Thursday, June 16, 2011
US Military using 'Internet in a Suitcase' to overthrow dictators
NY Times article. The military saw the advantage while in Afghanistan when they noticed that the Taliban would shut down the cell-phone system at night to run their own plans. They started placing cell-phone towers within their own protected bases to ensure that people could communicate.
This is a big step up from Voice of America where, instead of us beaming American propaganda across an Iron Curtain, we are leaking the Internet across these country borders to allow locals see what's happening here. Then they can organize their own protests using the existing social media without interference.
But will we deploy this within the brutal dictatorships that are our ostensible allies: Saudi Arabia and Bahrain?