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 FOXNews.com.
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.