Re: Poor sand people >':
*I have pretty much come to the conclusion that this internet blackout is less to quell civil unrest (though I believe that is a part of it), and more about blocking out going information to the rest of the world. Seems like a reasonable tactic. If the overlords can censure all independent outgoing sources of information. Then it is up to the less then neutral official news outlets. Who now thanks to said blackout can feed bits, and pieces of the real story. Simply filling in the gaps as seen fit.
Considering Mubarak's relationship with the US and other western countries. The pain staking lengths gone to keep him in office for 30 years. Compiled with all the economic, and military aid which subsequently starts shortly before he took the position. Along side the fact that our(US) most recent presidents all seem to be quoted showing nothing but adulation for the guy.... Yeah I am forced to think that this more then an attempt to deter some civil rights protesters.
Its sad that so many of our governments support this kind of tyranny. Luckily for the citizens of egypt their are those fighting on behave of their freedom. The same groups that were responsible on the denial of service attacks on paypal and the major creditcard companies during the more recent wikileaks incidents. Are working to provide internet access via foreign landlines, to pretty much anyone with the capability to remote dial out. So kudos to the guys at Telecomix and Anonymous for offering this service. Also for faxing instructions to all the schools, libraries, plus the various other civil community centers on how to accomplish it.
*- Seriously was inspired by the episode of DS9 I watched today. The one where sikso goes back in time and is forced to replace that civil rights leader. The government cuts internet access to keep the abused citizens from telling their side of the story.