Demonoid Shutdown: Global Governance & The End of the Internet
For over a decade things on the Internet have been free. I’ve downloaded plenty of stuff, paid for plenty more, and always, in the back of my mind, hoped that one day a system would arise in which the artist and the audience could be free of the middle-men dinosaurs who control the levers of Hollywood Imperialism. But, I, like so many passive others, left it to others to devise the System. But, before they devised the platform, nations-states in collusion with international organizations have organized and begun to execute a War on the Internet. The first target is one of the first popular uses of the Internet: file sharing.
No ignorance can be excused, as an Army of foes approaches a general bloodletting of You. The War on the Internet is the ultimate metaphor for the supremacy of a united front of governments. The latest technology in human management and innovation clash towards an outcome either littered by shackles or teeming with liberty. And, it’s already begun, and begun with violence.
If you think that Truth websites won’t be targeted, shutdown and purveyors isolated and incarcerated, you are boldly, boldly wrong. These are our peers, both in the file sharing arena, and in the alternative media, who are being stolen from their freedom, and taken from the inspiration race of new thoughts and ideas. The state is doing as its always done: disabling diversity.
The most recent persecution of an online file sharing site was Demonoid. Demonoid was persecuted by bootlicking Ukranian authorities in the middle of last week. Last month, a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack paralyzed the site. Many well-known gold and silver sites have experienced DDoS attacks. A sign of persecution to come?
When the server was turned off completely, the site redirected the visitor to a random and advertisement filled website. Demonoid.me and demonoid.ph both went back online before going down once more. According to reports, government officials arrived at ColoCall, the biggest datacenter in Ukraine, to stop Demonoid. An anonymous ColoCall source stated to Kommersant the following:
Shortly after this hacker break-in occurred, and even a few days later, came the investigators. Investigators copied all the information from Demonoid’s servers, and sealed them. Some equipment was not seized, but now that [the connection] does not work, we were forced to terminate the agreement with the site.
While Demonoid’s servers were shut down, the site’s administrator has not been detained, though apparently charges are pending. The administrator declared last week that Demonoid would be back, despite the actions of authorities. The site may have reason to be confident, however, as it evidently took past measures, ensuring it would avoid the wrath of local authorities, by blocking all Ukranian IP addresses. But, according to sources, once the U.S. became involved, this changed, and suddenly Ukraine began persecuting.
Friday, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry announced that the site was taken down the night before its First Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Khoroshvosky arrived in the U.S. for a discussion on trade with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. One issue discussed was intellectual property rights. They mentioned this matter first in their joint statement:
We discussed the importance to each country of greater progress on the 2010 IPR Action Plan for protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR). The United States supported Ukraine’s commitment to redouble efforts, especially those identified in the Action Plan, to implement protections that benefit both Ukrainian and American inventors and creators. The United States also hailed Ukraine’s planned increase in intellectual property inspectors, as called for in the 2010 IPR Action Plan, as well as its adoption of a new Customs Code intended to improve customs valuation procedures.
Not only North America and Ukraine officials were involved, as Interpol served as the bridging force for the action. The Torrentfreak news site reported that Ukraine’s Division of Economic Crimes acted after receiving a request from the international police organization Interpol. Interpol’s 190 members countries makes it the second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations as far as number of member states.
“The Division of Economic Crimes [DEC] received an international request from Interpol to send a request to the company ColoCall. DEC sent the request to the provider, after which the ISP decided to stop working with Demonoid,” said Sergei Burlakov, who works at Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Interpol has the capacity to function as a world police force for sovereign-states like the U.S., as well as the United Nations. Senator Rand Paul is concerned about the world-wide jurisdiction of Interpol, suggesting that world government is here. The once-free Internet is surely being used as one of the first demonstrations of the power of “global governance.”
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul recently told Alex Jones that the international police agency has been given too much authority to operate in the United States and without U.S. oversight. Paul hinted that Interpol’s new powers, handed over by Barack Obama, could end up in US citizens arrested and extradited by the agency under foreign laws. Paul suggested that new powers granted to Interpol by president Obama could see US citizens arrested or even extradited by the agency under foreign laws.
“I’m kind of concerned about having an international police force in our country with the ability, maybe, to extradite US citizens and send them to another country.” The Senator said. He highlighted “red letter warrants” that Interpol can issue “that can be used anywhere in the world.” Senator Rand Paul went on about the internationalism, illustrating the point that to the people in power do not understand, care or concern themselves with meddling in the American political system. The Senator said:
“One of the interactions in the last couple of weeks, it was very very telling,” said Paul, “was the interaction between Senator Sessions and Secretary Panetta in a committee, in which Panetta said that if we go to war, of course we’ll consult with the UN and get their approval. Sessions asked him ‘isn’t there a role here under the constitution for Congress?’ And Panetta basically just kept going on about NATO, the UN, and then he finally said ‘we would probably inform Congress of what we are doing, but never in there was there any understanding that they had to get approval or permission from Congress.”
It is today being reported that the owners of Demonoid are now subject of a criminal investigation and prosecution in Mexico after one of the site’s admins was arrested there last year, and that the origin of the persecution is the result of a decision made in North America over intellectual property rights violations.”
This is how world government operates. It is being demonstrated to the younger generations, first and foremost, that this is how you will be governed. Your activities on the Internet will be familiar to us, and if you do anything illegal – like, say, start a black market – you will be kidnapped and incarcerated, anywhere in the world, above-and-beyond your nation’s jurisdiction. Your cries for the Constitution will be fall on even deafer ears than you ever thought they would. The U.S. Constitution will not only be irrelevant, but it will be irrelevant.
But, all is not lost. We must prepare now by taking the proper security measure available to us in order to survive the crackdown of the international, virtual police state. Use tried-and-tested methods of encryption for e-mails, for example, and encourage your friends to do the same, for being a part of a secured network is safer than being a secure isolate. Your internet provider is spying on you. They have information about the things you watch, download, etc. They know if you’ve pirated something, and they will warn you. If you insist on downloading entertainment, do it from the semi-privacy of a cofeeshop. Don’t use your real information in user names, passwords, and so on.
The time to have a lot of fun and be very serious about social justice is here. There either is or there is not a future, and, unfortunately, we rely on the Internet to pass along the information needed to get people interested in freedom. There is no doubt a way of social action without the Internet, but a supremely higher road it would be than this one. For, in the rebel’s corner, is the power of communication via the Internet. Our message now spreads at the speed of light, quicker than their real-world corruption.