India bans blogs fuelling hatred !
BLOGS BANNED !
A dose of Reality Check never harmed anyone, right ?
The government has not blocked blogs as an anti-terrorist measure. They claim the following
The order banning blog sites was issued on July 13 though it was not officially announced. The Government alleges these blogsites were fuelling hatred and communalism.
However, the Government also clarified its stand saying that they were not trying to censor free speech in the country but that these sites have been under security check much before the terrorist attacks.
Source : IBNLIVE
So who gets to define “hatred” and “communalism” ? Which other sites are under “security check” ? Should all public writing be in favour of the UPA government ? How is this any different from China ? Atleast China is honest about it !
I invite the Indian government to ban wordpress too, since it hosts this site. I dont know whether to feel happy or insulted. Are we not uncomfortable enough for the politicians ?
Anyway, being the conspiracy theorist that I am, I cant believe that the government is “ham handed” or “inept”. (Suggested here) Maybe they are just hiding under the cloak of incompetence. I am sure every ISP would have told the government that it is impossible to just ban a single webpage or a single weblog.
How to catch a terrorist blogger
Assume a terrorist cell is using a blogsite called techjihadi. bloger. com. The right approach would be to :
- Ask all ISPs to submit their DNS logs (search for requests for the banned sites) Make a pattern of where and when these requests originate.
- Set up a honeypot website which will lure the terrorists to a fake blogsite
- Once they are on your “honeypot” website, you have many options including installing some cookies on their machine, or luring them to install an infected piece of software
- Stealth is the key ! The bloggers should have no idea they are being watched
By banning blogspot and typepad, you have injured the investigations to no end. If there were indeed some sites which served as the communications channel, you have RUINED any chance of tracking them down. Now, everyone is tipped off about the ban and your ban is useless.
PS: All the above assumes that the blog-ban is an anti-terrorism measure.
There is great room to suspect that the real reason is something entirely different. Why would Dalitstan and Hinduunity be banned ? Certainly they have nothing to do with Jihadis. Could this ban be to muzzle the public voices against the upcoming issues in the next two weeks ?
Whichever way you look at it, this is a shameful day for this country. India is now the laughing stock of the world – and deservedly so.