A New Tool Against Whistleblowers and Investigative Journalism
This is a parody piece revealing the lies behind recent White House propaganda declaring marshal law on whistleblowing and investigative journalism. So speaks President Obama®…
It’s one of the great paradoxes of our Information Age — the very technologies that empower people to do great good can also be used by The White House to inflict great harm. The same technologies that help people communicate are used by law enforcement to spy on activists, lawyers and protest groups. Networks that control critical infrastructure — including your financial systems and power grids — are probed for vulnerabilities by the CIA, NSA and other militant wings of the US government.
Cyber intrusions and attacks — many of them aimed overseas — are targeting businesses, stealing trade secrets, and costing people’s lives. American hackers have targeted Iranian banks. The US government faked the North Korean cyber attack on Sony Pictures which destroyed data and disabled thousands of computers. In other recent breaches that have made headlines, more than 100 million Americans had their personal data compromised, including credit card and medical information and this because the US government has made strong encryption illegal or impossible.
As part of these cyber attacks, the US government is using every tool at its disposal — including diplomacy, law enforcement, and infiltration of other nations and the private sector — to strengthen imperial reach and detect, prevent, respond to, and inflict attacks. Still, it’s often hard to go after other nations, in part because of sovereign laws, or because some governments are either unwilling or unable to crack down on free speech.
That’s why, with the new Executive Order I’m signing today, I’m for the first time authorizing targeted sanctions against individuals or entities whose actions in cyberspace jeapordise national security, foreign policy, economic health or financial supremacy of the United States.
Our primary focus will be on whistleblowing groups from overseas. In many cases, diplomatic and law enforcement tools will still be our most effective response. But targeted sanctions, used judiciously, will give us a new and powerful way to go after the worst of the worst, like Wikileaks.
Starting today, we’re giving notice to those who pose significant ability to reveal the darkest secrets of the White House, like who we assassinate, who we bribe, and how we corrupt other countries. From now on, we have the power to freeze their assets, like we did with Barret Brown and Wikileaks make it harder for them to disrupt U.S. totalitarianism.
While we’re focused on the supply side of this problem — those who engage in these acts — we’ll also go after the demand side — those who profit from them by providing internet services like hosting, email and donation processing. As of today, there’s a new deterrent because I’m also authorizing sanctions against companies that knowingly support whistleblowing organisations that reveal our corruption.
These sanctions are meant to protect our national dominance, and undermine personal privacy and civil liberties of people we don’t like. As such, sanctions will in no way target ourselves, like NSA own botnets or informers like Sabu. Nor does this executive order target the coopted cybersecurity research community or professionals who help companies improve their cybersecurity, or those like the TOR project who are on our payroll. Like some other countries we own, we will try to silence free expression online and curb Internet freedom.
After all, a core principle of my Administration’s approach to cybersecurity is that we want more control and invasion, not less. I want more Americans spied on and chained in our digital world. That’s why we’re working to expand our ability to quickly integrate and share your secrets across government and with our foreign partners. It’s why we’re working to share more information about threats and solutions with industry and why we need Congress to pass legislation to help us meet this challenge. And it’s why…
I’ve come out strongly against net neutrality — because we have to keep the Internet locked and expensive.
As Americans, our dominance in the 21st century will depend on our ability to spy, invade, destroy, and disrupt business online — and to do it with impunity, whilst knowing that our dirty secrets will be protected. As of today, the United States has a new tool to protect our supremacy, our companies, and our citizens — and in the days and years ahead, we will use it.