Emergency control over the internet? Shutting down the internet during a cyber threat? Internet companies and civil liberties groups across the country are concerned, to put it mildly, about a U.S. Senate bill that would give the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet during a “cybersecurity emergency”. Read more about this below, see photos and a video.
Have you heard of Senate Bill S.773 sponsored by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)? This bill appears to allow Barack Obama to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat. What it could do in effect, is give Obama Internet Control allowing him to basically shut down the internet. Is this ‘Presidential Emergency Internet Control’ necessary during a cybersecurity emergency? What does this do to our First Amendment rights and does this stiffle and control free speech?
The bill or “Cybersecurity Act of 2009″ has been written and re-written all summer long, and even in its revision, its still vague but alarming.
Some who are familiar with Senate Bill S 773, compared the president’s power to take control of portions of the Internet to what President Bush did when grounding all aircraft on September 11th. It appears that one primary concern is the electrical grid, and what would happen if it were attacked from a broadband connection.
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.
Can you say more control and more regulation? Not to mention the privacy implications with this! So, what is the government’s role in cybersecurity? Is this “Marshall Law” in effect by controlling what goes out on the airwaves?
You can read an excerpt of S.773 or “The Cybersecurity Act of 2009″ right here.
Though I am not a constitutional attorney, or play one here at Right Pundits, it appears to me that The One seeks internet control in the name of national security without any constitutional authority. This could lead to media control could it not?
In the Age of Obama, some are saying that the internet is the only really free press. His Internet Czar, like all his Czars, would be accountable only to him and not to Congress. Obama denies that he will attempt any personal monitoring or control of the internet but this ‘Obama Internet Control: Presidential Emergency Internet Control, Cybersecurity Emergency’ can only be a slippery slope and reeks of Communism 101.
Obama Internet Control?: Presidential Emergency Internet Control, Cybersecurity Emergency Video
Photos: www.wenn.com; Carrie Devorah; White House Official Photographer