Thursday, January 31, 2008

Blogger Crackdown?

HotAir has the details-

The exercise was a big deal for all concerned.

The $3 million, invitation-only war game simulated what the U.S. describes as plausible attacks over five days in February 2006 against the technology industry, transportation lines and energy utilities by anti-globalization hackers.

Imagined villains included hackers, bloggers and even reporters. In one scenario, after mock electronic attacks overwhelmed computers at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, an unspecified "major news network" airing reports about the attackers refused to reveal its sources to the government. Other simulated reporters were duped into spreading "believable but misleading" information that confused the public and financial markets, according to the government's documents.

The bloggers crime during the exercise was pretty bizarre-

Bloggers revealed locations of railcars with hazardous materials.

Are they implying that bloggers can't be trusted and therefore need to be controlled? Interesting that in planning their response to a major terrorist attack the DHS is highlighting their concerns about bloggers and the press. We've already seen how the government treats the Second Amendment during an emergency (Katrina) so what are the odds that there's a contingency plan being developed, or already in place, to curtail the First?

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