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While not a surprise, given all that has transpired in Bush's term, it still was a shocker to read that bloggers are now "terrorists."  The nature of blogger terrorist acts should be a concern for both liberal and conservative bloggers: "Deliberate misinformation campaigns" may well describe actions taken by right-wingers and "activist calls" describes actions by bloggers regardless of political affiliation.

Homeland Security completed its "Cyber Storm" wargame to test how our government "would respond to devastating attacks over the Internet from anti-globalization activists, underground hackers and bloggers." Given that homeland security ran the "wargame," one may infer that the nature of the attacks by bloggers must be national security related.  And, given that the major national security fear of our government is terrorists, then it looks like bloggers have made our government's hit list of potential terrorists. But, what is the nature of this "terrorist crime" that was the subject of these wargames?

"Participants confirmed parts of the worldwide simulation challenged government officials and industry executives to respond to deliberate misinformation campaigns and activist calls by Internet bloggers, online diarists whose "Web logs" include political rantings and musings about current events."

There are other indications that the Bush administration deems bloggers well within the reach of any definition of terrorist, if for no other reason than the crime of dissent and criticism. There are also indicators that relevant parties would be somewhat prepared to assist in the nabbing of terrorist bloggers:

(1) In what may have been a precursor to US bloggers, the US military and government apparently were not offended (at least did not take any publicly disclosed action to free the blogger) when an Iraqi blogger was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned for the crime of reading comments on another blogger's website at a public café:

"Then finally I understood why I was there, after few hours. Security guards at the university had printed out all the websites I was reading while I was online there. They were accusing me of "reading terrorism sites" and "having communications with foreign terrorists".

"Do you know what these pages are?"

I looked at them and figured out they were the comment section of Raed in the Middle!!

I opened the comments section while browsing in the university, read some comments, and didn't even post anything. But these people don't seem to know what the internet is, and they don't speak English, so I was a major suspect of being an assistant of al Zarqawi maybe! Or that I have a terrorist group of my own, with foreign connections!

I was accused of terrorism, and sent to jail after they decided that I'm not helping myself because I am not helping them!!!

(2) US plans to data mine blogs for stated purpose of finding terrorist information to connect the dots to prevent a terrorist attack:

"The U.S. government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far-flung information from blogs and e-mail to government records and intelligence reports, search for patterns of terrorist activity."

(3) "The CIA is quietly funding federal research into surveillance of Internet chat rooms as part of an effort to identify possible terrorists,  newly released documents reveal."

(4) American Internet providers have assisted foreign countries to jail bloggers for substantive content posted on their blogs:

"Last December, Microsoft shut down the Web site of a dissident Chinese blogger. A few months earlier, Yahoo gave Beijing the name of a dissident Chinese journalist. He got ten years in jail for his Web postings. Ironically, Google's Chinese kowtow comes as the company is resisting efforts by the U.S. government for access to its records."

(5)  Indymedia was a subject of a secret, international terrorism investigation in which US government seized its hard drives. A Texas Internet company turned over hard drives pursuant to a court order under an international treaty governing crimes of terrorism, kidnapping and money laundering.

(6)  The MSM has shown its willingness to paint bloggers and any lefty journalists as the domestic evil axis of treasonists  so that the American people will understand the need to arrest bloggers to make this country safe from terrorists.

(7)  The CIA now has its own bloggers and a government website  that are part of a revised CIA office for monitoring, translating and analyzing publicly available information. It is good news that the CIA is evaluating publicly available information in the fight against terrorism. The problem is we now know that when our government says "monitoring," it's not just al-Qaeda.

(8) The Bush administration refused to turn over control of the Internet to an international body, preferring to maintain unilateral control over the Internet. The fear is that "policy decisions could at a stroke make all Web sites ending in a specific suffix essentially unreachable."

It should be noted that some of these indicators on their face are equivocal, but perhaps should be considered in the context of actions and policies of this administration. In this context, the Bush wagons are circling bloggers. And, once the perception is created that bloggers are a danger to national security, that perception is hard to unravel. The danger is that the American people will continue to follow Bush's lead like sheep frightened by the terrorist wolf.

Patriot Daily (Cross posted at Booman Tribune, My Left Wing, MyDD and Patriot Daily)

Originally posted to Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 08:02 AM PST.

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  •  The DNI website (4.00)
    The way I read this, the government wants to set out lots of bait and see what it collects in the way of blogger vermin.

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    •  I do this on my own blog (4.00)
      If you aren't running an Apache CGI to log hits, you aren't taking advantage of who cares about your site.

      At least they give you a disclaimer.  You can bet your booty that Amazon doesn't give the same disclaimer.  But I bought a lawn tool from them, and like a furious poodle, I can't get Amazon off my leg now.

      Welcome to the 21st century.

      In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. M.L.King, 1929-1968

      by captainlaser on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 08:38:24 AM PST

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      •  They do this on DKos (none)
        Scroll to the bottom of this page and click the colored square box next to "Dialy Kos Homepage" and you can see what info Kos (aka Scoop) collects. It's pretty interesting.

        A cat is a camel designed by lobbyists for the hump industry

        by bobinson on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:06:17 AM PST

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        •  This is just (4.00)
          Big Brother taking control of the one & only real news source left in this country.
          If not for the Internet what would any of us know about the treasonous acts of this administration today?  NOTHING!

          Naturally we will all just sit back and watch it happen since we no longer live in a democracy, nor do the vast majority of the American people have the fire we once had.

