DeeCee - 5:13 pm on Jan 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
Incredibill is right. Cutting communications has always been a standard tactic. Think 1800's and cutting telegraph wires to prevent the "other side" from communicating movements.
Our views of what it means to "need" something or what constitutes minimal subsistence or basic human rights is getting quite messed up. I was reading the other day some data on percentages of the people now in the US considered poor or "near poor" as they call it. Showing the very large percentage of "poor" or "near poor" that have large screen plasma or LCD TVs, and percentages with multiple smart-phones/iPhones in the family.
Notice that in some areas of the US, such as Washington, "near poor" is up to $95,000 family income. :) So there you qualify for government help at quite good incomes, even despite all the "human right" things such as plasma TVs and iPhones your money go to pay for.
The definitions of what we "need" or "must have" as human "rights" in the world sure has changed, just in my time on earth.