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09-02-2009 10:30 PM
Obama and the Internet
Many were concerned about the last administration snooping on calls from overseas, feeling their privacy rights would be violated.
Nary a peep from these same people about the systematic assult on privacy and freedom of speech from the current administration:
This started with the fishy post line to report people who posted unfavorable comments on Obama Health Care, Thei was in conjunction with people receiving unsolicited emails and the Wh with no explaination where they obtained the email addresses.
The White House's decision to pull the plug on its email tip list came as officials there also announced changes to its email policy designed to prevent advocacy groups from signing people up for White House emails without explicit permission.
Last week, the White House sent out a mass email from senior presidential adviser David Axelrod that sought to address concerns raised about the proposed health insurance overhaul plan. Mr. Axelrod urged recipients to forward the message to friends and family to combat similar emails sent by opponents of the health care plan. Some recipients of the emails complained about getting
Phase 2 Dems introduce bill to allow Obama to control private networks in the event of a "cyber emergency" pretty creepy, Flagged by the programming community first:
The bigger issue is why the government should be taking control over private networks. This is the same gov't that doesn't let people in the State Department use Firefox and which thinks that RealPlayer is the state of the art in online video streaming. Even if there were a "cybersecurity emergency," I would think the last people I'd want to take charge would be the federal government.
The new version would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for "cybersecurity professionals," and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.
Have we already forgotten the administration wanting Americans to spy on their neighbors and report "fishy" communications opposing health care to firstname.lastname@example.org? Didn't oodles of our e-mail addresses wind up in the White House from which then came unsolicited e-mails supporting ObamaCare?
A working draft of the legislation, which is in its second incarnation, obtained by an Internet privacy group, would grant the secretary of commerce access to all privately owned information networks deemed critical to the nation's infrastructure "without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule or policy restricting such access." Where's the ACLU?
The federal government would be empowered to access any information on the Internet and find "choke points" where hackers and governments, including our own, might be able to control, or stop, the flow of data and information. Your Internet service provider would be required by law to supply federal bureaucrats with whatever network, account, usage and history information they deem appropriate.
To further keep an eye on things, the bill establishes a federal training and certification program for cybersecurity professionals and requires that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been properly trained by the government and awarded that government license. The private sector can't be trusted to do the job.
Now the latest a REQ from the WH for software to allow the gov to collect private information for social networking sites.
This would allow them to collect data on individuals:
NLPC has uncovered a plan by the White House New Media operation to hire a technology vendor to conduct a massive, secret effort to harvest personal information on millions of Americans from social networking website...
extremely broad secrecy terms preventing the vendor from disclosing to the public or the media what information is being captured and archived (page 7, “Restriction Against Disclosure”)
wholesale capturing of comments by non-White House staff on publicly accessible sites
capturing of content of any type (text, graphics, audio, or video)
capturing of comments by both Obama critics and supporters, with no restriction as to how the White House would use the information.
Great big brother is watching.
So rights for mass murderers and terrorist captured trying to kill American soldiers, no rights for American citizens expressing their opinions without being reported on and spied on by the government. This on top of the provision in the Healthcare bill to allow the government access to your financial records so they can determine your benefits.