Sep 2, 2009

Proposed bill would give Obama emergency control of Internet

A CNET article at the link below reports about a Senate bill proposed last spring to hand the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.

Civil liberties groups are just as alarmed 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 (exerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.

Who gets to define a "cyber emergency"?

Could too many bloggers talking out against his health care fiasco be declared an emergency? This is truly troubling. It smacks of communism type censorship!

Internet control has worked well in China and North Korea. This is how totalitarian governments take control of the people.

Jimmy Carter wanted to gain control of all Television sets in the U.S. electronically so he could turn on everyone's TV for what he called “emergency messages.”

CNET is home-based in liberal San Francisco and their age demographic following is mostly computer geeks under age 40.

It is interesting to read the comments at the end of the CNET article. It’s a good bet that many of these were written by the same young techie’s that helped elect Obama.

Now they are panicking that Obama may take control of the Internet.

Maybe they are finally starting to realize that the government is trying to take over the country.

The thirty-something’s that helped elect Obama have ignored his take-over of Detroit automakers, the banking industry, healthcare, the census, etc.

The possibility of government control of the Internet has finally started to wake them up.

They will especially be incensed when they realize that Obama doesn’t even need a bill to pass in order to take over the Internet. He could just do it anyway by issuing an executive order!

No wonder they suddenly aren’t so happy with “hope and change.”