Begging for “Security”Monday, June 29, 2009
You know propaganda is successful when it encourages people to give up liberty and beg for security. This op-ed from the Wall Street Journal is begging on your behalf:
If cyber war is a new form of war, wouldn’t most Americans adjust their expectations of reasonable privacy to permit the Pentagon to intrude to some degree on their communications, if this is necessary to prevent great harm and if rules protecting anonymity can be established?
This is a part of the process of breaking down your resistance and taming your hostility. Note how gently the article moves toward its goal of stripping you of any prior thoughts you may have had about your right to enjoy the freedom of your communications and the privacy of your personal information in cyberspace. Crisis is trotted out as the so-called reason for the government’s planned cyber takeover. The real reason for the proposed cyber eye-in-the-sky, which is individual containment and control, somehow doesn’t appear on the radar maps of most folks.
From Donald Kerr, principal deputy director of national intelligence: “Privacy no longer can mean anonymity. Instead, it should mean that government and businesses properly safeguard people’s private communications and financial information.”