Friday, February 12, 2010

What Happens When The World Wide Web Goes Down?

Internet Censorship Alert! Alex Jones exposes agenda to ‘blacklist’ dissenting sites and license users

The Western world, from Australia to the United States, UK and parts of Europe, are moving in a unified front toward dictatorial Internet censorship. Australia has led the way, despite outcry from its populace, by “filtering” out certain banned content. In the United States, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, in continuing his family’s tradition of oppressing free humanity, has pushed forward Cybersecurity legislation that has already passed the House. He has done so in the name of warding off ghastly cyber “attackers” conceivably fronting for al Qaeda while ushering in a means to restrict free speech and expression online for the general population.

With Obama’s support, most of the developed world has accepted plans for government-approved online activity and Pentagon-monitored internet traffic. The U.S. and UK are facilitating the hijacking of what has, until now, been a highly-democratic Internet. Overall, it has been a technological God-send for bringing together communication and strongly expressing thought outside of the mainstream information available on television and in print.

Now, people are being forced onto the corporate-dominated Internet2– once again, in the name of “security.” (Internet) Freedom sacrificed at the same false alter of (Internet) Security. Independent blogs, news sites and online businesses will all be financially disadvantaged by access fees not demanded of dominant entities. What is today outside the ‘norm’ but well within free speech will tomorrow be evaluated by politically-correct criteria that will be used to identify sites to block and users to deny access. Currently, a campaign is underway to convince the public to accept “driver’s licenses” for the once-free Internet.

Already, government “blacklists” have been exposed. On its lists? The usual suspects–,, and the like. Referrals to sites like and are being denied not only in Australia, but in places like New Zealand– who have not adopted the same policies, but do share ISPs who have ordered a block. All across the world, wherever internet “filtering” and outright censorship has been phased in– via libraries, businesses, airports, and so forth, sites that are critical of government are consistently blocked first. This has been true not only of Alex Jones’ several websites, but also of sites like Wikileaks, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Cryptome and etc, etc. The common theme is not operating outside of law or of speaking in extremities, but challenging the power establishment through distribution of information and/or shedding light on its otherwise little known unscrupulous activities.

This Orwellian scheme has already been branded by the outrages of Cass Sunstein, one of the Obama ‘Czars’, who has called for governments to ban “conspiratorial theories” and identified thought-crimes including a disbelief in man-made global warming and a belief in the basic goodness of “sunshine.” In considering how to eradicate ‘outlawed’ beliefs, Sunstein posits the benefits of using bloggers to engage and counter ‘disinformation.’ A very similar version of this strategy has already been adopted by the Pentagon in its “infowars” campaign.
Alex uses his most-recent experience in an outright ban to sound a warning that the enemy is already among us. Internet censorship threatens to stifle out a recent phenomenon of free thought and widespread information that has flourished on the Internet / world wide web. Only by standing up to undue constraints on our rights and by saying no to efforts to chill speech on the web can we save a stronghold of free humanity.


