Friday, June 27, 2008

The last days of Internet freedom?

Over the last two or three decades the quality of television programming has been undoubtedly dumbed down with hours of no-brainer demi-entertainment, no real political or intellectual debate (remember the Brain’s Trust and other programmes of its ilk?) and watered down documentaries that concentrate, more often, on annoying and distracting visual effects rather than on incisive content. On top of that, the BBC continues to be largely the mouthpiece of the government, carrying little independent in-depth analysis of current affairs and geo-political events, portraying matters in accordance with government dogma - and to add insult to injury, we have to pay a license fee for the privilege.

We are all liable to pay that license fee, or tax, if we own a TV or computer enabled to receive live streaming broadcasts, regardless of whether we own a TV or not. The National TV Licensing Office has a known habit of disbelieving those who say they don’t possess one and harasses them accordingly. The proceeds from the license ‘tax’ are passed on to the BBC, despite the fact that in the Wireless Telegraphy Act there is no mandate that the corporation is to be the legal recipient of, what currently amounts to be, an annual £3.2 billion income. The arrangement between the government and the BBC has always been conducted out on a ‘nod and wink’ basis rather emphasising the fact that the BBC is just another government department - the Department of Propaganda!

But, in the words of a well-known talk show host, I digress.

By comparison the Internet is an open forum for debate and learning and a treasure trove of information - once you have negotiated the dodgy stuff - providing a true democratic platform for all and sundry and a means to voice one’s personally held beliefs without been censored.

But things are about to change. This golden egg is about to be snatched away from us and frankly I’m rather amazed it hasn’t happened before now.

Since the inception of the Internet, open sources of news and information have been awakening the minds of many millions, on an exponential scale, to the horrendous conspiracies that are being enacted by our ‘leaders’, bankers, corporations, indeed many of those who run our daily lives. At the same time newspaper readership, TV viewership - and thus advertising revenue - has been in steady decline as millions have turned to the Internet for alternative news sources, learning and entertainment. This worries the movers and shakers, because it is offering an alternative platform for the masses, empowering us to create an independent network of knowledge which is out of the controlling clutches of those manipulative few.

What they have gained though - and this is a very worrying aspect of the equation - is the ‘hard-wiring’ of a good percentage of the population into a global ‘neural network’ brought about through our constantly-connected computers to a hub of global servers, which through consolidation and government control can become the ideal way to control us and our lives in our very homes! Soon-to-be-imposed statutory changes by the global √©lite on the way it is run will make the Internet we know and love today become a very different environment.

Let’s look at some of those planned developments, that are being seriously discussed and in the early stages of implementation.

Charging by the byte Until now, everyone using the Internet pays an access fee to their Internet Service Providers (ISP) that hardly varies whether you’re still on dial-up and only check your email once a day or whether you’re broadband connected and downloading hours of films, many of which can be free of charge. Now three ISPs, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and AT&T are actively considering everything from charging their users for exceeding a pre-set bandwidth quota to deliberately slowing downloads speeds for those so-called bandwidth hogs. There’s obviously big money to be made here and while the Disneys and NBCs of this world are actively encouraging online viewing, then the money will just keep rolling in. One could argue that the Internet is really replacing TV and that in a few year’s time conventional television will become obsolete, yet we are still saddled with a TV licence fee we are duty bound to pay even if we don’t have one.

Pay as you go Bell Canada and TELUS employees have officially confirmed a plan to be introduced by 2012 that will reduce Internet access.

"Bell Canada and TELUS (formerly owned by Verizon) employees officially confirm that by 2012 ISP's all over the globe will reduce Internet access to a TV-like subscription model, only offering access to a small standard amount of commercial sites and require extra fees for every other site you visit. These 'other' sites would then lose all their exposure and eventually shut down, resulting in what could be seen as the end of the Internet,"
according to a report posted on the ‘I Power’ website.

In addition to this, Bill Gates and others are already considering a charge for every email sent. The pretext for this ‘tax’ is to cut down the spam, but it will be non-discretionary and will really hit those independent organisations and movements, exercising freedom of speech, that post newsletters by email to a large database. They won’t be able to afford it.

