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Apr 5, 2013

Reveal the truth about cybersecurity, face the wrath of the US

The US government continues to go after computer activists who seek to reveal the truth about the shadowy cybersecurity industry. The latest target is web-hosting company Cloudflare.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The US government has dramatically lifted the stakes in its crackdown on journalism, subpoenaing a US company in an effort to obtain information about the research and writing of articles that exposed its links with the cybersecurity industry.

In a remarkable fishing expedition, the US Department of Justice has used its prosecution of author and activist Barrett Brown to issue a subpoena to web-hosting company Cloudflare for information relating to the Echelon wiki site.

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  1. Buddy

    A timely reminder that freedom of the press and the attacks against journalist and whistleblowers can be easily wiped away when we as citizens become anesthetised.
    ‘Obama is not the Messiah hes a very naughty boy’

  2. tinman_au

    Good read, thanks Bernard

  3. Theo Areu

    ” The fishing expedition continues the disturbing record of both the Obama administration and state-level US prosecutors in persecuting whistleblowers ”

    Yes, a great piece indeed Bernard.

    I can never understand why Obama is almost worshipped by the western MSM and a variety of political institutions including the Greens here in Oz.

    When ever he talks I run outside and look to see if it’s snowing…WAKE UP!..remember Afghanistan, the American health system, rushed Home Land security legislation and remember the Alimo. He is not your friend, just another of the myriad of wolves in sheeps’s clothing set in place to pave the way for Globalization.

  4. joanjett

    Well I can tell you as a Greens member that I don’t worship Obomber and would have preferred to see Ron Paul get in rather than that Goldman Sachs stooge. This is very concerning indeed. I am a twitter follower of organisations like Demand Progress, the EFF and Advaaz. I have contributed to Wikileaks even though they have been blockaded and also to Bradley Manning’s defense fund. I often wonder whether I am leaving myself open to, well, who knows? I have retweeted heaps of links, that’s what twitter is for. I don’t have a lot of followers and rarely use hashtags. Cyprus is concerning, I think we all ought to be very worried indeed.
    Everyone should beat the blockade and contribute to Wikileaks. It may end up being vital:
    https://beattheblockade.org/

  5. Ross Kelly

    We might wonder if the word democracy can still apply to countries which have massive, unaccountable ‘secret states’ operating figuratively – and, no doubt, also literally – at a subterranean level? One hopes upon hope that some of the people involved will see past the seductive intrigue to contemplate that they are daily at risk of spreading the darkness in the name of keeping the light.

  6. Person Ordinary

    I hope that people reading this courageous piece really do slow down enough to appreciate the full magnitude of what is going on. It is easy to drift on autopilot when reading words like cybersecurity, thinking it is all about software and competition for funding and bureaucrats building empires. This is an end game for the world. This is the struggle for truth to overcome malevolent power. This is an increasingly explicit attempt to stop the internet evolving.

    It is futile, and that is what makes it so dangerous. Those trying to protect the secrecy that surrounds the true holders of power over humanity have no choice but to do whatever it takes. Those fighting for truth, in the knowledge that the old system is leading us to absolute destruction, will never see surrender as an option.

  7. GF50

    Well done Bernard, fair and fearless.
    From Obama’s first bid to win the Democrat candidacy for Pesident IMO he was limp lettuce. Obama talks the talk well enough to fool most of the people some of the time, but has NEVER walked the walk.
    His appointment of the Wall St Teflon Wizards to be his “financial” advisers and plunged the US of A. into recession was icing on the cake.
    He talks the talk well enough to fool most of the people some of the time, but has NEVER walked the walk, his character assessment of people is either non-existant or they show the his basic values.
    Petraeus. promoted from full knowledge of USA war crimes in Iraq to Afghanistan to CIA and the man couldn’t keep his fly zipped!! Great war criminal but a thinker NOT.
    Intelligence of any description cannot be used in conjunction with US of A, nor can Democracy, humanity, decency, liberty or free speech.
    I think that what Bernard has documented in this article, would be enough to put him on the USA list of undesirable alien, not for admission to the USA.
    Security, run for whom by who and in whose best interests! the big bogy man of “Police States”, totally anti-democratic and as Bernard, has stated used to intimidate and deny any dissenting voice.

  8. Person Ordinary

    With no intention to offend anyone, to expect Obama, or any US President, to have the power to change what is really going on is to miss the main game. The big players here use World Wars, ideologies, “terrorist” attacks, media empires and international institutions like pieces on a chess board. It is good to be angry, and ok to be ignorant, but counter-productive to misplace blame.

  9. Hamis Hill

    The Time of Desecration.

  10. GF50

    Hamis Hill, I agree with your post, but maintain that Obama is, at the least an “enabler” with very little “good judgement” and a lack of spine! and he is the current occupant of the “White House”
    As it is my criticism of the ALP Federal Government, they are not doing enough if anything to protect the Democratic rights of ALL Australians and the Australian Constitution. I do believe they are trying under very averse conditions! The Government cannot get a fair and fearless hearing and airing while LNP/MSM/ABC has vested interests in control of that message!

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