The Intruder Bulletins: The Dark Side of Technology
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by Mark Antony Rossi
Category: Technology/Science/General Nonfiction
Description: The Intruder Bulletins is the book that started it all on the subject of human cloning, organ theft, pharmaceutical fascism, stem cell research, etc. This provocative volume covers every aspect of human culture touched by advanced technology. In the 21st century, commerce and science have merged into a single entity capable of curtailing rights and destroying lives. Human cloning, genetic discrimination and other technological debaucheries dare to shut the door on the dream of democracy. "The Intruder Bulletins" are not predictions. It's all happening now!--Paul Seward, Editor, "Science in the New Frontier" [Cover art Robert O'Neill]
eBook Publisher: Hard Shell Word Factory, 2004
eBookwise Release Date: January 2005
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [241 KB]
Reading time: 127-178 min.
"In the 21st century, commerce and science have merged into a single entity capable of curtailing rights and destroying lives. Human cloning, genetic discrimination and other technological debaucheries dare to shut the door on the dream of democracy. The Intruder Bulletins are not predictions. It's all happening now!!!"--Paul Seward, Editor, Science in the New Frontier
"Rossi's personal touch endows the essays with a sense of his honest concern for our planet and its inhabitants; a concern rarely shared by the huge greedy conglomerates, which often come in for a much-deserved drubbing,...some of his opinions may shock readers, but the shocks are much needed and readers fond of opinions plainly spoken and heartfelt, will welcome them."--Gene-Michael Higney, Foreword Online
Prologue: Nine Eleven
No evil has ever been eliminated by suppressing its symptoms.
We need to address the cause itself.
9/11 was a wake-up call for a slumbering nation disengaged from an angry planet.
The Great Experiment known as Democracy cannot afford to rest after winning the Cold War. Ever since the victory over Russian communism the ugly ghosts of bygone days have risen up to wreck the world community's dream of peace. The killing fields of Rwanda, Congo, Haiti, Bosnia, and Iraq are stark examples of unlearned history. Without the threat of two nuclear-armed superpowers waging war on a global scale, petty racial and national rivalries produce ethnic cleansing and brute force domination. Pakistan and India, two countries that have fought three wars in the past fifty years each have an arsenal of nuclear weapons. North Korea, ultra-Stalinist police state rumored to have starved its population into cannibalism, has at least two nuclear devices and a missile that can hit San Francisco. Iran, the world's only theocracy, who promotes "I Hate America" rallies on a weekly basis, is close to completing their own atomic stockpile.
9/11 is not unprecedented simply because it was the first major attack by an enemy on American soil, it is horrifying mainly because it clearly demonstrates how peaceful technology can be used to kill, maim and destroy. The irony is not lost on this writer when considering freedom's number one enemy "Osama Bin Laden" preaches against reliance on western philosophy and technology as part of his mantra against secular decadence. Yet Bin Laden is legendary in using the most sophisticated weaponry his money and ours backed by the CIA could obtain to defeat the Soviet menace in Afghanistan. His use of satellite cellular phones, laptops, coded emails, wire-transfer of monies throughout the globe is not the behavior of a desert-dwelling nomad ranting about the soullessness of modern life. But it is the exact modus operandi of a 21st CEO of an intricate terrorist organization bound by western hatred, Koranic distortions and Bin Laden's personal fortune of over $250,000,000.
9/11 is more than an inhumane act of slamming civilian airplanes with people on board against tall buildings with people inside. It proved once and for all that technology will not answer all our questions, solve all our problems or guarantee anything beyond the same old same old wrapped in a shiny new box sold by a big-toothed salesmen. 9/11 is incontrovertible evidence that the human heart needs changing and it cannot be altered by technology but rather by the worthy deeds of individuals, institutions and governments working to eradicate the conditions of poverty and hopelessness that propel young people into the arms of murderous villains. We must face the tough facts: super-technology will not capture or kill the Bin Laden's of the planet. They will be captured in the same fashion as Saddam Hussein: from tips derived by painstaking interviews, leads and determination. No camera in orbit will digitally snapshot Bin Laden hanging out by cave #7. The basic tactics of foot soldiers, gumshoes, an informer or two and a lucky break will finally bring this fanatic to justice. And I do realize there is nothing in that statement that is sexy, sensational or militarily romantic. It's not supposed to be. Freedom's in the fight of its life against a foe without a state, without an army, without a face.
