Surveillance state

Oh, this shit really makes my head hurt. Glenzilla points out the amazing info grab in the bill supposedly targeted to stop child pornography:

Economic suffering and anxiety — and anger over it and the flamboyant prosperity of the elites who caused it — is only going to worsen. So, too, will the refusal of the Western citizenry to meekly accept their predicament. As that happens, who it is who controls the Internet and the flow of information and communications takes on greater importance. Those who are devoted to preserving the current system of prerogatives certainly know that, and that is what explains this obsession with expanding the Surveillance State and secrecy powers, maintaining control over the dissemination of information, and harshly punishing those who threaten it. That’s also why there are few conflicts, if there are any, of greater import than this one.

I agree. And it’s astounding to me that more people don’t see it.

5 thoughts on “Surveillance state

  1. I heard this discussed yesterday — and I was aghast. Essentially, all someone has to do to make a site unreachable is to accuse it of misusing copyrighted material! And, yes, YouTube was mentioned as a possible target.

    It was not a long segment, but your site, any site where material is quoted could potentially be subject to this kind of harrassment.

    IP just makes your URL invisible. There are workarounds, but would be a hassle, to put it mildly.

    I’m sure there’s worse or more involved. Afterall, both parties want to keep real info from reaching any of us!

    Damn this administration, this president, this Congress.

  2. Real information has always been smothered inside the folds of the Dominating Discourse. And for hundreds of years. Whaat is required of us is to NOT add our voices to it as it feeds on us that way.

    DeLillo in Cosmopolis has Vija Kinski explain all this to Eric Packer regarding the “rat” demonstration in the novel. Zizek has come out on the UK riots in the London Review: http://www.lrb.co.uk/2011/08/19/slavoj-zizek/shoplifters-of-the-world-unite

    Also summarized on my blog. Surveillance is the best way to enforce normality, conformity, and cut down on criminal activity. The next demo like the UK one will have people wearing stockings over their faces. People will start carrying around stockings in their pockets just in case.

  3. If they start shutting us down then the only thing that will work is implosion. Millions of people using keyboards can type in all sorts of URL’s, multiple ones, fake, real, subversive, govt, corporate whatever which can keep them busy forever.

    There are hackers out there that won’t put up with this. The more they try to crack down the more the hackers will torture them. They can get in any site and mess with the code so bad even a good IT person cannot fix it.

  4. When they get all these roads privatized into toll roads, they will be able to shut down the roads after they shut down the internet. This will go a long way toward being able to control the population in an emergency. They might not even have to turn off the cell phones and the electricity.

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