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'Autonomous Machines': World Reawakens to U.S. Internet Dominance (Mediapart, France)


"These programs are becoming autonomous and activate one another. Initially, they may suggest that human operators research, and eventually destroy, a particular individual or company whose existence may be judged hostile to American interests. Very soon, they will themselves, without a clear mandate, take the decision to destroy or incapacitate. This scenario exists, not only in the so-called battle against terrorism, but in all competitive fields where America takes on the world."


By Jean-Paul Baquiast and Christophe Jacquemin


Translated By Jill Naeem


June 16, 2013


France - Mediapart - Original Article (French)

People in Hong Kong have no trouble protesting China's rights violations, and in the case of Edward Snowden, they have no trouble protesting rights violations they believe have been committed by the United States.


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An editorial message about intelligent machines


The Anglo-American press has been commenting extensively in recent days on the extent of federal government surveillance of the global Internet through its intelligence agencies (primarily the NSA and CIA). Following successive revelations by The Guardian, the American media, even those considered mainstream and closest to power, expressed their astonishment.


The European media, especially the French, are much more circumspect. On June 10, neither the printed press or television gave much coverage to the revelations of heroic Edward Snowden. The topic of the day was the accidental death of two old men who took improperly labeled drugs.


It was only in its online edition of June 11 that Le Monde began to publish a substantial number of comments. Even then, it hardly got, we think, to the root of the problem, summed up so well by the words of Edward Snowden in The Guardian: " I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things … I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under," he told the daily. " The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife's phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards. ... My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them," he added.


For our part, from 2001, and more systematically since then, (see links below), we have been bringing to the attention of our readers the world of surveillance and the general controls that were being established. The Chinese, Russians and other states may be doing the same, but they lack the hundreds of billions of dollars used by the "home of democracy," the United States, to carry out Barack Obama's cyber war.


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Moreover, although we may be read by tens of thousands of people who are keenly aware of technological developments, these articles caused no reaction of any kind. The likelihood is that we communicated poorly. But perhaps, as well, there is an ignorance or refusal to see reality in France that is stronger than we may have imagined.


Two key issues


Two types of questions arise. The first are geostrategic, and largely transcend us (except in terms of political science). However they should interest first and foremost the French government and European Parliament. This is the fact that the U.S. politico-industrial, techno-scientific and media system has, over the last fifteen years, put in place a power-seizing structure that behaves like an impenetrable fortress.


This system rests on two pillars. The first is storage, which has become global, notably at the NSA's Utah data center, of all personal and financial information transmitted on digital networks by billions of Internet users and so-called intelligent portable devices. The information is either pirated or provided voluntarily by all users of Facebook, Skype, Google, etc.


The second pillar of American power, the extent of which is only now fully revealed, rests on the fact that databases stored in this way are then read and analyzed, not by human operators who would be incapable of doing so, but by software programs developed as a result of billion-dollar contracts to high-tech companies specializing in research and control.

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These programs are becoming autonomous and activate one another. Initially, they may suggest that human operators research, and eventually destroy, a particular individual or company whose existence may be judged hostile to American interests. Very soon, they will themselves, without a clear mandate, take the decision to destroy or incapacitate. This scenario exists, not only in the so-called battle against terrorism, but in all competitive fields where America takes on the world.



The old fear of science fiction writers, that robots would become rulers of the world, is becoming a reality. Differences in capability, however, are obvious. In the coming years, these automated robots will serve the global interests - sometimes scientific, at other times economic, geostrategic, or legal, and still others criminal - of the American "system." The presence of whistleblowers like Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowdon, whatever the risks taken, will undoubtedly change little.


Let's not be naive. European governments and their agencies also rely on these methods and data, but their means are disproportionate. Europe, and likewise France, are in a situation of dependency on the United States, which leaves them little autonomy or initiative in diplomatic or economic situations where they compete.


The disparity is almost unassailable. Might we consider investing at least 500 billion to allow businesses to be truly independent of the United States to begin to have their own capabilities? A modern-day de Gaulle would undoubtedly try, as he did for the Force de Frappe. But men of his caliber are no more. We will have to resign ourselves to remaining water carriers for our friends across the Atlantic.


Below are some of our previous articles on this subject:


* Nouvelles technologies numériques et combat pour la démocratie


*War games at Crypto City


* Les écosystèmes de l'information. Les réseaux sociaux, les fichiers de surveillance, les Anonymous... : des systèmes évoluant vers l'autonomie,


* Un Big Brother mondial de 500 milliards de dollars,


* L'Amérique et le contrôle des nuages de données (Big data)


