Dy’er Sez: No, the title above is not a simple eye-grabber to get you to read further. The proposed bill (S773) is being floated by Senator Rockefeller, and will authorize the President to take control of the internet (even to shut it down completely) if he feels that there is an internet ‘threat’ to the country or in any state of ‘cyber emergency’. Go check the tally, and you’ll find out that the US has been in a continual state of emergency since 9/11, reauthorized over and over again by congress. So, in effect, the president may use any powers defined under the Emergency Powers Act – or those defined in this pending bill, for that matter – at any time, for any reason, simply because he says it’s an ‘emergency’.
There is also a section which creates a federal license for ‘cyber security’ specialists, which also refers to mandatory oversight of certain computers and systems in the private sector; in other words federal oversight of private computers and systems run and owned by US citizens.
Let’s see…possible war with Iran/Russia/China/North Korea/Somalia/Venezuela/ Sudan, an act of ‘homegrown terrorism’, massive demonstrations and rallies against the government, the swine flu scare…all seeming justified reasons for declaring a state of cyber emergency, and all are possibilities on the horizon. Then, instead of the free-flow of news and ideas, we will be constrained by the ‘approved’ message by the ‘approved’ media, which have already proved themselves bought and sold by the powers that be.
Story from CNET:
Bill would give president emergency control of the Internet
Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.
They’re not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.
The new version would allow the president to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for “cybersecurity professionals,” and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.
- Internet Kill Switch Bill Moves Closer To Senate Vote… (projectworldawareness.com)
- New Cyber-security Bill Grants Obama Extraordinary Power Over The Internet (socyberty.com)