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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > U.S. House Accelerates Anti P2P Legislation

U.S. House Accelerates Anti P2P Legislation

U.S. House Accelerates Anti P2P Legislation

Added: Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:File Sharing, Freedom, Right, Torrents, p2p, Protocol, Government, House Of Representatives, USA, bill, legislation, funding
The United States House Of Representatives, which has currently put forth a bill attempting to manipulate or control peer to peer networks, now has even more so a reason to confine these networks and applications. Tiversa Incorporated, a U.S. Security firm, has passed along evidence to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that classified military documents have been shared via some p2p networks. This of course will only inflame the situation, with those in government who lack knowledge of peer to peer networks and how they operate, quickly assuming it's a "devious" world with uncharted and dangerous possibilities.

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Tiversa has claimed that a minimum of two hundred sensitive documents, supposedly having the locations of U.S. secret military bases and camps overseas, data on classified military projects and defense contracts, and also documents that violate International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) rules, have been shared on the networks in question, using p2p applications. Of course regardless if it did or did not take place, the ill informed government, will probably use this as a motivating factor in determining the outcome of future legislation.

An executive at Tiversa has stated that at least one of the documents which allegedly were shared, contained personal data on dozens of soldiers from the Third Special Forces Group which is located in Fort Bragg North Carolina, and the document included the names and ages of their spouses and children. Sadly, this information can be considered a "national security risk" which would easily allow the shut down and seizure of many p2p developers applications which are based out of the United States.

This past July, headlines soared across the airwaves when Tiversa had disclosed that stemming from Pakistan, files were shared that had safe house locations for the family of President Barack Obama, the presidential motorcade routes, and other sensitive data, all found on a government P2P network. More news broke later that month on the alleged details about the president's helicopter, Marine One, which were traced back to a server located in Iran. That information had supposed been leaked onto an Iranian system from a P2P network.

"In an effort to understand the magnitude of P2P risks, and draft appropriate legislation, the committee asked us to provide additional examples following the hearing in July," said Scott Harrer, whom holds the title of Brand Director of the Pennsylvania based firm, Tiversa. Several of the alleged documents will be brought before the house committee at an undetermined time, when the House gathers to make decisive action and calls upon Tiversa to testify and bring forth all evidence against the p2p networks which have yet to be named.

This is no doubt "fuel for the fire" coming out of the cracks. For those of you not from the United States, or unfamiliar with it's precedents and regulations, any activity deemed as a "threat" to national security, can in fact be shut down without confirmation, swiftly and decisively, as means of protection from the supposed risks that can occur from the "threat". What this means, is that someone is building peer to peer communications into a new level, relating it with terrorism, and danger, which since the events of "9/11" in the United States, allows the government to easily impose it's will upon the people as long as it prevents further "terror" from occurring.

Tiversa, supposedly in frequent contact with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Army Criminal Investigation Command and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, has stated, "We have recently seen these files being downloaded in foreign countries, including China and Pakistan, and we have also seen user-issued searches for this type of sensitive data emanating from outside the U.S., so people are in fact actively looking for it." This means this is an attempt to make peer to peer technology out to be a direct invocation of threatening the security of the nation, and harsh legislation must be in effect as soon as possible, to remove this threat. Not suprisingly, Tiversa is also in direct association with popular Hollywood production companies such as Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, and Electronic Arts.

The funding for Tiversa has followed from it's affiliations with these companies, as well as it's current role as playing up the fact that many sensitive government materials believed to be as high as 13 million, have been downloaded across the p2p networks within the last two years. Concluding that as long as they can attempt to directly relate peer to peer communications with the sharing of highly classified government data, that the industry will maintain an edge in the battle for the shutdown of file sharing networks and the blocking of certain protocols online. Recently, Tiversa has claimed that important details on the Chicago transit system and it's security procedures were also shared amongst the networks, causing the heightened "terror" alert level in the metro areas, and increased security amongst subways, trains, and other transit services.

By all means, this is a highly calculated attempt by the industry to relate .torrents and other file sharing capabilities to terrorism, as the "politics of fear" always have a resulting effect of getting more people on board for the cause. Until recently, Tiversa was only a security firm which called themselves the "P2P intelligence experts", a team-for-hire, which tracked downloads and charted graphs resulting in industrial losses to entertainment industries at home and abroad. Pushing forth this so-called "evidence" can only help expand their company, of course. Sadly at the cost of the freedoms of not only Americans, but global citizens of Earth, as most United States decisions tend to have a "trickle-down" effect on other nations.

Leaks such as the government data which allegedly took place, typically when an operator of a computer installs an application such as Kazaa, LimeWire, BearShare, Morpheus, and/or FastTrack, with the sole purpose of sharing media such as songs and applications with others on the network. In most of these cases, human error allows this software to be installed incorrectly, and in result, the operator of the computer exposes not just the media they intended to share, but also other data that is stored within the hard drive. Amazing that military computer technicians, and other branches of government, are able to even install these applications without anyone noticing. Instead of going after the networks and developers whom run these applications, they should go after the lack-of-security and the personnel responsible for installing such software on highly classified computers. Even more so, the original person(s) involved in sharing these secretive materials, should be charged with treason, or another offense, but that has not seen the light of day yet.

