Most US citizens are cyber-terrorists

From: Michael Wiik (
Date: Fri Jul 27 2001 - 15:04:47 MDT

There's been a lot of fictional scenarios for a totalitarian police
state arising in the US, ranging from commie takeovers to right-wing
religious zealots, but I dunno if anyone (till quite recently) expected
possible violation of copyrights as the trigger.


Duncan Frissell on why Napster users are federal felons

(Estimate 55 million felons. Frissell doesnt call them cyber-terrorists
but they're computer-using felons, so imho the term fits).

Copyright wars: Cops nab 14-year old, librarians as terrorists

>...librarians are finding themselves the subject of rhetoric usually
>reserved for terrorists or revolutionaries. "They've got their radical
>factions, like the Ruby Ridge or Waco types," who want to share all
>content for free, said Judith Platt, a spokeswoman for the Association of
>American Publishers.

Let's not forget the entire Internet was cooked up by cyber-terrorists
to begin with:

Taming the Wild, Wild Web
Corporations contend the Internet's freewheeling design kills
moneymaking opportunities.

> "The Internet is an important cultural phenomenon, but that doesn't excuse its failure to comply with basic economic laws," said Thomas Nolle, a New Jersey telecommunications consultant. "The problem is that it was devised by a bunch of hippie anarchists who didn't have a strong profit motive. But this is a business, not a government-sponsored network."

Ok, so he doesnt explicitly say 'cyber-terrorists' either, but in my
view any anarchist wth a computer must be a cyber-terrorist.

Actually, I would say anyone who actually has the temerity to actually
*use a computer* (as opposed to a media-conglomerate-approved device for
viewing or listening to media-conglomerate-approved content) is a
potential cyber-terrorist. The same should apply to those web users who
dare to turn javascript or images off, or refuse cookies. Hell, why not?

Surely business-minded extropians would support calls for massive
death^H^H^H^H^H re-edutainment camps to lock up these legions of wanton


Michael Wiik
Messagenet Communications Research
Washington DC Area Internet and WWW Consultants

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