The Weapon of Internet Free Speech: I Refuse to be Disarmed

For more than three years now i've avoided using direct Google searches. Google, much like Walmart or Microsoft, is one of those despicable monopolies born of government approval that leaves me with feelings of nausea and a lack of self respect to patronize. It's not out of paranoia that i refuse to make it easy for Big Brother to collect my online data and spy on what is not, in any way, their's just that it's Wrong and i hate making the job of a wrong-doer easier.

Instead of direct Google searches, i've enjoyed the use of a little operation called This nice little invention of genius gave me google results without collecting my information or dumping spyware on me. One sad day...Scroogle announced that they no longer had access to the Google interface and so they could not provide search results anymore. Fortunately..that was a false alarm, and Scroogle did find the interface again and the site continued to work. A couple days went down again..the same reason..Google apparently is not all that fond of providing their services without getting the benefit of spying on us. It looks less promising that Scroogle will be up and running again in the future..but we can hope.

The reason this is such a concern is that the loss of Scroogle is not, by far, the only evidence i've begun to notice of a shift in the online world. A shift that is taking place slowly (these things always happen slowly so you can get used to them rather than get angry at them) but surely from the freedom of expression and the option to keep yourself an environment of track, trace and don't say the wrong thing.

We who write on blogs and forums concerned with civil liberties and concerned with the overreach of government ought to have a healthy level of concern for this trend. What i mean by "healthy level of concern" is that we have no business getting comfortable by increments with a tighter and tighter noose pulled around the neck of free speech online..knowing good and well that we basically represent the last stand on that issue. When we are speech is over..period. When that occurs, even those who presently call us crazy are going to be sorry.

Another July 4th has come and gone, and while people are content to prattle on about the celebration of civil rights and free speech...they are far less inclined to defend it. The defense thereof rests in adamant refusal...I Won't shut up..and I Won't roll over and accept the loss of anonymity or freedom of expression.

I still haven't done a Google search...and i won't. If Google succeeds in wiping out every vestige of a working, relatively private search engine on the net..i won't use Google. I've resigned myself for now to is private enough (at least we hope)..but who's search results leave a lot to be desired. In fact, the search results reek of serious filtering and censorship to be sure...i wouldn't expect anything else out of a search engine that offers privacy...i imagine anyone with the idea of providing a legitimate, private search engine with uncensored, unfiltered results are up against a mountain of tyrannical hindrance. This is precisely what we need though...and anyone with the time, recourses, ability and guts to attempt such a thing, has my utmost respect and gratitude as a real defender of freedom.

As for other concerning details of the online war against freedom of speech...don't be shocked as you begin to happen across more and more sites which are simply gone..links which are broken and search results which are "intercepted" (for your own protection they say). Anyone attempting to research the anything which the government might remotely classify as "conspiracy theory" will find that task getting more and more difficult...the search results becoming more and more repetitive and unhelpful. In just attempting to update myself on what legislation has been proposed or passed recently in connection to internet censorship..i encountered all this...

a search result reading: ""A one-two punch handed down this week by U.S. courts to free-speech advocates may signal that the freewheeling days of unfettered speech on the Internet are numbered, First Amendment experts said."...ended here:

A link which said this "Lieberman Sends Letter To Google, Demands Youtube Censorship"...ended here:

and a link which said this: "Free Speech Rights Not Guaranteed in 'Public' Online Spaces " resulted in a page which said this: " The page you have requested is no longer available"

Sad...even if you don't agree with the idea of "conspiracy theories" in general as they are defined in society, even if you don't care if you never read another article on such subjects, you should be aware that the end of your free speech follows ours very closely.

You would never have an opportunity to be informed that there was ever any such project as "Informations Operations Roadmap" by the pentagon if not for people who had access to that information and the freedom to report it. According to the Pentagon, the internet is a weapon and needs to be treated as if it were a weapon in the hands of an enemy. The enemies of Tyrannical overreach of government have used this "weapon" to great advantage of all people who value liberty...but of course the enemy now realizes their mistake in making this double-edged sword called the internet so accessible and useable to us, their opposition. As the Pentagon, themselves have said...

"We Must Fight the Net. DOD [Department of Defense] is building an information-centric force. Networks are increasingly the operational center of gravity, and the Department must be prepared to fight the net...DOD's "Defense in Depth" strategy should operate on the premise that the Department will "fight the net" as it would a weapons system."

No doubt, "fighting the net" will be made much easier by the advent of Internet2. By means of a secondary, controlled internet which requires identity verification and excludes all information which could be adverse to the objectives of the government, the idea is that internet users will gradually be herded onto this new system and away from the old free access internet which will be left in increasing states of disrepair until it's obsolete.This will, in the end, be sold to the public as an "upgraded" version of the internet...loaded with bells and whistles and pretty graphics, i'm sure..but devoid of any meaning or usefulness to serious researchers. Herein lies another challenge for any ambitious computer nerd who has the time, recourses and guts to fight the beast...start building "Internet Underground".

There's no question in my mind that Google will be welcomed with open arms on Internet2...they've never made it a very well kept secret that their interests lie much more in bowing and scraping before their government deities than providing any legitimate service to their users. Just one example of their loyalties on display was the case of Google street finder being ordered by the military to immediately remove shots of military bases from the web. Military officials insisted that this was a security risk, never mind that the shots were taken from a public street..a place any citizen has the right to walk and to view the base from. Google complied of course...but the same agreeable attitude couldn't be observed when it came to street finder taking shots of a woman sunbathing...they felt less inclined to honor her request to remove the images.

