[olug] Tor could be all the more important

DYNATRON tech dynatron at gmail.com
Mon Aug 1 00:12:58 UTC 2011

if it keeps going in this direction, eventually you'll need a license from a
ruling body (government?, UN?, ICANN?) to have a public IP address, much
like what happened with HAM radio. anything that provides a free, two-way
flow of information is a major threat to the established corrupt powers in
media, politics, and finance.

when you hear the media talk about evil hacking groups as "cyber
terrorists", or using the words "cyber warfare", it is meant to spark an
emotional response and shift public opinion. it's a well known propaganda
technique...and the trend is getting worse, not better

as a side note: using ssh tunneling, tor, and similar technologies provides
a degree of anonymity, but you will never be truly anonymous in a digital
world. that's fine with me, but when corrupt legislation makes a situation
worse or limits functionality - it stifles innovation, erodes freedoms, and
generally just pisses me off.
On Jul 30, 2011 11:04 AM, "Thomas D. Williamson" <twilliam at inebraska.com>
> The poem as originally written by Martin Niemöller is:
> First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out --
> Because I was not a Socialist.
> Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
> Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
> Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --
> Because I was not a Jew.
> Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.
> He was a pastor who eventually joined the Confessing Church in Germany
> in opposition to the German Church. He spent the last seven years of
> the Nazi rule in a concentration camp.
> His poem is more about complacency in the face of evil, rather than
> the Nazis in particular, they happened to be there as the actors at
> that time.
> This can apply to the Stalinist era in the Soviet Union, and could
> apply to the current regime under Putin in Russia.
> The beginnings could be seen in the US in the McCarthy era of the
> 1950s, but when individuals challenged the immorality of the claims
> and actions that collapsed. The acting against and not being
> complacent in the face of evil can be seen in the Civil Rights
> movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
> Currently the issues of desiring searches for phone information came
> under the The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but this was
> changed under the Patriot Act. The move was to reduce the oversight of
> any court for gaining a warrant for searching first phone information
> and conversations to nearly any area of electronic communication. This
> has been modified later and the act discussed is another addition to
> the ability of the executive and legislative branches to act without
> oversight of the judicial branch.
> Tom Williamson
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