New US Internet Policy Masks Attempts at Political Subversion
CUBA, March 16, 2010. - The United States Treasury Department announced last week that it would authorize exporting internet-based communication services, such as instant messaging, chat, email, and social networking to Cuba, Iran and Sudan
The new measures comes after numerous demands calling for the US Congress to lift existing sanctions over worldwide online communications, and especially after massive post-electoral demonstrations in Iran demanding improved Internet services, reported the New York Times.
However, the Times doesn’t make any mention of how organizations such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) will likely attempt to use the opening of new channels of communication to promote internal subversion in Iran.
In statements to the press, Adam Szubin, the Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)—an agency of the US Department of the Treasury— said that implementing these ‘smart measures’ is the right thing to do in order to adjust and selectively loosen US sanctions against certain countries to serve US foreign policy objectives.
Declarations by the OFAC’s director made it clear that the US government is only interested in establishing a control mechanism to undermine governmental authority in targeted nations.
The OFAC is well known for administering and enforcing trade sanctions based on US foreign policy goals against targeted foreign states, organizations and individuals. Throughout history, US administrations, both Democrats and Republicans, have pursued the common goal of toppling the Cuban revolution and regaining control over their former properties in Cuba, as established in the 1995 Helms-Burton Act.
There are no such things as “smart sanctions” or “smart weapons” when it comes to the people’s determination to uphold their freedom, as in Cuba. Putting an end once and for all to the US blockade and the aggressive policies against Cuba is the only genuine solution and right thing to do. (Cubaminrex – Juventud Rebelde)