It is expected that this email taxing will be brought in gradually, slowly pricing out the small guys and giving preferential treatment to those large corporations who can pay.

Internet2 A concerted move to price people out of the conventional Internet while running down the old servers, making it more unreliable and slow, will coerce users over to a new all-singing and all-dancing Internet2.

Internet2 has been around for quite a long time. It was developed over a decade ago as a new, improved version of the original Internet - or ARPANET - the university-linked prototype to today’s Internet1. Being the preserve of a relative handful of privileged people, it is extremely fast - the whole Matrix movie could be downloaded in 30 seconds or less.

It is suggested that the old Internet (Internet1) will continue to exist, but as a mass-marketing tool and surveillance network to pry on the less well-moneyed and privileged. The Nation magazine reported two years ago that "Verizon, Comcast, Bell South and other communications giants are developing strategies that would track and store information on our every move in cyberspace in a vast data-collection and marketing system, the scope of which could rival the National Security Agency. According to white papers now being circulated in the cable, telephone and telecommunications industries, those with the deepest pockets - corporations, special-interest groups and major advertisers - would get preferred treatment. Content from these providers would have first priority on our computer and television screens, while information seen as undesirable, such as peer-to-peer communications, could be relegated to a slow lane or simply shut out."

Internet2, on the other hand, with its far superior performance, will be highly regulated and censored, bringing it into line with conventional mainstream TV - everything will be government controlled and material vetted with ‘undesirable’ political content and free speech being either outright banned or relegated to the slow lane of a disintegrating Internet1.

Demonising the Internet Almost every day we are reminded that the Internet can be a dangerous place, a breeding ground for paedophilia, terrorism and porn. Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars gives us a glimpse of what is going on behind the scenes and why mass-media demonisation of the current Internet is making way for the enactment of strict controls.

  1. Time magazine reported last year that researchers funded by the federal government want to shut down the internet and start over, citing the fact that at the moment there are loopholes in the system whereby users cannot be tracked and traced all the time.
  2. The projects echo moves we have previously reported on to clamp down on internet neutrality and even to designate a new form of the internet known as Internet2.
  3. In a display of bi-partisanship, there have recently been calls for all out mandatory ISP snooping on all US citizens by both Democrats and Republicans alike.
  4. The White House's own recently de-classified strategy for "winning the war on terror" targets Internet conspiracy theories as a recruiting ground for terrorists and threatens to "diminish" their influence.
  5. The Pentagon recently announced its effort to infiltrate the Internet and propagandize for the war on terror.
  6. In a speech last October, Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff identified the web as a "terror training camp," through which "disaffected people living in the United States" are developing "radical ideologies and potentially violent skills." His solution is "intelligence fusion centers," staffed by Homeland Security personnel which will go into operation next year.
  7. The U.S. Government wants to force bloggers and online grassroots activists to register and regularly report their activities to Congress. Criminal charges including a possible jail term of up to one year could be the punishment for non-compliance.
  8. A landmark legal case on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America and other global trade organizations seeks to criminalize all Internet file sharing of any kind as copyright infringement, effectively shutting down the world wide web - and their argument is supported by the U.S. government.
  9. A landmark legal ruling in Sydney goes further than ever before in setting the trap door for the destruction of the Internet as we know it and the end of alternative news websites and blogs by creating the precedent that simply linking to other websites is breach of copyright and piracy.
  10. The European Union, led by former Stalinist and potential future British Prime Minister John Reid, has also vowed to shut down "terrorists" who use the Internet to spread propaganda.
  11. The EU data retention bill, passed last year after much controversy and with implementation tabled for late 2007, obliges telephone operators and internet service providers to store information on who called who and who emailed who for at least six months. Under this law, investigators in any EU country, and most bizarrely even in the US, can access EU citizens' data on phone calls, SMS messages, emails and instant messaging services.
  12. The EU also recently proposed legislation that would prevent users from uploading any form of video without a license.
  13. The US government is also funding research into social networking sites and how to gather and store personal data published on them, according to the New Scientist magazine. "At the same time, US lawmakers are attempting to force the social networking sites themselves to control the amount and kind of information that people, particularly children, can put on the sites."
Control and restrictions The Recording Industry Association of America has routinely harassed people who they have identified as having downloaded music files on their PC, whether obtained legally or not, by issuing fines under, what they claim to be, copyright infringement. The Internet is one giant network of hyperlinks to all manner of sites and in this grey area of copyright infringment, there is the potential for companies to cause havoc by suing individuals for breaking copyright laws. Court cases that rule in favour of organisations that claim breach of copyright are only preparing the way for more stringent control of the Internet by government, imposing rules on those running websites and dictating what can or cannot be posted. Blogs such as this could be shut down by Google because of the controversial political issues that are raised in its columns, stifling open debate and the right for individuals to put forward their point of view or merely educate, relay information and warn others of what really goes on behind the mainstream media headlines.

