Monday, June 28, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers

President Obama will be handed the power to shut down the Internet for at least four months without Congressional oversight if the Senate votes for the infamous Internet ‘kill switch’ bill, which was approved by a key Senate committee yesterday and now moves to the floor.

The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which is being pushed hard by Senator Joe Lieberman, would hand absolute power to the federal government to close down networks, and block incoming Internet traffic from certain countries under a declared national emergency.

Despite the Center for Democracy and Technology and 23 other privacy and technology organizations sending letters to Lieberman and other backers of the bill expressing concerns that the legislation could be used to stifle free speech, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed in the bill in advance of a vote on the Senate floor.

So, what do you think about this?

Do you want Obama, or any President, to have this authority?

Is this a good idea considering that the Obama administration has already shown a tendency to use censorship to silence critics?

Is this a next step towards the government controlling the internet?

Is this a case of a slippery slope in that once we start down this hill it will be hard to stop rolling further and further down?


Z said...

It can't be to shut it ALL down, right? Obviously not, with companies relying on the internet, etc. I'm not sure what it means....all blogs? No, I don't think so.
I'm sure Mustang will be by to comment, but he recently said that if they want to block islamist sites, then why don't they JUST figure out how to block THEM?
Whatever it is, it's ridiculous and seriously frightening that this admin. thinks it can do this...
WHERE is the constitution? And what's with LIEBERMAN??

Sam Huntington said...

I think it is one of the most dangerous acts taken by a member of Congress to deny the American people unfettered access to the First Amendment.

Chuck said...

Z, I was a little surprised it was Lieberman pushing it. I think it's scary.

Sam, it's kind of like making the media a state function. Oh wait, they mostly did do that. Never mind.

Mustang said...

We created a military organization, headed by a four star general, called Cyber Command. I know it sounds like something out of a Star Wars movie, but I suspect we ought to protect our banking/financial system from internet-based attack from overseas.

Here's our problem: the criminal justice mindset of this administration is far removed from where is should be —counter-terrorism. In the former, we react to crimes against the nation, while in the latter case we preempt attacks against our nation.

No self-respecting communist can agree with the doctrine of pre-emption. In their mind, it is far better to watch thousands of innocent Americans die a horrific death. So where does this leave us? AFTER the fact, the president can shut down the internet--and squelch criticism for his failure to pre-empt an attack. And this is so very much a democratic idea that we ought not to be surprised to note Liebermann and Rockefeller are behind it.

If Obama signs this in to law, someone needs to sue the government quickly; maybe the Thomas More Law Center in Michigan. But whoever does it, we the people cannot allow this law to stand.

Semper Fi

MathewK said...

I don't want any president to have this, and i know the morons in congress would love to give this to him.

If that happens, i hope obama is stupid enough to do it.

Then you'd better step back because it will unleash a tsunami of righteous fury by free men and women who will not be lorded over by anyone, a kenyan commie or a conservative leader.

Hayden said...

We are already on the slippery slope, it has been happening for many years now. We are seeing bolder methods used because there is an awareness of the stupor of ignorance the American people have allowed themselves to be lulled in to. What are the clear solutions to a government that is out of control?

Chuck said...

Mustang, I am for protecting the US from a cyber-attack and we should have this in place. You are right though, the effect would shutting the internet down after the fact.

Matthew, agreed, I don't think it should be in the hands of one man. For example, the President can do this for 4 months before going to Congress.

Hayden, I agree. We seem to be sliding down hill faster and faster

cube said...

Scary stuff indeed, but then I've been scared since an unqualified marxist was voted into office.

Chuck said...

Good point Cube. I guess "scared" has taken on a whole new meaning.