Sadly, exactly the opposite is occuring, and as I reported around a week ago, Informed P2P User Act (HR 1319), would make it illegal for programs designed for peer-to-peer protocols, to share files that the owner of the computer running the application, is not first asked and consented to share. The bill was passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week. The bill which is intended to mandate that a user agree to the file-sharing first, directly contradicts another bill which was passed through Congress, H.R. 985, the Free Flow of Information Act of 2009, which stated that it was intended "To maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media." Which is exactly what file sharing networks do.

Oh the contradictions and irony of some of the bills that become law in the United States, as well as other nations. Typically such bills, only affect the people of the said nation, by limiting their capabilities to fully coordinate the information available by allowing them a fair and balanced source for media and information. The only ones who will be removed of risks are the industries of entertainment, as this allows them to remove a long standing "enemy" in file sharing. We the people, again will only be stripped of more freedoms, and this creates a gateway into the future "control" of the internet, which some in power have been dying to allow happen for over two decades.

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There is not much more that can be done about this by the citizens, other than writing your local State Representatives, or getting together a petition to stop the stranglehold on your rights, but even then, chances are we stand little chance against the tension that has been forced upon us by the industries of entertainment, and their pawns like Tiversa and other anti piracy outfits. Seems they would worry more about the serious threats in the world, rather than cut off the freedoms of those who live peacefully and surf the internet. Yet this is how the world turns, and we can do little more than accept it. Keeping you informed, however is something I intend to do until my dying breath, and if there is any future updates on this story and legislation, rest assured I will do a follow up article. Until then, stay safe people.

October 6th, 2009

Posted by:  Blocked
Date:  Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2009-10-06 11:29:13)
SnakeyB avatarPeople in offices all over the world have been "legally fired" for downloading or uploading inappropriate files, but somehow someone has managed to uploaded highly sensitive documents out of some US government offices. Don't tell me they don't know exactly what files are coming in and going out. I think a leak was intentionally allowed to occur to forward there agendas. If not I know of a $50 program that could help them with this security, and if the government is to cash strapped for this they could get it free from a P2P site before they shut them all down.

posted by (2009-10-06 12:01:09)
dougie avatarppl in our goverment just leave the files on trains n shit, files been found in the dumpster or somewere else lol. Jesus what next!!! not long ago in uk news a lot of bank details went missing turned up somewere else there f8cking useless...Get them in our chat OB warn first then small ban lol. Serious though thank you for the info seems there backing all into a corner ...DING DING ROUND 1

posted by Blocked (2009-10-06 13:05:33)
No avatar"I think a leak was intentionally allowed to occur to forward there agendas. If not I know of a $50 program that could help them with this security, and if the government is to cash strapped for this they could get it free from a P2P site before they shut them all down."

LOL hilarious SnakeyB.

"Get them in our chat OB warn first then small ban lol."

ROFL dougie good stuff.

posted by (2009-10-06 14:44:28)
kingtiger01 avatargahh... they never do learn to give up while there ahead. we should stop letting Corporate Conglomerates house seats!

posted by (2009-10-06 15:23:34)
decoythegreat avatarwell they might figure out away to ban p2p but then we'd have a little genius come along and make a program called e2e.n.m.w.u.s everyone to everyone no matter what u say! allowing anyone connected to the internet autosharing with anyone with this program. ding ding round 2 but thats beside the point when talking about there little agenda. Just so happens there working on a one world government as we speak its all about to unfold. then they'll be saying heres your change. anyone familiar with randy chandler? well check him out he talks about the dow dropping to 3200 this month also barrack obama has got a health care bill coming out called HR-3200 its all masterfully planned.

posted by (2009-10-06 20:22:10)
JorgeMontana avatarI just got done emailing my rep for the 8th time. I also emailed Obama and members of his Staff to veto this bill if it passes.Thanks for the info OBS I used parts of both your articles in my emails.I also used Snakeyb comment in my emails it is hilarious.

posted by (2009-10-07 07:06:00)
xxVOIDxSURFERxx avatarGood Writing xxxOBSCENExxx , I too will jump on the ''Intentional Release Of Said Files'' bandwagon. Not much you can do when the say the words ''National Security Risk''. They wont even have to show anything to prove the case cause they can just say '' Thats Classified ''. Alot of us knew this National Security Act would destroy your right to privacy or a fair shake when going against a US Goverment Agency. Now their gonna use it on a larger scale as you say, to further their agendas which now includes p2p sharing.

posted by (2009-10-07 10:16:29)
tiboy avatarjust wonderin who is that really stupid ass@#le uploading them files in .torrent....this people are gonna bring p2p sharing down...maybe we can delete anything that resembles "national security risk" tag on uploaded torrents.dat way we'll be out of the Government's attention....

posted by (2009-10-09 01:56:27)
ANGELSxHALO avatarIf not I know of a $50 program that could help them with this security, and if the government is to cash strapped for this they could get it free from a P2P site before they shut them all down.


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