- Frightening Taste Of Internet Censorship As Major Free Speech Websites Blocked
- Death Of The Internet: Censorship Bills In UK, Australia, U.S. Aim To Block “Undesirable” Websites
- Obama Information Czar Calls For Banning Free Speech
- Conspiracy Theories (Cass R. Sunstein, Harvard Law School; Adrian Vermeule, Harvard Law School — January 15, 2008)
- Should Obama Control the Internet?
- Sen. Jay Rockefeller: Internet is “Number One National Hazard”
- Proposed Web video restrictions cause outrage in Italy
- Joining China and Iran, Australia to Filter Internet
- Leaked Australian blacklist reveals banned sites
- Internet Censorship: Major Truth-Providing Websites Blocked By Asia Netcom To New Zealand Users
- New Zealand blocks two websites selectively
- Online Kiwis maybe feeling Oz censor trickledown
- Australia’s compulsory internet filtering ‘costly, ineffective’
- Australia Censors Wikileaks Page
- WikiLeaks Exposes Australian Web Blacklist
- Gates backs China in Google censorship spat
- Gates calls China censorship ‘limited’
- Microsoft’s Mundie calls for ‘internet driving licence’
- UN agency calls for global cyberwarfare treaty, ‘driver’s license’ for Web users
- Internet ‘driver’s license’? Microsoft’s Mundie wants it
- House Passes Cybersecurity Bill
- S. 773: Cybersecurity Act of 2009
- Bill would give president emergency control of Internet
- TIME: Driver’s licenses for the Internet
- Enemies Of Free Speech Call For Internet Licensing
- Information Week: May I See Your Internet Driver’s License?
- NY Times: Driver’s Licenses for the Internet?
- Time Magazine Pushes Draconian Internet Licensing Plan
- Police want backdoor to Web users’ private data
- Military Report: Secretly ‘Recruit or Hire Bloggers’
- Pentagon Secretly Goes To War With The Internet
- Air Force Creates “Counter Blog” Response Plan To Quell Online Dissent
- Lt. Col. Ralph Peters Calls For Military Killing Of War Journalists
- U.S. Web-Tracking Plan Stirs Privacy Fears
- AOL Time-Warner Censors Alex Jones Websites
- My ISP (Internode) has blocked!!!
- MySpace Admits Censorship Of Prison
- Major International Transport Hub Censors Political Websites
- ISPs to record all emails and calls
- DOD to start using Web 2.0
- Microsoft exec: Internet still not safe enough
- UNIC Moscow participates at the open meeting of the “Year of Safe Internet in the Russian Federation” Organizing Committee
- Cybersecurity through public-private partnership
- Industry should lead cybersecurity partnership

Hacker group in demonstration against web filter that blocks sites deemed offensive by authorities
Hackers protesting government censorship of the Internet have shut down several Australian government websites in a demonstration against the announcement that filters would be imposed to block access to websites deemed offensive by the authorities.
The campaign was launched by the anti-Scientology group Anonymous in response to plans to implement a mandatory and wide-ranging internet filter modeled on that of the Communist Chinese government.
This is not the first time the group has attacked government websites, having launched a similar stunt last September.
“The main government website,, and parliament’s were both affected along with the sites for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy,” reports AFP.
“No one messes with our access to perfectly legal (or illegal) content for any reason,” said a statement released by the group.
The Australian government attacked the campaign as “not a legitimate form of political statement.”
Despite the Australian government promising that the Internet filter would only be used to block access to child pornography and other illegal websites, the watchdog group Electronic Frontiers Australia warned that the law will also allow the government to block any website it desires under vague definitions.
In March 2009, the Wikileaks website published a leaked secret list of sites slated to be blocked by Australia’s state-sponsored parental filter.
The list revealed that blacklisted sites included “online poker sites, YouTube links, regular gay and straight porn sites, Wikipedia entries, euthanasia sites, websites of fringe religions such as satanic sites, fetish sites, Christian sites, the website of a tour operator and even a Queensland dentist.”

The filter will even block web-based games deemed unsuitable for anyone over the age of fifteen, according to the Australian government.
Calls to mandate Internet users to obtain licenses, in other words government permission, before they can post to the web have grown in recent weeks, with top Microsoft executive Craig Mundie insisting at the recent Davos Economic Forum that the Internet should be policed.
Within days, Time Magazine enthusiastically jumped on the bandwagon to back Mundie’s proposal, as authorities push for a system even more stifling than in Communist China, where only people who have been approved by the authorities would be allowed to express free speech.
ISPs across the world, including in supposed democratic countries like the UK, the US and New Zealand, have periodically blocked access to Alex Jones’ websites without justification and only restored access after a barrage of complaints.
As we have highlighted before, although the merits of hacking as a form of protest can be debated, what seems certain to happen is that governments will launch a false flag cyber attack which will cause a major catastrophe that can then be blamed on the free Internet, acting as a pretext to tighten the screws on plans for centralized regulation and censorship which are already in place.

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