The purported risk of online credit card fraud would naturally lead to mandatory ruling that one's personal biometric information be provided as a user logs on to the Internet. The risk of identity fraud through online biometrics poses real threats. As I reported in the latest NO2ID news last Friday, Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at Cambridge University correctly pointed out that one’s personal biometrics cannot be changed once a security breach has been made, like changing your PIN number if the security of your credit card is compromised. Your personal biometrics are a permanent part of you.

Conclusion As the Nation magazine pointed out over two years ago: "The nation's largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online."

So enjoy the Internet while you can. In a few years time you may well be surfing a ‘net’ that is as restrictive as the current Chinese model, where all content is adjudicated by the state and real information and news may become increasingly hard to find.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday 20 June 2008

Latest from NO2ID

Technology will save us all That’s what Gordon Brown believes! In his address to the Institute of Public Policy Research recently he tried to communicate that there was support for the ID Scheme. Clearly, he's living on another planet. To re-inforce this impression he went on to say "in fact it starts from a recognition of the importance of something which is fundamental to the rights of the individual: the right to have your identity protected and secure". The collation of 50 pieces of personal information (as sanctioned by Schedule 1 of the ID Cards Act) to be held by the state and shared among other agencies is a protection of individual rights and security? Crap! He goes on "I believe that the new plan for the ID card scheme announced by the Home Secretary in March included important steps in the direction of the 'principle of data minimization' which the Committee recommends". 50 items of information which need to be continually updated as an individual’s personal circumstances change - which they do all the time! Unbelievable!

In Sweden, websites opposing a new law introduced by parliament to allow the military radio service to monitor all telecommunications in and out of the country have received more hits than that of Euro 2008. Amid uproar among the public, civil liberties groups, lawyers, IT specialists, the journalists' union and even members of parliament, the country’s leading newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, commented "It will now be legal to eavesdrop and spy on people who are not under any kind of suspicion. We're not talking about Yemen, North Korea or the former GDR here, but about Sweden."

In true mind-control fashion, Gordon Brown is continuing to press ahead with ID Cards, CCTV and the DNA database despite grave concerns about the National Identity Register, the doubtful effectiveness of CCTV surveillance as aired by senior police officers and the presence of over 1 million innocent people’s DNA on the national database.

ID Cards could be used to spy on people That is the warning from a group of MPs. The powerful Home Affairs Select Committee warned of ‘function creep’ in that the cards could be used to track people. The government’s ability to safeguard sensitive information is totally lacking as almost every week stories of missing data abound. Already the committee has called upon government to minimise the amount of information it gathers on each individual, particularly following the loss of 25 million personal details by HM Revenue & Customs last year.

The use of Linux software in London’s Oyster Card payment system has been denounced by free-software advocate Richard Stallman. Online payments cannot be made anonymously, so anyone paying for their Oyster Card top-up online is effectively allowing their transaction and travel details to be monitored by the government. "Each Oyster card has a unique ID, which it transmits when it is used," said Stallman, "So, if you make the mistake of connecting the card with your name, then Big Brother knows exactly when and where you enter the Tube system and where you leave. For the surveillance-mad government of the UK, this is like a dream come true." Stillman suggests paying for top-ups by cash. That’s OK until we become a cashless society!

