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Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

August 28th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

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 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 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.

The new version would allow 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.

“I think the redraft, while improved, remains troubling due to its vagueness,” said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which counts representatives of Verizon, Verisign, Nortel, and Carnegie Mellon University on its board. “It is unclear what authority Sen. Rockefeller thinks is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill.”

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Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

Just in case anyone happened to miss this one, here it is in ALL of it’s glory. Spread it far and wide. While we still can.

If anyone still doubts that the Obama administration, or the evil minions of the Obama administration are not all about CONTROL of the American people, this should hammer it home for you. What’s to stop Obama from shutting down the ‘net if he felt he was about to lose control of the American people? What about a perceived threat that only existed in his mind?

A spokesman for Rockefeller also declined to comment on the record Thursday, saying that many people were unavailable because of the summer recess. A Senate source familiar with the bill compared the president’s power to take control of portions of the Internet to what President Bush did when grounding all aircraft on Sept. 11, 2001. The source said that one primary concern was the electrical grid, and what would happen if it were attacked from a broadband connection.

I have got to call BS on this one. What Bush did by grounding all the planes after the attacks of 9-11 was, he removed a threat that was real. A clear and present danger!

The next few paragraphs will illustrate even more why I believe that this idea of shutting down the Internet, and comparison to the actions of the Bush administration on 9-11, to be the BS we ALL know it to be.

When Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Commerce committee, and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced the original bill in April, they claimed it was vital to protect national cybersecurity. “We must protect our critical infrastructure at all costs–from our water to our electricity, to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records,” Rockefeller said.

I have absolutely NO problem with protecting the infrastructure of this nation, but shutting down the Internet is NOT how you protect it. I can guarantee you that MY computer will never get a virus or be hacked if I turn it off, but turning it off defeats the purpose of having the thing.

So, here’s what I, and every other responsible computer owner do; we buy, update and use the very best protection we can afford. That’s what the federal government needs to do, them, and all of this critical infrastructure. Get protection, but don’t shut down the ‘net. That move is akin to the old adage regarding the closing of the barn door after the horse has left the building.

If a hacker, or someone intent on setting a malicious virus into this infrastructure has made their mind up to DO just that, shutting the ‘net down after it has happened is a useless, and futile effort. By the time you KNOW that the damage is done, it’s too late, the damage has been done.

And look at WHO the authors of this bill are. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA) and Olympia Snowe (RINO-Maine). That tells you everything you want to know right there, a libber Democrat and a moonbat RINO in cahoots, and doing the work of The Fuhrer.

Probably the most controversial language begins in Section 201, which permits the president to “direct the national response to the cyber threat” if necessary for “the national defense and security.” The White House is supposed to engage in “periodic mapping” of private networks deemed to be critical, and those companies “shall share” requested information with the federal government. (“Cyber” is defined as anything having to do with the Internet, telecommunications, computers, or computer networks.)

“The language has changed but it doesn’t contain any real additional limits,” EFF’s Tien says. “It simply switches the more direct and obvious language they had originally to the more ambiguous (version)…The designation of what is a critical infrastructure system or network as far as I can tell has no specific process. There’s no provision for any administrative process or review. That’s where the problems seem to start. And then you have the amorphous powers that go along with it.”

Translation: If your company is deemed “critical,” a new set of regulations kick in involving who you can hire, what information you must disclose, and when the government would exercise control over your computers or network.

TexasFred translation: It’s not about security, it’s about CONTROL!

The total control of you, me, every business in America, every transaction, every doctors visit, every walk you take and every move you make. It’s about the idea of a bastardized version of a place that doesn’t exist. Utopia.

It’s about a combination of Soviet Russia and all the evils of the NAZIs during their reign of terror. That is what the Obama administration is all about. That is what Obama’s minions are trying to foist off on the people of this great nation. The only way they can succeed is if WE sit back, do nothing and let it happen.

“First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.”

Remember this: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. So, what are YOU prepared to do? Sit back and do nothing? Complain to your spouse? Complain at a TEA Party meeting and then go home and wait for someone else to do it for you?

