Nationalize the Net NOW by Randall Rickman Or better yet – the United States needs to launch its OWN WEB dedicated to U.S. users. (Al Gore, come on down!). Remaining dependent on a lawless and corrupted (in every way) Internet is untenable and unsustainable. Since the U.S. Government has admitted that the OPM breach violated more than 20 million Americans, we are fortunate to get a sneak peek at the future. A locked-down national net certainly works for our busiest world competitor. Want to do some Google while you’re in Shanghai? Not happening. ISIS is recruiting worldwide on the Web but not in China. The elders who run the People’s Republic are all about security. A USnet can improve on the China model; American users would demand that. Cyber sales would be far safer on a USnet launched from the ground up. Let’s regain the home court edge by leaving the extremists, scammers and pedophiles stranded on an Internet that very early on compromised and corrupted itself. As the millions of Ashley Madison clients have found out, the Web is no place to share your real identity when you’re up to mischief. The same goes for those with more mundane pursuits like banking. Was the OPM hack a dress rehearsal for the biggest heist ever?