UK Prime Minister Seeks International Internet Crackdown to “Prevent Extremism”

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by Cassius Methyl , The Mind Unleashed

10 people were reportedly killed in an incident on and near the London Bridge a few days ago, and 47 more were said to be injured. You probably already know this: the mainstream media globally seized this event and decided to give it non-stop coverage in lock-step with the UK government.

A powerful figurehead is using this event to try and crack down on the greatest tool perhaps ever bestowed upon this era of activists and free thinkers: the Internet.

In a recent speech, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. Yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide.

We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning. And we need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online.”

As usual, they are trying to use a violent event to consolidate power over citizens. The threat to their power is obviously not found in extremist groups, but people who aren’t falling for lies.

Not only does she want the UK’s internet regulated, but the world internet: international agreements. The powers that be, at much higher echelons than the figurehead Theresa May, are apparently trying to speed up the process of eroding our freedom because the internet is really damaging the progress they’ve made consolidating power.

How much more obvious can it get? They want the internet regulated so that free thinking, disobedient people who won’t obey the state will not have a voice online.

In their ideal vision, people who disagree with the state would not be allowed to publish content like this article online. In their vision, ad revenue would be blocked from people like us, and dissidents would be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

They’re moving fast to consolidate power over citizens internationally. In the most bleak moments, where our hopes of reversing this trajectory seem completely impossible, we still can’t stop fighting it.

It’s understandable to find this redundant, but it must be said anyway: here is a little perspective. The number of people allegedly killed in the attack are shot and killed every week in rougher areas of the US. In Chicago, more people than this die every day. Pharmaceutical drugs kill thousands every year. Many things kill a lot of people every year, and the government doesn’t care.

Governments directly murder more people than this every week in military actions the general public doesn’t even have energy left to pay attention to, because all we can do is slave for euros and dollars, to enjoy the small amount of time we have left after that. We already know what is going on.

US drone strikes and attacks on innocent civilians in the Middle East kill thousands upon thousands of people, year after year, and the mainstream media doesn’t say a thing. This is so redundant and painfully obvious to those who pay attention, I can feel our collective patience with those who don’t pay attention growing strained.

To just be blunt: was this a false flag? Why out of nowhere, do attacks happen particularly in Europe lately, get massively publicized by the media, and then be used as leverage to further disarm and control citizens? Others suggest blowback from the killing of civilians in the Middle East is fueling terror, but I don’t think that’s what this is.

In the speech, Theresa May specifically emphasized that a pattern is unfolding of terror attacks that will grow worse. Personally, I think the powers that be are fostering and creating the terror to capitalize on it. I think the pattern is of their own creation.

Now, British police get automatic weapons while the general public is disarmed and unable to defend themselves. They will continue to try and crack down on us, and eventually some “terrorist attack” probably the size of 9/11 will finally give them the consent of enough uninformed people for a true, hardcore military crackdown on free thinkers and enemies of the state.

While in other parts of the world, the US and US-led coalition with British participation, kill hoards of innocent men, women, and children, the people in power who are murdering civilians there are trying to disarm civilians in their home country.

How many more times does some event like this have to happen, where every mainstream media outlet in existence comes together to crow over the ashes of the event at the same time? How completely in unison do mainstream media outlets have to work, all saying the same thing at the same time selectively honing in on tragedy for political reasons, for people to understand that the same people trying to disarm us basically own the media?

The powers that be must understand how exacerbated and tired all the aware people are, of the people who are not aware continuing to not see the pattern. Making it obvious to the aware, laughing in our faces while knowing it frustrates us for the rest of our people to not understand, it would seem as if that is another little strategy being used to deplete our collective inspiration.

But the people who know what these events are designed to do won’t stop. People paying attention might not be disarmed.

If you’d like to analyze closer exactly what the Prime Minister said, the transcript of her speech is as follows:

“Last night, our country fell victim to a brutal terrorist attack once again. As a result I have just chaired a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee, and I want to update you with the latest information about the attack.