Or are you prepared to commit, and risk your freedom, your fortune and your very life in an effort to save this nation? Are you prepared to die trying?

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12 Responses to “Bill would give president emergency control of Internet”

  1. comment number 1 by: hardheadedtexan

    I have been reading about this and I really don’t understand how in the world they can control the internet. I worked with a guy who graduated from UT with an Engineering Degree a few years ago and his knowledge of computers was shocking. My knowledge of computers is zilch (I don’t even understand Twitter) so it wouldn’t take much to shut down my computer. But kids now a days can hack into anything. Are they using this as a type of Psychological warfare? It just seems like this administration continues to try to SCARE Us.

  2. comment number 2 by: Basti

    I saw this and said this on my blog.

    And who would define such an emergency? Well the Fed’s of course and I’m guessing the Fed’s in the shape of the POTUS. We don’t need this sort of dictatorial power in the hands of any politician and when you come down to it that’s all any POTUS is, a damned politician!

  3. comment number 3 by: TexasFred

    Basti, he’s the biggest politician of them all… Not to mention the fact that he’s an asshole, a stealth muzzie and a commie bastard…

  4. comment number 4 by: HoosierArmyMom

    I think the fact the Obama managed to get the MSM in the tank for him and cut off a large chunk of America from the truth about him and who he really is, well, explains his arrogance going in. The fact that average Americans have rallied and organized against him in the first 6 months has him and his ilk in a panic. If they cut average citizens off from the internet, they can effectively hinder the grassroots movement against him. TF is right, it’s about Control, Chicago Intimidation style.

    No President in history has got away with Unconstitutional crap like this one has. I think it may come down to our willingness to fight and perhaps die to defend America. At the very least end up in a Federal prison for the rest of our days. Our freedom is indeed on the line.

  5. comment number 5 by: TexasFred

    HAM… I will NEVER go to ANY prison…

    I will fight and win, or I will die fighting…

    Not a threat to anyone, just a simple matter of fact…

  6. comment number 6 by: hardheadedtexan

    “And look at WHO the authors of this bill are. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA) and Olympia Snowe (RINO-Maine). That tells you everything you want to know right there, a libber Democrat and a moonbat RINO in cahoots, and doing the work of The Fuhrer”.

    Snowe is a traitor to the US Constitution.
    I will be calling Snowe to let her know that it’s time for her to go. I hope you don’t mind me posting this Fred.
    Olympia Snowe – Maine
    (202) 224-5344

  7. comment number 7 by: Vigilante

    Those two rat basturds need to be voted out of office………NO, make that THROWN out of office. It seems to me that there is hundreds of things that needs to be taken care of but these two assholes get together and think this hair brained scheme up. Talk about giving his highness a blowjob in exchange for an “attaboy” and favoritism!!!! THEY sure did. Oh,,,,, but it’s to protect our electrical grid………….protect THIS.. you booger eatin morons!!!!

  8. comment number 8 by: Katie

    I wonder how he is going to do it. The Chinese & Iranians can’t.

  9. comment number 9 by: hardheadedtexan

    Vigilante, Booger eating morons…..hahaha. I love it when other people rant. That’s funny.

  10. comment number 10 by: Patrick Sperry

    I just wrote to my Senators about this monstrosity. What next?

  11. comment number 11 by: Tish

    I’m trying to pick my jaw up off the floor.

    All this [government] control is making me hyperventilate.

  12. comment number 12 by: Always On Watch

    As pointed out in this posting:

    I have got to call BS on this one. What Bush did by grounding all the planes after the attacks of 9-11 was, he removed a threat that was real. A clear and present danger!

    The President already has plenty of emergency powers!

    Now, what will be the definition of “emergency” under BHO? Any dissent? I think so.

    All the Tea Parties in the world will not stop this administration.

    In my view, we are in uncharted territory with the BHO administration — very dangerous territory. And I worry that too many Americans are not willing to take the necessary risks to stop what’s happening to our nation.