By Gregory Carpenter | National Security Contributor | NEWSL
Technology is an amazing thing. It can take us to places we’ve never been before, teach us things we’ve never known before and help us to understand the world in a way we never thought possible.
There are many good aspects of technology, but there are bad aspects to it too. It can be used by people and governments to steal, bully and disrupt people’s everyday lives.
For the past couple decades we have seen computer hackers steal from banks, NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange. They steal from citizens and governments alike. Few are caught and prosecuted, while many more join their ranks every day. The computer network defense industry has established programs to help teach people different ways to catch these hackers.
For example, the EC Counsel has a program called the Certified Ethical Hacker training which teaches people how to hack their own systems so they may identify vulnerabilities and take measures to keep bad hackers out. The EC Counsel is one of many that offer this training, and they are considered by many to be of the best to offer this very successful program of instruction.
But is it enough to stop hackers from disrupting our lives?
The industry is taking no chances, so they continue to look for ways to improve every day. Government on the other hand is imposing Net Neutrality to watch where you surf and monitor and limit (and ultimately control) access.
Net Neutrality potentially allows for the UN to take control of the internet.
The question is, “What drives industry, the government and hackers?”
President Dwight Eisenhower warned in his farewell address of the expanding defense industrial base, which was evident in World War I, went dormant, and reemerged again during World War II. Most technology solutions these days are either driven by federal government needs and designs, or are funded by the federal government. President Eisenhower had the foresight to see this happening in new it would be a pecuniary problem.
Since Eisenhower left office in 1961, these United States have been involved in many wars and conflicts around the world. Today, US troops are operating in more than 80 countries around the world. This broad expansion of military activity requires cutting-edge technology because many of the operations are conducted by small teams and not the large, set-piece armies like those that fought in World War II and Korea.
To supplement the small teams, these United States must have the best technology to support them in all their endeavors. But should we really have troops deployed to so many locations?
The founders knew we needed strong militias to protect the citizenry from an invasion. They ensured that the Second Amendment, explicitly written with protection from infringement, enabled citizens to also protect themselves from an aggressive, tyrannical government.
With government dictating technology and technological advances, most of the applications for new technologies have a military focus. The focus on and for the general good of the people is fuzzier.
This defines a problematic situation.
Who designed the interstate highway system? Who designed the suburbs? The answer is a simple one, the federal government did. Why is this important?
Understanding that one’s daily commute is a design by government to ensure you purchase more fuel and purchase automobiles in a regular manner, generates more funds to the federal government to do with as it pleases. This requires an obligation and awareness by citizens for watching the raising of tax revenue and operating revenue so that voters are tuned into the false transparency of this type of transaction.
By designing suburbia, we intentionally went from a cash society to a credit society. This design consequently requires the accumulation of debt in order to function. The winners in a debt society are the bankers, through the Federal Reserve System (created by the bankers), who loan money to the federal government. The bankers are the ones pulling the strings for the federal government and they see a “cash cow” in technological development. This technology cash cow nicely supplements their other incomes through a debt-model society.
By funding wars as they have done for the past hundred years, the bankers direct the federal government to grant huge contracts for stabilization and reconstruction, as well as provide the funding to actually support war in the first place — we are the losers in this deadly game.
By mobilizing citizens to become active in their state, local and federal government we can regain the fiscal oversight and control we so desperately need to stabilize then grow the economy.
It is not the job of the federal government to create jobs. In a free-market economy that is the role of private businesses.
Our job is a simple one, we must reengage citizens to take action and get involved. The founders envisioned and prescribed, through the Constitution, a functioning government centered on free-market principles. To become unmoored from these principles creates economic dysfunction.
Technology can once again be used for good constructive purposes, but it is up to us to make this a reality.
Make something good happen, be the person to make a difference and get involved, we all want a better America for our children and we owe it to them to do whatever we can to make this country prosperous again.
Be that patriot, the one who would make the Founding Fathers proud of your participation and passion.