Well, the computer hacking group calling itself Anonymous is at it again, this time apparently hacking western intelligence agencies, according to this article from The Daily Bell on the third of this month:
According to the article, citing an AP story, the group of computer hackers taped into a supposedly secure conference call with the FBI on January 17 of this year, a call in which the agency was discussing the very group hacking the call! But the real problem the group poses is a symbolic one, if one reads a bit between the following lines:
"Given that there are tens of millions of non-law enforcement affiliated young men (mostly) that are good at hacking and many fewer law enforcement agents and military ops, the numbers are not on the side of law enforcement. It seems to us that inevitably over time more government information will be compromised and publicized.
"Most of the time, the perspective of the alternative media is that the Anglospherepower elite is an implacable entity that will use new technologies to impose a total Orwellian state on the world. But this has never entirely made sense to us, simply in terms of demographics.
"There are billions of people who are not "elite" and only a handful who are. When an emergent technology such as is encompassed by the Internet becomes available, the human instinct is to exploit it to the full."
Enter the attempt to regulate the Internet. But this, as the article also avers, will be no more successful than the Soviet Union's attempt to quash unauthorized samizdat manuscripts from circulating. The Internet only serves to magnify and intensify internal stresses and factional interests within the elite, and adding to that, one has a growing group of computer-savvy, independent minded people in the world that are not beholden to any elite:
"From the standpoint of the literally millions of individuals who work for Western Intel agencies, the problematic paradigm of the Internet is likely not going to go away. For every abusive sociopath working for an intelligence agency, there is likely a dedicated public servant who believes that what he or she is doing is for the betterment of society and humanity.
"But in fact, these Intel agencies at the very top work for the great central banking families that want to run the world. This paradigm, from what we can tell, was developed privately and then migrated gradually to the "state" itself. Thus we have bifurcated Intel ops."
In other words, the Internet not only serves to make people aware of the internal cracks and fissures within the elite power structure, but itself is also a contributory factor to it: "Ordinarily, this wouldn't be a problem, but in the Internet era, the steady drip-drip-drip of expanding authoritarianism will gradually raise the level of cognitive dissonance within these agencies."
There's the rub, and it's the same problem that the old Soviet Union faced, only magnified greatly, namely, as the intertia of the central authority along with its own inbred corruption spread, so too did dissident voices and movements within the very bureaucracies and power structures put into place to spread that authority. Middle management, in other words, proved to be increasingly uncooperative to the dictats of the upper registers of the nomenklatura, which in the end became a vast irrelevancy. The Bell puts it this way:
"When the larger culture begins to see clearly that laws and wars are being manipulated to serve a larger agenda over which the average person has no say and actually disapproves of, then even those who are sworn to "serve and protect" will become doubtful about some of their assumptions."
In short, regulation of the Internet is only a temporary measure destined to fail. Humans will inevitably find a way around their would-be masters. The problem the elite has now is that for once, a technology is available that allows that normal human reaction to occur with much greater speed than before, while those same elites, using a centuries' old playbook and surrounded by lackeys of their own picking, who share their world view, are increasingly unable, by that very fact, to think outside their own box. In short, Mr. Rockefailure and Mr. Rottenchild are dottering powercrazed old men who simply cannot think, and all the institutions and mechanisms of their power are becoming increasingly threatened with obsolescence. The technicians, computer programers, scientists whom they have thought to entice with mere money, have their hands on technologies directly, and that makes them very unreliable servants.