security Committee was not included in this affair. So what is being set up for the next president and the citizens of this country? We are headed for a dictatorship if we don't do something about this in November. There are really no viable candidates in either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party that can be trusted with this type of power as far as I can see.
But I digress, your computer and the data on it is yours. What the government is proposing is being able to enter your computer unbeknownst you and look at, even steal your data. You could be branded as an enemy combatant or worse, they could kill your computer.
I've been watching for eight years as this country and its citizens have been raped by the government and big corporations. When will you have enough to speak out on the matters at hand?
Here's a companion article:
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