Politicians aim at terrorist web presence
"We cannot cede cyberspace to the Islamist terrorists because if we do, they will successfully carry out attacks against us in our normal environment" was the rallying cry from Sen. Joseph Lieberman today at a morning hearing entitled "The Internet: A Portal to Violent Islamist Extremism." While any non-Islamist terrorists can breath a sigh of relief, as apparently they are free to do whatever they please on the internet, this could signal trouble for the rest of us. A review of the hearing gives the impression that the government is contemplating starting a program to police cyberspace. As if attempting to police the entire earth wasn't enough, let's just extend that to online as well.
Not to say that terrorism should be tolerated, but is the internet really the source of the problem? Isn't this merely skirting the issue, and grasping at straws? Even if the Al-Qaida presence is shut down online, will that really end terrorism? At best, it slows them down temporarily. Is that worth the cost? If you start policing the internet for terrorists, why stop there? Why not take down any anti-American website? Why not take down any site that isn't completely pro-America? Even if you shut down a terrorist site, it's only a matter of time before it reappears. Perhaps we should be worrying about physical terrorism, instead of online terrorist conversations. If nothing else, these sites give us an insight into what the terrorists are thinking. These sites aren't doing any harm, it's the terrorists themselves that are the problem. Leave our blessed internet alone.
Anyway, read more about the hearing and decide how you feel.