Of many straws in the wind, we have Stanford University law professor Lawrence Lessig warning that:
'There’s going to be an i-9/11 event. Which doesn't necessarily mean an Al Qaeda attack, it means an event where the instability or the insecurity of the internet becomes manifest during a malicious event which then inspires the government into a response....
... I was having dinner with ('Anti-terrorism czar') Richard Clarke and I asked him if there is an equivalent, is there an i-Patriot Act just sitting waiting for some substantial event as an excuse to radically change the way the internet works. He said "of course there is".'
(This is around 4.40 on the video clip)
One thing's for sure: the clampdown on internet freedom will not feature very highly in the mainstream media - it's their only hope of keeping an audience for their dumbed-down, dishonest bullshit.