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Friday, June 18, 2010

You don't protect cyberspace as a national asset by disconnecting the internet

the inmates are still running the asylum...
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), along with one Republican and Democratic senator, introduced a bill late last week that would allow the President to effectively disconnect the internet by emergency decree.

The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act would allow the President to disconnect Internet networks and force private websites to comply with broad cybersecurity measures.

Future US presidents would have their Internet "kill switch" powers renewed indefinitely.

The bill was introduced by Lieberman, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE). A parallel bill was drafted last year by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) which would allow the federal government to unilaterally "order the disconnection" of certain websites.

given that the internet is fast BECOMING the phone system, the newspaper, the television and the radio for a large chunk of the populace, the only reason to include provisions for shutting it down is to prevent the free flow of communication... otherwise, they would be talking about how to make sure it stays up and running safely despite any hostile attempts to take it down or compromise its integrity...

i don't know who these people think they're trying to bullshit, but i ain't one of 'em... you don't "protect" national assets by disconnecting them... you notice there aren't bills to turn off the phone system, newspapers, tv or radio... oh, wait... those are probably in the works too...

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