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  •  Great diary--you nailed it with this paragraph (4+ / 0-)
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    In the "war on terrorism", we saw passage of the Patriot Act, which gave our own government powers which we never thought possible, all without even requiring some judicial process.  Even checking out a book at a library could make an individual the subject a "person of interest".  Any thought of privacy flew out the window, as did many of our rights under the Bill of Rights.  Private companies willingly, and much too easily, provided information upon simple request.  Why wouldn't these same companies shut down service?

    I think it's all too possible that it could happen here.  If Obama were a progressive, he'd campaign to have the so-called "Patriot Act" rescinded.

    BTW, I heard that in Egypt, some Western reporters were still able to use satellite phones to reach the outside world.  I know they must be expensive, but still--wouldn't total blackout be out of Syria's and Egypt's reach, if some of the pop. had satellite phones?

    In its day, the printing press was considered equally subversive by totalitarian governments.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sat Jan 29, 2011 at 06:27:01 AM PST

    •  I thought... (2+ / 0-)
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      about the use of satellite access as well (something most of us do not have access to), but then I wondered about the ability to disrupt satellite access?

      I think in some countries the use of the printing press is still considered subversive!

      On the Patriot Act, I was half paying attention to someone from Amnesty International just interviewed on C-Span, who was discussing the fact that the majority of the Act was now thoroughly engrained (accepted?) in our society, and that there were only 3 portions remaining under discussion.  I will have to go back later and watch the video.

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