A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
The Daily Mail, of the United Kingdom, is reporting on a US government program named “Perfect Citizen.” According to the report: “The US plans to install a Big Brother-style monitoring system on the computer systems of private companies and government agencies to prevent cyber-attacks from abroad.The program, named Perfect Citizen, will rely on sensors that will be deployed in networks running critical infrastructure such as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants. It will be able to detect any attempt by foreign saboteurs to launch a cyber-attack. But privacy campaigners have reacted furiously, saying that 'mission creep' will make it easy for security forces to effectively spy on normal citizens.” (SOURCE)
The surprise about all this is – that it IS a surprise!
The Internet is FAR too powerful for the government to leave unregulated. We have warned for a very long time now that the US government would, by hook, or by crook, regulate the Internet -- whether US citizens want it or not. And here it comes.
The Daily Mail’s article goes on to say: “The United States must be able to operate freely in cyberspace amid dangers of 'remote sabotage,' General Keith Alexander said in his first public remarks as head of U.S. Cyber Command. Cyber Command was set up in May to protect U.S. interests in cyberspace.” (SOURCE)
So, what is this new US Cyber Command anyway? Well, according to Wikipedia this is what it is: “The United States Cyber Command is a United States armed forces sub-unified command subordinate to United States Strategic Command. The command was officially activated May 21, 2010 at Fort Meade, Maryland and is slated to reach fully operational readiness by October 2010.
The U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) is a subordinate unified command under United States Strategic Command created by United States Defense Secretary Robert Gates on June 23, 2009. The command is led by National Security Agency/Central Security Service Director General Keith B. Alexander. The command will assume responsibility for several existing organizations. The Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO) and the Joint Functional Component Command for Network Warfare (JFCC-NW) will be dissolved by October 2010. The Defense Information Systems Agency, where JTF-GNO now operates, will provide technical assistance for network and information assurance to CYBERCOM, and will be moving its headquarters to Ft. Meade.