The Latest Propaganda Pairing on Cyber “Security”

Friday, April 2, 2010
Posted in category Security State

Olympia Snowe and Jay Rockefeller have teamed up (along with their ghostwriter) to put together a plug in the Wall Street Journal for Obama’s Cyber Security Act of 2010. The central theme of this legalized totalitarianism is protect, protect, protect, protect, protect … by the means of a “partnership” between the public and private sector.

President Barack Obama is right to call cyberspace a “strategic national asset.” The challenge is that 85% of these assets are owned by private companies and individuals. The government cannot protect cyberspace alone—and neither can the private sector. Therefore, we need proactive collaboration.

The reason this is needed has been established: crisis. We have a crisis, so we need another war. We are vulnerable to cyberwar. We are vulnerable to another underwear bombing. Our cyber adversaries “have the potential to disrupt or disable vital information networks, which could cause catastrophic economic loss and social havoc.” Yet no mention of how the private sector has managed to protect its strategic assets thus far, and all without government having the key to the back door. Here are just a couple of points about the bill from Olympia and Jay:

• Launch a new public awareness campaign to make basic cybersecurity principles and civil liberty protections as familiar as Smokey the Bear’s advice for preventing forest fires.

• Support significant new cybersecurity research and development and triple the federal Scholarship-For-Service program to 1,000 students. This program recruits individuals to study cybersecurity at American universities and then enter public service.

Yes, you read that right: Smokey the Bear. They come right out and say they will dumb everyone down with yet another cutesy, cartoon-ish propaganda piece that will appeal to American adults with a cartoon view of the world, thanks to public schools and television. They will ramp up a massive effort to sweep young minds into the indoctrination process – a free education/career/job in exchange for your independent thinking and your free soul. These young minds will become prisoners of the state, if they haven’t done so already after being marched through the public school system.

It is said that this fascist pipe dream of a government-led “private” cybersector is the only solution to our crisis.  It is said that the guild of federalistas, led by Benito Obamalini, would “protect our civil liberties,” not infringe upon them. Yet the purpose of this bill is to give the leaders in the private sector enough tasty morsels to purchase their loyalty and their buy-in on the tyrannical design of the oncoming Security State. The people with the political power – both in the private sector and the government – have the ability to merge their interests, strike a mutually beneficial deal, walk off with newfound powers and/or rich contracts, and leave powerless individuals high and dry.

Yes, this is fascism.

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6 Responses to The Latest Propaganda Pairing on Cyber “Security”

  1. liberranter says:

    April 2nd, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    The silver lining here is that fedtards hold the clearly illogical and completely fallacious view that the Internet is some monolithic entity that can be “controlled” by governments, corporations, or anyone else. What every information security specialist will tell you, and what even a cursory examination of how the worldwide web works will reveal, is that the “cyberworld” is libertarianism in action, a decentralized “network of networks” consisting of millions of individual networks of various sizes, purposes, technologies, and power that is just too large for any one government or organization to control. Notwithstanding too the fact that the technological and organizational standards used to make the web work are the province of organizations (e.g., IANA, IEEE) whose standards were VOLUNTARILY adopted through common agreement across national and organizational boundaries, without the legislative coercion of any government to enforce them. Similarly, it is PRIVATE organizations such as the CERT and various commercial anti-virus/internet security software vendors, who are always the first-responders to “crises” as they occur, and who in all cases resolve such “crises” almost as soon as they start – and without the “help” of bureaucracies like the incompetent, useless, and totalitarian National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC). Above all, the Internet reacts to attempts at control and censorship like the human body reacts to a viral infection: it simply redirects and reassigns assets to open up access where other attempts to shut it down occur.

    I could go on and on, but if anyone is interested in furthering their knowledge of this subject, I highly recommend reading anything written by Bruce Schneier, one of the leading experts on and advocates of information security and privacy, or on a more technical level, Rick Forno, with whom I am personally acquainted and who has implemented REAL and lasting cybersecurity strategies (as opposed to the State’s fraudulent Potemkin imitations of them) across a variety of organizations and disciplines.

  2. Matt says:

    April 3rd, 2010 at 11:28 am

    “Benito Obamalini” – Thanks for the laugh!

  3. Joel says:

    April 3rd, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    The smokey the bear stuff just sounds like it’ll be some public service announcements about preventing identity theft. Please tell me more about how that’s fascism or remotely a bad thing.

    I can’t believe there’s people opposed to Smokey the Bear.

  4. clark says:

    April 3rd, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Or do you mean, why would people be opposed to a politically correct Smokey The Bear?

    This bit by Greg Perry frames it somewhat:

    Why is anywhere safe?

    Smokey the Bear said, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” Well, only you can be responsible for your own protection. Only you can be responsible for your family.

    Why would you ever advocate anything else?

    If he was politically correct, Smokey the Bear would have said, “Only fire departments can prevent forest fires.”

    When a fire breaks out at my house, I would rather stop it before it gets bigger. And we live in the middle of nowhere, and yes we have prepared our property with the means to extinguish fires wherever they may start.

    We have also prepared ourselves not to call 911 when we are threatened.

    Smokey never said rely on the fire department to prevent fires.

    We live in a country run by politically correct Smokey Bears.

    I miss the old Smokey.

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/perry/perry50.1.html

  5. John Q. Galt says:

    April 3rd, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    ‘The challenge is that 85% of these assets are owned by private companies and individuals.”

    Yes, that’s the challenge: get private ownership down around 15%

  6. Karen De Coster says:

    April 4th, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Clark, it’s not the words of Smokey – the problem is the propagandist. Government. Its propaganda always has a higher goal, no matter what it appears to be saying. Look at WWI and WWII propaganda, which came off to appear totally innocent, yet was totalitarian to the core.

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