          I mean really, we have a President & VP that have committed no less than a dozen Impeachable offenses including Treason and mass murder and we just sit back and allow the MSM to downplay it, to justify it, to turn treasonous war criminals into Heroes while turning war heroes into lying cowards through Media smear campaigns.

          •  Of course (none)
            The only reason they are attacking the bloggers is because they are the only ones still trying to tell something like the truth. Therefore, they must be suppressed in the interests of the State. All hail the great Emperor Bush and his Regent Blair!
      •  amazon disclaimer (4.00)
        right here

        Examples of the information we collect and analyze include the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; login; e-mail address; password; computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, and platform; purchase history, which we sometimes aggregate with similar information from other customers to create features such as Purchase Circles and Top Sellers; the full Uniform Resource Locator (URL) clickstream to, through, and from our Web site, including date and time; cookie number; products you viewed or searched for; zShops you visited; your Auction history; and the phone number you used to call our 800 number. During some visits we may use software tools such as JavaScript to measure and collect session information, including page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page.

        and a shitload of other stuff.

        The resounding question:  who knows more about me -- amazon.com or DHS?

        •  This is a privacy disclosure (none)
          required by law for any website doing business with California residents.

          Every website should have one.  typically it's telling you about the site's statistics package.  Good sites do care where you go and where you got there from so they can optimize the experience.

          •  or spy on you (4.00)
            and there's the rub....

            How do you discern the benevolent cookies from the malicious ones?  How do you know when you go to a site that it isn't passing your IP address and user info to the NSA?

            Ever done a traceroute on a link?  I love all the 12.1.xxx.xxx addresses.  They are mostly ATT routers but which one of those sites is in Ft. Meade?

            Bottom line, if you are going to worry about what you say on the internet,  don't say it.  Otherwise, you should assume that all your phone and internet traffic could be trapped by someone.

            You don't send your social security number and visa over the web unencrypted.  If blogging really got accusations of sedition, dKos would just go to a sHTTP format and make things difficult for NSA.  From what I've seen on most blogs, there is little for NSA to waste their time on.

            In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. M.L.King, 1929-1968

            by captainlaser on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:59:53 AM PST

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            •  Land of the free? Home of the brave? (none)
              Be careful of what you say because YOUR government is listening and will interpret what you say any way it pleases and you can do squat other than muzzle yourself.

              The article mentions 'the crime of dissent and criticism'. When, precisely, did this become a crime?

              You know, in the context of the National Spying, Blackmail, and Downhome Barbeque Program, the Busheviks are very fond of trotting out that old chestnut, 'If you're innocent, what do you have to hide?' In the context of this illegal and immoral administration, everything has been made Secret and anyone who questions them is a traitor - what in the hell are THEY hiding? What are THEY afraid we're going to find out? (Given what we already know, the implications are mind-boggling.) What are they concealing that is horrific enough to impose these draconian restrictions and quasilaws without regard to constitutional niceties and quaintnesses?

              Land of the free - my ass!

              It remains to be seen if it is still 'the home of the brave'.

              DON'T TREAD ON ME!

              by bablhous on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 01:20:33 PM PST

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              •  This (none)
                What are THEY afraid we're going to find out? (Given what we already know, the implications are mind-boggling.) What are they concealing that is horrific enough to impose these draconian restrictions and quasilaws without regard to constitutional niceties and quaintnesses?

                That's easy, its called TREASON and War Crimes and being fully complicit in 9/11.

              •  When did this become a crime? (none)
                Bush has been steadily whittling away at free speech:

                The American Civil Liberties Union raised objections yesterday to a little-noticed provision of the latest version of the USA Patriot Act bill, arguing that it would give the Secret Service wider latitude to charge protesters accused of disrupting major events including political conventions and the Olympics.

                Another example:

                The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico today demanded an explanation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for investigating a federal employee who published an editorial critical of the Bush administration in a local newspaper

                "Fear grows in darkness; if you think there's a bogeyman around, turn on the light." -- Dorothy Thompson

                by gabriella on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 02:27:04 PM PST

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        •  Buy Blue Not Amazon (4.00)
          Amazon gives money almost exclusively to Republicans. Consider Barnes & Noble, who gives to Dems as well.  See Buy Blue.

          I am always amazed how many lefty bloggers support Amazon's giving to the GOP.

          "False language, evil in itself, infects the soul with evil." ----Socrates

          by Mimikatz on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 01:13:56 PM PST

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      •  e-mail to Amazon (none)
        with some very legalistic sounding language, giving them thirty days to take you off their mailing list OR they will owe you, say, $30,000 for invasion of privacy. State that they accept this contract by not answering your e-mail within 12 hours. They will think you are a nut and remove you from the list.

        I did this with AARP when they put me on their snail-mail list without my ever having contacted them for anything; I, like a whole bunch of other people, had just turned 50 at the time, and AARP just couldn't resist rubbing my nose in my own mortality. The ploy worked, and I was blessedly free of daily mailings from them for 20 years. Then, when they finally opposed Bush's SS "reform," I blew that by joining to show my support. But at least I am retired and 70 now.

        I got off the Amazon list, too. Just make a lot of noise.

        "That story is not worth the paper it's rotten on"--Dorothy Parker

        by martyc35 on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 10:39:13 AM PST

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      •  PHP script (none)
        works, too.  and it can't been seen in "view source."
    •  this is standard (none)
      for a .gov site

      -7.00,-7.74 "He is a bad version of us! No more money for him."

      by subtropolis on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:27:47 AM PST

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      •  Hmmm, that ain't bad for (none)
        an organization that can't figure out how to give you a receipt that verifies who you voted for while every fast food restaurant in the country  gives you a receipt telling you what kind of hamburger you bought.

