Wednesday, October 18, 2006

new terrorist breeding ground

The internet has long provoked fear and suspicion. It has been accused of everything from promoting child porn to spurring disaffected youth to violence. And now the internet is being named as the latest enemy in the war on terror.

Today’s Reuters story Web could be terror training
camp: Chertoff
leads with this description of a hyperbolic message from Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff:

“Disaffected people living in the United States may develop radical ideologies and potentially violent skills over the Internet and that could present the next major U.S. security threat.”

The article goes on to quote Chertoff as saying:

"They can train themselves over the Internet. They never have to necessarily go to the training camp or speak with anybody else and that diffusion of a combination of hatred and technical skills in things like bomb-making is a dangerous combination," Chertoff said. "Those are the kind of terrorists that we may not be able to detect with spies and satellites."

I guess those are the kind of terrorist that can be found with wiretaps? Chertoff is, of course, a major proponent of wiretapping. Here is a video of him arguing for safety by any and all means at the opening of the Joint Regional Intelligence Center in Norwalk, California, in August.

Nothing like fear mongering to get people to give up their civil liberties.

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