Senate Bill Would Give Obama Control Of The Internet S 773, the Senate “Cybersecurity Bill“, was introduced in April by Senators Snowe, Rockefeller and Nelson. Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed,as it proposes handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet. The bill went into furious re-writes behind closed doors; Sen. Rockefeller recently introduced his amended version.
CNET obtained a copy of the 55-page draft (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 plan 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. It requires a “cybersecurity workforce plan” from every federal agency, a “dashboard” pilot project, measurements of hiring effectiveness, and the implementation of a “comprehensive national cybersecurity strategy” in six months–even though its mandatory legal review will take a year to complete.
Six months. Before it’s legal review is finished. CNET continues:
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.)
I wish I were kidding you, but I’m not. I hope that you’ve been able to shake off the paralysis of shock, we are all experiencing it–but we must MOVE, not just sit shaking our heads.
ACT. The Communist/Marxists are openly in Washington, railroading an increasingly statist agenda. We don’t have the luxury of shell-shock. Obama’s perpetual campaign machine, Organizing For America, is astro-turfing town hall rallies with their paid “volunteers”– from now and September 8th when Congress returns from recess. Go outnumber them. Put your zip in at their site, and see where meetings are near you.
.......We are all doomed IF IT PASS. All we have left are the Radio and the iInternet. They want to impose Fairness Doctrine to control dissemination of information from talk shows. Now, they want to Take Over & Control the internet.
Now days, there is no end to bad news from the Government. Its obvious that Obama wants to CONTROL every aspect of our lives. The bill as it exists now risks giving the federal government UNPRECEDENTED POWER over the Internet without necessarily improving security in the ways that matter most. It should be opposed or radically amended.
it's Nonesense. It is TYRANNICAL! It is Communist. It is very Scary! it's an infringement on our Freedoms. For instance:
>The president may declare a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network;
>The Secretary of Commerce— shall have access to all relevant data concerning (critical infrastructure) networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access…
This bill, clearly, needs to be either radically changed, or strongly opposed, or we are all doomed.