        Support Our Whistle-Blowers!

        by Skylor on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 06:22:23 PM PST

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    •  Boilerplate legalese (none)

      That privacy statement isn't substantially different from the disclosures I've seen on other government web sites. Compare this with the City of Boston or the FBI.

      And as for the browser information being tracked, that's the default option for most web servers, including Apache, the most popular package. This is what ends up in /var/log/access (the Apache access log):

      www.artcrime.com 66.249.XX.XX - - [12/Feb/2006:04:59:59 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1. 1" 200 5430 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/ bot.html)" www.artcrime.com 68.236.XXX.XX - - [12/Feb/2006:07:12:40 -0500] "GET /webmail.php HTTP/1.1" 200 216 "http://www.artcrime.com/src/login.php" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.0.3705; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)"

      The order is: requested domain (one server can host multiple domains), browser IP address (I've XX'd out the last two octets), date and time, browser request, server response code, length of data, address of data sent (sometimes requests are redirected), and the browser's user_agent string. Looking at the two entries above, the first is Google's spider, which adds the "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible" string so it looks like Internet Explorer to all those braindead IE-only sites. The second line is a real IE user accessing a web-based mailbox.

      There's a line in the access log for each and every request: if a web page has ten images, loading that page will leave eleven lines in the access log (one for the html, ten for the images). This is true for virtually every web site on the internet, whether they have a privacy disclosure or not (some sites capture less information, since it is somewhat computationally expensive, and some sites log more than the example given here, such as referring pages).

      If disclosing this information bothers you, there are ways around it, such as using a proxy or an anonymization service (the proxy's IP address will show up in the logs, not yours).


      k.

      --
      "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." - Anne Frank

      by ktakki on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:50:19 AM PST

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  •  Where's your tip jar? (4.00)
  •  Your line (none)
    It should be noted that some of these indicators on their face are equivocal
    sums up my humble opinion of this diary.

    If a POS attack shut down Internet 2 and you couldn't get to dKos, you'd be screaming at DHS wondering what the hell they were doing with your money.

    I don't have problems with them gaming the internet to see vulnerabilities.  Many US agencies (NASA, DOD, NSA) have been shut down for 8-12 hours due to POS attacks.  If that happened during a real national emergency (a dirty bomb attack, for example), a lot of us could be at risk.

    It is not clear to me that blogging falls into this category and seems equivocal evidence given the extraterratorial examples above.  I find it frigging amazing that Americans in Iraq can even get on the internet. You are right to be vigilent here, but I'd want to see some real attacks on bloggers before I put on the tin hat.  The NSA could shut dKos down in a minute with its own POS if the sinister agent you are worrying about here was active.

    Are your blogs being monitored?  I'll type the word FARQUAMARISM.  If your diary gets highly recommended, that word will probably show up in Google tomorrow.  As Pogo said "We have encountered the enemy and he is us".

    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. M.L.King, 1929-1968

    by captainlaser on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 08:34:58 AM PST

    •  FYI (none)
      The perfect way to fuck up the internet and I think they are taking these steps now is simply to "provide enhanced services".
      Essentially what they will do is throw gigbytes of garbage at you, you know MSM media feeds,VIOP connections,ads,counters,the amazon connections.
      Priority traffic will be given to the garbage while the sites you want will crawl down to below dial up speed.

      "First they came for the pornographers, but I was not a pornographer, so I said nothing."

    •  Sherman Austin (none)

      The other website which actually had the bomb making instructions was allegedly some white kid in Florida.

      The U.S. Government Wanted ‘To Make An Example Out of Me’: Young Webmaster Heads to Prison for Political Website

      September 3, 2003—The 20 year-old Webmaster of a California-based site called raisethefist.com is to begin a yearlong prison term today. And when he gets out of prison next year, he will be banned from associating with anyone who wants to “change the government in any way.”

      Sherman Austin was arrested over 18 months ago. Federal officials charged that Austin had illegally distributed information about how to build Molotov cocktails and "Drano bombs" on his web site.

      He was charged under a 1997 law that made it illegal to publish such instructions with the intent that readers commit "a federal crime of violence."

      “I think this is more about just shutting down an effective website,” Austin told the nationally syndicated radio and TV program Democracy Now! just hours before beginning his 1-year federal prison sentence. “[The government] is going after someone who is basically standing up and effectively making a voice for himself and other people over the Internet and using the Internet as a resource and a tool to get a message out.”

      Supporters of Austin have repeatedly noted that similar information has long appeared on other websites and in libraries. There is even a mirror of raisethefist.com run by a computer science professor at the Carnegie Mellon University.

      “[Sherman] did not author the material in question,” said Merlin Chowkwanyun, an investigative journalist who has closely monitored Austin’s case. “He had a website and he offered free space to basically anyone who asked for it. If an activist asked for free space, Sherman would grant them an account, which would allow them to upload whatever they wanted to that. And so that's what the person who authored this material did, got some free space on Sherman's server, uploaded the material in question. Sherman provided a link to that on his front page.”

      Austin says, “All I had on my website was a link to another website that wasn't associated with my website. On that other website, there was information about protests and things like security culture, and a small portion of the website that was stuff about explosives.”

  •  NSA taps are legal and necessary (3.80)
    To obtain information on "terrorists" or those affiliated with or -

    "Officials here (NSA) learn information about plotters and planners and people who would do us harm," Bush said ...

