Skip to comments.Could The Feds Seize The Internet?
Posted on 09/02/2009 5:34:24 PM PDT by Kaslin
Security: A Senate bill lets the president "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "nongovernmental" computer networks and do what's needed to respond to the threat. Didn't they just collect our e-mail addresses?
Senate Bill 773 would grant the administration emergency powers (where have we heard that before?) in the event of a cyberemergency that the president would have the power to define and declare.
Wait a minute. Didn't the left recently weep and gnash its teeth over President George W. Bush's wireless surveillance of communications between real, live terrorists who want to kill us and their American contacts? Would Congress have given Bush such a sweeping power?
Have we already forgotten the administration wanting Americans to spy on their neighbors and report "fishy" communications opposing health care to firstname.lastname@example.org? Didn't oodles of our e-mail addresses wind up in the White House from which then came unsolicited e-mails supporting ObamaCare?
A working draft of the legislation, which is in its second incarnation, obtained by an Internet privacy group, would grant the secretary of commerce access to all privately owned information networks deemed critical to the nation's infrastructure "without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule or policy restricting such access." Where's the ACLU?
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We should get into alternate communications
Makes my Amateur Radio license (Ham) seem oh so valuable—once again.
“Didn’t they just collect our e-mail addresses?”
They collected some email addresses. How many are real?
If they do that, even the teenagers will revolt! Don’t mess with my Playstation 3, Wii or XBox 360.
And this just in... The White House is hinting that there may be a “civil emergency” declaration if the self-styled forecast of a “swine flu epidemic” gets out of control this fall.
The CDC, however, has issued a statement that directly contradicts the WH assertion that tens of thousands of people will be stricken with the flu.
Look at it from Hitlers point of view...Clear sailing from then on...no one will have access to any contrarian information.
Hah. You're kidding, right?
A dry run perhaps?
I keep telling myself that this is along the lines of Clinton using the “Y2K emergency” to declare martial law.
Lather, rinse, repeat...
That was my thinking too.
Far easier would be to do what the Australians have done, pass a law to block access to “objectionable sites” ostensibly to block child porn. Then Internet censorship is just a mouse click away.
For years we thought the day they took the guns would be the day the revolution started. But considering sedentary bovine America today, it’ll be the day they take the net. Imagine a hoard of millions of zitfaced virgins decending upon the White House because Maobama pulled the plug on their World of Warcraft.
Exactly and quite a coinkdoink, don’t ya think that Google’s CEO and other company executives are huge Obama supporters?
Why would the FedGov want to shut down the internet?
A few ports at the local gigapop and you get to read everyones mail - and everything else.
The global open source community would hack the internet back open within 24 hours and then cyber attack the offending government. And I doubt if every geek running a node would obey Obama’s orders in a timely manner.
Also, in many parts of the internet, phone calls and data traffic are mixed. He would have to shut down all telecom to shut down the internet.
It would very nasty very quickly...
I think that I've read on these FR boards that they are ... thru candidate contributions and such. Never done the research myself, but have read often on these boards that the principle Exec's of Google contribute primarily to Dem candidates.
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