Biometric identities are rife for stealing by the Mafia according to Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at Cambridge University. Anderson explained “There is a fundamental security engineering problem with biometrics as opposed to the cryptographic keys in your chip and pin card. ID card Biometric identity cards could be less secure as your details, such as fingerprints, cannot be changed if they are stolen. Once your biometrics become compromised, you cannot revoke them. It is not practical to do eye or finger transplants. Once you start using biometrics on a very wide scale, for all sorts of everyday transactions, the Mafia will also have your biometrics. You do not know which shops are owned by the Mafia but if you end up having to put your fingerprint on the glass every time that you buy a can of Coke, sooner or later the Mafia will have the biometrics of millions of people.” For 'Mafia' also read 'government'.

The Home Office Crime Reduction website was hacked into by cybercriminals to host an Italian phishing website last Monday. Jacques Erasmus, head of malware research at Prevx, said that "This is very embarrassing for the Home Office, having the Crime Reduction website hacked by cybercriminals is a bit like having a mugger hiding in the local police station nicking people's wallets when they come in".

Would you trust government with your top 50 vital statistics - NEVER!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Monday 9 June 2008

Latest news from NO2ID

The originally titled Identification, Referral and Tracking (IRT) system in the UK has now been given the less intrusive title of Information, Sharing and Assessment (ISA), but its intrusiveness is in no way diminished. Local councils up and down the country are now using the newly-titled system to share information with public sector bodies including the police, fire service, education chiefs, social workers and housing staff. Despite many local councils’ stated opposition to ID cards it seems their willingness to dispense and share citizens personal details is forthcoming and does little to protect private individuals personal right to know who knows what about them.

The Cambridge Branch of the University and College Union (UCU) - Britain’s largest academic trade union - has accepted a proposal at its annual congress in Manchester, held at the end of last month, to unanimously oppose the introduction of ID cards. The union has affiliated itself to the NO2ID Campaign.

Britain has signed up to a pilot EU cross-border electronic identity scheme which, although, not mandatory at this stage, will run for three years and receive £7.9m funding from the EU. The pilot scheme called ‘STORK’ will "enable EU citizens to prove their identity and use national electronic identity systems (passwords, ID cards, PIN codes and others) throughout the EU". It will not replace current members states’ national systems but ‘align and link’ them. People are being coerced into their use with the Commission emphasising their benefits: "throughout the EU, some 30 million national eID cards are used by citizens to access a variety of public services such as claiming social security and unemployment benefits or filing tax returns". Through "its size and momentum", the project will "overrun traditional barriers and encourage the mutual acceptance of other countries' electronic identities ". Perhaps a more accurate acronym for the scheme would have been STALK.

‘Freedom not Fear’ demonstrations have been gathering apace in Germany in protest against telecommunications data retention which is currently becoming a highly contested subject in the country. The organisers are keen to spread their message about the growing rise of the surveillance state to other countries in Europe.

Fingerprint scanning at two nursery schools has been criticised by a children’s rights group. They rightly claim that subjecting young children to such routines will make them regard finger scanning as a part of life.

Scotland’s controversial microchipped entitlement cards are to be reviewed by ministers following a successful campaign by civil liberties groups who claim that the plastic swipe cards bear an uncanny resemblance to the scheme the Home Office is proposing for the National Identity Register. The current entitlement card could be easily expanded to include all manner of personal data and it is feared that it may be used as a ‘back door’ to a full ID card.