    "I'll continue to reauthorize this (NSA) program for so long as our country faces a continuing threat from al-Qaida and related groups," Bush said.

    "These are not phone calls within the United States, it's a phone call of an Al Qaeda, known Al Qaeda suspect making a phone call into the United States," Bush said.

    Bloggers may be "suspects" and therefore freely monitored.

    All Americans have been put on notice, plainly and obviously.  Any of us, ANYONE, could at any time be classified as a person "who would do us harm," or part of a "related group" or "known Al Qaeda suspect."

    And if people think this Bush administration doesn't parse meanings, well, then they aren't listening!

    •  Yes I am listening (4.00)
      but what I hear is a surreal nightmare.
      Did you know that if your 13 year old son lapses into a coma from a new drug that you can't sue the pharamcutial company for bypassing the normal safety testing of drugs?
      Religous are you?  How would you like your very own 666 Mark of the Beast chip implanted into your right hand.  It's called the Real ID Act.
      Did you know 9 of the 19 "hijackers" have appeared on BBC?
      This American, 50 years old, ex-republican, Boy Scout, US patent holder and law abiding normal decent just your average guy is pissed.
      I loath Jesus Jr. and what he has done to this country so much so that.

      Lord,I want to ride before you start the Apocalypse.  I would like one last ride before you smite all down here.

    •  I knew I (none)
      left something out
      DEPLETED URANIUM.
      It's just fine when we use WMD's ain't it.
    •  If true, then we are All Terrorist (4.00)
      because we can all be classified as "dissenters", because we disagree with Bush's policys, which are to protect Merkins.  So, should we be ashamed of ourselves?  Should we start a new site called 'Bushes Blog Army'.  Should we turn in anyone who writes "dissenting" commments?

      I think not.

      I think we are stronger and smarter than that. Let's find a way to beat this! Unfortunately Congress is too weak, courts are stacked, the general population is too dumb.

      OK, OK I give up.
      COME TAKE ME AWAY

      There'll never be a perfect world till God declares it that way, but that don't mean there's nothing we can do or say... Bruce Cockburn

      by elbamash on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:27:44 AM PST

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      •  the way to beat this is not to fear it (4.00)
        we won't start a go-bush blog
        or turn in our dissident friends
        or stop writing of our own dissent
        on the internets
        the day may come when they take us away
        or pull the plug on all the servers
        but we do what we do until that day
        and fearlessly, and never stop

        Is nothing secular?

        by aitchdee on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:59:38 AM PST

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        •  A hypothetical Q&A session with GWB (none)
          • Q: Is Al Qaeda your political enemy?
          • A: They're the enemy of all America. They despise freedom and democracy.
          • Q: Suppose Al Qaeda were to say, we don't like George Bush, we like John Kerry. Would John Kerry and his supporters become your political enemies as well?
          • A: People would see through that, that it was an obvious move to divide our nation. Senator Kerry would never accept their support.
          • Q: Should Israel negotiate with Hamas.
          • A: Hamas has to recognize Israel's right to exist.
          • Q: Suppose that was the point of the negotiations?
          • A: Then there are no negotiations.
          • Q: Should we say that anyone who negotiates with terrorists is your political enemy? Is Communism a terrorist organization, because they are the political enemies of freedom and democracy.
          • A: Most Communist countries recognize our right to exist.
          • Q: Then if our enemies would recognize our right to exist, they would no longer be our political enemies.
          • A: We would have to see some proof that their deeds match their words.
          • Q: Would you consider Al Qaeda's offer of truce, if it were accompanied by a statement that they intend to end hostilities. Isn't that the definition of a truce?
          • A: If they want a truce, and we welcome that, they will have show us some positive results, no attacks, and no signs of planning new attacks.
          • Q: You must have other political enemies. Does exercising free speech, and the right to privacy impede your struggle against all enemies of America, including those who haven't yet attacked America, but who might do so?
          • A: If 9/11 proves anything, it is that the enemies of America do not announce their intentions ahead of time.
          • Q: Then the various freedoms, the right to privacy, and so on, are the very tools which terrorists use to create their unholy war on freedom loving countries.
          • A: If we could recognize terrorism while it was still in its early stages we could stop these groups from doing their evil deeds.
          • Q: Exactly....

          "...in the future everything is chrome. Sponge Bob Square Pants

          by agent double o soul on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 12:53:57 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  It's now the "war on dissent" (4.00)
        That is what we should refer to it as.  

        And "war on terror" will now refer to stopping Bu$h and his wingnut/corporate terrorist friends from terrorizing the world.  

        Boycott Citibank/Citicards. They are corporate thieves and terrorists.

        by tri on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 10:13:10 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  My first response to reading this (4.00)
          was to urge everyone to plant little terrorist clues on every chat group and blog you have access to. Like drop the word "explosives" into your pottery collectors' list at Yahoo. Just give them so much irrelevant junk to data mine that it won't be worth it. Then I realized that Bush spends our money even when we don't have it anymore, so in honor of recouping at least some of the losses later, I think I will just keep on doing what I have been doing and work like hell to get him off the throne, starting this November.

          IMPEACH!

          "That story is not worth the paper it's rotten on"--Dorothy Parker

          by martyc35 on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 10:54:47 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  It's not about monitoring goddamnit (none)
      it's about the "warrantless" part.

      Nobody is against warranted wiretapping of suspected bad guys.

      We should ALL be against WARRANTLESS wiretapping by people who are abusing their power.

      The whole point is WARRANTLESS.  

