Should Obama Control the Internet?

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By Steve Aquino
Mother Jones
Thu April 2, 2009 12:33 PM PST

A new bill would give the President emergency authority to halt web traffic and access private data.

Should President Obama have the power to shut down domestic Internet traffic during a state of emergency?

Senators John Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) think so. On Wednesday they introduced a bill to establish the Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor—an arm of the executive branch that would have vast power to monitor and control Internet traffic to protect against threats to critical cyber infrastructure. That broad power is rattling some civil libertarians.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (PDF) gives the president the ability to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” and shut down or limit Internet traffic in any “critical” information network “in the interest of national security.” The bill does not define a critical information network or a cybersecurity emergency. That definition would be left to the president.


via Should Obama Control the Internet? | Mother Jones

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9 thoughts on “Should Obama Control the Internet?

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  3. To quell unrest and protect the country,the president as a commander in chief should have the authority to shut down domestic internet traffic during a state of national emergency caused by seditious internal enemies or caused by hostile nations.

  4. Generaly.Im more scared from guys sitting in and arround DC than those guys in goat skin with beard to the knees.

  5. When I go sleep, I tturn my switch off.And there is dark.Rocky is talking about banks and energy system.First they are private,so they are responsible for theirs bussines. And if they worked until 1990 without internet they can do it now the same way,if there is so huge threat to security.
    We all know that war on terror is nonsense.
    Here is scientific evidence from WTC and shows thermite explosives

  6. This is a vile piece of legislation. As always, whenever big government steps in to shove something down the peoples’ throat for the sake of “national security”, I’ll quote my good friend Ben Franklin:

    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

    And what exactly would constitute a “national cybersecurity emergency”? I have no idea what it could be…

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