The US government pays gargantuan amount of money every year for what is called Internet freedom in other countries, but the question is to what extent this freedom should be observed and does it include all?
While the US government has spared no effort over the past year to intensify sanctions against the Iranian nation, its president Barack Obama has recently said that he wants to provide facilities to receive the viewpoints of the Iranian nation and understand their wishes.
In his TV message, Obama claimed that he has set up a cyber space in the Internet so that the Iranian people could see what the US says and the use of Farsi language in the facebook, twitter, and Google Plus is provided for the Iranian citizens and their acquaintance with the US policies.
These apparently sympathetic statements indicate that Obama has considered a special value for cyber space and the Internet, and that he plans to further spread his information hegemony over this. Despite the US colossal expenses for spreading the Internet in other countries, the US regime is seeking to create a national Internet within the US borders and this is a move clearly showing contradiction in the words and deeds of the White House.
The US goal of creating such a space is to reduce cyber threats against its sites.
Former chief of the US spying network, the notorious CIA, Michael Haden has announced that the cyber space is similar to an operation front and the US should be able to cut off the Internet. Based on this, a number of the US Federal officials including the country’s head of cyber headquarters have proposed a project titled “Secure” in the Internet. Visitors in this space are forced to use special certificates for entrance and this ignores the 4th complementary to the US constitution on the observance of users’ privacy.
The US government pays gargantuan amount of money every year for what is called Internet freedom in other countries, but the question is to what extent this freedom should be observed and does it include all? With so many instances of freedom violation in the US, we realize that this is not a serious topic. For instance, last year WikiLeaks faced with strict restrictions due to release of some confidential documents which led to the disgrace of the US officials in the world. The complaint that the US government lodged against the site’s founder Julian Assange confirms its anger over the release of the documents on its activities in Afghanistan and Iraq. The complaint did not suffice here and five great economic institutions in the US tried to freeze WikiLeaks assets to inflict economic blow on its operators.
For sure, there are plenty of such instances. An employee of the US state department Peter Van Buren was fired due to publishing a book on the failure of US policies in Iraq. Van Buren says, “Since 2008, the US government has spent over 76 million dollars for supporting freedom of Internet and contributing the Internet users all over the world. Of course most of the money has been paid against the countries which have no good relationship with the US. On the other hand, the country’s state department has come to the conclusion that unlimited freedom of cyber space is inappropriate and thus it has tried to restrict freedom in this area. The US administration has spent a lot for limiting the opposition web logs and this is the same thing which we call hypocrisy and deception.”
US treasury department has recently released certain information in which the conditions for getting permission and instruction for what is called more support for free flow of information for Iranian citizens have been explained. In March 2010, the US government changed part of the laws in a bid to support what it calls the free flow of information for Iranian citizens. Under these laws, Iranians can have a free of charge use of certain services and software in the exchange of personal communications in the Internet. Washington’s goal is to help those who plan to counter the Islamic Republic of Iran’s system. Moreover, the US regime thinks that free access of Iranians to cyber space can affect the religious beliefs of Iranian Muslims because of the immoral and filthy content of the sites.
Although numerous economic, political and scientific sanctions of the US against the Iranian people over the past 33 years have not hindered the progress of Iranian people and the Islamic revolution, at times they have created problems for people. For instance, if we consider the US facilitating use of the Internet an honest effort for the Iranian people, what should we consider the sanctions on Iran’s aviation industry which threaten the people’s life?
The US government has raised and pursued Internet freedom for others. The Center for a New American Security CNAS in a report titled “Internet Freedom” written by Richard Fontaine and Will Rogers has examined the current situation of Internet Freedom in the world and the necessary US strategies in this relation. The report says that the US is in need of a comprehensive Internet Freedom strategy, for the Internet has turned into a great and effective power in the international affairs. But in continuation, the report says that the communication technology is a double-edged sword and the American politicians should well understand the intricate role that this technology plays in the political developments and the manner of the technology’s interaction with the US foreign policy objectives.
The taken measures show the idea that the new technology of communications helps to establishment of freedom even in the online space is very misleading. The US spread of Internet freedom is just a deceiving slogan and it is almost impossible because it requires tension with the foreign, economic and national policies of the US government.
This works specifically in the field of cyber security, something which the US makes hues and cries about but the fact is that the US government’s fear of the media increases day by day and all this ballyhoo is carried out with the aim of materializing the dream which has been foiled years ago by the Iranian nation.
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