      Because without a warrant they can spy on anybody.  Political opponents, journalists, us, you name it.

      "Nordic, one of the most obnoxious people at Daily Kos." -- DHinMI

      by Nordic on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 12:28:59 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I know it's about warrantless goddamnit (none)
        BushCo maintains that they have the right to surveil without warrants these people who XXXXX.  My point is that the words they use to describe those people and groups can be parsed to mean just about anybody.

        When I say parse, I'm thinking of the SOTU remarks, "British intelligence reports .... Saddam ... yellow-cake.... Africa."  They finally said, "well, we didn't say OUR intelligence reports said that; we said that British intelligence reports and that is true."

        Depends on what the meaning of is is!??!

        And when you listen to the wingnuts, liberals are called terrorists, unpatriotic, America hating people who don't want to fight.  Well, there you have it .... Liberals are those who would seek "to do us harm."  So spy away!

        And NO, they don't have warrants because they wouldn't get warrants from FISA and they damn well know it, so they say they're just spying on "the enemy".  Well, they have told us in no uncertain terms that we are the enemy to the America they envision and seek to establish.

  •  i'd be the last one to swiftboat republicans but (4.00)
    was bush seen at a crackhouse last week?
    when was the last time dick cheney went to a steambath?
    is there anything going on between karen hughes and lynne cheney?
    it's definitely not true that hastert was having oral sex with laura bush.
    why are hagel and lieberman on cnn now--  republican and republican-lite.

    "welcome to the monkey house" vonnegut

    by realheathen on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 08:41:30 AM PST

  •  dovetails with internet privatization (4.00)

    Did you see Melodybe's diary,
    Important article from The Nation: The End of the Internet?, on the privatization of the internet... and how Verizon, Comcast, Bell South and others are crafting a strategy vis-a-vis the FCC to get the internet under their corporate control.

    Well, given how cooperative big corporations have been with our Unitary Executive (or is it the other way around?) --and given how the greatest only political threat comes via the independent voice of the netroots-- I'd say this is a marriage made in heaven.

  •  Great post (none)
    What gets me is that yours is the 5 post on this, and I think the 1st to make the recommended list. Time passes too fast with 5 scandals day hitting us. I wonder when someone of our kind 1st heard of this ? was it Before the games ?
      •  Excuse me, but (none)
        I do not understand your thought process when you say "Maybe the misleading title helped".  The title seems completely on point.  When Homeland Security runs a "wargame" to see how our government "would respond to devastating attacks over the Internet from anti-globalization activists, underground hackers and bloggers."  

        Think about how Bush has casually lumped bloggers in with hackers. What activities of blogging would qualify as "devastating attacks over the Internet"? We now live in a country where dissenters are deemed unAmerican > aiding the enemy > traitors > terrorists.

        And, yes, Bush is tagging bloggers as terrorists when they are included in "Cyber Storm".

        "Fear grows in darkness; if you think there's a bogeyman around, turn on the light." -- Dorothy Thompson

        by gabriella on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:41:25 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Time to go after the corporate terrorist (4.00)
    Their is no war on terrorism-their is only a terrorist campagin against those who try to hold the corporatet terrorist government accountable.  It you try to stop them from murdering children so they can have an extra rollex, they will try to send their government terrorists after you.   If our government actually want to go after terrorists they would stop the corporate terrorists from starving children, and the rethugs from accepting bribes so the corporate terrorists could do so legally.  

    This is all out class warfare.  Fight back.  

    Boycott Citibank/Citicards. They are corporate thieves and terrorists.

    by tri on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:13:38 AM PST

  •  Weird (4.00)
    Why is that anti-globalization people are now considered to be potential terrorists? IS it because they understand that globalization hurts people, encourages fascism, and doesn't work since it depends on deception and force?

    Gitmo, here we come.

    A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

    by Tux on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:22:23 AM PST

    •  Some of them break windows, too (none)
      yes, it's only a tiny percent, and they're people who would be breaking windows for fun anyway regardless if they didn't pick some Cause - but there's nothing more important that Property, and those who Have it, and so that makes a good excuse for running in all the anti-globalization people - who are the bigger threat to Property anyway, since they have the potential power to change the minds of societies and thus the rules governing the Robber Barons who really run things...

      "Don't be a janitor on the Death Star!" - Grey Lady Bast (change @ for AT to email)

      by bellatrys on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 10:59:14 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  This is the item that stuck out the most to me (none)
      These free market czars that are running our government and the world are actually brazen in stating their agenda----- protecting globalization..."either you work for us for low wages and no benefits, you buy from our global corporations, you fight our imperial wars, you supply us your natural resources without dissent or your against us."

      "The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing"....Oscar Wilde

      by 313to212 on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 11:15:37 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Are you suprised? (none)
    He's already done away with the constitutional right to privacy and he's been working on free speech, now it will be the Gestapo ending of KOS.

    The shrub needs to be pulled he is terrifying

    by libbie on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:25:04 AM PST

  •  And I'm proud to be a terraist, then. nt (4.00)

    "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

    by ogre on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:28:43 AM PST

  •  This is just another ominous sign (none)
    of what the future holds for those who dissent and protest the actions of this Administration.  With the so-called MSM effectively neuterized, the Internet is the place we all go to find out the truth.  Soon that will be treason.  It's a hard rain's gonna fall.
  •  Message to the CIA (3.20)
    Just in case you're reading this:

    Suck my cock.

