It's a STASI World

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by Jeff Berwick: The
Weekend Vigilante



because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you"

~ Joseph
Heller, Catch-22

The surveillance
state seems to have kicked into high gear in the last few months.
Governments the world over are realizing that they’ve lost control
of "the conversation". Even just a few years ago, a video
like "Kony
", expertly planted by the global elites to turn the
tide in favor of a criminal attack on Uganda would have worked.
After all, it only took a few grainy aerial photos of some trucks
to garner support for an eight year occupation of Iraq killing up
to one million Iraqi men, women and children in the "old days".

Today, despite
Congress rushing literally days after the video went viral to pass
the "Kony
2012 Resolutions (H.Res. 583/S.Res. 402)
" to garner public
support for invasion of Uganda, it had already been defeated by
the global public to the point of ridicule. With the CIA brainwashing
wearing off in the face of the truth, Invisible Children co-founder
and director of the "Kony 2012" viral video Jason
Russell was seen naked, masturbating and disrupting traffic

in San Diego’s Pacific Beach neighborhood soon after.

The "alternative
media" (read: truthful media) was on this story within seconds
and it was a dead issue within hours. It was the fastest anti-propaganda
reaction in human history. People such as the excellent DrinkingWithBob
was quickly out
with the truth
. Young girls from Uganda quickly got
on YouTube
to also fight the propaganda. It was over in a matter
of hours.

Other propaganda
efforts such as the anti-Iranian propaganda released in October
claiming the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were involved in a "plot"
to take out the Saudi ambassador to the US and blow up both the
Saudi and Israeli embassies were also quickly overturned in the
public courts within days. Articles such as "Iranian
Terror Plot: Fake, Fake, Fake
" at quickly made
the story go away.

have now realized that all of their propaganda efforts will never
succeed as long as the internet remains an anarchic, free environment.
So, now in full force begins the war on the internet.

The first
attempts, PIPA (Protect IP Act) and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)
were cast aside by the hundreds of millions of internet aware
youth. But the attacks continue on. In Arizona just as we went
to press, they rushed to push another internet censorship law
under the guise of an anti-bullying campaign under the name Arizona
House Bill 2549. The law would mean that anything communicated
or published online that was deemed to be "offensive"
by the state, including editorials, illustrations, and even satire
could be criminally punished.

The bill
is sweepingly broad, and would make it a crime to communicate
via electronic means speech that is intended to ‘annoy,’ ‘offend,’
‘harass’ or ‘terrify,’ as well as certain sexual speech. Because
the bill is not limited to one-to-one communications, H.B. 2549
would apply to the Internet as a whole, thus criminalizing all
manner of writing, cartoons, and other protected material the
state finds offensive or annoying.

has admitted
its intention to spy on the American populace
through webcam enabled internet TVs, refrigerators and other appliances.
This, on top of plans
already in place to spy
on the activities of the public through
their power meters.

data collection plans are already in process. The biggest-ever
civilian spying data complex
, to be completed in Utah in 2013
at a price tag of $2 billion, may take American citizens into
a completely new reality where their emails, phone calls, online
shopping lists and virtually entire lives will be stored and reviewed.

Other governments
worldwide are also waking up to the threat the internet faces
to their power and passing all manner of legislation to restrict,
censor or intercept internet communications.

The Canadians
are, as always, right behind the USSA. Canada’s new $880 million
electronic spy HQ in Ottawa, which will spy on Americans and the
whole world is also in process of being built. At $880 million
it is massive in size per capita (Canada has 1/10th the population
of the US but the amount spent on their data centre will be nearly
half the size). Known as Bill
(the Canadians haven’t learned how to use 1984 style
newspeak to name their bills) will allow police to monitor email
traffic "in order to protect children from internet predators."
The incessant, imaginary problem of internet pedophiles being
almost constantly used as the reason to take away all rights and
privacy away from all humans.

Not to be
left behind, in the epicenter of surveillance, under legislation
expected in next
month’s Queen’s Speech
in the UK, internet companies will
be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the Government’s
electronic "listening" agency – to examine "on
demand" any phone call made, text message and email sent,
and website accessed in "real time"

Fascist professionals,
the Italian tax authorities are now field testing a new system
called ‘redditometro’, a database that automatically collects
and analyzes taxpayers’ tax data vs. spending data based on automated
collection of credit card and banking information.

Even the
old school communists aren’t lagging far behind on this one. Already
having installed the Great Firewall of China, Chinese police have
arrested six people and shut 16 websites after rumors were spread
that military vehicles were on the streets of Beijing. The Chinese,
still lagging in the naming of their civilian spy operations,
had their State Internet Information Office (SIIO) in full force
justifying their kidnapping, stating that it was in the public’s
best interest as the rumors had a "very
bad influence on the public

The message
from governments worldwide is clear: privacy is dead. TDV is rushing
to help get a completely encrypted desktop to market under the
trade name "The Sixth Flag" in response and we still
believe the best way to protect yourself from these attacks are
to become a citizen of a small, incapable backwater country to
give yourself a level or protection from their attacks. The TDV
Passports website
has just recently gone live in an effort
to save citizens of the larger more oppressive countries some
semblance of independence.

with permission from The
Dollar Vigilante

7, 2012

Berwick [send him mail]
is an anarcho-capitalist freedom fighter and Chief Editor of the
libertarian, Austrian economics grounded newsletter, The
Dollar Vigilante
. The Dollar Vigilante focuses on strategies,
investments and expatriation opportunities to survive & prosper
during and after the US dollar collapse.

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