Under the headline of ‘A picture of something chillingly Orwellian’, Scotland’s Daily Herald ran a piece last month on the dangers of our entering a Big Brother state along the lines of Orwell’s 1984. While altruistic reasons are always given for an ever-increasingly large dossier of our private profiles - 'efficient service delivery’, ‘keeping us safe’, ‘avoiding duplication’ etc. - the dangers of such initiatives are rapidly out-growing any benefits. Data losses and theft are commonplace and demonstrate the dangers of centralised databases and the retention of highly personal information. With the current drawing up of the Communications Data Bill in which Home Office officials are seriously suggesting that all of our emails, texts and phone calls are kept on a database, it's bad news for citizens when government departments routinely abuse that privilege, either deliberately or accidentally. The quality of information gleaned from these databases and surveillance techniques can produce a lot of ‘false positives’ and by putting too much faith into the stored data, innocent people could be wrongly accused. On the commercial side, Tesco’s Clubcard and those of other major stores, are enabling retailers to assemble a frighteningly predictive profile of their users. So it isn’t just the government spying on you, it’s also commerce. There are already hundreds of sites selling medical histories and other sensitive data to any interested party, which may sometimes explain why you were refused insurance or a mortgage.

The latest Identity & Passport Service cost report has thrown more uncertainty on the implementation of the scheme on financial grounds. It seems that the IPS is hoping that the private sector might take on the establishment and running of interview centres - which so far haven’t caught one fraudster - together with their biometric ID card enrolment capabilities.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The War on Health

The evidence of covert mass genocide, particularly in the US is becoming more and more plainer by the day. I reported on New York State passing legislation that imposes the mandatory vaccination of all children just the other day, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s not just forced vaccines, 96% of which are known to be manufactured with all manner of toxins see: but a whole assault arsenal including chemtrails, GM foods, cancer-inducing agents etc. all of which are being waged against vast numbers of the population worldwide with one end result in mind - drastic population reduction.

On the Alex Jones Show yesterday, astounding revelations of the degree to which this genocide is being waged was made plain by former commanding general of the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command, Major General Albert Stubblebine III and his wife, psychiatrist and founder of the Natural Solutions Foundation, Rima E. Laibow. What they had to say made very uncomfortable listening.

Part of their website - connecting the dots - illustrates the various fronts on which a concerted assault on our health and lives is being made.

Deadly vaccines We are constantly urged to be vaccinated against all sorts of terrors. Britain’s NHS displays posters of flu bugs as flesh eating monsters with headlines such as ‘if you knew about the flu virus, you’d take the jab’. If you knew what was in the vaccines - aluminium hydroxide, monosodium glutamate as well as mercury and a whole cocktail of other stuff - you would soon come to a more informed conclusion as to which was the greater evil. After all, our immune system is nature’s way of combating flu and a host of other viruses and one of the best ways to maintain an effective immune system is through healthy living and a healthy diet. Taking vaccines not only puts your health at risk, but compromises the immune system. And by being vaccinated on an annual basis - as your GP is always ready to insist - you just increase the likelihood of suffering the consequences of those toxic additives which accumulate in the body resulting in disabling diseases such as Alzheimers and all manner of cancers.

Crop spraying In California, the Environmental Protection Agency (which is anything but) have decided to spray a cancer-inducing chemical across the San Francisco Bay Area to combat a so-called pest, the threat from which is not even confirmed to exist. That pest is supposed to be the Light Brown Apple Moth, yet no evidence exists to suggest that this moth threatens crops or plant species. But it is the portrayed spectre of such menaces on our livelihoods - real or imagined - that acts as the excuse for governments to impose their deadly will on us. Elsewhere in the world crop spraying is a common practice, but little or no account is taken of the collateral effects on we humans who may be in its vicinity.

Drugs It is well documented that iatrogenic diseases - those which are caused by medical treatment - and allopathic medicines, or prescription drugs, are the number one killers in the US and many other parts of the western world. Many people find themselves prescribed manufactured drugs for all sorts of ailments - very often petty or contrived - many of which are of little or no benefit and very often of serious dis-benefit to the patient. Many are inadequately tested and the side effects from the various combinations of drug cocktails prescribed is hardly researched. Psychiatric drugs are known to have profound effects upon a person’s personality and many become addicted to them. In most cases their use is wholly unnecessary while the symptoms prompting their prescription are better treated homeopathically or by other non-harmful and natural ways. Yet the more drugs that are prescribed, the richer the drug companies become and pressure is constantly brought to bear on health authorities and doctors to reach for the prescription pad at the earliest opportunity. Often illnesses themselves are caused by our being goaded into unhealthy lifestyles by large sister corporations, and this in turn engenders the dispensation of more allopathic treatment, further funding the drug business in a vile and vicious cycle of cause and effect.