    It's the beat generation, it's be-at, it's the beat to keep, it's the beat of the heart, it's being beat and down in the world and like all time low-down

    by Splicer on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:40:17 AM PST

  •  Start organizing in person more (4.00)
    We need to get one step ahead of the fascists and do more in person organizing of kossites.   Not just in a social sense either.  It is time to start organizing and get together while we still can.  

    Boycott Citibank/Citicards. They are corporate thieves and terrorists.

    by tri on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:40:38 AM PST

  •  Another reason to vote ..... (none)
    DEMOCRATIC in the next election.
  •  ROVE A TERRORIST? (4.00)
    "Deliberate misinformation campaigns" pretty well describes Karl Rove's duties.

    Can he be arrested as a terrorist?

  •  Who's going to keep track (none)
    (if not bloggers and internet activists) of the DELIBERATE MISINFORMATION CAMPAIGNS waged by the White House spokesperson, the office of Karl Rove, and the traditional media that responds to pressure from the White House?
  •  See y'all at the Halliburton Hilton! (4.00)
    Could it be those "immigration emergency" camps being built by Halliburton are really Blogger Disposals?

    Check out  this article from August, 2002, when the idea was first revealed as coming from John Ashcroft. His target that time was "enemy combatants". The new spin now targets those "dirty illegals"...but that's just until they get the fences up and the bunks in place. Who they decide to check-in will change on a whim. Guaranteed.

    Hmmmmmmmmm...!

    Perhaps we should take a page from the "Good Book" and develop our secret handshake now, so we can know each other when we pass in the yard.

    I'll scratch a " | " in the sand.
    You add a " < ", and we'll both know we're part of the "k-hood"

    "Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war." ~Donald Rumsfeld

    by snowho on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 10:00:49 AM PST

    •  asdf (none)
      I've Got a Little List

      SONG--KO-KO with CHORUS OF MEN.

      As some day it may happen that a victim must be found,
      I've got a little list--I've got a little list
      Of society offenders who might well be underground,
      And who never would be missed--who never would be missed!
      There's the pestilential nuisances who write for autographs--
      All people who have flabby hands and irritating laughs--
      All children who are up in dates, and floor you with 'em flat--
      All persons who in shaking hands, shake hands with you like that--
      And all third persons who on spoiling tete-a-tetes insist--
      They'd none of 'em be missed--they'd none of 'em be missed!

      CHORUS.   He's got 'em on the list--he's got 'em on the list;
      And they'll none of 'em be missed--they'll none of
      'em be missed.

      There's the banjo serenader, and the others of his race,
      And the piano-organist--I've got him on the list!
      And the people who eat peppermint and puff it in your face,
      They never would be missed--they never would be missed!
      Then the idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone,
      All centuries but this, and every country but his own;
      And the lady from the provinces, who dresses like a guy,
      And who "doesn't think she waltzes, but would rather like to try";
      And that singular anomaly, the lady novelist--
      I don't think she'd be missed--I'm sure she'd not he missed!

      CHORUS.   He's got her on the list--he's got her on the list;
      And I don't think she'll be missed--I'm sure she'll not be missed!

      And that Nisi Prius nuisance, who just now is rather rife,
      The Judicial humorist--I've got him on the list!
      All funny fellows, comic men, and clowns of private life--
      They'd none of 'em be missed--they'd none of 'em be missed.
      And apologetic statesmen of a compromising kind,
      Such as--What d'ye call him--Thing'em-bob, and likewise--Never-mind,
      And 'St--'st--'st--and What's-his-name, and also You-know-who--
      The task of filling up the blanks I'd rather leave to you.
      But it really doesn't matter whom you put upon the list,
      For they'd none of 'em be missed--they'd none of 'em be missed!

      CHORUS.   You may put 'em on the list--you may put 'em on the list;
      And they'll none of 'em be missed--they'll none of
      'em be missed!

              -- W. S. Gilbert

      Impeach Bush/Cheney

      by dangangry on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 12:23:03 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  VERY interesting "list"... (none)
        Historians.
        Artists.
        Critics.
        Musicians.
        Feminists.
        Humorists.
        Novelists.
        Non-conformists.

        Hmmmm...essentially anyone who THINKS for themselves. And this points to something I've been saying since the first stolen election. GWB is the perfect leader for the lazy non-thinkers of the world - because he's one himself. And powerful, lazy non-thinkers have always (and rightfully so) felt threatened by thinkers.

        So before they burn the books and lock up the thinkers, we need to convince as many people as possible that they could be on one of the lists.

        "Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war." ~Donald Rumsfeld

        by snowho on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 02:22:44 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  terrorists, one and all (4.00)
    i love these wingnut labels. used to it really. according to them i am a liberal unamerican, unpatiotic, terrorist sympathiser terrorist that hates freedom and my constitutional rights. they left out that i also can't stand king georges sorry psycho ass nor any of his crony minions. fuck bush and all who support him. same for lieberman while i am at it...

    impeach-it does the body good

    by playtonjr on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 10:10:34 AM PST

  •  No surprises (none)
    If gays and gay marriage could be equated to terrorism by the great (not) Dennis Prager, why would expect otherwise?  I'm only surprised it didn't come sooner than now.

    "I will to God sing aloud, for He so well to me hath done." The 13th Psalm/Franz Liszt

    by grada3784 on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 10:11:27 AM PST

  •  They're targetting disinformation? (none)
    Does that mean they'll shut down Worldnet News?

