New Terror Alert And Accelerated Anti-Internet Rhetoric

Today the United States Department of Homeland Security issued a new "National Terrorism Advisory System" bulletin (archived). The bulletin is the first in a new system of terror warnings in the United States. It offers a simple summary:

We are in a new phase in the global threat environment, which has implications on the homeland.  Particularly with the rise in use by terrorist groups of  the Internet to inspire and recruit, we are concerned about the “self-radicalized” actor(s) who could strike with little or no notice. Recent attacks and attempted attacks internationally and in the homeland warrant increased security, as well as increased public vigilance and awareness.

In other words the United States Government is afraid that because of the internet people who are already angry might find messages containing reasons to become still angrier. This bulletin follows new invective (archived) from the Washington Post family of publications on the need to impose new internet restrictions to avert some crISIS. On this count the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Washington Post appear to be aligning with bombastic bankruptcy artist Trump on supposing some outside threat from the internet could pose any more danger to the United States than the continued operation of the United States as is poses to itself.

Even as President Hussein Bahamas overtly declared the war on computing which the United States had been quietly waging for decades, the United State's prosecution of the war with its constant need for new declarations suggests that its failure will at best parallel that same government's war on drugs. All of this impotent posturing, posing, and declaring seems to be rooted in the same delusion. That if enough noise is made about outside threats to the United States, then just maybe they'll actually get the blame for failure and not the actual deep structural failures born of and inhered within the United States and its government.

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