But who needs any of that when your backyard is giant refugee camp of recruits; your bag is stuffed with cell phone batteries and complete access to a quarter of a billion dollars. At this very moment his scouts are searching for enough hospital radioactive material to steal in order to build a "dirty bomb, an explosive device capable of spreading radioactive waste for miles and killing hundreds of thousands. This so-called poor man's A-bomb is easy to build and even easier to deploy in a major city. A conventional attack on a nuclear power facility or a bio-weapon in our water supply is no longer a far-fetched notion from a television program. We live in a day where a zealot with 14th century notions of blood swords and enslaved women can utilize 21st century technology with devastating results. The enemy Bin Laden is not unlike the enemy that beats in our chests, the enemy of ignorance and fear. This enemy must not be confronted with the artificial skin of machinery but with the courage of flesh and spirit that guides the better angels of our nature.
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In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible,
because there will be no words in which to describe it.
At the beginning of the 21st century, humanity is caught in a technological tsunami threatening to dissolve the foundation of civility and democracy. Global trade and human treachery have exposed advanced technological techniques and equipment to hostile governments like North Korea, Iran and Iraq. Modern societies must battle criminals on two fronts: the obvious culprits of visible narcotic trafficking and the vast invisible empire of underground drug financing that has become a major subsidizer of terrorist organizations in Columbia, Peru, Palestine, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and the recently disbanded Taliban of Afghanistan. The technological phenomena of electronic mail is freely used by the full spectrum of terrorist entities to send anything from complex codes to wire transfer of large sums of currency.
The basic digital cameras built into consumer cellular phones can transmit photos of secret locations, documents, attack plans, assassination targets--the list is endless. Digital bandits as young as fourteen are creating and launching computer viruses causing major disruptions in corporations and billions of dollars in damage. Local governments use EZ Pass toll systems that build personal movement databases on the citizens who use them and freely pass this private information on to policy authorities. Giant corporations engage in technological espionage in quest of great profits but only succeed in enriching spy agencies of foreign powers. Enron, Tyco, WorldCom are but a few examples of technological manipulation of stocks, bonds and accounting books that weaken the national economy from within and integrity of the country from without.
The primary goal of mass-murdering terrorists is the death of democracy by any means necessary. It is the individual they fear the most. For the individual making choices in conflict with their perverted view of the world is dangerous. Thus freedom must be exercised from the world body like a cancerous organ. The grim fictional predictions of Huxley and Orwell may very well be upon us. Are we ready to meet the challenge of a new kind of Fascism brought about through superior technology and historic apathy? These uneasy questions and their possible horrific results are examined throughout this timely and topical collection of accessible essays and research. Unlike self-help hucksters and futurist gurus who populate the bookshelves with strange diets and new age claptrap, I do not claim to possess a crystal ball to predict every outcome. I am merely a concerned citizen of the world marking the infernal exits dotting tomorrow's Information Superhighway.
In the new War of Freedom what will the forces of Democracy do to combat homicidal fanatics bent on world domination? Will we torture suspects until we start losing our humanity? Will we pass new laws that hurt the very freedoms we claim to protect? Will we become the monsters we claim to despise? These and other questions must be asked not only for the sake of fair-minded evaluation but because they are intertwined in the new technologies unleashed on a distracted public not aware of electronic ballot boxes vulnerable to hacker invasion, candidate's images digitally changed to invoke scandal, embryos implanted with biotechnological devices, the very makeup of the human species ma undergo transformations unimagined by the best science fiction minds.
What will concerned citizens and warriors and liberty do to prevent the horrors lurking in the not-too-distant future? Or do we even care? A nation of couch potatoes willing to act only when personal interests are in jeopardy? The 21st century, unlike any other period of humanity, will test the boundaries of humanity and the true strength of the human spirit. Will we finally forsake hatred or just clothe it in a uniform wired for sight and sound? Twenty centuries of con men have woven into our thoughts the maxim, "sounds too good to be true." Super advanced technology might turn that wise phrase upside down, "Sounds too true to be good." For the dark side of technology is identical to the dark side of human nature. Every piece of fantastic machinery dreamt or built are haunted by techomens--an existential Murphy's Law that presupposes a thing with unintended side effects will be eventually be used for that negative purpose. At the risk of sounding mystical, techomens are the whispering voices steering us to perilous paths. They are cold hands disconnecting conscience from action. They are stone hearts making pebbles of noble monuments. They inhabit mind and mechanism like original sin--infecting progeny of future generations from the second of conception. Technomens are unlearned lessons of yesterday's tragedies revisiting the proud and the profane.
This book was written to ask the question:
Is technology really changing the world, or merely making it easier to subjugate the masses again?