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"Obama Internet kill switch plan approved by US Senate


Wonder what kind of storm this would have created if done under the Bush Presidency??????????????  Of course it doesn't give them the power to quiet dissension, censor or control information ..... because they said so.


"Obama Internet kill switch plan approved by US Senate

President could get power to turn off Internet

By Grant Gross
Published: 11:02 GMT, 25 June 10

Source Techworld.com

"A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack.

Senator Joe Lieberman and other bill sponsors have refuted the charges that the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act gives the president an Internet "kill switch." Instead, the bill puts limits on the powers the president already has to cause "the closing of any facility or stations for wire communication" in a time of war, as described in the Communications Act of 1934, they said in a breakdown of the bill published on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee website.

The committee unanimously approved an amended version of the legislation by voice vote Thursday, a committee spokeswoman said. The bill next moves to the Senate floor for a vote, which has not yet been scheduled.

Obama security review gets mixed reception

The bill, introduced earlier this month, would establish a White House Office for Cyberspace Policy and a National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications, which would work with private US companies to create cybersecurity requirements for the electrical grid, telecommunications networks and other critical infrastructure.

The bill also would allow the US president to take emergency actions to protect critical parts of the Internet, including ordering owners of critical infrastructure to implement emergency response plans, during a cyber-emergency. The president would need congressional approval to extend a national cyber-emergency beyond 120 days under an amendment to the legislation approved by the committee.

The legislation would give the US Department of Homeland Security authority that it does not now have to respond to cyber-attacks, Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, said earlier this month.

"Our responsibility for cyber defence goes well beyond the public sector because so much of cyberspace is owned and operated by the private sector," he said. "The Department of Homeland Security has actually shown that vulnerabilities in key private sector networks like utilities and communications could bring our economy down for a period of time if attacked or commandeered by a foreign power or cyber terrorists."

Other sponsors of the bill are Senators Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, and Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat.

One critic said Thursday that the bill will hurt the nation's security, not help it. Security products operate in a competitive market that works best without heavy government intervention, said Wayne Crews, vice president for policy and director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, an anti-regulation think tank.

"Policymakers should reject such proposals to centralize cyber security risk management," Crews said in an e-mail. "The Internet that will evolve if government can resort to a 'kill switch' will be vastly different from, and inferior to, the safer one that will emerge otherwise."

Cybersecurity technologies and services thrive on competition, he added. "The unmistakable tenor of the cybersecurity discussion today is that of government steering while the market rows," he said. "To be sure, law enforcement has a crucial role in punishing intrusions on private networks and infrastructure. But government must coexist with, rather than crowd out, private sector security technologies."

On Wednesday, 24 privacy and civil liberties groups sent a letter raising concerns about the legislation to the sponsors. The bill gives the new National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications "significant authority" over critical infrastructure, but doesn't define what critical infrastructure is covered, the letter said.

Without a definition of critical infrastructure there are concerns that "it includes elements of the Internet that Americans rely on every day to engage in free speech and to access information," said the letter, signed by the Center for Democracy and Technology, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other groups.

"Changes are needed to ensure that cybersecurity measures do not unnecessarily infringe on free speech, privacy, and other civil liberties interests," the letter added."


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sully16Comment by sully16 - June 27, 2010, 3:49 pm
this is the biggest pile of bull sh@@ !!!!! They don't shut down telephones, cb's ,or short wave radios. what would be the purpose of this? CENSORSHIP THATS WHAT!!!!!To keep us from communicating instantly, to keep the news from one region from getting to the next. if you control the media....it's harder to find out whats going on in another state unless you know someone there. Tell us only what they want us to know.....the storm is coming.
konaneComment by konane - June 27, 2010, 3:54 pm
Thanks Sully! That's why November elections are so important.
PeacefulManComment by PeacefulMan - June 27, 2010, 5:13 pm
No leader should have that kind of power, not even Obama.
konaneComment by konane - June 27, 2010, 6:07 pm
Thanks PeacefulMan! Couldn't agree with you more!
jarasanComment by jarasan - June 27, 2010, 8:18 pm
It is ironic to me to use the word "KILL SWITCH", you on the other hand, shouldn't say openly that you are going to kill anything without expecting backlash of some sort.

So pay very close attention to the language they are using here, don't doubt me, these progressives in charge now are brutal/&violence prone and will do anything including "KILLING ANYTHING" that gets in the way of their goals. Next they will want to "KILL" the 2nd. amendment, the right to a trial. Fascists, that is what we've got, busy f'ing people that want to run your lives the way they see fit, because they have nothing else to do! Unproductive crap is what all these pols are, self serving, self perpetuating crap.
konaneComment by konane - June 27, 2010, 8:29 pm
Thanks Jarasan! Can't find the exact quote so working from aging brain cells but believe it was Neal Boortz who says the left rules by force. Believe history reflects exactly that.
LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - June 28, 2010, 1:38 am
i liked obama at first but he has lost his way big time.got to get a new president in there in '12.i don't care if its democrat or republican as long as they get him out of there.i think he is in way over his head already.
konaneComment by konane - June 28, 2010, 9:55 am
Thanks Lottomike! What you're now seeing is what I saw long before the election and why I posted so many articles about him. Was asked if I was obsessed by him, also had many unfavorable comments about doing so. Normally when I dig my heels in unyieldingly on an issue there's more to it than simple personal dislike.

Good for you! You don't seem to be the only one changing their mind.

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