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Closer to 1984 Than One Would Care To Wish?

posted at 11:54 pm on July 3, 2009 by

The Obama Administration has announced that the National Security Agency will be used to monitor internet communications between government activities and private users, according to the Associated Press, as reported Friday in the Washington Post.

To be fair, the project was first initiated by the Bush administration, and was to be put into effect this past February.

The aim is, obstensibly, to protect the government computer network from attacks from outside, the Post said quoting Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

From the article, “We absolutely intend to use the technical resources, the substantial ones, that NSA has. But… they will be guided, led and in a sense directed by the people we have at DHS.” Napolitano said.

The goal is to make sure that internet traffic coming in to government sites is screened to make sure it doesn’t contain malicious programs.  The spate of Chinese-origin attacks on federal websites over the past few years prompted the initial Bush Administration program.   But, I have to wonder how long it will take the civil libertarians to start making hay with this announcement and the program itself.

In any case, when you send an e-mail to a .gov site, or to a federal employee at his workstation or work e-mail account, your e-mail may be monitored,  recorded and analyzed. The question is, how is this different from that sort of  warrantless “monitoring” of internet communications between users in the US and known or suspected terrorist-related organizations overseas that was the subject of so much angst by the ACLU and the Left in general a few years ago?

Another step toward identifying and isolating domestic terrorists…you know, gun clinging, Bible toting, veterans and other dangerous elements…according to the aborted DHS report to law enforcement this past Spring?

One has to wonder what the parameters of such a program will be, and, almost forgot, when heads will begin to explode as to the Obama Adminsitration’s continuing another Bush Administration program?

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In any case, when you send an e-mail to a .gov site, or to a federal employee at his workstation or work e-mail account, your e-mail may be monitored, recorded and analyzed. The question is, how is this different from that sort of warrantless “monitoring” of internet communications between users in the US and known or suspected terrorist-related organizations overseas that was the subject of so much angst by the ACLU and the Left in general a few years ago?

If this “system” includes writing to our elected representatives, (in dissent or with praise for their work), or any other political figure, if we can expect a warning or disruption in our service from a new “internet Czar”, this could put an end to the first amendment as we know it. This “fed-protection”, (while understanding the necessity to prevent of outside threats), could become a slippery slope that would make the fairness doctrine look like childs play. Whether the “left-tards heads explode” CW, depends entirely on who’s conrolling the “switch”.

Rovin on July 4, 2009 at 6:43 AM

I used to have Nrootn AntiVirus installed on my computers but I yanked it clean off with Seynmatc’s removal tool. Was this a statement for my privacy? Nope, just tired of losing my machines to its memory and processor hogging bloat and replaced it with another. I don’t want emails I open to mess my stuff up or create a wide open gateway for some techno-pirate.

I get stuck fixing a lot of neighborhood, friends, and family’s machines. Most of the time the computer that is laid out for me to resuscitate has lapsed or no security measures installed. Wonders upon wonders these users are able to mentally suppress the OS nag screens (“YOU’RE A$$ IS STICKING OUT OVER THE INTERNET FOR EVERYONE TO IMPALE! Cancel, Retry, Close.” The machines always have several trojans.

The general public is going to send emails to the government from their infested machines. The receivers at the government offices are the very same people as the senders, so they’ll open the emails. Why would we not want to have protection measures installed on our government’s machines? Why would we want to have another agency meddle with the measures that the NSA will use? Share your secret once and you share with everyone. Another instance of a presidency that has no technological edge.

ericdijon on July 4, 2009 at 12:14 PM

The headline really doesn’t apply to this news release. This is more like having metal detectors and security guards screening visitors to public buildings.

I have reached the conclusion, however, that the left has also read the works of George Orwell, and Aynn Rand, but rather than see them as a cautionary tale of what not to do, the left sees those works as handbooks of how to seize power.

Skandia Recluse on July 5, 2009 at 3:01 PM