March 23, 2009 According to the great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller, nephew of banker David Rockefeller, and former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller the internet represents a serious threat to national security. Rockefeller is not alone in this assessment. His belief that the internet is the number one national hazard to national security is shared by the former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell and Obamas current director Admiral Dennis C. Blair.
It really almost makes you ask the question would it have been better if we had never invented the internet, Rockefeller mused during the confirmation hearing of Gary Locke (see video), Obamas choice for Commerce Secretary. He then cites a dubious figure of three million cyber attacks launched against the Department of Defense every day. Everybody is attacked, anybody can do it. People say, well its China and Russia, but there could be some kid in Latvia doing the same thing.
Jay Rockefellers comments reveal an astounding degree of ignorance or if not ignorance, outright propaganda. Since the September 11, 2001, attacks the government has cranked up the fear quotient in regard to cyber attacks and so-called cyber terrorism, a virtually non-existent threat except in the minds security experts and politicians. In the years since the attacks, not one real instance of real cyberterrorism has been recorded.