: CyberWar Hype: Just Capitalism Doing Its Thing...

Mar 2nd, 2010, 06:54 PM
Cyberwar hype was cooked up to sell Internet-breaking garbage to the military (http://www.boingboing.net/2010/03/01/cyberwar-hype-was-co.html)

http://craphound.com/images/michael_mcconnell.jpg (http://www.boingboing.net/2010/03/01/cyberwar-hype-was-co.html)

cyberwar hype -- like terrorism hype -- has been fuelled by government contractors who have a product to sell, and who don't give a damn about the consequences to the net or to freedom. In this case, it's Michael McConnell, the Bush adminstration's director of national intelligence, now working as vice president at the "secretive defense contracting giant" Booz Allen Hamilton. He's been going before Congress and in the op-ed pages of the WaPo to declare that cyberwar is coming, and that we need to break the Internet so that every online action can be traced to a person and a place by the NSA.

(BoingBoing (http://www.boingboing.net/2010/03/01/cyberwar-hype-was-co.html))

Mar 2nd, 2010, 07:18 PM
Partially true, but tell that to Estonia.

Mar 2nd, 2010, 07:46 PM
Capitalism doing its thing? Only government could make this happen.

Mar 2nd, 2010, 08:26 PM
Perhaps I should amend that to read: "the military-industrial complex (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military-industrial_complex#Origin_of_the_term)"...

Mar 2nd, 2010, 09:35 PM
Perhaps I should amend that to read: "the military-industrial complex (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military-industrial_complex#Origin_of_the_term)"...

Yep, I could go for that.

Mar 3rd, 2010, 12:03 PM
I don't know, do the folks at BoingBoing aspire to be serious journalists? I mean on that same page it features Road Trip Stops & a Spa day for canines, WTH?

Mar 3rd, 2010, 12:40 PM
Well... one never knows where "serious" journalists will pop up... I mean, even the National Enquirer is in the running for a Pulitzer! (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/emily-miller/national-enquirer-officia_b_467932.html)

Mar 3rd, 2010, 01:20 PM
Cass Sunstein, Obama's Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has frequently argued for greater government control of the internet, including regulating web sites as to whether they are telling the truth or not and creating markers to individual users. The military-industrial complex is fairly benign next to Sunstein.