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Article posted Aug 09 2008, 6:41 AM Category: Commentary Source: Infowars Print

Law Professor: Counter Terrorism Czar Told Me There Is Going To Be An i-9/11 And An i-Patriot Act

Stanford Law professor Lawrence Lessig details government plans to overhaul and restrict the Internet
By Steve Watson

Amazing revelations have emerged concerning already existing government plans to overhaul the way the internet functions in order to apply much greater restrictions and control over the web.

Lawrence Lessig, a respected Law Professor from Stanford University told an audience at this years Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Half Moon Bay, California, that "There’s going to be an i-9/11 event" which will act as a catalyst for a radical reworking of the law pertaining to the internet.

Lessig also revealed that he had learned, during a dinner with former government Counter Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke, that there is already in existence a cyber equivalent of the Patriot Act, an "i-Patriot Act" if you will, and that the Justice Department is waiting for a cyber terrorism event in order to implement its provisions.

During a group panel segment titled "2018: Life on the Net", Lessig stated:
There’s going to be an i-9/11 event. Which doesn't necessarily mean an Al Qaeda attack, it means an event where the instability or the insecurity of the internet becomes manifest during a malicious event which then inspires the government into a response. You've got to remember that after 9/11 the government drew up the Patriot Act within 20 days and it was passed.

The Patriot Act is huge and I remember someone asking a Justice Department official how did they write such a large statute so quickly, and of course the answer was that it has been sitting in the drawers of the Justice Department for the last 20 years waiting for the event where they would pull it out.

Of course, the Patriot Act is filled with all sorts of insanity about changing the way civil rights are protected, or not protected in this instance. So I was having dinner with Richard Clarke and I asked him if there is an equivalent, is there an i-Patriot Act just sitting waiting for some substantial event as an excuse to radically change the way the internet works. He said "of course there is".
Watch Lessig reveal the details at 4.30 into the following video:

Lessig is the founder of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. He is founding board member of Creative Commons and is a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and of the Software Freedom Law Center. He is best known as a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark and radio frequency spectrum, particularly in technology applications.

These are clearly not the ravings of some paranoid cyber geek.

The Patriot Act, as well as its lesser known follow up the Domestic Security Enhancement Act 2003, also known as USA Patriot Act II, have been universally decried by civil libertarians and Constitutional scholars from across the political spectrum. They have stripped back basic rights and handed what have been described by even the most moderate critics as "dictatorial control" over to the president and the federal government.

Many believed that the legislation was a response to the attacks of 9/11, but the reality was that the Patriot Act was prepared way in advance of 9/11 and it sat dormant, awaiting an event to justify its implementation.

In the days after the attacks it was passed in the House by a majority of 357 to 66. It passed the Senate by 98 to 1. Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex) told the Washington Times that no member of Congress was even allowed to read the legislation.

Now we discover that exactly the same freedom restricting legislation has already been prepared for the cyber world. An i-9/11, as described by Lawrence Lessig, would provide the perfect pretext to implement such restrictions in one swift motion, as well as provide the justification for relegating and eliminating specific content and information on the web.

Such an event could come in the form of a major viral attack, the hacking of a major city's security or transport systems, or some other vital systems, or a combination of all of these things. Considering the amount of unanswered questions regarding 9/11 and all the indications that it was a covert false flag operation, it isn't hard to imagine such an event being played out in the cyber world.

However, regardless of any i-9/11 or i-Patriot Act, there is already a coordinated effort to stem the reach and influence of the internet. We have tirelessly warned of this general movement to restrict, censor, control and eventually completely shut down the internet as we know it, thereby killing the last real vestige of free speech in the world today and eliminating the greatest communication and information tool ever conceived.

Our governments have reams of legislation penned to put clamps on the web as we know it. Legislation such as the PRO-IP Act of 2007: H.R. 4279, that would create an IP czar at the Department of Justice and the Intellectual Property Enforcement Act of 2007: S. 522, which would create an entire ‘Intellectual Property Enforcement Network’. These are just two examples.

In addition, we have already seen how the major corporate websites and social networks are decentralizing and coming together to implement overarching identification, verification and access systems that have been described by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as "the beginning of a movement and the beginning of an industry.”

Some of these major tech companies have already joined efforts in projects such as the Information Card Foundation, which has proposed the creation of a system of internet ID cards that will be required for internet access. Of course, such a system would give those involved the ability to track and control user activity much more effectively. This is just one example.

