October 23, 2012
Under the rubric of combating international terrorism, the United Nations is calling for pervasive and widespread internet surveillance, Declan McCullagh reported on Monday.
Terrorists are exploiting Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Dropbox, to spread “propaganda” and open Wi-Fi networks in airports and libraries pose a threat to national security and enable “perpetrators,” according to “The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes,” a PDF released at a conference in Vienna held by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The globalist organization claims terrorists are running rampant on the internet and leveraging social networks because there “is the lack of an internationally agreed framework for retention of data held by ISPs,” particularly in the United States.
The United Nations report was produced in collaboration with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force. Members include the World Bank, Interpol, the World Health Organization, and the International Monetary Fund.
McCullagh notes that the UNODC effort parallels one by the U.S. Justice Department. It also arrives as Congress wrestles with cybersecurity legislation.
In September, we reported on Obama’s plan to issue an executive order creating a government bureaucracy empowered to protect vital computer networks from cyber attacks after Republicans blocked cyber security legislation in the Senate.
We also noted that the government claim that terrorists and hackers threaten the power grid in the United States is a red herring.
The UN plan calls specifically for data retention by ISPs and providers that allow anonymous access to the internet, such as cyber cafes and open Wi-Fi networks.
“Requiring registration for the use of Wi-Fi networks or cybercafes could provide an important data source for criminal investigations,” the report states. “There is some doubt about the utility of targeting such measures at Internet cafes only when other forms of public Internet access (e.g. airports, libraries and public Wi-Fi hotspots) offer criminals (including terrorists) the same access opportunities and are unregulated.”
The United Nations also wants to institute cell phone location tracking, outlaw violent video games produced by “terrorist organizations,” and use tax payer money to reimburse ISPs (many that are transnational corporations) for the “cost of providing such capabilities.”