08 August 2015

The Implications of a Cyber Pearl Harbor

After the recent data breach, blamed on China, there's a growing chorus warning of a Cyber Pearl Harbor. We've heard this for some time, but it is only in recent years, (in light of Snowden and Wikileaks) that we can fully appreciate the implications.

The Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex has grown exponentially in the wake of 2001. There is a growing fear within the Establishment of dissident activity, political organizing and the potential for economic subversion. Retired general and former presidential candidate Wesley Clark's recent and somewhat startling comments regarding prison camps demonstrate this. The fact that the mainstream media all but ignored it was also telling.

Some Christians have tried to make a point that Clark ran as a Democrat, as if Republican propagandists and especially Christian conservatives haven't expressed such opinions. There has been a steady call for Japanese style 'internment camps' since 2001. The fact that a mainstream thinker, not a pundit, is willing to utilize such language and for the media not to make a point of it is worthy of note.

As 9/11 was utilized to create the DHS, pass the Patriot Act and launch the United States into a worldwide and seemingly endless conflict we are right to take this language seriously. The Unitary Executive seeks to turn all aspects of life into a warzone, the realm of dictatorial extra-Constitutional powers.

It is on this point perhaps more than any other that Obama betrayed his most ardent supporters. It is at this point that Continuation and Enhancement rather than Change accurately describes his core agenda.

PNAC and other imperialist thinkers believed a new Pearl Harbor was necessary to force the American public into supporting their wider global aspirations. With the sudden arrival of the Internet Age, it would seem that already new justifications are required for taking the American Empire project to the next level.

Total Information Awareness (TIA) was never abandoned but it was parceled and cast into the shadows. Over a decade later, the growing complexity of our society requires a new paradigm, a new algorithm for control of the information and maintenance of power.

We knew the Internet Age would change the world. That was clear twenty years ago. No one could have imagined how quickly it would change society and the possibilities it contained. In one brief period we have tasted boundless possibility and yet in a flash we are presented with the framework of a dystopia only imagined on the pages of Science Fiction. The door to Libertarian dream and aspiration may in the end open to reveal a Totalitarian nightmare. We shouldn't be surprised.

Whether such 'Pearl Harbor' event proved to be orchestrated or merely capitalised upon, either way there are far from dormant powers waiting to act.