Senate Committee Approves Internet Kill Switch Bill
WASHINGTON: Coming to a computer near you, “Your PC becomes a boat anchor.” The NIP has been warning for some time about the administration’s attempt to seize control over the Internet. Last Thursday Senator Lieberman’s Committee on Homeland Security passed the doublespeak “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010” which instead of protecting cyberspace nationalizes it.
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. Grant Gross, TechWorld
The enables the President to seize the Internet and control it in any manner he wishes, without Congressional oversight for a period of 120 days, which could be further extended with Congressional permission. Traitorous Susan Collins (R-Maine), co-sponsor of the bill, says detractors like the NIP are just being inflamatory:
“It’s been frustrating to read some of the misrepresentations of our bill in the cybersphere,” Collins said, arguing the new bill actually circumscribes the president’s existing authority and puts controls on its use. “I believe the substitute amendment we’re offering strengthens those protections even more.” Gautham Nagesh, The Hill
The problem with the bill is not that it supposedly “circumscribes the president’s existing authority” but that it gives him any authority at all. Instead of creating a new agency to make it easier for the President to control the Internet, Congress needs to repeal the provisions of the 1934 Communications Act that would give the President the excuse to seize it in the first place.
Senator Lieberman sounds even scarier as he tries to explain on CNN that Obama needs the same controls over the Internet that China has:
Obama is frustrated with any media he does not control, especially the Internet. The Internet may be the only force capable of stopping his mad quest to seize totalitarian control over the US. First the auto industry, then healthcare, this President will let nothing stand in his way. His response to the BP oil spill is illustrative.
One oil well in the Gulf fails and Obama shuts down all offshore drilling. He first delays response to protect his big time campaign contributor BP, then he seizes the opportunity to shut down an entire industry. Obama arbitrarily destroys the American oil business at the same time he is handing $2 billion to Soros-backed Petrobras in Brazil to drill even deeper. Talk about a man-made disaster!
Just like you don’t want Ferris Bueller and his friends anywhere near the keys to your Ferrari, you don’t want this President anywhere near the keys to the Internet. If the President is worried about cyber security he can strengthen government computer firewalls like responsible business are doing everywhere. There is no reason for him to control your access to the Internet which would make your PC valuable only as a boat anchor for Obama to throw into the Gulf.