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Cyber Security Bill Gives Obama The Power To Shut Down the INTERNET
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Posted 8/29/09 , edited 9/5/09
's proposed that the White House should have emergency powers to control the Internet. A bill would give Barack Obama 'cybersecurity' authority to disconnect users and professionally certify IT people. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get really spun up about it.

By Richi Jennings. August 29, 2009.

Your humble blogwatcher has selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention boycotting Scotland...

Declan McCullagh takes liberties:

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. ... CBSNews.com has obtained a copy.
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The new version allows 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.more


Paul Boutin adds:

Senator John Davidson “Jay” Rockefeller IV — the Democratic great-grandson of oil mogul John D. Rockefeller — has been said to be working for months on ... S. 773, a bill whose stated goal is “to ensure the continued free flow of commerce within the United States and with its global trading partners through secure cyber communications, to provide for the continued development and exploitation of the Internet and intranet communications for such purposes, to provide for the development of a cadre of information technology specialists to improve and maintain effective cybersecurity defenses against disruption.”

Translation: It means the White House can order companies to disclose information, and possibly take control of their networks and computers, if the President declares them “critical” to an emergency involving the Internet.more


Michael Masnick scratches his head:

The bigger issue is why the government should be taking control over private networks. This is the same gov't that doesn't let people in the State Department use Firefox and which thinks that RealPlayer is the state of the art in online video streaming. Even if there were a "cybersecurity emergency," I would think the last people I'd want to take charge would be the federal government.more


David Risley ponders trust:

Some would argue that this is about protecting infrastructure. But, do you trust the government with authority over private networks? Remember, this is the same government who consistently gets failing grades on cybersecurity. Not only that, who defines what this “emergency” is? And what constitutes a “critical network”?
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All it would take is some event that the administration declares an “emergency”, they could then stir up public fears, and begin quickly taking new authorities in the name of the public security.more


But Xeni Jardin mocks the alert:

Well, this little viral number didn't take long to become the stuff of screaming Drudge sirens. The analogy the bill's authors use is that of the president's power to order all aircraft to land in the event of a systemwide emergency. That power is -- powerful! -- but we're generally OK with it. The Internet, of course, is different, in kind and expanse.
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Maybe the White House should have this power in extreme emergencies, but it had better be clear about what those emergencies entail, and it had better accept accountability if it oversteps its authority. There is, aside from the obvious definitional issues, an inherent trade-off in codifying this power, and it's going to be tough to find a balance that satisfies everyone.more


And Nicholas Deleon offers some balance:

If we can trust the president to declare federal states of emergency—think hurricanes and the like—why can’t we trust him with the ability to declare a “cyber” state of emergency? ... And then the government will make you eat fruits and vegetables! Tyranny!
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Remember: it’s just a bill, and one that has already been revised in the past few months. Don’t be surprised if nothing at all comes from all of this. ... The point is, freaking out at the drop of a hat cannot be healthy.more

http://blogs.computerworld.com/14627/obamas_emergency_powers_over_internet_cybersecurity_bill_s_773

check this vid too about it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rqEk_nE1KM please watch that video for more info of the origin of the bill
(plz don't move topic this belongs in the public eye)
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lmao. nice.
Maybe after this, he'll get a giant button to shut down television too!
And after television, the press!
So much for freedom of speech, eh?
Posted 8/29/09
This is not good.

I don't want my interests to be monitored. Security is a buzz killer.
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holy crap! :O
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Posted 8/29/09
this is insane!!!!!
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And here comes the alarmist responses from people who have no idea what they're talking about. The typical modus operandi for politics on the internet.
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EBKemanon wrote:

And here comes the alarmist responses from people who have no idea what they're talking about. The typical modus operandi for politics on the internet.


enlighten me then about this bill (still in the dark dude)
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Posted 8/29/09
Is this for foreign internet users as well?

Obama's not my fucking president. >8(
Posted 8/29/09

wonkywilla wrote:

Is this for foreign internet users as well?

Obama's not my fucking president. >8(


.....duh. he only governs america not the whole world. its not like the other countries said "here obama, since you're the first african-american president you should have all the powers of the world on the palm of your hands."

man im such an ass
Posted 8/29/09
That's some kinda bullshit right thar! D:<
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No way. not the internet
Posted 8/29/09
oh man what are these bastards planning
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Posted 8/29/09
Good. We can all read a book, should the internet ever shut down.
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Man.. I wish I had the power to turn off the internet in my country. I'd switch it on and off. That would be an awesome way to annoy the people
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