As the movement to topple the Hosni Mubarak regime in Egypt gained traction, Egyptian authorities took draconian measures to stop it in its tracks — it shut down cell phone services, the Internet and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Days later, despite insincere pleas from President Barack Obama, Internet services remained down even though some cell phone service had been restored.
But while Obama was preaching to Mubarak and his gang to resume Internet services, legislation to kill the Internet in the United States — that was introduced last year but never acted upon — was about to be reintroduced.
“My legislation would provide a mechanism for the government to work with the private sector in the event of a true cyber emergency,” progressive Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) told Wired.com in an emailed statement this week. “It would give our nation the best tools available to swiftly respond to a significant threat.”
Nothing threatens the political elites like the free transfer of information. Having lost control of the message due to the declining relevance of the corporatist mainstream media, political elites are seeking to regain control.
Chameleon Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) introduced the legislation last year. In an interview on CNN, Lieberman said, “Right now China — the government — can disconnect parts of its Internet in a case of war. We need to have the ability to do that, too.”
When does China “disconnect parts of its Internet?” Not in times of war but when groups gather to protest their government’s abuses.
Lieberman cited a threat to America’s power stations and other critical infrastructure in defending his bill last year. But power grids and critical infrastructure are not part of the World Wide Web. And the threats to that critical infrastructure come from governments themselves, as evidenced by the revelation that the Stuxnet worm that brought down Iran’s nuclear program was devised and implemented by U.S. and Israeli government agents.
Don’t be fooled. The elites aren’t worried about external threats. They are worried about an informed populace. For as Council on Foreign Relations co-founder and Bilderberger Zbigniew Brzezinski lamented last year, the people of the world are becoming more aware of what’s going on than ever before, and this awareness is harming the globalist’s agenda.
While Egyptian citizens are trying to throw off the shackles of tyranny, U.S. elites are trying to transfer those shackles to Americans. The Internet Kill Switch Bill must be defeated.