Chill, people. These things go in cycles
Now then laddies and lassies... when eyewis a wee bairn and it were aw green screens round here, the meeja and ignorant unthinking politicians were getting in a big stew about "video nasties." You know, the flicks like I Spit On Your Grave and The Evil Dead. The UK government even banned a few of them. And that eventually died down, to be replaced by the Big Evil Bulletin Boards.
No, not the ad-ridden gaudy webshites that you see these days. These were REAL Bulletin Boards. You used a "modem" to "dial into" them and you could "download" BOMB-MAKING INSTRUCTIONS! Shock horror! Think Of The Children! Worse, you could download NAZI PROPAGANDA! Shock Horror!! Remember the Holocaust! Our parents died in two world wars to free the country from evil tyranny, etc. And after than came PORN!!! Think Of The Children!!! Do You Know What Your Children Are Doing On That Computer?
<RealityCheck>You could find things like the Jolly Roger Cookbook, which contained little more than a few ideas nicked from high school chemistry lessons (the author was an American, so he didn't go to secondary school) plus some ideas on credit card fraud and sabotaging telephone systems that were probably dreamed up as an alternative to self-abuse in the school toilets. You could occasionally find a few text files eulogising the Nazis, but you'd find more extreme material in your local library. As for porn - grainy scans from jazz mags and crudely retouched pics of Gillian Anderson to make her appear topless was about as far as it generally went. Yes, there were exceptions, but they weren't all that common.</RealityCheck>
So the government's solution? License them. That idea sank eventually, as it dawned on someone that you couldn't tell a BBS from a fax machine and also as the Internet grew in popularity, modem users ceased to be a threatening minority.
So now we're back on a new fear. Terrorism. It would't be such a big deal if it weren't for President Retard blowing it up (sorry. Mine's the biker jacket, thanks) out of all proportion. We managed to contain the IRA and the loyalists without needing draconian legislation.
Give it time. Once people realise that this is just anothe episode of FUD that preys on the minds of the technically clueless, the gutter press will find something else to scare people shitless with.
For my part, if I were going to use electronic communication for running a terrorist network, I'd probably go back to the BBS system. Very difficult to snoop on it if the sysop uses high security.