Friday, January 28, 2011
"Could acts of sabotage, such as an “Internet nuclear bomb,” be deliberately implemented or allowed to happen in order to cripple global computerized systems like the ones found on Wall Street and in the military in order to convince the world that the Internet must be more tightly controlled?"
By Frank Whalen
Is the federal government laying the groundwork for total control of the Internet, the greatest invention for advancing the free, unfiltered flow of information since Gutenberg’s printing press?
Could acts of sabotage, such as an “Internet nuclear bomb,” be deliberately implemented or allowed to happen in order to cripple global computerized systems like the ones found on Wall Street and in the military in order to convince the world that the Internet must be more tightly controlled?
In a Jan. 10 interview with Russia Today, noted forecaster of business, socioeconomic and political trends Gerald Celente says cyber-warfare by private criminal groups and governments could be used to “bring down entire financial systems. You can blow apart, without ever having to light a fuse, a whole stock exchange. . . . [E]very computer-connected industry or service is a potential target.”
A futurist with an impressive track record, Celente, who founded the Trends Research Institute (TRI) in 1980, has predicted that in response the government has been working to limit Internet-based communications and shut down computer networks.
Much of this started on Feb. 16, 2010, when a cyber-warfare doomsday scenario was examined in an exercise known as “Cyber Shockwave.” The simulated event was organized by top firms in the military industrial complex and began with a corrupted cell phone application being innocently downloaded during a college sports event.
In real life, computer networks were never affected. But in the demonstration, the phony “virus” spread like wildfire to computers, collapsing the entire Internet and endangering energy grids as well as the financial and commercial sectors.
Following that exercise, newspapers across the country blared headlines that the government was unprepared to deal with the rampant contamination of vital computer networks across the country.
As a result, Washington bureaucrats stepped into action and the Cyber Security Act was introduced. According to the online technology news outlet, CNET News, this legislation “allows the president to declare a cyber-security emergency relating to non-governmental computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond.”
Since then, there has been a glut of news stories describing the “threat” posed by cyber-criminals and the methods by which the U.S. government plans to keep all Americans “safe.”