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?