The two things about living under a totalitarian regime is the constant tyranny and absurdity.
After contriving to deplatform conservatives from every tech service and app they could manage, the purge boldly marches on to ham radio.
The US government is warning that groups could rely on radio equipment as an alternative to social media to plan future criminal activities.
In a stark warning Sunday, the Federal Communications Commission’s enforcement bureau said people coordinating or conducting criminal activity over radio waves are breaking the law.
“The Bureau has become aware of discussions on social media platforms suggesting that certain radio services regulated by the Commission may be an alternative to social media platforms for groups to communicate and coordinate future activities,” the FCC said in its warning Sunday. “Individuals using radios in the Amateur or Personal Radio Services in this manner may be subject to severe penalties, including significant fines, seizure of the offending equipment, and, in some cases, criminal prosecution.”
Now that criminal activity has been redefined to mean questioning the results of elections won by Democrats (questioning elections won by Republicans is still patriotic), it can be banned by the FCC. Is there a wave of people taking to the incredibly secure platform of ham radio complete with built-in encryption?
I’m rather skeptical.
Totalitarians have to invent threats to pursue. There’s always an emergency of one kind or another. And plotters are always engaging in increasingly implausible conspiracies and have to be put down.
And elements of the governments that were previously quiet can be militarized against this new threat. Like the threat of ham radio.