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Well, here we go down the slippery slope some more! (conveniently just before election time when the Republicans are reeling in pain from the damaging news of late!)

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff in a press release (below) stated that "We now have a capability of someone to radicalize themselves over the Internet!"

We now have? Exactly what were bulletin board systems in the 70s and 80s? Chopped liver? Hype, hype, hype!!

As long as we have:

Freedom of Speech and Freedom of assembly (Covered pretty clearly in First Amendment to the United States Constitution!)
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
There will ALWAYS be the threat of anyone being capable of radicalizing themselves!! This is the same sort of ploy the NAZI'S used to take over! As George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

The internet and worldwide free communication are the biggest helpers to democracy, and democracy (although not necessarily a product of the Democratic Party in the US) is the biggest enemy of the Bush regime.

HEADLINE TODAY: Internet may hone future terrorists!

BOSTON - Disaffected people living in the United States may develop radical ideologies and potentially violent skills over the Internet and that could present the next major U.S. security threat, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Monday.

'We now have a capability of someone to radicalize themselves over the Internet,' Chertoff said on the sidelines of a meeting of International Association of the Chiefs of Police.

'They can train themselves over the Internet. They never have to necessarily go to the training camp or speak with anybody else and that diffusion of a combination of hatred and technical skills in things like bomb-making is a dangerous combination,' Chertoff said. 'Those are the kind of terrorists that we may not be able to detect with spies and satellites.'

Chertoff pointed to the July 7, 2005 attacks on London's transit system, which killed 56 people, as an example a home-grown threat.

To help gather intelligence on possible home-grown attackers, Chertoff said Homeland Security would deploy 20 field agents this fiscal year into 'intelligence fusion centers,' where they would work with local police agencies.

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Oct. 18th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
The Internet, Everyone's Favorite Whipping Boy
The internet's been blamed for any number of things from familial neglect to sexual assault, so it was only a matter of time, we suppose, before someone noted that it could be a cause of terrorism. US Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff is warning that people who wouldn't otherwise have access to terrorist training camps can get the skills -- and of course the indoctrination -- online. In one sense, what he says is true; if someone were so inspired, they could seek these things online. But it's hard to imagine that if somebody were committed to terrorism, the lack of an internet connection would stop them. And if he's talking the internet threat up, is that a precursor to more regulation of it, in the name of homeland security? Seems likely. After all, why would he be identifying the threat if he didn't have a plan to do something about it? Meanwhile, it seems that Iran is similarly concerned about the dangerous effects of the internet. The country is banning broadband, not because it's concerned about terrorism, but because it's worried about too much western culture and media dominating its own.


Oct. 18th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
They never stop
The Republicans, who claim to be against strong central government, especially interference in the private sector, can't seem to quit over-reaching. Seems the one's who claim the "New Deal" was the Democrats way of gutting capitalism are doing more of it.
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