How ludicrous can the war on terror get? Now it seems that you’re not safe even when you’re cruising around the electronic social scene. The pentagon has now declared that online games are “creating security vulnerabilities by opening novel ways for terrorists and criminals to move money, organize and conduct corporate espionage.”
The Washington Post names Second Life as a prominent organization and goes on to explain for those over the age of virtual comprehension exactly what the degenerates who use Second Life are doing. Maybe it’s just me, but I think that if terrorists spent time chatting and having sex in MMORGs they would have less time for plotting and propogating.
“Nascent economies have sprung to life in these 3-D worlds, complete with currency, banks and shopping malls.”
Actually, Second Life has recently placed a worldwide ban on banking. So what if Achmed wants to change his rubles into Linden dollars and go get the latest Gucci purse for his stripper alter-ego? I suppose he might hack into the Gucci website and copy their blueprints for a land mine.
“Unfortunately, what started out as a benign environment where people would congregate to share information or explore fantasy worlds is now offering the opportunity for religious/political extremists to recruit, rehearse, transfer money, and ultimately engage in information warfare or worse with impunity.”
Actually, the Internet was invented for military purposes. Also, what happened to free speech? Whichever bonehead released this spicy information to the press is simply supporting and spreading the police state propaganda that keeps people jumping up and down with hatred of the “enemy”- whoever that might be. What is information warfare? That speechwriter should get an Opacity Award.
“The CIA has created a few virtual islands for internal use, such as training and unclassified meetings, government officials said.”
So let me get this straight. The CIA is a government agency that employs people with my tax dollars to spy on me by playing a video game.
“Criminals, terrorists and others have used Web sites for more than a decade to recruit, operate scams and trade pornography.”
If this little diatribe doesn’t clearly emphasize a need for an independent, non-partisan news source, it’s hard to imagine any more convincing case. I might actually remember that the Washington Post’s official stance is that up until Wednesday, February 6, the date of this article’s publication, the writers and/or editors were unaware of the Internet’s pornography industry.
The article concludes with broad sweeping statements about the Internet’s capability for the transfer of secret messages and the clandestine training and incitation of terrorists and terrorism. Because the Pentagon has to get their dirty little fingers in everything, even people trying to waste away comfortably playing a really poor video game are now, as usual, under Sauron’s eye again.