Friday, April 13, 2012

Internet Revolution is Inevitable, but could it spill into Real World?

Recent Success of Activists could Trigger Martial Law in America.

Not long ago, our leaders witnessed several North African governments get overthrown, watching on live TV as Muammar Gaddafi was dethroned, publicly humiliated and executed.

Don’t think this didn’t strike fear into the hearts of leaders around the globe. Because what happened in Libya could happen anywhere. Even in the US of A.

Although the politicians of western nations like those of the United States and Europe claim a sense of security not known by kings and dictators of third world countries, even leaders seemingly untouchable know that anything can happen should the situation arise. They will not soon forget the execution of Gaddafi any more that they will forget the French Revolution, for though it was long ago, the guillotine will never be forgotten.

The US, the UK and the rest of Europe has had mounting public discontent, and has seen their share of violent unrest in recent years, but it was the victories of activists against several censorship bills in the US that was of most concern for our politicians in America.

Even though Washington first tried to say that the censorship bills were proposed in the name of National Security and anti-terrorism, later adding anti-piracy, to allegedly protect Hollywood and the music industry from copyright violations, but it is in reality to curb public discontent aroused by the alternative media and independent Bloggers, the assembling of activists and the staging of protests through social media that the government wants to censor the Internet.

The victories of activists inspired and lead in part by the hacker group Anonymous, together with protests in conjunction with the Occupy Movement and the support from several major websites that caused SOPA, PIPA even the NDAA to be suspended indefinitely caused anxiety in Washington that hasn’t been felt since the race riots of the 60’s.

Though one of the key factors of the success in squashing SOPA and PIPA was a joint letter to Congress from leading technology companies including Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and EBay expressing concern over the censorship bills that without a doubt had much influence over our lawmakers decision, it was without a doubt the outcry of the millions of online protesters and Occupy members that scared our government into shelving these bills.

America had witnessed the beginnings of a rebellion over proposed legislation that would have changed the Internet for ever. Though the uprising achieved a stunning success, giving activists new confidence and hope when fighting other measures in the future, this is a fight that will never be over.

This public defeat has left politicians scrambling to construct a defensive to assure that this won’t ever happen again. Already Obama has signed the new Executive Order into law, which is little more than another version of the NDAA that our well meaning activist thought they were on the verge of defeating. Already new censorship bills are being introduced into Congress for approval, including the new CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) which is reported to be far worse than SOPA or PIPA.

If passed through Congress, CISPA would allow the government access to personal correspondence of any person of their choosing. The title of this controversial act is H.R. 3523. The wording is very vague and broad, but it is clear that the act could allow Congress to circumvent existing exemptions to online privacy laws, and allow the monitoring and censorship of any user of the internet. CISPA would allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to “funnel private communications and related information back to the government without adequate privacy protections and controls and would also allow the government to stop online communications which they deem disruptive.

The US government know who these "troublemakers are" already. Trust me, they keep close tabs on anybody and everybody who could be a threat to them in any way, shape or form. It is ironic how the same instruments that have enabled activists to fight unjust legislation has also become the primary weapon against them. Yes, the Internet, particularly social media, has become the principal source of intelligence for the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security and every other law enforcement agency in America. I recently investigated these invasions of our privacy, publishing several articles about my findings, including, US Homeland Security Monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other Sites for Signs of Discontent, Is the FBI Monitoring Your Social Networks? and Facebook is CIA's Primary Intelligence Source.

People share virtually every bit of information about themselves with Facebook. From sexual orientation, age, race, religious and political affiliation, even daily updates about their whereabouts, people are sharing literally everything. No wonder the US Department of Homeland Security alone paid contractors $11.3 million dollars to monitor Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, blogs, alternative news media and many other sites for signs of discontent, they need not look any further!

Even though this is all OSINT, better known as open-source intelligence, it is publicly available information for anyone to enjoy. However, considering your 'personal info' could be misinterpreted and saved by a government database like the DHS database of secret watchlists, it may not all be quite as enjoyable as one might first think. 

Surveillance and Censorship are the Governments Weapons 
Though the average Internet user could care less about CISPA, OSINT or how proposed legislation is steamrolled through Congress, once it becomes a battle of old vs. new, of business as usual vs. life online, of lobbyists vs. hacktivists of oppression vs. freedom  and of control vs. personal privacy and sanctity of the home, mainstream America will join the fight.

If properly warned and motivated, under the right leadership, in their fight for Internet freedom, online hacktivists as well as Occupy activists will trample any politcian or CEO seeming to stand in the way, no matter if it be Republicans, Democrats, mainstream media or industries. It is exactly this that our government officials and lobbyists fear, but it is more and more seemingly an inevitable Internet revolution that has already been set in motion.

It will be an ongoing, never-ending battle to keep the Internet free of government censorship. Not only the US government, but governments across the globe will continue to attempt to control the Web, as can be seen by International censorship efforts like ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) and TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement).

