The attempts of the union protesters in Madison, Wisconsin, to compare themselves to Egyptian protesters is reaching comical proportions.
But now Think Progress has a headline (also image right) accusing Gov. Scott Walker of deliberately cutting off internet access for protesters, just like in Arab countries, Is Scott Walker Cutting Off Internet Access To Thwart Protesters? (emphasis mine):
According to pro-labor protesters in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) may be taking a page from former Egyptian Dictator Hosni Mubarak and cutting off internet access to key protest organizers within the state Capitol building.
If you are in the Capitol attempting to access the internet from a free wifi connection labeled “guest,” you cannot access the site defendwisconsin.org. The site has been used to provide updates on what is happening, where you can volunteer, and where supplies and goods are needed to support protesters. Administrators of the website were notified on Monday that the page is being blocked. Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate says that the site was put on a blacklist typically used to filter out pornography sites so that protestors inside the Capitol could not access this key site.
Yes, the right to free Wi-Fi is being denied to protesters inside the Capitol building, just like the internet was cut off in the entire country of Egypt. How much longer before Gov. Walker sends nomads on camels to rampage through the rotunda?
But wait, Think Progress has an Update, linking to a CNN report, which indicates there may be a more nefarious cause:
State Department of Administration spokeswoman Carla Vigue responded, saying, “DOA’s security software automatically blocked the site, as it does all new websites.”
“No one here at DOA decided to block it or took action to do so,” he said. “The website is handled like any other website.”
This goes deep.
The software designers — probably under the control of the Koch brothers — obviously implanted a bug in the Wi-Fi system at the Wisconsin Capitol knowing that the union protesters who someday would occupy the rotunda would not have Verizon or AT&T; 3G service on their laptops and PDAs, and thereby would be cut off from access to the world.
Oh, the evil of this regime.
Update: Think Progress must have taken its “Update” quote from an earlier version of the CNN report, because the current report (3:34 p.m.) makes clear that the outage was only for 30 minutes and was corrected when discovered:
The governor’s spokesman, Cullen Werwie, responded Tuesday, calling the accusation “a lie.”
“The Department of Administration blocks all new websites shortly after they are created, until they go through a software approval program that unblocks them,” Werwie said. “Within 30 minutes of being notified this website was blocked, DOA circumvented the software and immediately made the website accessible.”
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