Kerry: Internet, Instant Communication Making It Much Harder to Govern

Informed Public Not So Easy to Organize, Kerry Laments

Speaking today to officials at the US Embassy in Brasilia, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered comments about the “hardships” facing US diplomacy, saying that a major problem was “this little thing called the Internet.”

Referencing the Internet and “the ability of people everywhere to communicate instantaneously,” Kerry lamented “it makes it much harder to govern, makes it much harder to organize people.”

Though Kerry didn’t single any incidents out specifically in the comments, it is hard to hear this from US officials and not immediately think about the Internet’s role in facilitating whistleblowers like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.

Information control has been an obsession for the Obama Administration, which has been trying to crack down on leaks and move heavy-handedly to restrict access to classified information even after it has already gone public.

The Internet has been a thorn in the administration’s side in that regard, with efforts to restrict access to WikiLeaks and other whistleblower sites inevitably doomed to failure and an informed public, and all the hardships it brings with it for the ruling class, here to stay.

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Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.

  • tired

    Replace govern with control. It is so transparent. This guy is one of the worst ever. Using politics to control his fortune(wife's) nothing more. Piece of Junk

  • guest

    This is what we are saying, if you can't handle the Internet, then you cannot handle the government, closing Internet means that you need to close the government.

    But this us how people communicate Kerry, the date is 2013, the technology improved and people are using it, we the people don't use pigeons as our way to communicate, if the government was honest and transparent then you wouldn't have such problem explaining to the world making a fool out of the government, again.

  • ghostofmh

    What Kerry really thinks is "it makes it much harder to conceal government crimes, makes it much harder to fool people."

  • Anti_Govt_Rebel

    The truth comes out.
    The people just cannot be controlled or trusted according to Kerry and the administration.

  • Walter Cole

    In other words, it´s much harder to govern in a free and open society and therefore the next logical step is to take away some of those freedoms so that good governance can prevail.

  • tonya

    Information is power. We know what you are doing. Sucks for you.

  • Karla

    “it makes it much harder to govern, makes it much harder to organize people.”

    What he really means is,

    It makes it much harder to govern for the benefit of the few when the many have the ability to organize in opposition.

  • curmudgeonvt

    What a supremely stupid thing to say…

  • jo6pac

    LOL yes Kerry it's harder to round up the sheeple isn't

  • gstorm

    The Internet makes it harder to organize people? Maybe not his people but everyone else is finding it a great way to communicate and organize.

  • The internet gives people of the world a way to see through your lies, Kerry. Why else would you guys want to shut it down?

  • beeboltwu

    What he meant is: It's easier through the internet to distinguish rotten smell from perfume smell. Kerry and the elite smell rotten, therefore, it's easy for the mass to distinguish their bad smell.

  • Druthers

    The only two solutions to Kerry's little problem are to have people like the monkeys that hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil… or guess what…censorship.
    But that would be overtly dealing from the bottom of the deck – not so secret.

  • ML3

    Piss off, Lurch. Internet = power to the people.

  • guest

    Hillary said same thing in AIPAC meeting warning and lamenting of the consequences of the rapid spread of the informationwhcih the elite can no longer control , apply a spin on or fudge the fact

  • Bill Rood

    Hurray for the internet! Defend it. It's you last hope.

  • byrd_bahls22

    The internet allows people to give the "gubmint" the old "what fer ?" instantaneously ! Take THAT, you old coots !

  • voiceofreason

    obama didn’t complain when his campaign raked in unprecedented $$$ via the internet. cinc can’t have his cake n it 2.

  • Guest

    It's scary that he thinks so.

    Citizens, living their lives, makes things difficult on government…..

    Think there might be a big perspective problem here? Exactly which of us exists for the benefit of the other? Your answer and his answer to that last one might be different.