GMOs A further assault on our well-being comes from genetically modified organisms. In the US the labelling of GM foods is outlawed, carefully covering up any links which may lead back to their effects on the population. Drugs produced through recombitant DNA techniques, GM foods which have an unknown long-term effect upon those that continually eat them, hormones given to animals and people which have been made by shooting high energy ‘bullets’ into DNA to make it better serve commercial purposes which make the recipients sick, the effects of the transfer of genetically modified DNA in foods we eat and their effect on modifying our own DNA and producing proteins that have never existed on this planet before, are all frightful examples of what is tantamount to covert genocide. The amazing upsurge of obesity in the population may well be a result of such activities. Yet GM crops are promoted as one of the panaceas to the world’s food shortage, yet research has shown that GM crops very often provide lower crop yields than conventional crops.

Poisoned food As well as the effects of GM ingredients in our food, come the plethora of artificially-produced additives, colourants and preservatives that may give products a longer shelf life, a more appealing look or provide the food with addictive properties, yet all of this impresses upon our wellbeing in a grossly negative way. Our water is being contaminated with fluoride, a known toxin, which finds its way into most of our foodstuffs that come into contact with it. Toothpaste tubes carry messages extolling the virtues of added fluoride as a means to combat tooth decay, yet this message is a proven lie.

Codex Alimentarius Despite it being sold to us as ‘consumer protection’ and it being voluntary in nature, it is anything but. Codex is a blueprint for drug company dominance in health care. By effectively criminalising the use of thousands of natural health remedies whose benefits have been known for centuries by branding them as dangerous, they are forcing us into dependence on allopathic medicines whose virtues, as we have seen, are largely non-existent and most often dangerous.

Chemtrails For decades this phenomenon has been creating debate as to it ulterior motive. Large trails literally littering the skies, particularly in the US, had been dismissed by the authorities as vapour trails, yet their characteristics seem anything but. Just what form of covert bio-warfare might be going on here?

Forbidden cancer treatments Cancer is big business. Over the past few decades we have seen, what was once a rare disease, sky rocket where we expect to see one child in every two born after 2000 to get cancer, with one in every 3 adults becoming similarly afflicted. Largely the result of environmental factors: pesticides, fungicides, injected viruses like the MKV 40 virus in Polio and other vaccines, synthetic additives, mould contamination, industrial toxins, synthetic hormones in food or as medicine, heavy metals, etc. Proven cures for cancer have been known for the last century or more but the safe and effective therapies offered by people such as Royal Raymond Rife and Dr Max Gerson have been rubbished by conventional medicine and the drug companies that wag their tails. Simply put, the cancer industry is a mega-earner for the drug companies, making vast amounts of money out of treatments that do more to exacerbate the cancer and weaken the immune system thereby leading to more money-making drug treatment. Money laundering cancer research institutes that pretend to do research on the disease, while emotively fleecing the general public for donations towards their disingenuous programmes also make mega bucks out of the condition. It’s also a useful killer and covert form of genocide.

Conclusion Clearly such abuse and disregard for our health suggests an ulterior motive. Profit is high on the agenda, but not the only reason. These strategies and policies are consistent with Henry Kissinger’s now public 1972 secret assessment for President Nixon that the first consideration of America’s foreign policy needs to be depopulation. In fact this policy extends right across the world and is the stated claim of many of the Illuminati, with needless and avoidable famine in third world countries and the covert introduction immune system debilitators such as AIDS where clear evidence exists that such viruses have been developed knowingly by government military laboratories for introduction into vaccination programmes. Again, all part of a concerted genocide programme aimed at culling large numbers of the world’s population. It seems now, however, that that programme is gathering apace and becoming a threat to first world countries. We must be aware of what is in store for us and do everything we can to safeguard our health and well-being so that we can remain alive, stand up to these criminals and save our species from a vast culling.