[ExI] Security clearances

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Mon May 16 14:59:13 UTC 2016

On Sun, May 15, 2016 at 9:18 AM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:

> Suppose… someone figured out a way to crash the internet and shut down
> much or most electronic communications for just a day or two, even just a
> few hours.  Now suppose someone or someones realized the perfect time to
> pull this gag: on USA election day 2016.  What if there is suddenly no
> news, no email, no internet, nada nada nada.  The phones all still work,
> but what good are they?  Who are you going to call?
Internetbusters!  (Sorry, too easy.)

> We are all dependent on electronic communications.  If that whole system
> somehow crashes on USA election day, we will not know what happened that
> day and will not accept the outcome after the fact, even if anyone can tell
> us what that outcome was.  We will have no way of verifying it.

This is already the case in many areas without supposing an Internet
outage.  Even if everything went as normal and Trump lost, he could simply
throw out allegations of rigged voting and a large number of people would
believe him...and given his words to date, many would conclude he would
like a riot - perhaps armed insurrection, but certainly not accepting as
legitimate a victory by anyone other than Trump - in that case.

That's part of the problem: a large number of people concluding "Trump
didn't win, therefore I have the right to not pay taxes, maybe disregard
any and all other laws as I see fit, and shoot any cops who try to convince
me otherwise".
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