In addition, as we reported yesterday, major transportation hubs like St. Pancras International, as well as libraries, big businesses, hospitals and other public outlets that offer wi-fi Internet, are blacklisting alternative news websites and making them completely inaccessible to their users.

These precedents are merely the first indication of what is planned for the Internet over the next 5-10 years, with the traditional web becoming little more than a vast spy database that catalogues people’s every activity and bombards them with commercials, while those who comply with centralized control and regulation of content will be free to enjoy the new super-fast Internet 2.

We must speak out about this rampant move to implement strict control mechanisms on the web NOW before it is too late, before the spine of the free internet is broken and its body essentially becomes paralyzed beyond repair.
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Hat Tip: Harold Gray,

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Posted: Aug 16 2008, 5:27 PM

There have already been a number of i9/11s, many changes in 'law'. I contacted the chair of ICANN as I considered handing over the Internet to the UN a betrayal of the human race. In the absense of a reply I filed with the ombudsman despite the fact that he too was an agent working for the UN not to mention he was appointed by the chair. The complaint was based on a conflict of interest though as he was appointed by the chair he could not claim independence. The ombudsman simply cancelled the complaint citing jurisdiction.

There are a number of issues easily overlooked in what happened. In so doing, he denied a fair and independent hearing and exposed the ombudsman as a public deception.

Posted: Aug 16 2008, 5:33 PM

By citing jurisdiction he was effectively saying he did not have the legal authority to investigate ICANN. This is one of the key issues relating to circumstances in which much of the world's population find themselves and I suspect throughout time people have been ruled through orchestrated ignorance.

For law to exist, it must derive its authority from somewhere. The laws around the world are a franchise operation based at the bar in london and due to abuses by an errant crown and the money lenders a foundation document was created. Law was placed over all power brokers and free men by the 'Magna Carta', it is from this document that jurisdiction is derived, a document which was forward binding ("for all time") and placed restrictions on the crown under whose authority the US president and the DOJ act.

Posted: Aug 16 2008, 5:43 PM

Congress can pass any acts it wants to but this doesn't make them law, indeed most of what the DOJ does and what they present is nonsense and in itself a violation of law. The state are typically holders of the greatest ignorance, they too are educated with false information.

The state and public are being re-educated, this is happening the world over now, substantially because of the free flow of information on the internet. An example of such activity in parliament square (numerous laws have been passed in England of a similar nature to America and they are unlawful):

Posted: Aug 16 2008, 5:53 PM

When on the wrong path sometimes the best route to take is backwards. There would be many different ideas as to what law should be and also whether it should be but I mention here how things are and ancient law relating to what we have in common as human beings that was placed in words in the magna carta; the state does not have the authority to exceed these binding limitations. Just as the ICANN ombudsman claimed he didn't have jurisdiction to do what he pretends to be doing, the public can educate themselves as to the different types of law and advise when there is no jurisdiction at all as occurs in the previous video clip.

As for orchestrated stunts to fake justification for the state to further control the Internet, going backwards in time stunts they have already played from Reagan to Bush are or have been subjected to legal challenge though I understand in instances the Supreme Court and media have attempted to censure this that the public don't find out conspiracy fact was proven and accepted as such.

Posted: Aug 17 2008, 5:15 AM

born free

People tend to realise they already know the law, it is written inside them and they can do what they want subject to violating the freedoms of others. This was expressed in words in the Magna Carta and placed with enduring supremacy over all power brokers, the church, the crown, the lords, free men and everywhere. These rights are what we have in common as human beings, it is often referred to as common law and in drafting the US constitution the words unalienable rights were used. These are your freedoms, the complexities and confusions in life are just a smokescreen. A state, king, judge or church does not have the authority to impose martial law or a speeding ticket, they have no jurisdiction for such nonsense so they create a contract and fudge consent. Quite likely as they were told what the law is they know least of all what the law really is. Your freedom doesn't have to be granted, it just has to be found and in a time of universal deceipt it bodes well to share what you find.

Posted: Aug 17 2008, 6:47 AM

The internet is the best tool we have available to us to spread information, the truth, regarding the massive and ongoing deception that has enslaved the majority for the benefit of the few. Will we all sit back and watch its destruction as we've watched our lives being stolen for generations? Forget everything you were taught at school and college and by the media. Do your own research, stop being a sponge for lies and deceit, wake up - Start with reading the Magna Carta!
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