Today we take you to Chuuch. America needs a lil reminder that Freedom Ain’t Free – No Where; Especially In America.
Please watch this short video to bone up on the 2012 National Defense Autorization Act.
This is what the US Government is doing to allow them to kill US Citizens At Will. Detention, Investigation and Intolerance all wrapped up in one neat act that was put into action early in 2012. Yes Barack Obama Signed It after Congress and the Senate Approved It.
In case you missed it – The Global Online Freedom Act was passed last week, and we think that most folks have no idea of how it’s effecting us all right now.
112th Congress, 2011–2012
To prevent United States businesses from cooperating with repressive governments in transforming the Internet into a tool of censorship and surveillance, to fulfill the responsibility of the United States Government to promote freedom of expression on the Internet, to restore public confidence in the integrity of United States businesses, and for other purposes.
So Now the internet has a new minder, and it’s got a posse’. watch this and you’ll see why we doubt that America is really in this for our good. otherwise Egypt, Syria and Iran wouldn’t be. We must not forget that the CIA is the grandaddy of all these minders; and is really the organization in charge of this so called freedom watch. yeah..
FYI – This is the info on the GOFA from Tech Dirt
from the will-it-do-anything? dept
An updated version of a bill that’s been floating around for a few years — the Global Online Freedom Act – has passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, and some people think that it might actually get somewhere (I’m still a bit skeptical). The point of the bill is to try to stop US companies from supplying tools of online censorship and oppression to repressive regimes. The version that passed out of committee took out some controversial earlier provisions that had potential criminal penalties for those who failed to report information to the Justice Department. It also included some new safe harbors for companies that join the Global Network Initiative. GNI — set up, in part, byTechdirt book club participant Rebecca MacKinnon — is an attempt to get companies and organizations to work together on a set of rules and principles to protect free expression around the globe.
While it is a bit disappointing that companies might need a law to avoid providing tools to censor free speech in these regimes, I am still amazed that US politicians can push for bills that seek to increase free speech abroad, while at the same time considering bills that would limitfree speech at home. Either way, this bill is still a long way from actually becoming a law (there isn’t even a Senate version yet). However, given the very reasonable interest in free speech issues around here, and the fact that the bill has received little coverage, I figured some more folks would be interested to know about it. CDT has raised some concerns about how you determine just what is “censorship” technology, as that’s often in the eye of the beholder, but it appears that the backers of the bill actually are responsive on this issue and want to hear from the tech community.
People have actually come up with a response, and these are the people
They Will Accomplish Their Goals – They Always Do.
We’d like to add this piece from Tumblr; which struck us as the word for the day. Click the title to go directly to the blog and enjoy more of the same solid Real Talk.
“An electronic curtain has fallen around Iran,” U.S. President Barack Obama warned in a recent video message marking the Persian New Year. Government censorship and surveillance, he said, make it more difficult for Iranians to “access the information that they want,” denying “the rest of the world the benefit of interacting with the Iranian people.”
Implied though not explicit in Obama’s remarks was the idea that if Iran’s Internet were freer and more open, Iran’s relationship with the world generally — and the United States in particular — would be different. Cases like Iran are the main driver of Washington’s bipartisan consensus around the idea that a free and open global Internet is in the United States’ strategic interest.
Yet more than two years after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her first speech declaring “Internet freedom” to be a major component of U.S. foreign policy, it turns out that many of the most sophisticated tools used to suppress online free speech and dissent around the world are actually Made in the USA. American corporations are major suppliers of software and hardware used by all sorts of governments to carry out censorship and surveillance — and not just dictatorships. Inconveniently, governments around the democratic world are pushing to expand their own censorship and surveillance powers as they struggle to address genuine problems related to cybercrime, cyberwar, child protection, and intellectual property.
Even more inconveniently, the U.S. government is the biggest and most powerful customer of American-made surveillance technology, shaping the development of those technologies as well as the business practices and norms for public-private collaboration around them. As long as the U.S. government continues to support the development of a surveillance-technology industry that clearly lacks concern for the human rights and civil liberties implications of its business — even rewarding secretive and publicly unaccountable behavior by these companies — the world’s dictators will remain well supplied by a robust global industry.
American-made technology has turned up around the Middle East and North Africa over the past year — from Syria to Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, from pre-revolutionary Tunisia to Egypt — in contexts that leave no doubt that the software and hardware in question were being used to censor dissenting speech and track activists. While much of this technology is considered “dual use” because it can be used to defend computer networks against cyberattack as well as to censor and monitor political speech, some members of Congress are seeking to prevent its use for political repression. To that end, the Global Online Freedom Act (GOFA), which passed through the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights last week, takes aim not only at U.S.-headquartered companies but also overseas companies funded by U.S. capital markets.
Since Americas’ government is not listening, Anonymous is- and they’re doing something
Hactivists will not sit around looking at the bottom of the system sucking the inside out. There is a real need for someone to do something to stop this; and Good will win out over evil. We support those who stop the wrongdoers; and those who would stop us from free use of the internet and technology in general.
The CIA Deployed the Stuxnet virus against Iran and almost cost the world it’s existence. Hactivists keep the table set and the plates full. Until the US Government stops aiding those who perpetuate murder and government genocide; Anonymous will continue to respond to their threats against us.
The bottom line is that if man builds it, man can alter it. the united states government and the cia hope that their attempts at stopping everyone from free access, will stop the cause of freedom. The FBI and CIA have a clear path to injustice. Anonymous draws that line into a circle. That circle is our Reality.
Reality Speaks Real Loud Today and We Hope You’re Listening America, Because Anonymous Is