U.S. helping to create a “shadow Internet” capability for countries with “repressive governments”

U.S. helping to create a “shadow Internet” capability for countries with “repressive governments”

from AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth by Gaius Publius

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As Glenn Greenwald almost said, the irony writes itself. NY Times (my emphasis throughout):

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.

The effort includes secretive projects to create independent cellphone networks inside foreign countries, as well as one operation out of a spy novel in a fifth-floor shop on L Street in Washington, where a group of young entrepreneurs who look as if they could be in a garage band are fitting deceptively innocent-looking hardware into a prototype “Internet in a suitcase.”

Financed with a $2 million State Department grant, the suitcase could be secreted across a border and quickly set up to allow wireless communication over a wide area with a link to the global Internet.

There’s more in the article.

About that “Internet in a suitcase,” do you think the thing will have a secret listening port for NSA ears only, or a backdoor kill-switch, just in case the thing comes home?

With reports of Egypt’s government completing shutting down the Internet in the country, talk aboutan “Internet kill switch” bill in the U.S. has reemerged. Could it happen here?

The bill in question is the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010, a cyber-security measure introduced in June by Sen. Joseph Lieberman. It was an over-arching cyber-security measure that, among other things, would create an office of cyberspace policy within the White House and a new cyber-security center within the Homeland Security Department.

A provision that got the most attention, however, was one that gave the president the power to “authorize emergency measures to protect the nation’s most critical infrastructure if a cyber vulnerability is being exploited or is about to be exploited.”

Some interpreted that to mean that the president would have the authority to shut off the Internet at random.

With my little mind, I’d settle for some of that “foolish consistency.” At some point, the liar convinces only himself.

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