Shortly before 10 past 10 yesterday evening, the Metropolitan Police received reports that a white van had struck pedestrians on London Bridge. It continued to drive from London Bridge to Borough Market, where three terrorists left the van and attacked innocent and unarmed civilians with blades and knives.

All three were wearing what appeared to be explosive vests, but the police have established that this clothing was fake and worn only to spread panic and fear.

As so often in such serious situations, the police responded with great courage and great speed. Armed offices from the Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police arrived at Borough Market within moments and shot and killed the three suspects.

The terrorists were confronted and shot by armed officers within eight minutes of the police receiving the first emergency call.

Seven people have died as a result of the attack, in addition to the three suspects shot dead by the police. Forty-eight people are being treated in several hospitals across London. Many have life-threatening conditions.

On behalf of the people of London and on behalf of the whole country, I want to thank and pay tribute to the professionalism and bravery of the police and the emergency services, and the courage of members of the public who defended themselves and others from the attackers. And our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and with their friends, families and loved ones.

This is, as we all know, the third terrorist attack Britain has experienced in the last three months. In March a similar attack took place just around the corner on Westminster Bridge.

Two weeks ago the Manchester Arena was attacked by a suicide bomber and now London has been struck once more.

And at the same time the security and intelligence agencies and police have disrupted five credible plots since the Westminster attack in March.

In terms of their planning and execution, the recent attacks are not connected but we believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face.

As terrorism breeds terrorism and perpetrators are inspired to attack, not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots after years of planning and training, and not even as lone attackers radicalised online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack.

We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. Things need to change and they need to change in four important ways.

First, while the recent attacks are not connected by common networks, they are connected in one important sense. They are bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred, sows division and promotes sectarianism.

It is an ideology that claims our Western values of freedom, democracy and human rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam. It is an ideology that is a perversion of Islam and a perversion of the truth.

Defeating this ideology is one of the great challenges of our time, but it cannot be defeated by military intervention alone. It will not be defeated by the maintenance of a permanent defensive counter-terrorism operation, however skillful its leaders and practitioners.

It will only be defeated when we turn people’s minds away from this violence and make them understand that our values – pluralistic British values – are superior to anything offered by the preachers and supporters of hate.

Second, we cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. Yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide.

We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning. And we need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online.

Third, while we need to deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online, we must not forget about the safe spaces that continue to exist in the real world. Yes, that means taking military action to destroy Isis in Iraq and Syria. But it also means taking action here at home.

While we have made significant progress in recent years, there is – to be frank – far too much tolerance of extremism in our country. So we need to become far more robust in identifying it and stamping it out across the public sector and across society. That will require some difficult, and often embarrassing, conversations.

But the whole of our country needs to come together to take on this extremism, and we need to live our lives not in a series of separated, segregated communities, but as one truly United Kingdom.

Fourth, we have a robust counter-terrorism strategy, that has proved successful over many years. But as the nature of the threat we face becomes more complex, more fragmented, more hidden, especially online, the strategy needs to keep up.

So in light of what we are learning about the changing threat, we need to review Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy to make sure the police and security services have all the powers they need.

And if we need to increase the length of custodial sentences for terrorist-related offences – even apparently less serious offences – that is what we will do.

Since the emergence of the threat from Islamist-inspired terrorism, our country has made significant progress in disrupting plots and protecting the public. But it is time to say `Enough is enough’.

Everybody needs to go about their lives as they normally would. Our society should continue to function in accordance with our values. But when it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism, things need to change.

As a mark of respect, two political parties have suspended our national campaigns for today. But violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process, so those campaigns will resume in full tomorrow and the General Election will go ahead as planned on Thursday.

As a country, our response must be as it has always been when we have been confronted by violence. We must come together, we must pull together, and united we will take on and defeat our enemies.”

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