When Technology Turns Against Us
By Jan Markell
We all know we are heading into a full-blown
surveillance society. The U.K. probably heads the world in
this effort, but the U.S. is nipping at its heels. The Obama
administration is assuring that.
Newsmax online is reporting the fact that Obama is
eyeing the Internet to ID all Americans. This was preceded
by the Net Neutrality Act which was the first phase of the
government monitoring the Internet. White House
Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt says, "This is the
perfect spot in the U.S. government to centralize efforts
toward creating an 'identity ecosystem' for the Internet."
Privacy groups are alerting that this is an absolute
infringement on Americans' rights. The Department of
Homeland Security will also help implement this.
Keep in mind the power of the Internet and computer
technology. The Stuxnet computer worm was reportedly more
effective in setting back Iran's nuclear plans a couple
years than anything else, including an air strike. Stuxnet's
complexity has stunned the computer security industry. It
was certainly affiliated with a government -- likely Israel,
possibly with U.S. help. The worm had Iran's name on it and
specifically their nuclear computers. Why have we not heard
more about this? It may be the technological story of 2010.
But is Stuxnet an argument for a supra-national government
body to regulate cyberspace?
The Obama administration has back-up support from a U.N.
office in Geneva where officials from 18 countries voted to
staff a working group on the future of something called
Internet Governance Forum. Since it's the U.N., there is
already reason to be concerned. The plan was supported by
China and, not without surprise, Iran. So, it has global
impact, not just Obama impact.
For good or bad, technology is taking center stage. It
has for 25 years or more. Time magazine's man of the year is
Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook. This communication
tool has taken the world by storm. Zuckerberg is worth about
$50 billion as a result of a device that helps people
communicate with one another. People are eager to make
friends even if some of them could be suspect. It helps them
feel connected and not isolated, something essential in our
21st century impersonal world.
Enter Antichrist. Is he waiting in the wings? Perhaps.
Technology will drive the final generation. In a sense, it
already is. Everything in Revelation 13 depends on
technology: The electronic money system, electronic control
of the media, electronic control of commerce and even
electronic control of the one-world religion. When "Mr.
Fix-it" enters the scene, the technology infrastructure must
be in place. His empire is limited -- seven years.
The equally-popular Twitter could also be abused. The
Iranian youth revolution of a couple years ago was
coordinated heavily by the young people tweeting one
another. If untrained youth can run a revolution --
admittedly unsuccessful due to Iran's president and her
mullahs -- how could Antichrist use it against the world?
Whether it's net neutrality, an effort to use the
Internet to ID all Americans, Facebook, Twitter, or an
all-new scheme to come down the pike to use the magic of
modern-day technology to limit freedoms, stay on guard. We
may not be able to stem the tide of intrusiveness and even
an ID effort. The Bible talks too much about such themes as
privacy loss under the rule of Antichrist, but please don't
fall under the spell of "it's predicted, we can't fight it,
let's surrender." As Edmund Burke said, "All that is
necessary for evil to prosper is for good people to do
But the end-time technological infrastructure is being
put in place as I write this. It could take weeks or it
could take years for complete implementation. This is a
reminder to stay tuned and to spot the efforts as they are
introduced by snoopy governments and the U.N. Please speak
up when you can and let it be known that some freedom-loving
people will protest until the end, even if, in the end, evil
triumphs. Remember to read the last chapter. Evil triumphs
only temporarily. The King of kings will return to right all
these wrongs and abominations!
Jack Kinsella and I talk about this issue, including
expanding on the Stuxnet worm affecting Iran's computers, in
a current radio program now posted to "Radio Archives."
To better understand this, visit our Web category of The
New World Order found here. This is not strange conspiracy
talk. This is reality. There are forces trying to monitor
and regulate everything, leaving world citizens with little
privacy. Suggesting there is a "shadow government" is no
longer a "fringe" issue.
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