LESSONS FROM EGYPT

April 16, 2011

It took only 17 days for regime change to become reality in Egypt, during which our official position, as put out by the government of the United States, waffled thru all possibilities, from promising full support and backing to demands for immediate and complete capitulation from Hosni Mubarak. Countless minions of the MSM repeated the lie, hourly, that this was a grass roots rebellion of the long time oppressed, finally seeking a free and democratic form of government.

During these 17 days, the government of Egypt, pretty much shut down all communications in and around Cairo. Cell phone, internet and landlines were intentionally crippled and made useless. There was a limited attempt to provide a semi-workable work-around, put out by Google, who later proclaimed their successful contribution to the overthrow of Mubarak as their part in the rebellion.

It’s OK. You can finally quit saying, “That just could never happen here in this country.” It is happening here, and the advanced preparations for it are already in the works up on Capitol Hill. There are lessons from Egypt that can be useful in your preparations, for it’s surly coming. There are many in the current administration that have wanted this to happen for a long time and they are ready.

First, some background information for those of you that I did not get to personally hand a copy of the U.S. Constitution.

The First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishing of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.

The Second Amendment

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The Fourth Amendment

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Now, for a taste of reality — 

The “internet killswitch” story.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2376888,00.asp

It was concluded after the rebellion in Egypt that we should have options available in the event things turn sour here. Sponsored by Sen Harry Reid, this would give the president exclusive control of the kill switch, to use without any prior notice or review processes. For as long as it takes for the emergency to be over.

The “your government owns fake internet identities with unique ip addresses for propaganda purposes” story.

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=d88e9d660336be91552fe8c1a51bacb2&tab=core&_cview=1
Establishing persistant online personas that show up to comment on news sites, social networking sites, and blogs to help promote the direction of discussions and shape opinions into something that more suits the purposes of current and future government positions and policies.

The “recruit an army of community organizers to promulgate the presidents agenda into the future”, story.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/02/obama-campaign-community-organizer-.html
Remember when B. H. Obama said in one of his campaign speeches that he wanted to promote a civilian army that was just as big and strong as the regular army? The idea just rolled off most people at the time, kind of, “why would you do that ?”, and “what would you need that for?”. Now you know.

The “freedom of speech a good thing, just don’t do it here”, story.

http://www.alternet.org/news/149951/hillary_clinton_talks_freedom_as_protester_ray_mcgovern_is_bloodied
Never said a word, but gets hauled off, beaten and arrested for “resisting arrest”.

The “your isp should keep two years worth of your online activity, just to make it easier for law enforcement types to solve crimes”, story. 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-3192_3-20029393-281.html?tag=cnetRiver
This effort comes from the Republicans that we just elected to cut spending and stop the growth of big government.  Applies to all your email, all your websurfing history, all of your instant messaging, tweets, facebook, myspace, whatever.  They can be reviewed at anytime and without notification to you, and your isp will be prohibited from even telling you they did it.  Although it was admitted during the committee hearing that they don’t currently have a plan in place why any of this information is actually wanted or needed.  Any idea how many gigs of data this would generate daily?


Just makes you like a squirrel in the road, doesn’t it?

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