I will delete my Facebook account on July 4th, 2012 if Zuckerberg does not withdraw his support of CISPA. Who’s with me?
What is Facebook thinking? They’ve signed on in support of CISPA — the new bill that would obliterate online privacy, give the military crazy new abilities to spy on the Internet, and potentially let ISPs block sites and cut off users accused of piracy.
Why did I choose July 4th, 2012?
Two reasons: I wanted to make it far enough in the future that we could build up a large number of people willing to do this and secondly, it’s Independence Day!
The mysterious caller claimed to be from Microsoft and offered step-by-step instructions to repair damage from a software virus. The electric power companies weren’t falling for it.
The caller, who was never traced or identified, helpfully instructed the companies to enable specific features in their computers that actually would have created a trapdoor in their networks. That vulnerability would have allowed hackers to shut down a plant and thrown thousands of customers into the dark.
The power employees hung up on the caller and ignored the advice.
For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.
Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.
The current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) list Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) under “disorders usually first diagnosed infancy, childhood, or adolescence.” (Hat tip: Bryan Hyde.) According to the manual,
Let us not forget: the old Soviet Union characterized any rational, logical, and peaceful difference of opinion with that of the State Government to be a form of mental illness, and many times locked people away in mental institutions indefinitely for the temerity of having a difference of opinion with that of the Central Government.
Something very similar has happened recently in the landscape of American law, with President Obama having signed into law the NDAA on New Year’s Eve, giving every president the right to have the US military arrest any American citizens and detain them indefinitely, if not in a mental institution, then in a prison for the rest of their lives, without due process.
Particularly insidious is the fact that strong>the language here is so loosely written that anyone with a peaceful, thoroughly reasoned difference of opinion with that of the Central (read: Federal) government can be picked up and locked away for life.
Tony Cartalucci, Contributor
US Army General Martin Dempsey delivered an April 2012 speech at Harvard University where he addressed what he calls the “security paradox,” where he stated, “although geopolitical trends are ushering in greater levels of peace and stability worldwide, destructive technologies are available to a wider and more disparate pool of adversaries.”
Dempsey related his greatest fear – that these technologies were proliferating “horizontally across advanced militaries in the world,” and “vertically, down to nonstate actors, especially insurgents, terrorist groups and even transnational organized crime.”