    You put the rica in esoterica --- rasbobbo


    Boycott Made in China

    by cookiebear on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 10:12:18 AM PST

  •  Bush uses DailyKos? (none)
    Tags...hehe.
  •  it is my hope (none)
    that those that we look to in positions of leadership and authority are reading this and will pursue it in the hearings taking place.....

    it is our cares which organize the human mind....

    by wildwisefree on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 10:42:51 AM PST

  •  Disinformation is for President Bush to spew alone (none)
    What about his propaganda programs? "No Child Left Behind" with Armstrong Williams, etc.

    What about lying "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth"?

    What about all of his State of The Union Addresses?

    Who would have tought that watching "The Land Before Time (IX)- Journey to Big Water" would become a subversive act?

    by mungley on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 10:46:20 AM PST

  •  Frankly, I think you're safer as a blogger (none)
    It's impossible to shut down the blogging infrastructure without damaging the Internet. And with enough people knowing you as a blogger, intimidation and harassment can't be done without attracting lots of attention.

    Attention cripples both terrorists and tyrants. Both far prefer to move in the shadows. The proper response to news like this isn't to cower in those shadows.

    Speak up.

    •  It's incredibly easy (none)
      to shut down the blogging process.

      Servers are vulnerable to physical shut-down, as Indymedia and others have already discovered.

      The smart thing to do would be to mirror dKos in a country that's outside of US influence. Then if the US servers are removed on some pretext, the site could continue.

      But I wouldn't be surprised if there are IP address filters built into the US backbone to prevent 'terrrrist attacks.' It wouldn't be hard to make some IP ranges invisible.

      It would be naked censorship, but with these assclowns anything seems to be possible.

      "Be kind" - is that a religion?

      by ThatBritGuy on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 03:57:27 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  'The internet interprets censorship as damage (none)
        and routes around it.'

        -- either Barlow or Gilmore, I'm too lazy to look it up.

      •  There are many people with (none)
        big money (power) vested in computers for George Bush to be fucking around with the system. I know that prior to the'04 election Bush made a mad dash to the Seattle area to pick up 2.5 million bucks from hi-tech industries for campaign funds. Bush didn't make a speech or even wave to the gathered crowd. He had what he needed. He left with it.

        If he or his cronies want any hi-tech campaign money in future endeavors, he'll leave the computer world alone. It has power and the means to legally protect itself.

        Support Our Whistle-Blowers!

        by Skylor on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:32:24 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  The Point (none)
    is that so far very few have stepped up to the plate, other than the Blogs, to challenge the Bush Cheney truthiness. Those that have, Richard Clarke, Sybel Edmonds, seem to be demonised and trivialized.

    It's not surprising at all. The whole thing is so Orwellian that when I reread Orwell it was scarier than the first time.

  •  It hit me today (none)
    that the next step will be for Bush to take away the democratic voting process.

    "Trying to make it real compared to what." Gene McDaniels/Les McCann

    by Sprinkles on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 10:56:20 AM PST

  •  what is MSM? (none)
    I hear it alot since coming here. I'm a recovering republican who had no idea what they stood for, and I don't know the jargon. thanks.
  •  Netwar and Blog CoIntelPro... (none)
    An excellent and insightful analytical piece.
    'Netwar'[flooding the channel] (pdf).

    The modern incarnation of CoIntelPro activities within the perfect anonymity of Blogs ? 'Net CoIntelPro, where agents would be assigned multiple topics/blogs to track and monitor and 'engage/influence/disrupt/misinform' with a series of defined almost schizophrenic, yet relatively consistent, individual 'persona's', no small task though ... shades of 'Rendon'.  ? ... You know Rendon, the same propaganda group along w/ Hill and Knowlton whom staged the the lie about the murder of Kuwaiti babies after Iraq's invasion of the oil-rich emirate in 1990...

  •  White Elephant the fox flies low... (4.00)
    at noon on Tuesday!  Remember the grey goose to signal moonbay in the morning.  All is gravy.  All is gravy...
    •  Understood comrade Klink! (none)
      The aspens have turned, they have turned on their green turntables (wink) of doom!

      Time to "take out" the trash!

      Longshoremen of the east move the big boxes to the right.

      Hong-Kong Phooey goes kablooey!

      ...

      (tap this (¡) nazi beyaaatches!)

      <div style="border:2px;padding:4px;border-style:dotted;"> You want to downsize the government?
      Fuck you. My government defends the American people.<

      by deafmetal on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 11:58:31 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Glad to see that few are surprised but this.... (none)
    I can see that somebody in the WH is definitely reading Mein Kampf...  They're following the Nazi  blueprint to power pretty closely, I think.

    Once you get power, use (or fabricate) an emergency to grab more power.  
    Start the propaganda machine rolling, find your scapegoat(s), and shut down the opposition.  Select a 'cause' to use to mobilise the public behind you (Germany had Aryan identity and 'Lebensraum')
    Start a proxy war to see how your military stacks up, and note areas to improve.  
    Run through a budget with a massive military component, to rebuild and re-arm.

    We all know what follows the re-arming.....

    -5.75,-4.05 "The invisible hand of Adam Smith seems to offer an extended middle finger to an awful lot of people"---George Carlin

    by justadood on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 11:34:02 AM PST

  •  I'm actually starting to get scared. (none)
    •  Yeh, me too (none)
      I get dizzy when I think about where this all may lead. I do my best to stay calm, continue my daily activities -- work, family, friends -- and try to keep my courage up.  That seems to work best.  It seems to me a lot of people are in denial.  
      •  Yeah! (none)

        Impeach Bush/Cheney

        by dangangry on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 12:12:30 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Bear in mind... (4.00)
          It's not difficult to create an environment of fear among bloggers and about bloggers. It's easy to create a few incidents regarding bloggers, trumpet them far and wide, and create an artificial consensus that bloggers are being targeted - when in reality that bogeyman is generated by a small handful of wizards behind the curtain.

