“The idea actually sounds similar to Hillary Clinton’s,” Robert Hackett reports for Fortune. “The year’s top presidential contenders have begun floating their plans to combat the self-identified Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).”
“Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is floating the idea of employing Silicon Valley’s ‘great disrupters’ to block the extremist group’s online communications and content,” Hackett reports. “At a campaign rally aboard the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C., Trump suggested that Microsoft founder Bill Gates, could possibly help censor parts of the online world.”
Because we’re losing a lot of the people to the Internet. And we have to do something. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening; we have to talk to them, maybe in certain areas closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say “Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech!” These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people. We’ve got to maybe do something with the Internet because they are recruiting by the thousands. They’re leaving our country and then, when they come back, we take them back, “Oh, come on back. Where were you?” “I was fighting for ISIS.” “Oh, come on back. Go home. Enjoy yourself.” When they leave our country and they go to fight for ISIS or any of the other groups, they [can] never come back, they never can come back. They never can come back. They can never, ever, ever, ever come back. It’s over.
How ’bout that? And now they become radicalized, they’re totally radicalized. And how about the woman? She was in Pakistan, then Saudi Arabia. She… comes in on an engagement deal [fiancee visa] and she radicalized the guy. Probably a guy couldn’t get women. I don’t know what the hell his problem [was]. Probably the first woman he’s ever… I don’t know what was going on, but he became radicalized quickly. You notice how easy it is? He becomes radicalized and them they go on a spree.
Folks, those days are over. Those days are over. We have to be tough. We have to be smart. We have to be vigilant. Yes, we have to look at mosques. And we have to respect mosques. But, yes, we have to look at mosques. We have no choice. — Donald Trump
Internet comments begin at the 23:35 mark:
Hackett writes, “For all the ambiguities that remain in the plan — and yes, there are many — Trump’s idea actually sounds rather similar to Clinton’s, though it is a bit more ridiculously presented through his sole name-checking of the tech magnate.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Holy crap! No wonder “traditional” politicians like Hillary and Jeb look like they just saw Bigfoot skimming across Loch Ness atop a pink unicorn.
Mouths agape, they must ask themselves daily, “How do we respond to that?”
We’ll give Trump one thing: He is entertaining. Judging from newsreels, so was… well, let’s stop there as we don’t want to get arrested for violating Godwin’s Law.
And now, here are our Takes repurposed from our response to Hillary Clinton’s “ideas” from yesterday as they are equally applicable to these “ideas” from Trump:
As per Trumps’s comment, “Somebody will say ‘Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech!'”
As if predicting what somebody will say somehow obviates the point.
Freedom of speech is not a nuisance to be dispensed with when one doesn’t like or agree with the speech. Either everybody has freedom of speech or nobody does.
Adhere to the U.S. Constitution.
• Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. — Alfred Whitney Griswold, 16th President of Yale University
• If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. —Noam Chomsky
• None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information. This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn’t give it up. We shouldn’t give in to scare-mongering or to people who fundamentally don’t understand the details. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, February 27, 2015
• Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear. — U.S. President Harry S. Truman
• Terrorism is horrible and must be stopped. All of us must do everything we can do to stop this craziness… these people shouldn’t exist. They should be eliminated… You don’t want to eliminate everyone’s privacy. If you do, you not only don’t solve the terrorist issue but you also take away something that is a human right. The consequences of doing that are very significant. Apple CEO Tim Cook, February 27, 2015
• Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
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Hillary Clinton: We need to put Silicon Valley tech firms to ‘work at disrupting ISIS’ – December 7, 2015
Tim Cook attacks Google, U.S. federal government over right to privacy abuses – June 3, 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook advocates privacy, says terrorists should be ‘eliminated’ – February 27, 2015
Apple’s iPhone encryption is a godsend, even if government snoops and cops hate it – October 8, 2014
Short-timer U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder blasts Apple for protecting users’ privacy against government overreach – September 30, 2014
FBI blasts Apple for protective users’ privacy by locking government, police out of iPhones and iPads – September 25, 2014
Apple thinks different about privacy – September 23, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook ups privacy to new level, takes direct swipe at Google – September 18, 2014
Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for government, police – even with search warrants – September 18, 2014
Would you trade privacy for national security? Most Americans wouldn’t – August 6, 2014
Apple begins encrypting iCloud email sent between providers – July 15, 2014
Obama administration demands master encryption keys from firms in order to conduct electronic surveillance against Internet users – July 24, 2013
U.S. NSA seeks to build quantum computer to crack most types of encryption – January 3, 2014
Apple’s iMessage encryption trips up U.S. feds’ surveillance – April 4, 2013