The groundwork is slowly but surely being completed in order to flip the switch. If it isn’t flipped altogether, a TSA for the Internet can’t be good no matter how it gets spun…
Nearly one month ago we said that the crackdown on Internet privacy has begun:
Big changes have just been announced by President Trump
Unified Commands are major US Department of Defense areas of responsibility throughout the world.
For example, CENTCOM is the is the United States military commands operations in the Middle East. Orders sent down to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria come from CENTCOM (United States Central Command).
President Trump just released a statement (and a tweet) elevating cyber-security efforts by the United States to that of United States Cyber Command, right alongside the other US military combatant commanders in the Unified Command Plans.
North Korea is back to testing missiles:
US Secretary of State Tillerson has issued a rather aggressive (towards China and Russia) statement:North Korea’s Missile Launch
North Korea’s provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks.
These continued provocations only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation.
United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take.
We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime.
China supplies North Korea with most of its oil. Russia is the largest employer of North Korean forced labor.
China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own.
And a bomb just exploded in the London Subway:
London police are responding to “a terrorist incident” at Parsons Green tube station in London, following an explosion on a packed rush-hour commuter train on Friday morning. Several people have been reportedly injured.
The details of the incident weren’t immediately clear, but witnesses described what sounded like an explosion and a burst of flames on a car of a train as it was stopped at the Parsons Green station in West London. They described panic and chaos as passengers rushed to flee across a crowded platform during the morning rush hour.
The Metro newspaper reported that passengers had suffered facial burns from a blast and others had been hurt in a subsequent stampede. “I was on second carriage from the back. I just heard a kind of whoosh. I looked up and saw the whole carriage engulfed in flames making its way towards me,” a man who was on the train told Reuters.
Parsons Green subway station in west London was cordoned off as counter-terrorism police investigated, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. A number of people were injured, the Met said, and the Press Association said passengers suffered facial burns and some were hurt in a stampede.
Which leads us to the Tweet fired of by President Trump a while ago:
Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
Some questions to keep in mind:
- If Antifa is a terrorist group too, would not just shutting down social media all together solve the problem?
- Is he talking about Radical Islam, or precisely which terror groups?
- Does this mean a “no online” list, much like a “no fly” list.
- How does on country force what another can and can’t do online?
- With IP Spoofing, VPNs, MAC Address Spoofing, and other known tactics, how can we even be sure where a the online terrorist is located in cyberspace?
- What recourse is there for wrongly targeted individuals and false positives?
China denies access to most social media:
Why you haven’t heard from me: behind the Great Firewall pic.twitter.com/kphF5EzMfg
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) September 13, 2017
Perhaps this cliche works:
“The Internet doesn’t kill people, people kill people”