CNN warns of Egyptian-style takeover of electronic communication in the U.S.

It seems like this is the kind of thing Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck has been criticized for putting out on the airwaves – the notion the government could shutdown electronic communications in the United States similar to what has been done in Egypt over the past several days, as its government has reacted to turmoil engulfing the country.

On Sunday evening’s “CNN Newsroom,” host Don Lemon and his guest, hacker-turned-cyber security expert Gregory Evans, explored all the various way this Egyptian movement was attempting to overcome blocks put on electronic communications by the government. Lemon suggested that the U.S. government could do that same thing the Egyptians are doing now, and even said he thought “it probably could happen in the United States.”

And according to Evans, he was right.

“It could happen here and it will happen – when, you know that emergency broadcasting system everybody never really pays attention to?” Evans said. “So that right there – if we were in the state of an emergency, in a civil war, the government can then seize all communications and since Internet is part of that communications – yes, they can take over your TV, your radio and your Internet.”


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  • Sproing

    The frightening thing is that there would probably be a sizable percentage (if not a slight majority) of people who would agree that the govt had a right and a duty to take over the Internet ti insure the “general welfare” of the nation.

    We often forget that the American Revolution was fought by and supported by probably no m ore then about 1/3 of the population of the 13 colonies. The rest were either not concerned or interested or were open supporters of the English Monarchies right to rule as it saw fit.

    The same would happen here since close to 50% of the population is dependent upon some sort of government support be it an entitlement, employment, or downright charity.

  • Joy

    This new government issued ID to access the internet?? Scarry as hell.

  • Lou

    The Cybersecurity Act is one of the bills that will do it. Part of the language was modeled after the governmental controls in Communist China –

    “Homeland Security” is a ruse meant to gain more and more control over Americans. They are the ones that thought up the naked body scanners and enhanced sexual groping at airports.

    We are in big trouble here.

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