* Encourager les lanceurs d'alerte


* James Bamford NSA, Body of secrets


Xinhua, China: 'Idealistic' Snowden Should be Welcomed by China
Le Monde, France: French Lawmakers Scramble Over News of NSA Surveillance
Le Temps, Switzerland: Last Resort for Confronting 'Electronic Big Brother'
The Frontier Post, Pakistan: On Global Spying for Selfish National Interest
Mediapart, France: The NSA is Spying on Us! What a Surprise!
El Espectador, Colombia: Please Consider Yourself Watched!
Le Monde, France: NSA Surveillance Storm Gathers Over Cloud Market
Folha, Brazil: Being 'Carioca' Helped Glenn Greenwald Break NSA Surveillance Story
Sol, Portugal: WikiLeaks and Facebook: What Came Before Will Soon Be Rubble
Guardian, U.K.: World Leaders Seek Answers on NSA Data Collection Programs
Guardian, U.K.: Artist Ai Weiwei: The U.S. is 'Behaving Like China'
Russia Today, Russia: Putin: Government Surveillance 'Should Not Break the Law'
Guardian, U.K.: Russia Offers to Consider Edward Snowden Asylum Request
Handelsblatt, Germany: Obama's Data Nightmare is Europe's
FAZ, Germany: Protect Us from Terrorism ... and Government Snooping
SCMP, Hong Kong: What Will Hong Kong do with Snowden? ... The World is Watching
SCMP, Hong Kong: Why Hong Kong? Chinese Wonder if Edward Snowden is in Wrong Place
Suedostschweiz, Switzerland: Exposed: Spy Powers that Obama Shouldn't Use
Le Temps, Switzerland: Exploring the Limits of Sino-U.S. Compromise
Business Day, South Africa: Obama Sets 'Dubious Example' on Freedom
Economist, U.K.: The Reason We Fear Broad Surveillance
Guardian, U.K.: The NSA's Secret Tool to Track Global Surveillance Data
Guardian, U.K.: Like Google, Facebook: Obama is 'Once Hip Brand Tainted by PRISM'
Guardian, U.K.: Edward Snowden - Saving Us from the 'United Stasi of America'
Guardian, U.K.: NSA Collecting Phone Records of 'Millions' of Verizon Customers
Guardian, U.K.: Data on Citizens has Been 'Collected for Years'
Guardian, U.K.: NSA Taps into Internet Giants' to Mine User Data
Guardian, U.K.: EDITORIAL: Civil Liberties: American Freedom on the Line
Guardian, U.K.: Obama Orders U.S. to Draw Up Overseas Target List for Cyber-Attacks
Guardian, U.K.: Facebook, Google Insist they Didn't Know of PRISM Surveillance
Guardian, U.K.: U.K. Gathers Secret Intelligence Via Covert NSA Operation 'PRISM'
Guardian, U.K.: Ministers Challenged Over GCHQ's Access to Covert U.S. Operation PRISM

Vremya, Russia: Good Riddance to the 'Zeroes': When the Nineties Turned Ugly

Die Zeit, Germany: If Only WikiLeaks Existed Before the Iraq War Began

Folha, Brazil: Testimony of Sex Charges Against Assange Don't Belong in Public

Guardian, U.K.: Ten Days in Sweden - The Full Allegations Against Assange

Libération, France: WikiLeaks: A War, But What Kind of War?

Le Monde, France: Le Monde Names Julian Assange Man of the Year

El Mundo, Spain: Julian Assange: The 21st Century 'Mick Jagger' of Data

Novaya Gazeta, Russia: An 'Assange' on Both Your Houses!

El País, Spain: Cables: Brazil Warned Chavez 'Not to Play' with U.S. 'Fire'

El Heraldo, Honduras: The Panic of 'America's Buffoon' Hugo Chavez

Jornal de Notícias, Portugal: If West Persecutes Assange, it Will What it Deserves

Correio da Manhã, Portugal: WikiLeaks: A 'Catastrophe' for Cyber-Dependent States

Romania Libera: WikiLeaks Undermines Radical Left; Confirms American Competence

Le Figaro, France: And the Winner of the Bout Over WikiLeaks is … America

News, Switzerland: Assange the Latest Fall Guy for Crimes of World's Power Elite

Libération, France: Who Rules? Hackers, the Press and Our Leaders - in that Order

Tal Cual, Venezuela: If Only WikiLeaks Would Expose President Chavez

Berliner Zeitung, Germany: Assault on Assange Betrays U.S. Founding Principles

El Universal, Mexico: WikiLeaks Revelations a Devastating Shock to Mexico

L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon: WikiLeaks Makes 'Mockery' of 'U.S. Colossus'

Jornal de Negócios, Portugal: More than We Wanted to Know. Or Maybe Not!

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Global Times, China: WikiLeaks Poses Greater Risk to West's 'Enemies'

FAZ, Germany: Ahmadinejad's Chief-of-Staff Calls WikiLeaks Cables 'Lies'

Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudis Ask: Who Benefitted from WikiLeaks Disclosure?

Guardian, U.K.: Cables Portray Saudi Arabia as a Cash Machine for Terrorists

El País, Spain: Cables Expose Nuance of U.S. Displeasure with Spain Government

El País, Spain: Thanks to WikiLeaks' Disclosure, Classical Diplomacy is Dead

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Hurriyet, Turkey: Erdogan Needs 'Anger Management' Over U.S. Cables

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Frontier Post, Pakistan: WikiLeaks Reveals 'America's Dark Face' to the World

The Nation: WikiLeaks' Release: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy

Buenos Aires Herald, Argentina: Without Hypocrisy, Global Ties Would Be Chaos

Kayhan, Iran: WikiLeaks Release a 'U.S. Plot to Sow Discord'

El Universal, Mexico: WikiLeaks and Mexico's Battle Against Drug Trafficking

Toronto Star, Canada: WikiLeaks Dump Reveals Seamy Side of Diplomacy

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The Nation, Pakistan: WikiLeaks: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy

Kayhan, Iran: WikiLeaks Revelations a 'U.S. Intelligence Operation': Ahmadinejad

Novosti, Russia: 'Russia Will be Guided by Actions, Not Leaked Secrets'

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