Just don’t let them fool you into thinking that any of this is to stop terrorism or online piracy. Know that their censorship attempts are of self interest; to stop anti-government groups, rallies, protests, blogs and writings. It’s to stop rebellion and revolution like what our government saw happen in Egypt and Libya. They don’t want to end up like Gaddafi. Nobody wants to end like that!

Our governments will stop at nothing to stop this from happening, even if it would come down to the declaration of Martial Law, mass arrests and FEMA prison camps. Oh yes, should our government end up on the losing end of the Internet censorship battle, they will resort to harsher methods in order to maintain control, even if this would mean rounding up activist leaders and other “troublemakers” and placing them under arrest, detaining them indefinitely, where they could no longer stir up anti-government sentiment. If it means mass arrests of violent protestors, the US has the resources to lock up as many as they deem necessary. Thousands. Tens of thousands. Even hundreds of thousands if need be! Just look back at how many Japanese and German immigrants we herded into "detainment centers" during WWII.

The prison camps are already in place throughout the United States, ready to be filled at a moment’s notice. You may have already  heard rumors of the FEMA Prison Camps, so conveniently kept out of mainstream media. They are everywhere, hidden in plain sight, disguised as shipping terminals, train yards or closed military bases surrounded by razor. Dozens of web sites have showcased the FEMA camps with photos, videos and reports by independent investigators.

Though I have a conspiracy blog, I am a skeptic by nature, so when I first heard rumors of FEMA Prison Camps, they seemed extremely ridiculous and paranoid to me. However, I found it my duty as an American patriot, as well as an investigative journalist and conspiracy Blogger to investigate the rumors. If you are as skeptical as I was when I first heard of this, that something like this is possible in America, stay tuned as I will be publishing my report, Could there really be Concentration Camps in America? A Search for alleged FEMA Prisons, soon.

Periodically, the US government conducts multi-agency readiness exercises to prepare for “emergency situations such as major strikes and unlawful assemblies. Real-life examples of these exercises include Rex-82 Proud Saber (where Rex-82 stands for Readiness Exercise, 1982), and Rex-84 Night Train. These exercises show how our government would impose martial law, arrest large numbers of people, and mass relocate civilians. These are not rumors, but real-life, US government run exercises!

The bottom line is, even if the FEMA camps were elaborately staged hoaxes, even if much of what I am writing here is paranoia talking, you and I both know that the US government is overstepping their bounds, seizing control of our lives down the smallest detail. You know as well as I do, that America has become a police state by the strictest sense of the definition. You can read about it in the news, you can see the signs in your daily life and you can feel it in the air; America is no longer the Land of the Free.

To add insult to injury, just when you thought our government couldn’t ruin the First Amendment any further, Congress approves a bill that outlaws protests!

The House voted 388-to-3 in favor of H.R. 347, a bill which is being dubbed the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act. The bill officially makes it illegal to trespass on the grounds of the White House and/or engage in political protest anywhere in the country.

Yes, you read right, the new law will allow the government to bring charges to protesters, demonstrators and activists at political events and other outings across America. It enables prosecutors to charge anyone who enters a building without permission or with the intent to disrupt a government function in any building or grounds “restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance."

Have they gone too far? For our government to have this kind of power when it is considered necessary, means they also have it when they say it's necessary, and when you and I might not be in favor of it.

I will admit, there are times when government power is a good thing. A lot of us were glad that the National Guard came in to help quell the L.A. riots for example. Of course, government officials in cahoots with mainstream media have done their best to keep this information out of the mainstream. And of course, there have been many attempts to discredit and disprove the above allegations that did get out and were noticed by Americans, with both government officials and everybody else involved denying anything and everything even resembling the evidence I have uncovered.

However, regardless of my being blacklisted, I will be digging deeper, determined to get to the bottom of all this, I will report my findings here on Conspiracy Watch ASAP. I am also working on an article right now which investigates the mysterious deaths of several government whistelblowers, including the suspicious murder of Milton William Cooper, the former US Navy intelligence officer who publicly warned America about an important terrorist attack that would later be blamed on Osama Bin Laden, who was killed by the FBI at his home while serving a routine warrant.

Together with the Patriot Act, NDAA and the ever more empowering Executive Orders, our President could make life extremely hard on us. Anyone displaying any kind of up anti-government sentiment, like myself, could easily be made to look like an enemy of the state, arrested and sent to any one of these FEMA camps without notice or due process, in the name of protecting the existing social and political order.

With the NDAA and the Executive Order, Obama can suspend federal, state and local law enforcement, effectively using the US military as his own personal police force.

And at the drop of a hat we could be like Nazi Germany, in America.

All it would take would be the President's Executive Order.

Written By: Tom Retterbush

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