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Jul-01-2010 16:37printcomments

Guess Who Wants to Kill the Internet?

Does Lieberman really want to protect the American people from imaginary cyber-terrorists? Or is he just trying to protect his treasonous cronies from the American people?

Joseph Lieberman and his buddy John McCain
Joseph Lieberman and his buddy John McCain

(OSAKA, Japan) - It would be hard to think of anyone who has done more to undermine American freedoms than Joseph Lieberman.

Since 9/11, the Independent senator from Connecticut has introduced a raft of legislation in the name of the “global war on terror” which has steadily eroded constitutional rights. If the United States looks increasingly like a police state, Senator Lieberman has to take much of the credit for it.

On October 11, 2001, exactly one month after 9/11, Lieberman introduced S. 1534, a bill to establish a Department of Homeland Security. Since then, he has been the main mover behind such draconian legislation as the Protect America Act of 2007, the Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010, and the proposed Terrorist Expatriation Act, which would revoke the citizenship of Americans suspected of terrorism. And now the senator from Connecticut wants to kill the Internet.

According to the bill he recently proposed in the Senate, the entire global internet is to be claimed as a “national asset” of the United States. If Congress passes the bill, the US President would be given the power to “kill” the internet in the event of a “national cyber-emergency.” Supporters of the legislation say this is necessary to prevent a “cyber 9/11” – yet another myth from the fearmongers who brought us tales of “Iraqi WMD” and “Iranian nukes.”

Lieberman’s concerns about the internet are not new. The United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, which Lieberman chairs, released a report in 2008 titled “Violent Islamist Extremism, The Internet, and the Homegrown Terrorist Threat.” The report claimed that groups like al-Qaeda use the internet to indoctrinate and recruit members, and to communicate with each other.

Immediately after the report was published, Lieberman asked Google, the parent company of You Tube, to “immediately remove content produced by Islamist terrorist organizations.” That might sound like a reasonable request. However, as far as Lieberman is concerned, Hamas, Hezbollah and even the Iranian Revolutionary Guard are terrorist organizations.

It’s hardly surprising that Lieberman’s views on what constitute terrorism parallel those of Tel Aviv. As Mark Vogel, chairman of the largest pro-Israel Political Action Committee (PAC) in the United States, once said: “Joe Lieberman, without exception, no conditions … is the No. 1 pro-Israel advocate and leader in Congress. There is nobody who does more on behalf of Israel than Joe Lieberman.”

Lieberman has been well-rewarded for his patriotism – to another country. In the past six years, he has been the Senate’s top recipient of political contributions from pro-Israel PACs with a staggering $1,226,956.

But what is it that bothers Lieberman so much about the internet? Could it be that it allows ordinary Americans access to facts which reveal exactly what kind of “friend” Israel has been to its overgenerous benefactor? Facts which they have been denied by the pro-Israel mainstream media.

How much faith would American voters have in the likes of Lieberman, who claims that the Jewish state is their greatest ally, if they knew that Israeli agents planted firebombs in American installations in Egypt in 1954 in an attempt to undermine relations between Nasser and the United States; that Israel murdered 34 American servicemen in a deliberate attack on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967; that Israeli espionage, most notably Jonathan Pollard’s spying, has done tremendous damage to American interests ; that five Mossad agents were filming and celebrating as the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001; that Tel Aviv and its accomplices in Washington were the source of the false pre-war intelligence on Iraq; and about countless other examples of treachery?

In his latest attempt to censor the internet, does Lieberman really want to protect the American people from imaginary cyber-terrorists? Or is he just trying to protect his treasonous cronies from the American people?

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Maidhc Ó Cathail is a writer and educator. Born and raised in Ireland, he has been living in Osaka, Japan since 1999. Salem-News.com is happy that this extremely diverse writer has joined forces with our team. In addition to writing a monthly column for the Irish language internet magazine Beo!, Maidhc's work has been published by Antiwar.com, Dissident Voice, Foreign Policy Journal, Khaleej Times, Media Monitors Network, Online Journal, Palestine Chronicle and many more. Maidhc Ó Cathail was asked to join the Salem-News team because of his fantastic world coverage. His reports covering events like the conflict in Palestine, show a fantastic overview of the developing events that are shaping world history. We look forward to sharing stories from this well connected individual with our readers. It is a tough and complicated world out there, and we're all better off with the additional education gleaned from Maidhc Ó Cathail's research and reporting. You can write to Maidhc at: maidhc98@yahoo.com




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Vic July 2, 2010 7:41 am (Pacific time)

Lieberman should be arrested, stripped of his American citizenship and deported to Israel. He is a mole and a traitor and has never ever put America first. Shame on the dim-witted voters in Conneticut for electing and re-electing this treasonous slimeball. Oregon has Ron Wyden and Conneticut has Lieberman..traitors who should be thrown out of office.


Hank Ruark July 1, 2010 8:39 pm (Pacific time)

Despite erroneous anonymous statements, Internet neutrality is still very "open issue",with great challenge for those protecting it. Here's source and ongoing comment: Coalition of Groups Embraces Broadband Reclassification A broad coalition of nonprofit groups have written to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, reiterating their support for his efforts to reclassify some aspects of broadband as a telecommunications service in order to ensure the agency has authority over broadband providers. Juliana Gruenwald, National Journal Net Neutrality Gains Support from 150 Nonprofit and Allied Organizations Non-profit organizations clearly understand the power of the Internet to help create social change, and yesterday 150 public interest and allied organizations signed a letter to the FCC in support of online freedom and Net Neutrality. The groups warn that "failure to protect the Internet would impair our ability to share information, empower people and carry out our public interest work." Megan Tady, SavetheInternet.com What Don't You Need the Internet For? This past April, how did you file your taxes? Did you mail them or e-file? How did you pay your last parking ticket? Find your last job? Watch a funny cat video? The answer is the same for all of these: Online. Even phone calls aren't phone calls anymore; increasingly they are Voice over IP calls that happen over the Internet. This all works because the Internet is one thing above all else: Open. Holly Ross, SavetheInternet.com New Guide Shows Threat to the Internet, What You Can Do About It Net Neutrality For The Win: How Entertainment and the Science of Influence Can Save Your Internet, a communications guide released last week by the non-profit research center the Harmony Institute, paints a clear picture of what there is to lose when Net Neutrality is discarded and ISPs control the Internet. ------------ Source: newswire@freepress.net


Anonymous July 1, 2010 7:27 pm (Pacific time)

he is just trying to protect his treasonous cronies from the American people. Great article, thanks Mr Cathail. Thanks salem-news for posting this article. People all over the world are beginning to wake up to the military industrial complex, the central banks etc, so expect to see extreme measures. They, and yes, including obama, will not defeat the spirit of those who love freedom. Tim: this is for u and bonnie :-) I think you will like. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzSX-U4yaZ8

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