          Carry on and use the tools of free speech as long as they are available. It's our best defense. Counter fear with courage. That's what DailyKos is all about.

          What we really need now is Separation of State and Corporation.

          by DeafScribe on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 12:28:50 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  that's what they want (none)
      they want you, and all of us, to be scared.

      Don't let them scare you.

      "Nordic, one of the most obnoxious people at Daily Kos." -- DHinMI

      by Nordic on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 12:29:49 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Question (none)
    Are cable internet lines designed to sustain an input voltage of 480 volts?  Just curious.
  •  If true, this democracy is dead (none)
    No more free speech for you.

    And given the current climate, it would probably receive bi-partisan support.

    I think BOTH parties are afraid of the ability of the People to communicate, share ideas, and organize political action groups via these internets.

    They want Americans to be controlled by their state-controlled corporate media.

    To many the internet an the ability to share information via the internet is a threat- not because those that use it are up to any nefarious plots or deeds, but because somehow the TRUTH just might get out there.

    So now bloggers are terrorists if they challenge the status quo- that is how I read it.

    I also fully expect that this is the "justification" behind illegal spying on American citizens.

    I wonder if Bushco has already had his Burn-the-Constitution Party on the WH lawn, or if he is waiting for better weather.

    •  My situation is a signal for the end (none)
      When a California State Agency allowed itself itself to be tricked by a corporate attack on a whistleblower into asserting general authority over the Internet (and it doesn't matter if they made a mistake, as long as they had good intentions for their unconstitutional rule of the Internet), that signaled the end of freedom of speech on the Internet. Neither the Federal government or the State government has stepped in to stop this overweening expansion of jurisdiction. But worse, the public hasn't stepped in either. There has been zero public outrage. I can't even get enough votes to get a Recommended diary out of it. No one cares. It's everyone's rights on the Internet at stake, and bloggers will eventually see the door to dismantling their own constitutional rights they opened by shrugging off my situation.
  •  BLoggers strike terror (none)
    into the hearts and minds of the misanthropes.

    Fear the bloggers, for they weild the words of truth.

    Bwah-HAHAHAHA!

    ~ahem~

    ...ok, now that I got that off my chest, I'm better now...

    (No, really.  Stop laughing.)

    Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
      Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
    Tempest even in reason's seat.

    by GreyHawk on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 12:08:22 PM PST

  •  of course (none)
    making bloggers the new "terrorists" is the logical next step.  in some cases we are the only thing blocking them from taking complete control.  makes me sick.

    "What noble cause did they die for, Mr. President?"

    by BlueInARedState on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 12:31:28 PM PST

  •  How long (none)
    before anonymous posting will be illegal? I'm sure it's coming.

    Note that for most of these things, they couldn't possibly enforce these draconian laws. There will almost certainly be selective enforcement. (Will they go after the anti-choice extremists?) But that's just as bad, because it will be yet-another-thing they can dangle over your head, if they want you for some other reason. Just like that poor kid in Florida.

    (-9.13, -8.10) Political violence is a perfectly legitimate answer to the persecution handed down by dignitaries of the state. - Riven Turnbull

    by Florida Democrat on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 12:48:54 PM PST

    •  anonymous posting is illegal if annoy (4.00)
      Recently, Bush signed law making anonymous posting illegal if you annoy someone:

      "Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime.
      It's no joke. Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity.
      In other words, it's OK to flame someone on a mailing list or in a blog as long as you do it under your real name. Thank Congress for small favors, I guess.
      This ridiculous prohibition, which would likely imperil much of Usenet, is buried in the so-called Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act. Criminal penalties include stiff fines and two years in prison."

      Patriot Daily

    •  anonymous posting will be illegal (none)
      I've been wondering for a while now, why do we post anonymously? Wouldn't our comments carry more weight if they carried our names? Esp. when we are commenting about issues important to our localities.
      Posted by: Anonymous
  •  Correction (none)
    It should be titled "Bush Tags Bloggers As Terrorists! Except for Assrocket's blog or any other right-wing idiot who agrees with him!"

    I'm sure we'll see Assrocket get the Medal of Freedom Award any day now.

  •  They can have my keyboard... (none)
    ...when they pry it from my cold dead hands!

    Or sneak in and steal it when I'm out shopping.

    [ Anyone who thinks my bark is worse than my bite, has never seen me bite. ] -6.63 | -5.38

    by dj angst on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 01:17:44 PM PST

  •  Well, there you have it.... (none)
    The United States Government has declared itslef an enemy of the people and Democracy. What was the line from SW:Ep. III, "So this is how liberty dies - with thunderous applause."

    Soot in my hair and stars in my hands

    by Alumbrados on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 01:38:34 PM PST

  •  Sounds like the Repugs (none)
    found a way to have the government pay the bill for an excercise on how to respond to media that they (repugs) don't like.  So rather than the RNC paying for an excercise they did it in the name of national security, and we all get to pay the bill to help defeat ourselves?

    Wow.....scary.

  •  Bush's Government Is Afraid of Us (none)
    This is the way around the BS media (propaganda outlets for BushCo)

    Here we can not only get views from the media heathers but 100's indiduals response to the the info and links to opposing articles and publications.

    In this area you gather 200 responses and make an opinion from all of it.

    The blogs are the only free press left

    American Engineer :== loser!

    by jnmorgan on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:29:12 PM PST

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