Finally, let's not forget to give a big "thanks, guy" to Senator (who else) Rockefeller for pushing "Cybersecurity" legislation. I'm sure we're all going to feel much safer knowing that the cyber-feds are keeping the cyber-Al-Qaeda from setting off their cyber bombs and demolishing our chat rooms. Goodness Big Brother..what would we do without you?

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Another reason to be paying more attention to my relationship with God. The internet has become my contact with my family and friends; I cannot imagine being deprived access for the long term, but I think often of what it must have been like for people being cut off from their families and news, prior to telephones, radios, and internet, by vast distances and long spans of time, even till death. My savvy is not in the area of computer technology and skills.
It seems the PTB are working hard to censor the internet,even more so. Using their tool of Wikileaks to push it closer and closer.

These leaks spell doom for web freedom

'The United States Is Behind This Deliberate Leak'

"Mashai: These documents are not authentic. The national interests of the United States and its allies are behind this. They see the world through their eyes, pursue their own goals, and draw the conclusions that suit their purposes.",1518,733060,00.html

In case you didn't already know.
Bloggers being put in jail (all over the world)
The Real News Now

Activist Post

In April, writer Nay Phone Latt won the 2010 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith “Freedom to Write” award. The award honors world renowned literary figures. (Figures who have been persecuted and imprisoned for defending “freedom of expression”) Unfortunately, Nay Phone Latt was not there to receive the award. The Burmese poet and human rights advocate was in Mynamar, serving a 12-year prison sentence for distributing news and views via his blog.

This is a trend which has been spreading through the interweb quickly. While millions of bloggers all over the world update their sites frequently, there seems to be a team of shadow programmers out there tracking and logging everything they do, and also shutting some of them down in many cases. Now, many bloggers are even starting to be prosecuted
This happens all over the world on a daily basis. In November, Cuba’s most prominent blogger was abducted by three men. “This arrest was made after our investigations showed that he did certain things which could cause unrest among the citizens of various races in this country.” The evidence strongly suggests that the harassment and persecution of bloggers is increasing all over the world.
A Texas blogger was recently jailed for failing to turn his computer over to a judge. The bloggers
grandmother claims her house was broken into and her computer was seized after the courts received a subpoena. The blogger was eventually jailed. A freelance journalist and blogger was jailed in August in California for refusing to turn over video he took at an anti-capitalist protest last summer and after refusing to testify before a grand jury looking into accusations that crimes were committed at the protest

02-19-12  Scroogle's webpage currently 'cannot be found'... the ssl site is also 'not found'...

I tried to use Scroogle yesterday and the site was not to be found. I also looked for some information about why it was no longer avaliable. I found Nothing. Not even on alternative search engines.

CISPA Passes House Vote

"Despite a veto threat from the White House, the House of Representatives voted to pass the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) on Thursday by a 248-168 margin.
CISPA would encourage cyber-threat information sharing between private companies and government agencies
Facebook and other tech companies, and various business groups support the bill. Civil and digital liberties groups have raised objections, however, over whether the bill would expand government surveillance of private citizens.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation issued a condemnation of the House for its vote, and pledged to continue its fight against the legislation in the Senate."

Farewell to the freedom of speech in the UK

For the first time in 300 years, politicians managed to interfere with press freedom in the UK, producing the foundations for a new watchdog, which will essentially have the power to "decide what is factual and what is true", reminding dangerously of the infamous Ministry of Truth by George Orwell.

In the early hours of March 19, all three political parties of the current UK coalition government met in order to finalize the 20-month long negotiations about the establishment of a new media regulatory body. The plan was approved 530 to 13, while all political leaders rushed to proclaim themselves victorious. The Prime Minister stated that he was "delighted with the outcome". This "successful" new regime will be formalized by a royal charter, a special document signed by the British monarch, which means that any amendments in the future would require the support by two thirds of the parliament. It is interesting that nobody from the newspaper industry was present or even aware of these final talks taking place. After the phone hacking scandal, where Rupert Murdoch's News of the World released illegally obtained information from hacked phones of celebrities and crime victims, the Prime Minister agreed to set up a media watchdog in order to avoid any similar violations in the future.

While it is noble to aim for the protection of victims in such disgraceful cases, the definition of who is a publisher has been left suspiciously broad in the new regime. It is unclear who will be monitored by the new regulatory body; the official description refers to "news-related material", meaning anything written on a newspaper, magazine, blog or website, whose primary audience involves British people. Any potential insult, comment or opinion that can result in a complaint, can inflict on the publisher fines reaching the amount of one million British pounds and front page apologies. Could this affect the nature of blogging and freedom of speech? Who would dare to blog freely about politics, consumer products or even athletic events, if they could receive such a life-destroying slap?

Is it the end of free blogging?
It is funny how the inability and reluctance of the state to effectively stop and prosecute criminal actions that violate fundamental freedoms can actually form the basis for the establishment of regulatory bodies that restrict the very same freedoms they are supposed to protect even more. If Mr Murdoch and his personnel are so much beyond the law, and we have seen good proof of that, then is it really the lack of another complicated bureaucratic organization that is the reason of hacking scandals popping out so effortlessly? Apparently not..."

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