Senate Bill Allows President to Shut Down Internet!

FoxNews is reporting that the new Cybersecurity Act of 2009 would grant the president powers to shut down the internet or portions thereof.

A Senate bill would offer President Obama emergency control of the Internet and may give him a “kill switch” to shut down online traffic by seizing private networks — a move cybersecurity experts worry will choke off industry and civil liberties.

Details of a revamped version of the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 emerged late Thursday, months after an initial version authored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., was blasted in Silicon Valley as dangerous government intrusion.

“In the original bill they empowered the president to essentially turn off the Internet in the case of a ‘cyber-emergency,’ which they didn’t define,” said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which represents the telecommunications industry.

“We think it’s a very bad idea … to put in legislation,” he told

I expect every single person who ever contemptuously uttered the phrase “Patriot Act” to come out loudly against this egregious anti-privacy bill, just as I expect them to oppose the almost certain attempt by the Obama administration to institute the Fairness Doctrine to attack media outlets that are not in the administration’s back pocket.

No, I do not really expect that.  I have observed the Left for too many years to believe that they will apply their righteous indignation in the direction of their messiah President.

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