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Wednesday, 28 October 2020 11:13

US appears to have hit peak paranoia ahead of presidential poll Featured

US appears to have hit peak paranoia ahead of presidential poll Pixabay

With the US elections a week away and warnings of Russian, Iranian and other foreign involvement pouring out from every conceivable source, the US appears to have hit peak paranoia mode.

Nothing else can account for the screenshot below of a warning I encountered when I accessed the website of the US Justice Department on Wednesday morning.

Visiting the website is not something unusual for me; I use plenty of material from its news releases for my stories.

The last time I went to that site was a week ago, to report this story.

There was nothing unusual about the browser I used or the computer I used either; I used Firefox as I do for all my work and my work Linux PC. Same work tools I used last week and the week before and the week before...


At least if I was using Windows, one could reason that the paranoid reaction was triggered by some malware on my PC. But Linux?

But then why am I surprised? This is a country whose secretary of state once said that imports of German cars were a threat to US national security.

Exactly how the US can claim to be a democracy when it throws up screens like this to casual, harmless visitors is beyond my comprehension.

Land of the free and home of the brave? I don't think so; this is the typical reaction of a coward.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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