Will the Soldiers of the Homeland
save the Internet?
This essay is in response to an essay
written by John Kaminski (The Law itself is broken) see link at end of page.
I have been hearing about the
possibility that the Internet will be removed from WE the People, in the future and while I can understand this
concern it is my premise this will not come to fruition.
The Internet supplies an eclectic variety of advantages to our society
specifically, our corporate-government and its corrupt agendas.
The big Y2K scare was successful in many areas, but the most surreptitious
was the use of our tax dollars to link the worlds' computers in order to
allow the big banks the split second transactions needed when interest rates
And, think of the irony of this situation: these same big banks receive our
tax dollars to pay the interest accruing on our national debt. See how
brilliant they are!
Recently, with the advent of not only the 'Virtual Homeland Soldiers' but
also the Internet Activists, including Common Cause and Moveon our Congress and Mr. Bush have verbalized
their surprise in the numbers of emails, faxes and phone calls flooding the
There is a social evolution theory which states that society evolves on a
forty year cycle. That would put us in the era of the 60s, an era of
History repeats itself and 'the powers that be' did not expect
this backlash of activism, but then again the smug and arrogant always
underestimate WE the People.
The Internet is not safe now regarding privacy.
We are all
aware how the Internet serves a major purpose for our government and the
likes of Ashcroft and Poindexter, by providing them with the ability to
monitor our web searches, emails and Instant Message conversations.
Not only that, the corporations, the insurance and pharmaceutical industries
are able to establish a database of our activity under the guise of
And, lest we forget the big Microsoft
scandal four years ago when it was discovered how the MS Word documents were
encoded to transmit back to MS and were being stored in a huge database!
Microsoft, at first denied their wrong
doing -- finally admitted the documents were coded to come back and offered a fix on their site.
This is precisely why I do not handle
my household budget or any tax software on my computer. Our entire lives are
in these little boxes, and by the way -- why trust a company that
offers me a free fire wall or a free virus program?
Common sense dictates, there is no such thing as a 'free lunch!'
The medical information databases will allow employers and insurance
companies to access citizen and patient DNA profiles and any other personal or medical
information they need -- leading to a future where individuals will not be
able to get a job or insurance coverage and never know why.
Think about it -- with DNA profiles on file and all the preexisting
Hospitals across the nation have gone online. Medical records are being
scanned into an optical disk system; the hard copy is shredded within 24
hours of the patient's discharge. Thus, the medical staff is required to
access any patient information via the computer and the Internet.
In addition, the MedLine searches performed in medical school libraries and
medical centers across the nation are now linked together to share
The medical and pharmaceutical industries are using devices called 'Pocket
Script' or 'Palm Script,' by which the physicians are sending their
prescriptions to pharmacies which use the Internet. This is the result of
errors occurring from illegibly written prescriptions and similar sounding
names of medications.
I personally know one of the physicians who invented this concept and warned him the pharmaceutical industry would be after him and they came as
predicted -- resulting in his being forced to sell out to them.
Now, consider the huge ad campaigns meant to persuade the public to pay
their bills and handle virtually all of their social and business
transactions using the Internet.
When you call a company you will hear a recorded greeting or a hold message
promising to save you time if you log on to its website. If you are lucky
enough to contact a company that actually provides you with the ability to
reach a human, while you are waiting you hear the repeated warnings your
call will be recorded.
They use the excuse that this is to
provide quality assurance and/or to better serve you. But all the while you are being 'conditioned' to
accept monitoring and the continued instillation of a police state.
There will come a time that if you call and speak to a human
you will be charged a fee, and of course due to outsourcing contracts you
will be connected to a foreigner whose speech you can barely decipher.
We, as a society, are becoming more and more conditioned to use the
Internet, cell phones and faxes for a reason, and it is not just
Think about the anthrax scare and consider the numbers of people who decided
to perform all their transactions online as a safety precaution. You may
even be one of them. Yet again another brilliant ploy that was perpetuated
to scare you into using online transactions.
The anthrax scare coupled with this continued effort to
privatize our postal service is precisely due to that medium of
communication being our last bastion of privacy.
Think about it. As it stands now there are laws protecting your letter from
prying eyes. If someone opens your letter they are violating a federal law.
If the authorities want to read your letter they must go through channels
and do so legally. There are no such laws protecting your online
Cell phones and their convenience is yet another means to
monitor all of our communications and of course the profit motive
notwithstanding including the medical problems which will be suffered in the
future -- again the pharmaceutical connection but alas, that is another
Therefore, WE the People
need to create methods around the corporate-government intrusions. History has
adequately demonstrated that people will always find a means to communicate.
The society in which we live has been brilliantly orchestrated by the
'powers that be' to the point that it has become economically necessary for
households to create two wage-earner families.
Also included, are the many
families who consist of single parents, typically moms with the burden of
raising kids while holding the household together. The necessity of
coordinating the time to take the kids to soccer practice or any number of
activities, be they voluntary sports or mandatory activities related to
People do not have the time for themselves, their kids or spouse let alone
the time to attend town hall meetings nor do they always have the means to
hire baby sitters.
Community activism is essential and
admirable -- but currently in our local government the developers across the
nation are succeeding in destroying our neighborhoods, because people do not
attend their own township meetings.
People just do not have the time to read and thoroughly get informed. They
rely on news personalities for their truth; they rely on sound bites to
deliver their information. Alarmingly, sound bites win elections!
If people do not have the time to attend
meetings where their property and their taxes are being affected, they are
not likely to attend town hall meetings for reasons related to the nefarious
agendas of their
The efforts of anyone working to gather citizens to get involved
locally and in their communities is indeed admirable, but it seems to me with the emerging
reality of the society in which we currently live people just do not have
the time. Or the desire! Apathy is as rampant and as destructive as AIDS in
WE the People are not only kept busy, but also kept divided by, race, religion,
political parties, gender and class.
The peoples' priorities are all wrong, but they have been conditioned to
complacency, apathy and conditioned to hold these inappropriate priorities.
Therefore, those of us who are trying to reach the masses have to streamline
our message to fit our target demographic. At this point in time the
Internet is where people are seeking 'truth.'
We messengers have the responsibility to get our message across -- we cannot
expect our audience to comply with our wants or needs or to do what we think
is best. It just will not happen.
However, if we
establish a strong network of citizens now, by using the Internet and shows
like Tom Valentine's 'Radio Free America,' as well as chat rooms, our
churches and any other medium currently available to us, in the event that
the Internet is removed from us -- WE the
People will then have the information and
understanding to act!
The people have heard doublespeak for so long the truth
has become a foreign language.
And, in closing, I state unequivocally that I am not giving up without a
WE the People have the Power!