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Obama Internet kill switch plan approved by US Senate (Committee)
Tech World ^ | June 25, 2010 | Grant Gross

Posted on 06/26/2010 10:03:14 AM PDT by EternalVigilance

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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 1partyrule; congress; cybersecurity; dictatorship; government; governmentcontrol; internet; lieberman; obama
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To: EternalVigilance

That is a very misleading headline by TechWorld.

The very first sentence explains that this has NOT been approved by the Senate but by a Senate committee.

Hopefully the pubbies will grow some cojones and stop this Marxist takeover.


21 posted on 06/26/2010 10:37:33 AM PDT by upchuck (Don't let freedom slip away. After America, there is no place to go ~ Kitty Werthmann - Google her.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
somebody ping the ham radio guys.

Won't say my call on an open forum, but I will tell you that this bullshit is exactly why I got my license a few years ago. When the Government shuts down the internet and phone communications, all we'll have left are us ham radio guys that have been preparing for a scenario like this for years now.

Ironic that this bill would pass through this Senate Committee on Field Day.

Speaking of, I'm off to my field day location for the day. Starts in about 30 minutes, just enough time for me to get there...

22 posted on 06/26/2010 10:37:47 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Mojave
Yep.

"This is not a new world. It is simply an extension of what began in the old one. It has patterned itself after every dictator who has ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time. It has refinements. Technological advances and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom. But like every one of the super-states that proceeded it, it has one iron rule: Logic is an enemy and truth is a menace."

23 posted on 06/26/2010 10:38:51 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("Where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.")
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To: EternalVigilance
Thanks W. Thanks Alberto Gonzales. Thanks for all your combined stupid ideas Big Brother Power Grabs with precedents set for all future presidents.
24 posted on 06/26/2010 10:38:51 AM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: EternalVigilance

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

BUT, if it’s NECESSARY to infringe on free speech, privacy, and other civil liberties interests, ANYTHING GOES.

I dream for the days when public hangings for treason becomes common place, with fairness and legal authority of course.


25 posted on 06/26/2010 10:40:44 AM PDT by Gator113 (OBAMA IS NOT SUSTAINABLE.. IMPEACH OBAMA NOW..)
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To: EternalVigilance; All

Good.

As a U.S. citizen I do not live in the U.S., but was out in the streets against Noriega. Now it is your turn. But it will never happen because you are a bunch of chickens.

Where have you been against Obama but hiding under you beds. You have done nothing, nothing but complain and whine… doing nothing.

Do you think the blue helmets are going to save your asses?

Thank you for giving my country away because of your lack of spine but are talented in whining.

I would really like to say “go to hell” to all of you spineless creeps, but Obama is doing it for me.


26 posted on 06/26/2010 10:43:00 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: upchuck; Admin Moderator
Admin, could you add [Committee] on the tail end of the headline, please?
27 posted on 06/26/2010 10:43:30 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("Where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.")
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To: basil

Absolutely not. I will never believe ANYTHING that filthy bastard ever has to say.


28 posted on 06/26/2010 10:44:23 AM PDT by Gator113 (OBAMA IS NOT SUSTAINABLE.. IMPEACH OBAMA NOW..)
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To: Admin Moderator

Wow, that was fast. I hit send and looked at the thread and it was there. *grin*

Thanks!


29 posted on 06/26/2010 10:44:23 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("Where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.")
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Wow. And here I thought I was working as hard as I can every day, by every means I can think of, to restore America’s principles and republican self-government. Who knew?


30 posted on 06/26/2010 10:46:25 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("Where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.")
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To: FreeAtlanta
Imagine if this had been tried while Bush and Cheney were in office. Every wacko leftist from 12 years old to 104 would be screaming their collective heads off.

It was tried in effect. Bush and his AG wanted databases on all Internet activity. Remember that? Guess who was cheering it on? Only the Brain Numbed Loyal As Sheep Dogs Rockefeller GOP Bushbots in FR that's who.

31 posted on 06/26/2010 10:47:33 AM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: All

Where is the ACLU??


32 posted on 06/26/2010 10:48:26 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Soccer was invented by European ladies to keep them busy while their husbands did the cooking.)
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To: EternalVigilance
Definition of "Cyber Attack" is?

( Conservatives Organizing to Defeat Obama in the next election cycle.Fascism on the rise.)

33 posted on 06/26/2010 10:49:51 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama .......yes.......is a fascist... ...He meets every diagnostic of history)
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To: Candor7

If they have their preferences, you betcha.


34 posted on 06/26/2010 10:50:57 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("Where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.")
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To: KevinDavis
Where is the ACLU??

Helping wire the switch.

35 posted on 06/26/2010 10:51:37 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("Where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.")
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To: EternalVigilance

If we had any real journalists in this country the quesioned would be asked: “Why would you need to shut down communication during an attack? Wouldn’t just the opposite be better?”


36 posted on 06/26/2010 10:53:39 AM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: EternalVigilance

btt


37 posted on 06/26/2010 10:55:08 AM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Terry Mross

One would think. At least for a free people.


38 posted on 06/26/2010 10:55:21 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("Where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.")
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To: Cacique; All
White House Preparing National Online ID Plan
39 posted on 06/26/2010 10:56:12 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("Where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.")
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To: usconservative

Interesting that you had to get a license.


40 posted on 06/26/2010 10:56:42 AM PDT by Terry Mross
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