S.B. 773 and 778, introduced last week by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia) and Sen Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and collectively referred to as the “Cybersecurity Act of 2009” appears to be the “legal” last nail in the coffin of the internet.
The language of the act appears to be focused upon protecting the corporate elite’s use of the internet exclusively:
“To secure the continued free flow of commerce within the United States and with its global trading partners through secure cyber communications, to provide for the continued development and exploitation of the internet and intranet communications for such purposes…”
The bill also provides for “…the development of a cadre of information technology specialists to improve and maintain effective cyber security defenses against disruption, and for other purposes.”
This act will also give the Secretary of Commerce new and sweeping powers to regulate the internet. That this power is being invested in the Secretary of Commerce only underscores the emphasis upon reserving the future of the internet for the use of corporate interests, which had been predicted last year.
But, even more chilling is that there appears to be a deliberate program being implemented to carry out false-flag “cyber attacks” to justify the passage of this bill. The bill, itself, states, in Sec. 2. Findings:
“(3) According to the 2009 Annual Threat Assessment, ‘a successful cyber attack against a major financial service provider could severely impact the national economy, while cyber attacks against physical infrastructure computer systems such as those that control power grids or oil refineries have the potential to disrupt services for hours or weeks,’ and that ‘Nation states and criminals target our government and private sector information networks to gain competitive advantage in the commercial sector.“
This just so happens to coincide with a report in Computerworld’s Security section, describing alleged “cyber attacks” against “key parts of the U.S. Electrical grid,” which, strangely, isn’t substantiated in any way. There is no mention of where or when this supposed “attack” took place, nor is there any mention of who “the hackers” might be. What is stressed, though, is that “perhaps [it was done] with the intent to cripple the country’s power infrastructure,” and that these undisclosed “hackers” “most likely gained access like any other cybercriminal — by exploiting a bug in software such as Windows or Office…”
This is reiterated by mention, within the Computerworld article, of another such report from the Wall Street Journal. As in the Computerworld article, the Wall Street Journal also makes no disclosure of the identities of these cyber criminals, but says they are “cyberspies” who “…came from China, Russia and other countries…”
So, the stage has been set and the actors are in their places, ready to carry out the elite’s plan to create some sort of “cyber attack” hysteria that will be used to serve as the rationale for some sort of “solution” that will be needed to “protect” us from this sort of thing ever happening again. And, low and behold, concurrent with the supposed “attacks” comes the solution - in the form of the Cybersecurity Act of 2009. How prescient of Jay Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe to have come up with just what we needed and just in the nick of time!
Isn’t it uncanny that these “attacks” happened to occur after months of the media’s calling for the need for “a new internet?” The New York Times has quoted Rick Wesson, the chief executive of Support Intelligence, a computer consulting firm (I wonder if he’ll be one of those among the new “cadre of information technology specialists”?) , as saying, “If you’re looking for a digital Pearl Harbor, we now have the Japanese ships streaming toward us on the horizon.” How convenient.